The Worth of a Penny by Jess B. Moore
Genre: Adult romance / contemporary romance, chick lit
Published by Crooked Cat Books on March, 29, 2019
Standalone Novel in the Fox River Romance series
Sweetheart Penelope Davies is what her daddy calls gullible, right after he told her she was stupid and worthless. With her cheek red from being slapped by him, and her heart trampled by a worthless boyfriend, she packs up and follows her half-brother to Fox River, North Carolina, in need of a fresh start.
Dominic MacKenna is the youngest of five brothers, the friendly one with a killer smile and easy laugh. His brothers are all grown up, and one by one they’re flying the nest, leaving him out of sorts and unsure of his place. Who is he if not the youngest MacKenna?
Penny falls in with the MacKenna brothers, welcomed in as family, and offered the kind of love and support she never knew existed. With a new job and a lot of determination, she is finding out what she’s capable of. The last thing she needs now is to fall in love with the most notorious flirt in town.
Dominic falls for the sweet strong girl with a penchant for random facts and quirky homemade dresses. All he wants is to show Penny how wonderful she is, how smart and funny, and how desired and loved—even if he has to do it as her friend.
The Worth of a Penny by Jess B. Moore is the third book in the Fox River Romance series, but it was a wonderful story that I read as a standalone and enjoyed very much. Starting with the cover that gave me a feel of the sweet, shy Penny, I felt I knew her by the time this story ended. Penny has not had the greatest of upbringings and her confidence is shattered. Her father has belittled her most of her life, then her boyfriend dumps her and starts rumors in town about her, that most of the townspeople believe. She needs a fresh start so her half-brother Elliot moves her to Fox River to live with him and his partner, Beau MacKenna. Beau’s brother Dominic, is the one who helps her to move and is attracted to her vulnerability and sweetness. Dominic arranges a new job that she loves. With a new start, a new family and feelings for Dominic that she tries to ignore, Penny is ready for her new life. Dominic is that friendly guy with a sweet smile, the kind of guy you try to avoid falling in love with. Dominic however is determined to prove to Penny that she is worthy as well as the fact that he is right for her.
This is a character driven story and Jess B. Moore does an amazing job writing her characters. I wanted to meet them, party with them and travel to Fox River to stay with them. Penny was a great character. Seeing her blossom in this story under Dominic’s gentle love and caring was wonderful. Dominic is that guy I would love to see my daughter bring home. He is caring, sweet, protective, smart and the type of person everyone wants to be friends with, but he has not found that one person he wants to spend his life with, until Penny. His siblings and friends all added to the wonderful atmosphere of this small town. That doesn’t mean that there weren’t some people who gossiped, spread lies and tried to make life miserable for Penny, but for the most part, they were put in their places. This is a very emotional story. Reading about Penny’s life and how it has beat her down was sad, but watching her blossom was wonderful. Both her and Dominic were trying to fight their emotions, but love has a way of working out. This was a wonderful second chance romance story and I am going to read the others to learn about some of the other characters residing in Fox River. I definitely recommend this one to anyone who likes a contemporary second chance romance. I received a copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Author: Jess B Moore is a writer of love stories. When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her talented and stubborn children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never finish.
Jess lives in small town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family. She takes too many pictures of her cats, thinking the Internet loves them as much as she does. She is a firm believer of swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved.
Her novels combine her interests in family, music, and small towns into thoughtful tales of growing up and falling in love.
Follow Jess B. Moore: Website – https://jessbmoore.com