Plot overview: Leah falls for her hot new neighbor Tyler. A mature, sexy relationship ensues. It’s a good friends-to-lovers romance.
This book is probably not going to be for everyone. While there is a suspense-y subplot, it’s not as major as the blurb would lead you to believe. This is very much like a Kristen Ashley romance where the suspense rears its head toward the end of the book, but up until then, it’s really just the story of how a cool couple of people meet and fall in love. So if you’re looking for nonstop action, this one is NOT for you. (And if you’re looking for a thrilling mystery, this one also might not be for you. I knew who the bad guy was RIGHT away.)
Leah is a fun, quirky heroine. She loves her job, loves her rescue cat, and is of an age where she’s not looking for Mr. Right Now. She wants to settle down and have a family, but she’s not desperate and out searching relentlessly for a man. She’s letting everything play out organically, and I loved that about her. She’s also not weighed down with tons of emotional baggage. She’s emotionally healthy, and willing and able to accept love into her life. She’s a grown-up. I can’t stress that enough. I’m getting way too old to read about young kids who can’t get their crap together enough to talk about their feelings. That’s not a problem for Leah. She’s my kind of heroine.
Tyler is a great, Kristen Ashley-ish alpha hero. He’s never an alphahole, though. He goes after what he wants, and he wants Leah, but he’s not overly demanding about it. He’s perfectly willing to take things slow with her and let her get to know him before putting any romance-y moves on her. I liked his patience. And like Leah, he wasn’t bogged down by any emotional baggage and unnecessary angst. He was delightful, really.
Secondary characters were interesting, but didn’t intrude on the story too much. It was a nice balance.
Sexy times are of the VERY sexy variety, so if you’re looking for sweet, fade-to-black moments, you’ll want to avoid this one. Ahem.
So, long-story-short, if you’re a Kristen Ashley fan (or an Aurora Rose Reynolds fan, I suppose), you’ll want to check this one out. I thoroughly enjoyed the leisurely pace and the maturity level of it all.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
It’s stigma-free. No rehab needed.
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