Top positive review
Wonderful beach read
Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2020
I really wish Amazon allowed 1/2 stars for their reviews but since they don’t, you’ll just have to pretend to see the half star. Apart from being the closest thing I’ve read recently to a believable contemporary romance, this is just a good story of two mature adults with “baggage” that they both must work through in order to find refuge in each other. Their baggage is essentially the same, broken hearts, even if the context is a bit different. For January, the female protagonist, her broken heart is coupled with jarring, recent, doubly heartbreaking disillusionment and for Gus, his broken heart is confirmation of the disillusionment he’s known most his life.
I won’t go into plot details, but there are a few things I’d like to point out. One, the story’s small cast of secondary characters is fleshed out enough to make them expansive additions to the story rather than just filler. Two, the “other woman” in the story delivers an interesting surprise element in the story line. Three, the author writes a good enough story making it easy for the reader to hang in there as the relationship “percolates” between January and Gus. It would have been so easy to make a quick trip to the bedroom early on as the attraction was certainly there but the author waited, knowing that the ultimate union would have much more impact. I thank her for that.
So, why the half star deduction? The romance novel tropes began to fly fast and furious in the last 50 pages or so and I found them distracting. However, that is a fairly minor complaint from a reader who normally can’t finish a contemporary romance without gagging.
Bottom line: this is a wonderful Beach Read.