‘On the Corner of Love and Hate’ Delivers Easy Laughs and Small Town Charm [REVIEW]

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Cooper Endicott may be ready for office, but is he ready for love? (Photo by Canva)

He has a reputation with the ladies. She just considers him a friend. But her father wants her to help him transform his image so he can run for office. Is she up to the task when her heart gets other ideas? Find out in Nina Bocci’s laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, On the Corner of Love and Hate.


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Emmanuelle Peroni has better things to do with her time than give Lotharios makeover tips. Yet that is exactly what her father, the mayor of New Hope, Pennsylvania, asks her to do when his protégé’s image needs an overhaul. There’s only problem: the new mayoral candidate is an old friend and his mere presence drives her batty. But when daddy asks, who is she to say no?

Cooper Endicott likes women. He’s dated more than his share, a fact that never seemed to be a problem until he decided to run for mayor. Now as he faces off with an opponent who seems to know where all the bodies are buried, he is desperate to kill the gossip surrounding his personal life and hopes Emma can help rid him of his bad boy image.

Just like an insane game of whack-a-mole, old scandals keep popping up, one after the other, no matter how hard Emma works to keep Cooper’s nose clean. And despite it all, God help her, she seems to be falling for him, the one guy she always swore she would never date!

When the world seems polarized and bitter, it’s nice to slip inside a cute story with great characters and a charming community as its setting. It’s one of the reasons Hallmark movies are so popular, and why Bocci’s On the Corner of Love and Hate could become an easy fit for the network’s audience. This small town romance delivers lots of heart, is a place where everyone knows each other, and the residents are quirky but (mostly) well-intentioned. As such, it makes for a quick, compulsive read that gives readers the feels, and more than a few chuckles along the way.

The main characters are two people who grew apart as friends, but whom circumstances have thrown back together after much water has passed under that bridge. In the beginning, they really don’t like each other much, and it is almost difficult to believe they ever liked one another at all. Even though Cooper is the playboy in need of a great publicist, Emma tends to come across rather tough, and sometimes their banter has more than a few sharp barbs. Still, Bocci keeps the dialogue light enough that we don’t want to slap either of them two hard. Perfect for fans of Debbie Macomber and Robyn Carr, this is a sweet story with a happy ever after and is the perfect introduction to a new series that promises to deliver great escapes to its loyal readers.

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Nina Bocci

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Nina Bocci is a USA TODAY bestselling novelist who loves reading and writing about swoony, relatable heroes and smart, witty heroines.

If it’s set in a small town, even better. You can always find her chatting on social media about her massive, crazy Italian family, and her favorite person in the world, her son.

To find out more, visit NinaBocci.com, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Goodreads.

By Nina Bocci
336 pp. Gallery Books. $16.

TLC Book Tours Tour HostPurchase On the Corner of Love and Hate at one of these fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Half Price Books, IndieBound, and Powell’s.

On the Corner of Love and Hate is brought to you in association with TLC Book Tours.

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

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