Title – Tess
Author – Ashley Pullo
Publication Date – October 15, 2015
Series – New Amsterdam, #1
Thessaly Sinclair owns an artisanal shop in the historic Seaport district of Lower Manhattan. She’s savvy and charming, and appears to have it all, but a romantic hang-up is holding her back from experiencing true love.
Gah! Tess is such a cute, light-hearted romance that takes place in the heart of New York, a place I could never live, but have always been mesmerized by. I absolutely adored how fun and effervescent the whole story felt. I’ve been having a hard time getting a book to really pull me in lately, but Ashley Pullo certainly did the trick!
“Give bold a chance, Tess.”
Perhaps my favorite thing about the story as a whole was how unique it felt. Yes, it was about a boy and a girl, but that’s about the extent of similarities to others in the genre that I could find. The heroine was a honey distributor, the hero did so much good I was searching for a flaw…and heck, even the names were unique and exuberant. Pullo doesn’t just deliver charismatic characters and a love story; she produces such vivid scenes that you can smell, taste, and truly visualize everything described. You’re pulled into the New York City lifestyle without physically being there. She certainly has a gift for pulling readers into the world she creates, making it is so easy to get lost in the pages.
“Love? Honestly, I’m not sure. I think I know what it would feel like to love someone, but I’ve never experienced that feeling.”
Naturally, what happens with novellas (even though this was a little longer than one) happened here, and I was left aching for more. Heck, I’m drooling for more of Tess and Levi, but all of the secondary characters as well. Tess was full of steam and spice as well as indecision and moments of wanting to shake the characters. However, there were also tender moments that felt real and heart-filled. I’m definitely anxious to dive into the next New Amsterdam novel and see just where Ashley Pullo decides to take us next!
Thessaly places her head on Levi’s shoulder and asks, “So how did you end up in Brooklyn?”
Levi grins, his teeth blindingly white, but his lips tinted orange from the shaved ice. “You first. How did a tomboy from Asheville end up in New York – Downtown even?”
Thessaly lifts her head from his shoulder, extends her arms and clasps her hands. Cracking her knuckles, she laughs nervously. This is that moment – the one where the truth becomes a part of the story arc. Turning into him, she calmly admits, “I followed a boy.”
Levi moves his mouth inches from Thessaly’s lips and whispers, “You don’t like to follow.”
Caught up in the sexual tension, Thessaly grazes his lips and hushes, “And you?”
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Don’t Forget to Check Out the Other Books in the Series!
Julia (New Amsterdam, #2)
Darby (New Amsterdam, #3)
Lucas (New Amsterdam, #4) – Releasing January 2017!
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Residing in New York with her husband and two children, Ashley Pullo is an author, an entertainment blogger, and an advocate for cultural literacy.
NYC is an amazing place to find inspiration – the random and the ordinary that make up reality. My writing showcases inspired ideas, as well as my love for dichotomy, authenticity, pop-culture, and humor.
Dreams need chasers.