Loved this story so much! The love between Matt and Shay was the from the start and you could tell they were just meant to be. I was hooked to see what happened to them from the beginning. When someone broke into Shay’s store, the way that Matt reacted just warmed my heart. Even though they weren’t together for over 17 years, the thought that something happened to Shay was just unimaginable to him. I loved the slow burn and then the dramatic twist. I’m so in love this these characters and this town. I’m onto book 2!
Mad About Matt ( A Red Maple Falls Novel, #1) by Theresa Paolo. This is the story of Matt Hayes & Shay Michaels who fell in love one summer years ago. They thought they were going to be together forever but Shay trusted her mom and moved back home to the big city and thought she had lost Matt forever. Matt was devastated and never got over Shay. He became the local Sheriff and Shay moved back to Red Maple Falls years later. Matt comes from a large family and Shay was still friends with a couple of his sisters. Matt avoided Shay as much as possible until an alarm went off in her bakery, the Sweet Dreams Bakery, Shay’s baby. Sparks were still there and it wasn’t long until they were right back in a relationship. Can they both learn to trust each other again or will Shay let her crazy Mom control her again and will Matt let his insecurities about not being good enough for Shay cloud his emotions. This is a super sweet book and a quick read. I can’t wait to read the rest of the Series!
This was my first book by Theresa Paolo, but it won’t be my last. Mad About Matt is a small town, second chance love story. The characters are amazing and I love the storyline. Matt is the Sheriff of Red Maple Falls, a delightful little town that has the cutest residents. The Hayes family completely sucked me in, and I can’t wait to devour each of their stories as they find love. The story was easy to read, engaging, and the chemistry was off the charts adorable. My favorite book from Theresa Paolo. Completely recommended for anyone looking for a feel good romance. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
“Mad About Matt” is the first book in the Red Maple Falls series by Theresa Paolo. Matt is the oldest of six siblings and the local sheriff in Red Maple Falls, the small town he was born and raised in. Seventeen years ago, he fell in love with Shay, a beautiful young woman who lived in New York but spent her summer vacations in Red Maple Falls with her grandparents. They haven’t spoken in years, but the feelings are still there. Matt is such a great male lead character, hometown boy, loyal to family and friends, helps out his parents and grandparents, what a catch! He is one of those characters you root for even if he isn’t the underdog. Shay seems to balance him out very well when he gets overly macho bossy to her and I love that! She doesn’t like to be told what to do after being bossed around for so many years and it’s wonderful to see a female character stand up for her life and love. Shay following her dreams and opening her own bakery is such a great way to honor her passions in life. These characters were so fun to read about, I hated to reach the end of the book. I am very happy to see that the Red Maple Falls series is nice and long and I can’t wait to read each one! So, yeah, five full stars to Theresa Paolo and “Mad About Matt!”
Reviewed by @emilybee430
This was a really sweet romance read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I haven’t read anything by this author previously but I had a feeling I would enjoy the story as the blurb interested me and within a few pages I could tell it was my kind of read.
I really loved the characters, Shay and Matt. They were both down to earth people and had this great realistic feel about them. They are the kind of characters who you can’t help but like straight away and end up rooting for them the whole way through.
So I could see how the story could be a little predictable however I still loved it. I thought the authors’ writing was good – it was a perfect easy to read small town romance story. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.
Mad About Matt, by Theresa Paolo, is the first book in the Red Maple Falls series. This second chance romance is utterly sweet with a mix of drama running abound. Shay is a strong female character is this book though she may not always make the best decisions. She feels that she is on the path she needs to be on and holds firm to those strides. Matt is a protector, it’s driven in his DNA. He exudes those traits throughout the story, whether they across good or bad. Add these two back into the same pot and the question on whether the sparks will reignite or it they will sparkle, then fizzle out. Theresa Paolo wrote a well paced story with solid characters. In the midst of their story, secondary characters are introduced that set the stage for the series to continue. A worthwhile read that I enjoyed each moment.
