Book Review

Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Least Amount of Awful by Jennifer Millikin

He’s a single-dad, and her employee. Falling for him is a terrible idea. 

The Least Amount Of Awful by Jennifer Millikin is now live! 

Colbie Jones has worked hard to design a pain-free life. So when she catches her boyfriend cheating, it doesn’t hurt that much. But when Colbie receives a call that her estranged father, Emmett, has been badly injured, she realizes it’s time to pack her bags and finally face him—and that’s going to hurt. 

Colbie’s arrival sends shock waves through the small town, but it affects Jake Whittier most of all. Single-dad and foreman of Jones Construction, Jake sees Emmett as the father he no longer has, and that makes him an opponent of all things Colbie Jones.

Jake’s obvious animosity doesn’t bother Colbie, because she’s leaving in three days, tops. But then her dad asks her to stay and take over his business while he recovers, and Colbie hears herself agreeing before she has fully considered the proposal. Never mind that she has no idea how to build a house. 

Jake will just have to deal with having her around. 
But the more time Colbie spends with Jake, the more she sees why the rest of the town likes him. And once Colbie meets Jake’s son, it’s all downhill from there.  

Colbie thought the most challenging part of this arrangement would be having to work with Jake. 

But falling for him? 

That would be awful.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Oh, how I enjoyed The Least Amount Of Awful! This multi-layered story was an absolutely charming small-town, reverse boss/employee romance, but it was also a lovely story about family dynamics, redemption and forgiveness, healing, hope, and letting go of the past.

I was hooked on Jake and Colbie right from the start — their meet-cute at the convenience store had me laughing because they did not get off on the right foot AT ALL. So of course, the annoying Thor would end up being here dad’s best employee and surrogate son. Staying in Green Haven was not part of Colbie’s plan — and neither was falling for Jake and his adorable son, Robbie.

Jake and Colbie are two broken characters each carrying around a whole lot of hurt and abandonment issues, but when they are together, it is easy and effortless to be with one another. It is also easy and effortless for Colbie to develop a relationship with Robbie. However, the complications in their relationship come from her estrangement from her dad, Emmett, who is like a second father to Jake, and the sudden return of Jake’s ex, who wants custody of Robbie. Jake has a hard time reconciling how the man he knows, the man who so desperately missed his daughter, was the same father that Colbie felt had abandoned her, and Colbie doesn’t want to be the woman who stands in the way of Robbie having a relationship with his mom.

There are a lot of ups and downs in this story before Colbie and Jake get their HEA. But it’s a wonderful journey, so well-written, and compelling!

After reading this book, I am itching to get to the bottom of Georgia and Rhodes’ “friendship” and can’t wait for their story!!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Jennifer

Jennifer Millikin is a best-selling contemporary romance and women’s fiction author. She lives in the Arizona desert with her husband, two children, and Liberty, her Lab who thinks she’s human. Jennifer loves to cook, practice yoga, and believes chips and salsa should be a food group. 


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