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Peek Inside Five Things I Love About You

West coast suburbanite Estelle Donovan hates big cities. Housesitting her brother’s New York apartment, complete with broken elevator, demonic cat, and smoking air conditioner, is her kind of hell. The sexy guy who dumped pickles on her at the grocery store is determined to change her mind, though. But when love enters the equation, Crosby realizes doesn't needs need five reasons to make Estelle love New York. He just needs one big reason to make her stay...

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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…

Praise

Review

"...hilarious." - Shelly on GR

"Crosby was sooo droolworthy." - Michelle on GR

"Pickles. Boobs. Smokin' hot man body." - Melissa on GR

"...had me laughing so hard I thought I was going to pee my pants." - Niki on GR

"...so many one line favourites that this reader couldn't pick one." - Talking Books on GR

"This was absolutely brilliant! ...I'll definitely be looking for more stories by Ballance as I think she'll be going on my Auto-Buy list in future!" - Laura on GR 

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633753372
Series: Chase Brothers, Book 1
Release Date: Aug 17, 2015
Page Count: 160
Imprint: lovestruck
Genre: contemporary, romantic comedy
Tropes: fish out of water, opposites attract

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By Mandy August 04, 2015

Estelle is a landscape architect from Northern California. When her brother has to go out of town, he asks her to watch his apartment in New York City for two weeks. Estelle hates New York. She hates the concrete, crowds, smells, and lack of gardens. When she gets run over by a cart at the grocer... ...more

By Irene August 17, 2015

4 stars

Five Things I Love About You was a sweet, fun and entertaining read.

I really enjoyed this heartwarming novella.
Both Estelle and Crosby were likable and relatable. Their story was well written and held my interest from start to finish.
The ending left me with a huge smile on my face and a he... ...more

By Maria Rose August 15, 2015

With a meet-cute in a grocery store involving an errant jar of pickles, this novella was a sweet and sexy story, perfect for an afternoon read. Heavy on the laughs and with very little angst, it's the story of landscape artist Estelle, who has reluctantly left her California home to apartment sit... ...more

By Tracy September 16, 2016

Sarah Ballance is slowing but surely becoming one of my favourite authors. I Loved this book! So funny and sweet. ...more

By Mara August 18, 2015



5 Fire Escape Stars
ARC received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review
Review also posted on Mara's Bookshelf



What happens when a guy from the concrete jungle meets a girl who prefers grass over asphalt? An explosion of humor and sexual chemistry, that's what. Well, that's the case for Es... ...more

By Catherine (The Sassy Bookster) August 17, 2015

FIVE THINGS I LOVE ABOUT YOU is a lighthearted romantic romp with witty banter, great chemistry between the characters, steamy sexy times and loads of laugh-out loud scenes and I loved it!

Estelle Donovan is a landscape artist from California, in New York to house sit for her brother while he's ou... ...more

By Melissa July 28, 2015

OH. MA GAWD. Sarah Ballance is one of my favorites. There isn't a book of hers that I haven't liked. Seriously. They just keep getting better and better, and I don't know if she can write fast enough to satisfy my need of her amazing voice and words. I want more. I can't limit the things that I l... ...more

By Julianne August 05, 2015

Sarah Ballance does it again! I could not put down this book...I literally read it in one sitting...neglected EVERYTHING else to find out how Estelle and Crosby's story worked out.

The characters are quick-witted, down-to-earth and HOT. I would brave getting drenched in pickle juice if it will lan... ...more

By Meedah August 15, 2015

Thanks much to Ellie Mcmahon and Entangled Publishing for my free copy. I was legit excited to read this and i am so happy. I read this in one sitting, took me 2&1/2 Hours and it was just perfect.

Right off the bat the chemistry was there and when Estelle was hot and bothered i became hot and... ...more

By Andrea August 28, 2015

First, let me start by saying that this is a novella, not a full-length novel.

This story was quirky, steamy, and fun! I absolutely loved the characters! The novella starts off interesting, and doesn't stop being interesting until the very last page.

