➦I am soooo glad I picked this novel up before this year ran out. While Zapata’s latest release Dear Aaron was a bit of a miss for me, this book I loved to bits.
➦It’s a slow burn romance that carries tons of character development so, if you’re a fan of those, grab it and run! lol And lock yourself in the room for a whole day while you devour it. While this book didn’t quite top The Wall of Winnipeg for me, it will be a second favorite of mine from this author.
➦The hero is a retired vet who coaches cute middle school kids and lives next door to the heroine. She is a young woman who has custody of her brother’s kids. These two certainly start off on the wrong foot and then work hard to repair their relationship from enemies to friends.
➦The kids will melt your heart, I honestly lost count of how many times I teared up while reading this novel. This is definitely a highly recommended book to read if you are looking for something that’s not … um… cookie-cutter contemporary romance. Pretty sure that these are the type of characters to remember for a while.
Low 4 Stars
I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today.
Shocking, I know.
What can I say.
At our last house, I had a door mat that said “GO AWAY.”
But Sir Handyman convinced me to lessen the mean and get one that says the ever cliche “Wipe Your Paws” at our new digs.
As I said, I am not feeling the Christmas spirit today.
Or the review spirit, for that matter.
So I have no actual idea what I am about to write here.
But, fuck it, let’s wing it.
I liked this book.
But, I must say…
It was no Winnipeg.
For me, at least.
I can’t put my finger on the WHY…
But, I can supply the WHAT.
The WHAT being that I just didn’t feel connection between Diana and Dallas that I felt between Van & Aiden and Sal & Kulti.
I didn’t feel the palpable, magnetic pull between them that I did with the other couples.
And, overall, the story just didn’t draw me in the way the those other two books did.
This one felt a LOT slower moving.
Believe me, I know this is an unpopular opinion to have.
But, that’s how I feel.
And ***spoilers*** maybe I’m a trashy whore…
Okay – revise! – BECAUSE I’m a trashy whore…
Dallas’ non-marriage felt like a super flimsy hurdle on their road to relationshipville, in my opinion.
Call me crazy, but being that he and his non-wife got married for….administrative reasons, were barely actually together, and had been separated for years?
I just didn’t understand the hold up.
As I said, it just felt a little flimsy to me.
I don’t know if I was just expecting another Winnipeg, thus leaving this book feeling like less in comparison, or what.
But what can I say, I’m human.
That said, I did enjoy this book.
It has the slow burn build that we have come to expect from Ms. Zapata.
And the characters of Josh and Louie were to die for.
Thus, overall this was a super solid read – and I did enjoy it – and I look forward to her next release.