Release Day Review: Trailer Park Heart by Rachel Higginson

Trailer park born and raised. It’s my legacy. That’s how my mama lived. And that’s how her mama lived. It’s the life I was born into and it’s the life I swore I would leave the second I was old enough to make it out. 

Only legacies have a funny way of sneaking up on you. An innocent decision the night of high school graduation led to a series of complications in my plans to escape. 

Seven years later, I’ve resigned myself to this small town and the roots I’m tied to. Nothing could make me leave. And nothing could make me spill the secrets that keep me here. 

Until he walks back into town with a chip on his shoulder and a stupid hunch nobody else in town has been smart enough to follow. 

Levi Cole is my opposite. Born on the right side of the tracks with family money to spare, he’s the kind of black sheep that can afford to be rebellious—because his family will always pay for his mistakes. He’s also the only living heir to Cole Family Farms, after his brother Logan was killed in duty seven years ago. 

He sees something in my life that he thinks he has a right to. But he’s wrong. And obnoxious. And he needs to take his stubborn good looks and that intense way he looks at me and go back to wherever it was he came from. 

I know better than to trust men like him. I was born and raised in a trailer park, I know nothing good happens to girls like me—girls with trailer park lives and trailer park hearts. Especially from gorgeous, kind, pigheaded men like him. 

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**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

I have a thing for stories about girls that are from the wrong side of the tracks falling for guys who are the complete opposite. In the prologue of this story we see Ruby and Levi in their senior year, and we get an idea what type of relationship they have. They are more enemies than friends, but it wasn't really toxic or anything in my opinion. They were teasing one another, and they both didn't really know how to express themselves. They are teenagers, and it is sometimes hard to get a hint in some cases. After an incident at the high school graduation party, Ruby's dreams are taken away and she can't escape the small town like she was planning for years. Seven years later, Levi comes back in town and is surprised to see Ruby is still living there. Levi, hopes to make his intentions more clear than he did in high school. Ruby, doesn't really know how to feel about this and does her best to keep a distance between each other. However, Levi isn't that easily pushed away. 

Trailer Park Heart is overall a good contemporary romance. I was expecting this story to have a more emotional punch, but it was in my opinion more light-hearted with a few somewhat emotional scenes. Some behaviors, especially Ruby's, were chaotic and came across as a bit immature at times. They are in their mid-twenties, but sometimes acted like they were still teenagers. It didn't bother me too much though, I understand that people can hold grudges and act up on it, because they didn't get any closure in their teenage years. However, this did make it harder for me to connect to the characters. Also the last quarter of the book was a bit rushed, which contributed to me not being able to enjoy seeing the characters as a couple. Their 'relationship' was complicated from the start, and not being able to see them as a real couple for at least a couple of chapters, left me wanting more. If you like what you read in the blurb, then I do recommend you give this book a try!

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Rachel Higginson is the best-selling author of The Five Stages of Falling in Love, Every Wrong Reason, Bet on Us and The Star-Crossed Series.

She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days writing stories and raising five amazing kids.

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