From the adorable and hilarious meet-cute in the ER, to the crazy amounts of sexual tension between Bridget and Simon, to the well-drawn, relatable characters that are so realistic you’ll feel like they’re actually your friends by the end of the book, this was a great read. There’s a little something here for everyone: laughs, sexy times, tons of feels..you name what you love best about romance novels and this one’s got you covered.
Bridget’s a great heroine. She’s been through some tragedy, but didn’t ever wallow in self-pity or let her sadness get in the way of raising her son. Bridget wasn’t ever looking for a man to fix all her problems. She was far too focused on being a good mom, and I loved her for that.
Simon was everything I’ve come to expect from a Penelope Ward/Vi Keeland hero. He’s hilarious, so sexy his scenes nearly steam right off the page, smart, driven, and can somehow manage to make even the most innocuous statements sound dirty (that’s talent, people). Reading about this (kind-of) commitment-phobe getting knocked on his ass by love was truly a delight. (Note: Simon isn’t a typical man-whoring commitment-phobe. He has good reasons for believing a relationship with Bridget is out of the question for him. He works through his issues without ever really pissing me off, and I have a low tolerance for commitment-phobes, so that’s saying a lot.)
So, in case you’re still reading this review instead of 1-clicking (which I totally don’t understand), I’ll reiterate: Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland are awesome. Everything they write (separately or together) is awesome. Go 1-click this book. I can’t really be more clear than that, folks. You won’t regret it.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
Crushes it! This one is clean and sober. No rehab needed.
Other reading suggestions
Duh! Read everything you can find by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland. My other sure-to-love contemporary romance favs are Melanie Harlow and Sawyer Bennett. Happy reading!
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