Five Things I Love About You by Sarah Ballance

August 22, 2015 Book Review 0 ★★★½

Five Things I Love About You by Sarah Ballancethree-half-stars
Five Things I Love About You by Sarah Ballance
Series: Chase Brothers #1
Also in this series: Giving Chase, Taking Chase, Chased
Published by Entangled Publishing on August 17th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 124
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Five things to love about NYC. But she only needs one...

California landscape artist Estelle Donovan hates big cities. Between the grime, the smell, all the drab concrete, and the suffocating summer heat, how can anyone breathe? Housesitting her brother's New York apartment, complete with broken elevator and smoking air conditioner, is her kind of hell. It's only for two weeks, though. What could possibly go wrong?

Dumping a jar of pickles on the hot girl at the grocery store wasn't Crosby Chase's finest hour, nor was getting bitten in the butt by the demonic cat on her fire escape. But he is going to change her mind about his beloved city, damn it. In fact, if they could just make it five minutes without falling into bed, he bets Estelle he can find five things she'll love about New York.

Falling in love wasn't part of his plan. And with an entire country between them, Crosby realizes he doesn't need five reasons to make Estelle love New York.

He needs one big reason to make her stay...


This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.


By SparklesI’ve come to realize that I’m prejudiced against prejudiced people. Is that like an oxymoron or something? Never mind. What I mean is when a main character in a book is knowingly clinging to prejudiced notions and is stubbornly refusing to change this idea… then it really pisses me off.

Five Things I Love About You is about a girl who hates the city but agrees to house-sit her brother’s apartment in New York. After complaining about the sidewalks, the heat, the traffic, New Yorkers in general, and the supermarket she is at in particular, Estelle ends up getting pickled which happens when she is kneeling and a jar of pickles breaks leaving her drenched in pickle juice. I would be pissed by this too if the one starting the pickle shower wasn’t the most gorgeous man I’d ever seen.

Crosby just saw the girl of his dreams and she is wearing a white t shirt soaked through in pickle juice by his doing… not the best introduction. He is strongly rejected by Estelle aka The City Hater after helping her take her groceries home.

The next day Estelle has the surprise of a life time when she calls the AC repair guy and none other than Crosby knocks on her door. Luckily for her, Crosby is strongly attracted to her and insists that the city is not that bad, and that she will, in fact find 5 things to love about it.

Crosby surprised even himself when he set to change Estelle’s ideas about the city. He is all about work since his family’s company sits on his shoulders and he can’t waste time playing around, even if Estelle is turning out to be the one who gets him like no one before. But will Crosby be successful in changing Estelle’s mind? Will Estelle find Crosby worthy enough to uproot her life and overcome her aversion to cities?

Well, let me tell you one thing, the sexy scenes were hot and Crosby was awesome. Tall, built, responsible, sweet… and when Estelle got that stick up her butt out and relaxed, I almost liked her. Unfortunately her insistence on everything city-related being a negative kind of got on my nerves and never really let up.

Aside from this, I found the book really enjoyable, had a great time reading it, wouldn’t mind getting my hands on Crosby and am hoping I’ll get to see all his hunky brothers find their loves. I can’t wait for the next story!

Rating: 3.5 Stars



About Sparkles

Don't let her sparkles fool you, give her an Epic Epilogue or she'll take you down with her ninja moves...

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