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A funny, sweet, heartfelt and sexy single-dad/age-gap/workplace romance. I loved it!
Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2021
Emma Chase knocks it out of the park again with this book! A funny, sweet, heartfelt and sexy single-dad/age-gap/workplace romance that made me laugh, swoon and fall in love. I loved Connor and Violet’s story so much!
Connor is the eldest brother of Garrett (hero of book #1, Getting Schooled). We saw him mid-divorce during the first book of the series, and things weren’t going well (you may remember his epic outburst with a chainsaw). Now, he’s 42 years old and raising his three boys pretty much on his own while working as a doctor in the local ER. His life is good, but he’s a relationship guy who is not cut out for random hookups, and he wants to find love again.
Violet is a nurse who works in the ER with Connor. She’s relatively new to the small town of Lakeside, but she’s crushed hard on Connor from the moment she met him and she’s hoping that he can overlook her awkward clumsiness, and her ability to trip on air, and actually see her.
What Violent doesn’t realise is that Connor has already noticed her, but she’s only 30 and he figured she was too young for him and they were at different stages of their lives. But with a little help from their friends, and Connor’s young son, they spend time together, they become friends (friends with epic chemistry), and soon everything changes.
I love these characters so much! Connor is everything you would expect from an Emma Chase hero – he’s funny and sweet with a huge heart, and though he’s dealing with twists in his life that he never expected, he’s dealing with it the best he can and making a good life for him and his boys. And Violet is a delight. She’s had a difficult life, but she’s smart and sensible, with a great sense of humour; she’s a lot of fun, and the kind of person you’d want as your best friend. They are both real and relatable, and I loved seeing them find their way to each other.
Admittedly, things are a little awkward to begin with. It’s been a while since Connor has dated and he stumbles a bit along the way, but it’s so entertaining watching him figure it all out. And when he does, we get an absolutely gorgeous romance that is sweet, fun, sexy and honest. These two are so blessedly functional, and I loved watching them effortlessly and easily fall for each other.
Connor’s boys are his life, and I love that they played such a big part of the story. From good moments to bad, it’s real life, and Chase writes the boys so well – each with their own distinctive personalities, and each narrated brilliantly by Webber. I love how Connor relates with his boys, and watching Violet come into their lives was fantastic.
The characters from the first two books make an appearance – as do Connor’s other brothers, and I loved being back with this group. Garret and Callie from Getting Schooled are one of my all-time fave romance couples, and I just adored seeing them again. And there are some really special moments for Dean and Lainey from Getting Played. Having said that, though, you can easily read this book as a standalone – just make sure you don’t miss out on the earlier books because they are awesome.
I dropped everything when this book landed in my Audible account, and the audiobook is magic! Like the other books in the series, it’s narrated by Zachary Webber and Andie Arndt, and they truly are the dream team. They bring these characters to life with so much humour and heart, and this book truly was a pleasure to listen to. The only bad thing about an audiobook is that you can’t highlight text, and there is SO much I wanted to highlight. So many funny moments, so many witty comments, and even a couple of scenes that had me tearing up with feels! It's SUCH a gorgeous story, and I loved it so much!
This series goes down as an all-time fave. I love this town, I love these characters, and these books are proof that you don’t need to throw in unnecessary angst and drama to create an epic romance. I adore these functional, fun, swoony romances, and look forward to many rereads in the future.