ARC Review: Feels Like Love by Jenna Hartley (Alondra Valley #1)

Overall: 4.5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
Steam: 🔥🔥
Feels: ☺️🤭😅😏😥💗

Shelves: Contemporary romance, small town, best friend’s little sister
Location: California, Alondra Valley ( wine country)
Lead:  Bennett Nash (32yo)
Love interest(s): Wren Beaudin (26yo)
Tear jerker: No
HEA: Yes

Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Paperback page count: 283 pages
Publisher: Self published
Audible: No
Series: Alondra Valley
1. Feels Like Love – released 08/25/21 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

~QD 🔥~
Sex/kink type: manual, oral, penetrative
Possible triggers: mild violence, death of loved one

The Quick and Dirty:  Small town + angst + 🧁🍰🍪

In a place that feels reminiscent of the Napa Valley region, Jenna Hartley introduces readers to her new small-town series, Alondra Valley (with some Love in LA series character crossovers!). When circumstances cause town veterinarian, Bennett, to vacate his house for a few weeks due to renovations, he finds himself looking for a place to stay. His best friend, Liam, steps in and becomes the catalyst that sets the story spinning. Bennett soon finds himself living with Wren, Liam’s photographer and single-mom little sister, who Bennett’s been secretly pining for but whom he’s stayed away from because… well, best friend’s little sister. Things seem to be going well until Wren asks him to be her dating coach… with some hands on practice. What could possibly go wrong? 🤔😏

I love the new world that Jenna’s built in Alondra Valley! I have a clear mental image of the world and its inhabitants, including all the ancillary characters who we meet (like crossover from the Love in LA series, Harper!). Wren and Bennett, the main characters, have known each other for nearly their entire lives but their journey from platonic relationship to romantic one has a healthy dose of dramatic irony, angst and pastries! **Fans of the #GBBO unite!** The heat level on this book is slightly less than some of Jenna’s other books but no less satisfying. And for those of you who enjoy an ending that is wrapped up and tied in a bow — wish granted! Jenna has written a book that leaves readers feeling warm and fuzzy, and speculating on who is behind that gossip blog, The Vine!

**I was a Beta Reader for this book but provided this review voluntarily and am giving honest feedback. **

I’m secretly in love with my best friend’s little sister.

So, I do what any good friend would—avoid her.
At least, until my house floods, and my best friend suggests I move in with Wren.

Resisting her has never been easy.
But when Wren convinces me to be her dating coach, it’s impossible.

The more we “practice,” the harder I fall for her and her amazing son.
The more I start to believe what we have is real.

It feels like love, but is it worth risking my friendship with Wren and her brother to know if she feels the same?



Contemporary romance author, Jenna Hartley writes about strong, independent women and the men who dare to love them. Her characters aren’t perfect; they’re authentic. Her passion is to make their stories feel as real for readers as they do to her, infusing each one with sexy, sweet, and laughable moments that reflect real love.

When she’s not writing, Jenna spends her days chasing after a hilarious and imaginative toddler, as well as hunting down new allergy-friendly recipes for them to cook together. She lives in Texas with her family and loves nothing more than a good book, good chocolate, and Topo Chico.