Crosby and Estelle were great main characters a... ...more

By Shelly August 17, 2015

This book was hilarious. I was laughing throughout the whole book. Estelle is in New York and doesn't like the city. She loves the country because of the space and everything not right on top of everything. Crosby loves the city and is struggling to keep his family business afloat. When an unexpe... ...more

By Talking July 29, 2015

Two hilarious characters and some smokin attraction in a story that entertains from start to finish. The quips and banter were more laugh-out-loud funny with so many one line favourites that this reader couldn't pick one. Add to the mix the rest of the Chase family and the read just explodes from... ...more

By Amanda November 14, 2016

**3.5 stars for a pizza and fire escape loving romance** ...more

By Lesley October 16, 2016

This book was AMAZING! I loved it. When I was making dinner, I was stirring my sauce with this book in my hand. When I had to put it down (reluctantly) I was thinking about the characters. They are likeable & fun! It's a great read! ...more

By Sheri August 18, 2015

Actual Rating 3.5 out of 5 Stars!

Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books

I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating!

Endearing Characters. Extremely cute. Lots of humor. Incredibly sweet. And... ...more

By Penny August 22, 2015

3.5 Sexy Repair-Guy Stars

I’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... ...more

By Book Gannet August 13, 2015

This book was fun and light and sexy and fluffy in the best possible way. I could feel myself relaxing as I read it. As someone who doesn’t last well in cities, I could completely see why Estelle wasn’t looking forward to spending two weeks in New York. Especially considering her first attempt at... ...more

By Deanna August 15, 2015

*Arc provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review *

First Impression: Excellent writing, with a captivating heroine I could empathize with and follow on a fun-filled story journey.
In Five Things I Love About You by Sarah Ballance, Californian Estelle Donovan has agreed to spend t... ...more

By Christine August 29, 2015

Five Things I Love About You is such a fun story, but I should’ve known it would be because Sarah Ballance always has a way of pulling me into one of books with the dialogue, characters, and overall awesomeness. I can’t even begin to tell you how she is a master at weaving words together that jus... ...more

By Char August 18, 2015

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A cranky West Coaster out of her natural element, in a small midtown New York City bodega, about to have a meet cute involving pickle juice, a wet t-shirt, and a gorgeous mysterious stranger. "Five Things I Love About You" hits the ground running... ...more

By Elaine August 10, 2015

Take one country girl and send her to the New York City, surrounded by concrete, unsmiling folk and no greenery and you’ve one unhappy girl . . . or have you? After having pickle spilt over her in the supermarket, getting trapped in a lift, staring at the four walls of her brother’s apartment (wh... ...more

By Sassy Beta Reading & Review July 29, 2015

What a good read. This was a multi pov (but heavy on Estelle's). I could have used a lot more of Crosby's pov though. He was such a great character that he deserved more "air" time.

There were a few ha ha moments. Did I wipe away tears of laughter, no but I did have a smirk or two along the way.... ...more

By Jina August 12, 2015

*I will try to avoid spoilers.

Five Things I Love About You by Sarah Ballance

Estelle Donovan is a landscape artist from a small Californian town. She hates big cities and New York is no exception.

Even with her distaste for city living she reluctantly agrees to apartment sit for her brother while h... ...more

By Jen August 19, 2015

Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

I loved, loved, LOVED this story about a California girl who hates the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle that is New York and falls for a guy who is out... ...more

By Jessica August 20, 2015

See more of my reviews on my blog Thoughts At One In The Morning.

My Thoughts:

Stories that put the main character in a situation they're uncomfortable with always makes for great humor. This story definitely had that, and then some! Estelle hates being in New York City in her brother's apartment a... ...more

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3.90 avg Goodreads.com rating
Sarah Ballance

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Sarah Ballance

Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids). To learn more about her work in contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense, please stalk accordingly. To sign-up for Sarah's newsletter, sign-up here: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/t/0B801D3AA4F986BF

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