The tone of this second-chance romance is sweet and light-hearted, which I almost always enjoy. It’s the literary equivalent of comfort foods like warm mac and cheese and mashed potatoes, you know? It’s a comfort read. There’s plenty of gloom and doom in the real world. I don’t always need it invading my reading time, so this book perfectly suited my current reading mood.
I think Cassi is a great heroine, too. I don’t always like how she seems to let her overbearing and overprotective brothers bulldoze over her, but she’s the glue that keeps the family together, and I applaud her for her efforts to take care of everyone. And her kind heart is evident by the way she immediately steps up to help Rem, who is clearly over his head, with the kids. She’s also snarky and sarcastic and quick-witted, which I just find delightful. Her rapid-fire banter with Rem is one of my favorite things about the book overall.
Rem’s a good hero, too, even though he tends to martyr himself a little too much for my liking at certain points in the story. (Once you read the book, you’ll know what I mean. I don’t want to give anything away.) He’s adorably clueless when it comes to taking care of little girls, but that doesn’t stop him from bringing them into his solitary life when they’re in need of a temporary home. They’re family, and he adores them. And is there anything sexier than a hot dude who adores kids?
This is also an interracial romance, which I love. We definitely need more diversity in romance land.
If I had to complain, I’d say that Cassi’s brothers irked me a bit. Their constant bickering and fighting (physical fighting, mind you) made them seem super immature at times. I would’ve liked to see more evidence of their love and respect for one another, which would’ve made me more anxious to read their stories when the time came. (This book sets up the brothers up nicely for their own HEAs, even though I imagine they’ll need to do some serious growing up before they get there)
So, long-story-short, this is a sweet, engaging, second-chance romance underneath a cover image that is like crack-cocaine for anyone with estrogen running through their bodies. I dare you to look at that image, read that blurb, and NOT 1-click. (Don’t feel bad when you immediately download, either. I did. You won’t regret it. It’s a good read!)
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
No rehab needed. This one’s clean and sober.
Other reading suggestions
This was my first read by this author, but it was strong enough that I’ll be immediately checking out her backlist. But for additional second-chance romance reads, check out this “best of” list.