The 7 Rules of Moving On

A Mystic Hot Springs Novella

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Pub Date 14 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 20 Feb 2022

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A lighthearted, low-angst, sweet and steamy Valentine's Day novella perfect for fans of Tessa Bailey, Emily Henry, K. A. Tucker, and a little bit of magic with their romance!

For jingle writer Kissie Mitchell, rules are all that stand between order and chaos. Determined to move on from a breakup and a stagnant life, she heads to Mystic Hot Springs—a resort in the remote town of Twin Hearts, Montana—for a Valentine's Day getaway with her best friend before embarking on a new job in Seattle and a more exciting life. She's armed with a laminated list of rules to keep her heart safe and a simple plan: find a rebound guy, get lucky, put her ex behind her. Not part of her plan: the resort’s sweet and smoking hot bartender, Andrew Trig.

Trig, with his soulful brown eyes, thick beard, and Keanu Reeves good looks, is not no-strings-attached rebound material. He's sell-all-your-stuff-and-move-to-the-middle-of-damn-nowhere-for-him material. Kissie is determined to keep her distance, but when he offers to act as her wingman for the weekend after her best friend gets sick in exchange for her help convincing Mystic’s owners not to sell the resort he loves, she can’t refuse.

The more time Kissie spends in Twin Hearts, she’s charmed by the town, by Mystic, and by Trig. As the sexual tension between them steams up the windows more than the hot springs water, Kissie will learn some rules are made to be broken. When a single night calls into question everything she thought she wanted, she’ll have to decide if big feelings will send her running away, or if sometimes moving on means staying right where you are.

Notes from Jess

Welcome to Twin Hearts! Where magic is in water, love is in the air, and talking bears play cupid.

Kissie and Trig came to me one night begging to meet. They were in the bar. Kissie was wearing a polka dotted mod dress and Trig was in jeans and a flannel. Kissie was all over the place, buzzing around and spilling her drink but absolutely convinced she had her life together. Trig was leaning against the door frame, arms crossed over his chest, grinning at her and thinking, "She is the woman of my dreams." Literally. I adore these two love-struck goofballs and I sincerely hope you do as well. Stay tuned for book 2 this summer! If Ryan plays his cards right, he might finally get his redhead.

A lighthearted, low-angst, sweet and steamy Valentine's Day novella perfect for fans of Tessa Bailey, Emily Henry, K. A. Tucker, and a little bit of magic with their romance!

For jingle writer Kissie...

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The 7 Rules of Moving On was a delight from start to finish. The banter is top notch, the sex is steamy, and the characters are sweet and likeable while all on their own path of growth. Jess K Hardy's voice is a perfect mix of sweet and snark--you're laughing along with the characters and rooting for them the whole time. Throw in some Joni Mitchell lyrics and a little big of magic, and this one is a winner for anyone who wants to sit down with something that will give them all the happy butterflies of a feel-good romance.

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**thank you to Netgalley and Victory Editing NetGalley Co-op. for this free eARC in return for my honest review**

When I read the synopsis of this novella it instantly called to me. Who doesn’t love a small-town getaway with a hunky bartender to boot?
I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I read this, I read the whole thing in one sitting. Kissie’s story, mending her best friends broken heart and unexpectedly falling for Trig the hot bartender whilst doing so. It was refreshing and comforting that she had these seven rules, and that she had to follow them. I’m a girl who loves lists and rules/guidelines also, so I connected with her on that level.
I also liked that the story was from a dual perspective. Knowing how Trig was feeling also, and reading about their undeniable connection for one another, melted my heart and set it soaring.
I love a small town where everyone knows everyone else's business and the fact that everyone also looks out for each other. The way they all could see how Kissie and Trig were together, it was just too sweet for words.
This story depicted the struggles and trauma of broken relationships, thoroughly well, in both our main characters and the fact that even though they were both hurting, they somehow still opened up to one another – even if they didn’t want to admit to the other.
Thank you to Net Galley for sending me this sweet little story. It felt like a home away from home to delve into.

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A wonderful feel-good romance. It was just such a joy to read from page one. The characters' growth and progression is so seamless and yet at the same time… the banter, the steam, the love it’s all so well done. The setting came to life and the characters were fun, well rounded, and so relatable. Hardy has a magical way of transporting you from your reading nook and making you feel a part of the story and characters lives.

I really enjoyed the premise and how the Kissie's rules moved the story and the characters through the story. And, don't get me wrong, I love angst and drama, but it was absolutely refreshing to not cringe my way through any of this book. It was well paced and kept me flipping from start to finish!

For anyone who wants to sit and simply enjoy a phenomenal and delightful story, with a bit of magic *wink*, this one is for you!

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Quirky magic! The 7 Rules of Moving On serves up a tantalizing dish of sweet, steamy fun that's perfect for anyone looking for a quick romance hit.

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This book was a light-hearted, fluffy, steamy delight to read! Great banter, a cool setting, fun side characters and a lot of swoon might make this a perfect reading-slump buster or quick romance hit.

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The 7 Rules of Moving On is a perfect snowy Saturday read, especially with Valentines Day fast approaching. Romance isn’t usually my genre, but this novella had so much to keep me interested: character development, humor, fun scenarios (magic bears!), organic conflict, and a setting to die for (hot springs, northern lights, small town Montana resort). It was a delight to escape into the story for a while and lose myself in Trig’s Keanu-Reeves-inspired brown eyes. Hardy has a real knack for making all her characters come to life (even the supporting ones), and by the last page, Pudge, Grandma Betty, and the town of Twin Hearts felt real to me, like I could hop online and book a weekend at this place. Absolutely delightful and refreshing read!
Thank you Netgalley and Jess K Hardy for the free arc of this book.

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I loved this book! I was hooked from the beginning. The characters were so likeable and the plot was great. I really loved everyone about this. I hope to learn more about Mystic and Twin hearts. What happens with Ryan and Dawn?

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