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Solving Shelly (Sweet Water Circle #5) by Grayson Avery

Solving Shelly


Shelly Larson is in a man drought so dry it makes The Grapes of Wrath look like a Hampton’s pool party. With most of her besties (The Sweet Water Circle) in good relationship standing, The Circle spins to Shelly with a long-overdue intervention. It’s time for her to find her forever man. Or at least a guy without a foot fetish who doesn’t text pictures of himself in his tighty whities.

Shelly wants no part of the dating scene, but no matter what she tries, The Circle is ahead of her, so eventually she relents to the torturous trio of speed dating, online dating apps, and blind dates. Will she find a diamond in the rough or will it just be rough?

Meanwhile, the only Circle member still looking for love, Donna, is back from L.A., divorced and crashing with Shelly. When Donna’s new man makes a play for Shelly, it sets off shockwaves that could fracture The Sweet Water Circle’s thirty-year friendship, just as Taylor’s wedding to billionaire Ben Bach brings the crew from Sweet Water to Ibiza and Paris, not once, but twice. Will Shelly risk her friendships for a chance at forever love that could end up in heartbreak? Find out in the series finale of The Sweet Water Circle!


I pick up a Grayson Avery book when I want to read a LOL comedy with heart. I have read every single Sweet Water Circle book and was pleased to see the finale featuring Shelly Larson and Taylor’s dispirited and grumpy brother Joe. Shelly is afraid of relationships and all they entail so when the Sweet Water Circle of friends select Shelly as their next mission, it’s a fight to the end.

Shelly is content being a single woman of 40. She loves her plants and her freedom and is excited to have her best friend Donna and her teenage son Dylan stay with her until they get settled in Sweet Water. But then Taylor’s wedding changes everything as the Sweet Water gals are determined to find Shelly a plus one. After all, Shelly has been alone so long her neighbors think she’s gay. So the games begin as Shelly is forced to sit through a tortuous speed dating fiasco with sweaty guy, soul searching guy, and the handsome funny guy who made her laugh. Perhaps it’s not all bad. Funny guy is a good kisser.

Shelly and Zack have great chemistry as they get to know each other in unusual circumstances. I have to give Zack a lot of credit for being so understanding about Shelly’s reluctance and her friends’ persistence to get them together. I was also glad to see Shelly pull Joe out of his grumpy bearded man slump. They’ve been friends for a long time and it is refreshing to see them connect as they start to see each other in a new and promising way. However, Shelly is conflicted. She didn’t want a man in her life and now she has two. One is perfect and one is forbidden. Watching Zack and Joe battle for Shelly’s favor is both funny and sad as one knows someone is going to get hurt. Who does Shelly choose? How does Shelly have a falling out with the Sweet Water Circle? Read this wonderfully funny book and find out.

Of course, one meets the quirky group of friends who give Mr. Avery’s books so much depth. It was a perfect ending to the series seeing them all gather for Taylor and Ben’s wedding. Meeting Shelly’s outspoken best friend Donna is fun as she fits right in with this hilarious group and there is some drama that occurs between the two.

I highly recommend this fast-paced finale to an excellent series. The characters have so much depth and one can’t help but fall in love with each and every one of them. You will enjoy every second of Shelly’s story and I will miss this lovely series. Check out my other reviews in the series: Project Kaitlyn, Jenn Reinvented, Taylor Partially Matured, and Sasha’s Redemption.

Thank you to Mr. Avery for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Grayson Avery is the author of The Sweet Water Circle Series, a romantic comedy series that focuses on childhood friends in their 30’s and 40’s as they help each other navigate the stormy waters of dating, marriage, divorce, and a whole lot of inappropriate, naughty, and downright hysterical situations.

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