Karen Booth presents SWAP AND SMELL THE ROSES, with Reese Ryan

Karen Booth presents SWAP AND SMELL THE ROSES, with Reese Ryan

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - Signing Line at 5:30 pm, Reading & Conversation begin at 6:00 pm

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In this deliciously tender, steamy romance, a burned-out musician swaps city life for cottage country only to find that slowing down means a racing heart, thanks to the grumpy guy next door…

When Willow Moore’s lifelong dream of music stardom goes bust, she’s burned out enough to need drastic change. As in, she’s trading her Brooklyn apartment for two months in the Connecticut countryside. Soon she’s baking bread, spending Saturdays at the farmer’s market, and stopping to smell the roses, but some things in her new #cottagecore life aren’t so pleasant. Like her landlord, former chef Reid Harrell. As grouchy and reserved as Willow is chatting and outgoing, Reid is an annoyingly sexy “keep out” sign. If only Willow was good at staying away.

Something about Reid, a sliver of pain poking through that flinty façade, makes her wonder if they’re more alike than she thought. Reid once chased success too, and found it—at a price. Now all he wants is to be left alone to garden, but Willow's not giving up so quick, especially when one of their heated arguments sparks an idea for a song. Her renewed creativity awakens them both, hurling them into a passionate vortex neither expects.

As the summer winds down, Willow is forced to confront her needs, wants, and desires, not to mention Reid, the hardest puzzle of all to figure out. Maybe it’s time for the city girl to stop dwelling on dreams dashed and start following her heart—no matter where it might take her…


Karen Booth is a Midwestern girl transplanted to the South, raised on ’80s music and way too many readings of Forever… by Judy Blume. Married to her real-life Jake Ryan, she has two amazing kids with epic hair, a very bratty cat and loves getting up before dawn to write romance. With plenty of sparks.

Vivian Award-winning author Reese Ryan writes sexy, emotional, “grown folks” romantic fiction set in small Southern towns. Her characters find love while navigating career crises and family drama. The two-time recipient of the Donna Hill Breakout Author Award is an advocate for the romance genre and diversity in fiction. Reese is the host of Story Behind the Story—an interactive YouTube show where readers and authors connect. Her books have been featured on Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, and BookRiot.

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Swap and Smell the Roses: A Romantic Comedy By Karen Booth Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781335041647
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Afterglow Books by Harlequin - May 21st, 2024

Return to Hummingbird Way: Includes a bonus novella (Holly Grove Island) By Reese Ryan Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781538734483
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Forever - April 25th, 2023