Top critical review
3.0 out of 5 starsRidiculous, and not in entirety good ways.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 22, 2023
Just as a warning, there may be mild spoilers.
This book starts off ok, with Maddie in a bad place after breaking up with an abusive boyfriend, losing her job, and losing her absent mother. There’s a meet cute with Romance Hero and it’s ok. Nothing major.
But, because this is incredibly aspirational, Romance Hero is the owner of the local bar, the best contractor in town, makes custom furniture, is the mayor, and used to be a corporate lawyer before realizing he needed to save his soul by moving back to his small home town, in addition to being the hottest man in town that everyone throws themselves at. It’s … a lot.
Here’s the thing, and it’s something I almost never say about romance novel heroines: Maddie should not be in a relationship. She is super not ready and because of that there are a lot of frustrating situations that would be easier to navigate if she wasn’t completely averse to trusting men. She needs therapy, not sex. Nothing wrong with that. It happens. But maybe jumping into a serious relationship over the course of a month is not the best course of action.