Had another chance to read a new novel for Entangled Publishing, received this novel for review, I was less than impressed in all honesty, please read on for my thoughts on Ivy Entwined by Laura Simcox, I am borrowing the book description directly from Amazon.
“When Ivy Callahan returns to her hometown as mayor, she doesn’t expect much to have changed. But now her ex-fiancé is the town planner, the biggest business is closed, and the only store interested in Celebration, NY is a Megamart. On top of it all, the liaison for the big, bad, box store is Marcus Weaver, her childhood crush. And he’s still as dangerously delectable as ever.
Marcus unwillingly spent his teens in Celebration with his vindictive, drunken uncle. As far as Marcus is concerned, the town’s only use is to cement his rise up the corporate ladder. He needs that Megamart opened, and Ivy is his ticket. But the sexy, stubborn mayor could also be his downfall.
As the unemployed townspeople put on the pressure, Ivy needs to do something. With a fresh downtown-renewal project in the works, Ivy could stop Marcus and his Megamart before they kill the town’s spirit. But with sparks flying between Ivy and Marcus, they each need to decide what’s more important: their careers or their hearts. “
In a word this story is rather dull – it’s one that’s been done over and over again in Lifetime Christmas movies time and time again…sure the stories may have been flip flopped with the big wig aka Marcus being the female lead and the man aka Ivy being the small town hero returned, finding themselves thrust into a situation they never expected. Ivy and Marcus this time take the reins and run with the story. Whether it was Ivy doing everything she could to fight Marcus’ pursuit of her romantically or her underhanded way of swinging the town council’s vote away from Megamart? Or Marcus doing everything he could to pursue Ivy, deceive her family and the town, all the while trying to decipher his Uncle’s semi-coded lies. The politics of the situation in this story is what turned me off more than anything, I found myself struggling to find something to latch onto – could it be the love triangle between Ivy-Marcus-Preston? Or Herman’s drunkenness and the mystery of a “secret” he’s hiding? Or Ivy’s Mother and Grandmother’s meddling in her relationship that make them endearing? I have yet to decide. In the end Marcus and Ivy’s relations hip takes a backseat to the Megamart-Celebration-Parliament Bakery problems.
The author’s style of writing and the detail in which she described everything in Celebration made it so that I could place myself right in the town square, inside the Callahan home, or in Herman’s decrepit Victorian. She built a back story and history to the characters that tied them all together smoothly and integrated each history into the story and why each individual found themselves not wanting Megamart to come to Celebration. The story itself was told perfectly! I just wish that there was more to it than an overdone theme from just about every poor Christmas movie ever made.