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Feature: Chick Magnet by Emma Barry

Feature: Chick Magnet by Emma Barry

“Barry handles both characters with care and delivers a powerful message about
seeking help for mental illness even as she infuses the story with ample comic relief.
Pet loving romance fans should flock to this one.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“Intoxicating and deeply romantic.” — Zoe York, USA Today and New York Times
bestselling author

From Emma Barry comes a clever romance about a hot veterinarian and a chicken-loving influencer who can’t help but ruffle each other’s feathers.

Nicole Jones needs a fresh start. “Chick Nic” to millions of internet fans, the social media star and her flock of chickens bask in the spotlight—until she’s publicly dumped by a YouTuber for clout. She has no choice but to round up her birds and move on.

But when one of her hens has an emergency, Nic gets her first taste of her new stomping grounds—and it isn’t good. Veterinarian Will Lund is wildly attractive, yes, but he’s also surly. In fact, he comes right out and calls her a menace for parading her chickens on social media.

As neighbors, Nic and Will can’t exactly avoid each other. Then again, maybe they don’t want to. The two can’t deny their smoldering attraction, and it isn’t long before late-night confessions lead to backyard shenanigans.

Is this the start of a neighborly relationship—or could something more be hatching?

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Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. I liked the premise of the book, the idea of a Chicken Influencer and Veterinarian winding up together in an enemies to lovers romance, was too cute to pass up. I liked the meet cute between Nic and Will. These two neighbors certainly ruffled each other’s feathers.

However, I did have some issues with this book. Nic and Will had a lot of promise together, but for me, it fell flat. I found myself struggling to stay connected to them. At times, the pacing of the story felt off and that made it even harder for me to stay engaged with the story. But, my biggest problem was all of the COVID talk. Yes, I 100% understand that at some point books will need to cover and discuss the pandemic and all the struggles along with it. But, people are still struggling and deal with COVID and this reader isn’t quite ready to go there yet. Reading is supposed to be an escape from reality….

Despite my issues with this story, I’m happy to have to check it out and given it a chance. I think this book will be a hit for some, but a total miss for others.

*Thank you so much to the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this title.*


Emma Barry is a teacher, novelist, recovering academic, and former political staffer. She lives with her high school sweetheart and a menagerie of pets and children in Virginia, and she occasionally finds time to read and write.

Twitter: @AuthorEmmaBarry
Instagram: @author.emma.barry

Emma is a favorite in the romance world.

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