Ruby is smart, sassy, and proud of her half-Korean heritage, even though some of the small-minded people in her town try their best to make her ashamed of it. And while she knows exactly who she is as a person and is comfortable in her own skin, she’s still trying to find herself professionally, so I didn’t find it at all unbelievable that she’d take Remi (the hero) up on his offer to act as a live-in nanny to his little girl, Lillie. Everything about her character made sense to me, and that made her relatable. To me, the ability to create relatable heroines is on of the things that separates the great authors from the crappy ones in Romancelandia.
Remi is a dirty-talking (in bed, anyway), jealous kind of guy, but he’s also a great dad and never treats Ruby with anything but respect. He’s alpha, but he’s in no way an alphahole, and y’all know I abhor alphaholes. Remi is perfect. (And the fact that he’s willing to get up and sing Kenny Rogers karaoke in an effort to impress Ruby is just a bonus.)
Other odds and ends
Lillie is all kinds of adorable and acts age appropriate (if a bit precocious). She’s a genuine part of the story, and I really appreciated that. I can’t tell you how many times I run into kids in romance novels that don’t act like real kids and only exist to forcibly and clumsily move the romance forward.
Ruby’s friend Drew is also great, which reminds me that I must’ve somehow missed the release of her story. I blame Facebook. But I’ll be 1-clicking Drew’s story VERY soon to thwart Zuckerberg’s evil plan to shorten my TBR list…
So, all in all, it should surprise exactly no one that I highly recommend this book. It can be read as a standalone, which is yet another bonus. Happy 1-clicking, y’all! You can thank me later.
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
Read everything Tia Louise has written. Come see me when you hit the end of her backlist.
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