- Publisher: Forever Romance
- Pub Date: 6.7.2022
- Rating: 3.5
Thank you to Forever & NetGalley for the gifted digital ARC.
Review & Notes:
- Steam Rating: R: Steamy but not in a good way. The language surrounding the intimate scenes are a little vulgar for my taste and there wasn’t a lot of sexual tension building up to it.
- This book has some funny parts but I was sad to find the writing fell flat for me. I didn’t find myself engaged in the story or the characters. It seemed like a fun story plot but the description didn’t hit the mark for me.
- It mentions Hallmark multiple times and the occasional Gilmore Girl reference but it didn’t have a Hallmark Channel vibe which is what I had been wanting. I appreciated the nod to stars hollow in the small town’s name but that’s where the comparison ends.
- About 60% in I was starting to warm to the book more. I liked the perspective that there’s always a story, even if it’s not the story you initially thought would be there. I always enjoy learning about people’s lives and how they got where they are. I like the angle that formed of how people put down roots in the town and their own (or their parents own) romantic relationships that blossomed.
- The writing style wasn’t my favorite but towards the end I found myself somewhat enjoying the story. It kind of reminded me of a hallmark movie with a 5.5 out of 10 on IMDb rating. I usually will only watch those with a 6.0 or higher. Anything less than a 6.0 is borderline if it’s worth watching and they tend to turn out to be okay. They sometime end of being worth watching for one reason or another but usually it’s a little rough and not something you’d recommend because the acting or directing or editing is just okay and could have used more work.
- I liked the perspective on book/movie romance vs real life regarding the time frame that they have to tie things together and find resolution when there’s conflict.
- Sensitive topics: homelessness, losing a parent as a child to illness, family dynamics and drama
- Tropes: meet cute, close proximity, misguided intentions (re the small town vibes and life isn’t always like the movies)
- Favorite Quote: Just because I’m a sucker for a sappy romance doesn’t mean I expect real life to be that simple.
- Recommendation: It wasn’t a favorite and I wouldn’t give it a glowing review but there were redeeming qualities and perspectives. I was expecting it to be more fun but I’m sorry to say it fell a little flat for me. I really wanted to love this and I was sorry that it didn’t click for me.
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