The One Who Loves You (Tickled Pink Book 1) by Pippa Grant
Narrated by Savannah Peachwood and Sebastian York
Romantic Comedy. 1st in a Series but stands completely alone.
I picked up The One Who Loves You by Pippa Grant to read (listen to) before Readers Take Denver. When she canceled, I put it aside easily. Last week I picked it back up because it had all the ingredients of a book I’d eventually love. No such luck. It was just OK for me.
“He thinks I’m too precious? Too pampered? Too spoiled?
The man has no idea who he’s dealing with.”
The One Who Loves You reminded me a lot of It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey mixed with Schitt’s Creek. I usually try not to compare books, but this one gave me that vibe so much that I couldn’t not mention it.
New York rich professional Phoebe Lightly has worked her entire life to take over the Lively family business. Her grandmother Gigi is a scary snob who everyone in the family has to cater to because she holds the purse strings. When she almost chokes to death and realizes she will not be going to heaven, Gigi decides to change the family before it’s too late.
She brings the whole family to Tickled Pink, a rundown town that was featured in an old movie as having the gateway to heaven. Teague Miller is a fisherman/sometimes realtor, and single dad to a spunky teen daughter. He does not want these rich outsiders in his town, so he sells them an old school that’s falling apart for the whole Lively family to live in and fix up together. Phoebe wants out too, so she teams up with Teague to try to scare her family into leaving.
Phoebe is not likable at all at first (she’s not supposed to be) but neither is Teague. She has her Louboutins and power suits and is all business. He is just an all-around grump. But as the book continues, I began to like them both a bit more.
“The thing about having someone look you in the eye and tell you that they don’t like you because of who you are is that sometimes, you realize you’re not so sure you like yourself either.”
We meet a TON of characters in this community and in the Lively family. It was a lot to keep track of, but I loved all of the diversity. There were some funny scenes that made me giggle a little, but some seemed to try too hard. All-in-all, The One Who Loves You never fully captured me.
“She’s not what I’m supposed to be attracted to, but I can’t seem to help myself. Probably because she’s more than I thought she was when she arrived. She might even be more than she thought she was.”
- There were some fun moments.
- Teague’s daughter was wonderful.
- Diverse characters both in color and in LGBTQ+.
- Good slow-burn sexual tension.
- Character growth.
- It just seemed mostly ridiculous.
- Most of the characters weren’t overly likable.
- It was way too long for the story.
- It seemed to lose its way mid conversation sometimes. Like 5 minutes would go between a question and answer. In a book I would have had to go back a few pages to find it, it was harder in audio.
Savannah Peachwood and Sebastian York are the reason I finished this book. Their narration made me like the characters more and finish what I’m sure would have been a DNF if I was reading rather than listening.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 2.5 Stars, 3 Flame, 5 Narration
Purchase The One Who Loves You
Both the book and audiobook are FREE in Kindle Unlimited