Reviewed by @hbahm
Mad About Matt (A Red Maple Falls Novel, #1) by Theresa Paolo
I simply adore books about small towns and the people that live there. I already have a list of towns I want to live in and Red Maple Falls has now been added to this list.
This was such a great story and my first by this author and it makes me wonder why I’ve never found these books before now. This was a great second chance themed book about two people who were tore apart years ago by a person who put greed and social standing above what truly matters in this world, although they both played a small part in what ended up happening.
Can they get past what happened and even if they can will they be able to escape what happened in the time they were apart?
I loved this and the authors writing style had me hooked throughout…it flowed beautifully and I can not wait to dig in to the the rest of this series. I highly recommend reading this.
Review by @debikircher
Mad About Matt (Red Maple Falls #1) by Theresa Paolo was a okay read that, for me, was a little bit of a mixed of love, hate, slow burn, turned WTF to, okay will that escalated quickly. I have to say I’m a little mixed, there is good, there is ugly, and there is, sad to say some bad.
This is a first time read for me from this author, so as always I go in with a open mind, and at the start everything was going pretty good. The writing is engaging, it has a nice rhythm and it flowed nicely from one scene to the next. As for plot, it wasn’t anything new, I mean I have read similar ones before. But all have their own quirks and charm that makes you keep coming back. This book is no different. The fictional town of Red Maple is right out of a hallmark TV movie, sweet, country and all the shops seem to being doing well. I liked that feel, it set the stage, and it was familiar. So very easy to form a picture, even if there wasn’t as much detail on the town itself.
Now, as for why I have very mixed feels. As a romance, it in itself was a little all over the place. It’s a slow burn, but with the MC’s already knowing one another, and had previously date as teens. It was a summer loving type deal (Did Grease pop into your head?… ahhaha) They parted, Matt was heartbroken, never got over it, blamed every failed relationship on it, and so on. Shay’s story follows pretty much the same. This wasn’t a problem for me, I like these second chance romances, cheese and all. It was the way they both acted. For people in their 30’s they were damn immature (I’m in that zone, so yes I can judge.)
Shay, I wasn’t a fan, she portrayed a tough girl persona, but cracked under pressure. She failed at knowing when you should call for help, ask for help, and simply not growing a set and talking to Matt. Two years she was back, and neither one made the attempt to reconnect, instead they pined and wished they would. Both could fill the ocean with their excuses. Matt also was, wow, he had a big character shift half way through, and I don’t know how I feel about that. It was so out of his, build up character, that I was taken back and a little mad.
Things do work themselves out, and they run off into the sunset. I know it seems like I’m harping, but those things stood out to me. Not all is on the down side. The story itself isn’t bad, it has great conversation, witty banter and it hooks you right away. This book, is a little rough around the edges but it reads well and as I said it keeps you engaged and entertained. And frankly, isn’t that what we want from a story? So don’t get discouraged, give this book a shot, you might like everything I didn’t.
With that being said, I give this book my recommendation and my stamp of approval.
-Review by @eawalsh
Mad about Matt is the first book in the Red Maple Falls series by Theresa Paolo. It’s been sitting on my Kindle for a bit and I finally got the chance to read it. I’m so glad I did and wish I had gotten to it sooner.
Matt had his heart broken when he was a teenager by Shay. He isn’t that boy anymore but he hasn’t ever recovered from her.
Shay loved spending her summers with her grandparents as a kid. It was then she met and fell in love with Matt. But love is never easy when you’re young.
Thankfully there is always an opportunity to rekindle that love no matter how much neither one of them wants do it or fight it.
I fell in love with this group of siblings and I’m looking forward to reading their stories and how they fall in love with their special someones.
Great Series and I fell in love with Shay and Matt
Mad About Matt (A Red Maple Falls Novel, #1) by Theresa Paolo
I have found a new must read author with this book and I cannot Wait to dive into the rest of this series. I was hooked from the first word to the last.
Shay and Matt had a summer love so strong that years after she left, they still held onto their feelings for each other. The chemistry between these two was hot, but they also had a deep connection to one another.
I really loved this story and I cant wait to read the rest of this series as the secondary characters caught my attention in this book as well. This is a must read!