I adore a good slow-burn romance, and this one fit the bill nicely. When the story starts, the heroine, Bernadette, and the hero, Matt, aren’t in relationship-seeking mode. She’s a little hung up on her boss and he’s reeling from a recent break-up with his former live-in girlfriend. So there wasn’t immediate, overwhelming romance-y feelings between them which I really liked. It gave them a chance to become friends and really get to know each other before the sexy times started.
In the very beginning, I kind of thought Bernadette was going to be one of those tongue-tied-around-gorgeous-guys type heroines who was clumsy and weird and always a little awkward around people. I’ve seen that kind of heroine more times than I can count lately. But she really wasn’t like that at all. She’s a creative free-spirit, but she’s also smart and snarky and organized and great at her job. Her ability to verbally spar and hold her own with Matt was AWESOME.
And honestly, I also loved that Bernadette lives in New York City and is a proud stay-at-home-and-watch-Netflix kind of gal. I can TOTALLY relate to that.
Matt’s a little bit grumpy and sullen in the beginning of the book, but that’s really only because he’s a bit messed up about his recent break-up. Once he gets over that, he’s a genuinely nice guy and y’all know how much I love a nice-guy hero. Watching the sullen, grumpy, kind of uptight lawyer fall for the fun free spirit was really kind of delightful. (And not much delights me, folks. I’m pretty grumpy and sullen myself.)
The side characters
This book had great side characters. Bernadette’s parents were awesome, Aunt Dolly was awesome, Daisy the dog was awesome...are you seeing a pattern here? The side characters served an actual purpose in the story and didn’t merely exist to move the relationship between Matt and Bernadette along, and I really appreciated that.
Odds and ends
The pacing of the story was perfect, I didn’t notice too many egregious typos and errors, the sex scenes were nice and spicy, there was tons of fun, witty banter, and the characters acted like grown-ups 99.9% of the time. These are all things that helped move this book to my keeper shelf.
So, long-story-short, this was a fun read and I’m super glad I took a chance on it. This book is proof that not all KU reads by new-to-me authors are toxic. It helped remind me to always keep an open mind, just like my mom taught me. (Thanks, Mom. And thanks, Kayley Loring!)
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
It kicks the crap out of the romance stigma! No rehab needed.
Other reading suggestions
I’ll probably check out the author’s backlist, frankly.
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