My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: HBG Canada
Published: April 2019
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Family Relationships, Siblings, Drama
Some covers lie. That’s just the way it is. You can scream, you can cry, but it won’t change a thing. That is the way if the book world.
A bit dramatic, okay, but the truth is this is not the super cute/adorable/funny story the cover promises. There is indeed a ‘‘meet cute’’ happening in the very beginning… but that’s it. The rest is not exactly rom-com-worthy.
I’m saying all of this to warn you because I’ve been fooled by covers before and it’s a little bit confusing and frustrating. But now that you know to expect something different, you might just want to read this book even more, who knows?
I was actually pleasantly surprised by the serious themes and, at times, heavy atmosphere. It balances the more humorous scenes well. I like feel-good rom-coms with no drama, of course, but I found that the accident and custody case in this story made the romance seem even more realistic, since it blossomed as the protagonist dealt with very important real-life matters.
The chapters alternate between Kailyn and Daxton. Daxton’s parents die in an accident, leaving him to fight his aunt for custody of his teenage sister, and Kailyn is assigned to the custody case. They both don’t expect to get closer but closeness is pretty inevitable in this kind of situation. I enjoyed their interactions and slow-burn romance.
It’s a well-told story that I felt invested in… but it’s not exactly surprising. I saw most things coming, which is why I can’t give it a higher rating. Other than that, YES. I want more slow-burn romances, please.
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