The Grump’s Guide to Chaos | Valerie Pepper

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She’s chaos and sunshine. He’s order and grumpiness. What could possibly go wrong?

When Tori Welch upends her career and comes home for a reset, she’s forced to stay at the local B&B instead of her mom’s house. And that would be fine, except her only regret in life happens to be the innkeeper.

Will Joseph likes order and rules. It’s what’s made him such a good firefighter all these years, and what’s helped make the B&B he runs with his brother thrive. In fact, the only person who ever turned his orderly world upside down left town twenty years ago.

Except now she’s back, staying in his B&B and suggesting they enjoy some no-strings-attached fun. When she agrees to the rules he puts in place to make it happen, he figures he’s safe.


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Oh, those Joseph brothers!! Valerie Pepper saved the best for last, giving us a read that is full of extra spice and relatable emotions. Even though their world is literally wrapped in chaos, the goodness that these two find is absolute perfection for the end of the series.

Valerie’s approach to sensitive subjects is spot on. She adds a touch of humor that really gives it a unique spin. She’s truly an authoress genius! I love how fate brought these two together for a second chance, forcing proximity when Tory’s mother encourages her to stay at the B&B. Their past and present collide, allowing for a door to open (and supposedly close after ONE time). But we all know how well that “one time” thing goes. Their dynamics is entertaining and even a bit heart-wrenching at times as they navigate complex feelings from the past as they pave the way for a potential future.

Each book can be read as a standalone, but you get a lot of background to the Joseph brothers, their ladies, and the B&B that help make this book feel as satisfying as any ending can. LOVED it!

About the Author:

Valerie Pepper writes steamy romantic comedies about small towns. She’s an incurable optimist and a firm believer in the girl getting the guy, or the guy getting the girl, or the girl getting the girl, or the guy getting the guy, or basically any way it needs to happen to make a real-life happily ever after, even if it takes more than one try.

When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, hiking, listening to whatever music suits her mood, and hanging out with her family. She’s fascinated with the idea of a capsule wardrobe, but loves clothes and shoes and boots far too much to make a real go of it.

She’s currently living out her own happily ever after with her husband, kids, and dogs, and maaaaaybe too many shoes. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, and is the recipient of the Contemporary Romance Writer’s 2021 Stiletto Award.

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