Plot overview: Looking for a fresh start away from her past mistakes, dancer Darlene moves to a new city and becomes friends with Sawyer, her grumpy neighbor. Slow burn, single dad, angsty new adult romance ensues.
I could keep this super simple and just say, “I loved the crap out of this book and you should go read it. Like, now.” But that’s not how our reviews have traditionally worked, so I’ll go ahead and list out some of the things I liked about it. And when I’m done, if you’re still not convinced you should read it...well, then I guess I haven’t properly explained it.
First of all, the heroine, Darlene, is awesome. She’s made some mistakes, but she’s worked hard to overcome them and become the best possible version of herself that she can be. She’s hard working, selfless, empathetic, sunshine-y, and just the type of person we all wish we had as a friend.
Second of all, there’s Sawyer. Ah...Sawyer. He’s just the type of grumpy bastard I love the most in romance novels. He seems like a giant bag of dicks to strangers, but once the heroine digs a little deeper, he’s actually a genuinely great guy who is so in love with his beautiful little daughter that it’s heartwarming to read about. (And not much warms my heart, y’all. I’m pretty bitchy most of the time.) And watching him fall ass-over-elbow for the charming Darlene was truly delightful.
I was terrified during the second half of the book. I won’t give anything away, but I was worried that things weren’t going to work out for Sawyer and his daughter the way I wanted them to. But I needn’t have worried. Ms. Scott had everything totally under control. (I had a proper ranty review all planned in my head if things went the wrong way, but that was totally unnecessary. I should’ve known better.)
This is also a really great slow-burn romance, and y’all know I love a good slow-burn romance. Darlene and Sawyer really get to know each other and fall in love before any sexy times occur, and I think that makes the eventual sexy times all the more powerful. There’s no instalove here.
The ending and epilogue will bring a happy tear to your eye, as well.
So...what are you waiting for??? Go download the book, damn it!!
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
It’s stigma-free and all kinds of fabulous. No rehab needed.
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