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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…



"...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

" 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 grocery s ...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 heart ...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 fo ...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 Cyndi July 06, 2019

Our heroine is a country girl. She wants the wide open spaces. The dirt between her toes and the fresh air in her lungs. Then she agrees to apartment sit for her brother in New York City. She hates it instantly. Especially when the AC unit goes out in the middle of a hot summer.
Our hero is a city ...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 Est ...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 out o ...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 land m ...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 bothere ...more

By Andrea September 09, 2017

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 and ...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 unexpecte ...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 th ...more

By Amanda January 08, 2017

Cute little love story. With sex scenes. :-) ...more

By Victoria Sturlini June 10, 2018


Loved this story.... The book was so funny in parts..... I laughed and laughed!!! I liked all the characters..... Especially the crazy car.... What a hoot that cat is!!!! All the people were just regular folks.... No billionaires, etc., Just people living their lives, trying t ...more

By Megan May 01, 2018

Very short romance. I liked the fact they just seemed to click very quickly and so well.

It didn't feel very rushed but I could tell it was a shortish book because of how quickly it moved on in places. ...more

By Rose April 25, 2018

Short. Sweet. Fun!

Crosby and Estelle — so much fun reading their story! She thinks she hates NY, he shows her all there is to love! Especially him! Very concise, but really good. Loved all the brothers and the close family. ...more

By Leslie November 23, 2019

An absolutely adorable sweet romance. Estelle came to New York just knowing she would hate it. In a short time she found 2 things. A wonderfully kind and funny man and how very wrong she was to have hated one of the most amazing cities in earth!! It was a quick fun listen. Enjoy!! ...more

By Noel October 26, 2019

Cute fun 😍 ...more

By Joanie February 07, 2018

I really liked this cute, romantic story. I liked it so much I will read the rest of the series. ...more

By Melissa October 23, 2018

1 ...more

By Crissy August 11, 2017

Excellent read. ...more

By Jade July 30, 2017

Liked it alot

This was such a cute romantic story. I really liked it and will read the rest of the series.

The audio narration was also really good. ...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 smo ...more

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Sarah Ballance

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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:

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