I made it to about 50% of the story. That’s when I started thinking, damn, I’m at 50% of the story and NOTHING has happened yet in the way of romance. It’s just been a hot dude taking care of a baby and occasionally running into a woman he has the hots for. I was bored at this point in the story, and started to consider skimming. But you know what? Life’s too short to spend skimming books that are boring the crap out of me. So I stopped. Then I noticed that this book is 419 pages long. Jesus! 419 pages? That’s way too long. If the chapters about Brant taking care of the baby had been condensed, the book had a shot at keeping my attention, but at 419, I would’ve been really bitter had I stayed in it until the end. I’m SUPER glad I quit at 50%.
She has a list, y’all. If you’re a regular romance reader (or watcher of Hallmark and Lifetime Channel holiday romances), you know what I’m talking about. Molly, the heroine, has a list of things she wants to accomplish in her lifetime, and a timeframe that she wants to follow for each accomplishment. So, her list says that she shouldn’t be in a serious relationship until she’s 30, and darn it, she’s only 27, so OBVIOUSLY, she can’t get involved with Brant, because it’s just not time yet. (*rolls eyes so hard I have a headache that lasts two hours*) I’m sorry, but that is without a doubt, one of the DUMBEST reasons not to get involved with someone that I’ve ever heard, and I have no patience for that kind of jackassery.
And what’s worse is that Molly doesn’t even stick to her guns. She keeps flirting with Brant, and offering to help him take care of the baby, and cooking dinner for him. THEN she ends up pushing him away because of her stupid list (and past daddy issues, which is yet another annoying trope that I’d be happy to never run into again).
By the time I quit reading, I kind of wanted Molly to get hit by a bus so that the hero might have the opportunity to meet a GOOD heroine.
Hart of Dixie
Did you guys watch Hart of Dixie? I’m not saying the author copied anything from the show because the plot lines were nothing alike, but I got a VERY Hart of Dixie feeling about the little town the story was set in. There were characters named Tansy and Cricket (just like in HoD), a wedding venue called Magnolia House (there was a character on HoD named Magnolia), someone called Jenni Beth (which reminded me of Anna Beth, another HoD character), and lots of little quirky small town side characters, just like HoD. And Brant reminded me a lot of Wade Kinsella from the show. Maybe that was just me, though...
Brant’s family sucks
I feel like Brant’s family totally took advantage of him and left him in the lurch to care for his sister and Jax, the baby. Not ONE of them could show up to help him in any way? And they all just expected him to do it. He did everything without complaining because that’s the kind of guy he was, but the fact that his family so quickly threw him to the wolves, by himself, irked me.
So, long-story-short, I’ve certainly read worse books than this, but I guess I was just expecting more from a book with a hot guy and a baby on the cover. What’s the world coming to that I can’t trust a book with a hot guy and a baby on the cover?
Full disclosure: I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
It has a vague hint of stigma to it. Like a lingering bad smell.
Other reading suggestions
I personally really liked Babyjacked by Sosie Frost. And for more reads about hot guys taking care of kids, check out this list.