Inked Avenue Reviews… “Pour Your Heart Out” by Zoe Lee

//Pour Your Heart Out by Zoe Lee//

3 Feathers

A woman seeking wonderlust and adventure.

A man who hates change and is not a fan of tourists.

Put them together and you have the makings of one interesting story.

There on recommendation by her best friend, Chase Cade takes a vacation in the charming little tourist town of Maybelle, Virginia. A town filled with lively locals, scandalous small town gossip, and spirited celebrations. It’s a place where everyone knows everyone and you can’t take a step in the wrong direction without your mother hearing about it a few hours later. And know matter how many times you say you are going to leave and never come back, something or someone comes along and reminds you why you love the town in the first place.

Chase, who is a big city California girl,  expects this to be just like her other travel experiences. Where she’s there to explore everything the town has to offer then pack her bags and move on to her next adventure. However, she doesn’t expect to fall head over heels for the charismatic town and the people in it.

I really loved how Zoe Lee captured all the elements of a small town. From the snooty snobs that think they are the hottest thing since the microwave was invented, to the lifelong friendships that are formed at birth, the setting as a whole was completely on point. It painted a very relaxing tone for the novel and made me want to visit the small town nestled between three lakes. The easy lighthearted banter between old friends made it easy to enjoy and almost effortless to fall in love with each character.

But… Even though I did love the setting, characters, and romantic story line I felt like there were certain elements missing that made it hard to emotionally connect with Chase and Aden. While the option for an angsty build up was present, it fell short in that area because it was lacking the heat and passion of a slow burning romance, and the sweet and tender moments of caring relationship.However, the ending was sweet and magical, a little rushed, but left you with a lighthearted smile and butterflies fluttering in your stomach. I got the feeling that the two could possibly get another book because, to me, their story didn’t seem completely finished.

*Fingers crossed*

Pour Your Heart Out is a quick laid-back debut novel about two people who found love in the most unexpected places in the most unexpected people. And while I did enjoy the book, it was missing that pulse pounding slow burn for me to be fully invested in Chase and Aden’s story! I am so looking forward to reading the next Zoe Lee novel!




Chase Cade is as untethered as a kite without a string.

The minute she drives past the “Welcome to Maybelle” sign after six months traveling, she knows the quaint little town is something new entirely. It’s more than the good food and welcoming people — with the exception of the gruff bartender she meets her first night out.

Aden Riveau couldn’t be more rooted in Maybelle if he were an actual tree.
In a town that caters to tourists, his bar is the only place the locals have all to themselves. Everyone knows him and he knows everyone, and nothing spoils his peace more than having to deal with nosy, gawking tourists who don’t stick around.

She’s only in Maybelle for a vacation, and he’s never taken a vacation in his life. He can’t stop thinking about how different she is, and she can’t stop trying to figure him out. But her reservation has an end, and his never will, unless he can find a way to pour his heart out.

//Author Bio//

51mje7xhq8l-_ux250_Zoe has been writing since she was a little girl, growing up north of Chicago. Since then, she’s lived in Ohio and San Francisco, and now lives near Boulder. She has a job that she loves, but it doesn’t sound exciting to anyone else. She does yoga and takes dance classes when she can. She has a husband, who reads her romances, and an amazing little girl, who is way too young to read what Zoe writes (yet). She’s inspired by her family and friends, books and art, and all of the places she’s traveled.

You can find her at and @zoelee_books on Twitter.


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