By Abby Jimenez
Published April 2022
400 pages (hardcover)
Anyone who has read my blog for a while knows I usually put up a disclaimer that I don’t read romance very often when I review a novel in that genre. However, I have a coworker who reads almost exclusively romance and at least once a week you can find us discussing recent books we’ve read. She’d just finished this book and was gushing about how good it was – so I gave it a shot.
Here’s the blurb: Alexis Montgomery is practically medical royalty. Descended from a long line of illustrious surgeons, Alexis bucks tradition by being an ER doctor, happy to let her brother represent the family. But when he marries against their parent’s wishes and moves permanently overseas, it’s up to Alexis to wear the mantle. Continuing to work with her abusive ex-fiance (whom her parents love) is the last thing she wants to do. So when she unexpectedly finds comfort and happiness with Daniel Grant, a small-town carpenter/B&B owner, she decides a fling – not a relationship – is exactly what she needs.
The only problem is, Daniel is everything she’s been looking for. Fun, laid back, loyal, and devoted to his town. It ought to be more than a fling, but he’ll never fit into her world and there’s no way she can leave it.
I devoured this book. It was lighthearted and so funny that I irritated my cat by laughing way too hard, but the author also tackled some very difficult subjects. Told in alternating chapters from both Alexis and Daniel’s POVs (like all good romances), I was invested in both characters as their romance blossomed from a one-night stand to something straddling a serious commitment. I felt for both characters, loved Alexis’ BFF, and really couldn’t stand her neighbors. Possibly because I’ve lived near people like them and endured them in baby play groups.
Honestly, I can’t think of a single thing I’d change in this book. There was absolutely nothing for me to poke at – which is possibly a first for me. I have to publicly thank Dawn for turning me on to this author and I may have to rethink my stance on romances.
I rated this book 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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