First of all, Claudia Connor writes grown-up books. I’m not talking about X-rated stuff, mind you. (Even though the sex scenes are sufficiently spicy for the genre) I’m talking about good old fashioned, low angst, feel-good romances featuring smart heroines and heroes who aren’t domineering alphaholes and who actually TALK to each like real life adults. Her characters have real-life problems and real-life responsibilities, which makes them so much more relatable than the billionaire-rockstar-shifter-manwhore-virgin types you so often find in Romancelandia. Her books are always a refreshing break from the wackadoo nonsense that seems to plague so many other books. (*cough* The Magic Cupcake *cough*) (link to review)
Nora is a great heroine. She’s a smart, determined, hard-working single mom who doesn’t waste time having pity parties about her sad past or plotting how to snag a man. Her son is the light of her life, and I loved that about her. I also liked that she was smart enough to admit when she was in over her head with her home repairs and was willing to graciously accept Zach’s (the hero’s) help. (I can’t abide romance heroines who desperately need help but refuse it out of sheer stubbornness. Smart women know when they can handle matters on their own and when they should ask for help. Asking for help doesn’t make you any less of a feminist. End of PSA.)
Zach is a tender-hearted, nice-guy hero. (And y’all know I LOVE me some nice-guy heroes). Watching a former “let’s keep it casual” guy fall ass-over-elbow for Nora, who didn’t really want anything to do with dating him at first, was a pretty fun ride. (And it doesn’t hurt that he’s super sexy and helps take care of the baby. I ask you: is there anything hotter than a hot guy taking care of a baby? I think not.)
So, long-story-short, I highly recommend this one. It can be easily read as a standalone. Happy 1-clicking, folks!
Full disclosure: We received a free ARC from NetGalley.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
It kicks the crap out of the romance stigma! No rehab needed.
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Read everything Claudia Connor has written. Come see me when you hit the end of her backlist.
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