WARNING: this review contains mild spoilers. Read at your own risk!
Confession: I bought this book because it takes place in my favorite state aka Arizona! It made for a pretty quick but cute read, and I needed something uplifting as the book I read before this was one It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover.
“Stuck in a dreary Boston winter, Annabelle Martin would like nothing more than to run away from her current life. She’s not even thirty years old, twice-divorced, and has just dodged a marriage proposal… from her ex-husband. When she’s offered her dream job as creative director at a cutting-edge graphic design studio in Phoenix, she jumps at the opportunity to start over.
When she arrives in the Valley of the Sun, Annabelle is instantly intrigued by her anonymous landlord. Based on the cranky, handwritten notes Nick Daire leaves her, she assumes he is an old, rich curmudgeon. Annabelle is shocked when she finally meets Nick and discovers that he’s her age and uses a wheelchair. Nick suffered from a stroke a year ago, and while there’s no physical reason for him not to recover, he is struggling to overcome the paralyzing fear that has kept him a prisoner in his own home.
Despite her promise to herself not to get involved, Annabelle finds herself irresistibly drawn to Nick. And soon she wonders if she and Nick might help each other find the courage to embrace life, happiness, and true love.”
Read This If You Love…
- Romantic comedies
- Enemies to lovers trope
- Interesting main characters
“You’re going to make a decision at the height of the summer heat?” Lexi asked. “That’s a terrible idea. Any sane person would flee once the temperature hits one hundred and fifteen.”
“I heard it’s a dry heat,” I said.
I would rate this one at like a 3.5 paws out of five! I didn’t make a graphic to represent the 3.5 paws, so this one will have to do.
Things I loved included the complex characters, the moments of laughter that this book caused especially by Annabelle and Nick’s bantering back and forth via written letters before she actually met him face to face, and the fact that my most favorite restaurant is mentioned by name.
Blanco Tacos and Tequila, in case anyone was wondering. Highly recommend the chips and guacamole, and the prickly pear margarita!
There are also a few things that I didn’t really like, both big and small in this book.
First of all, Nick is a jerk to people. I understand that he has been through traumatizing experiences, but I am personally a firm believer in not using them as a crutch to be a royal dickwad, both directly and indirectly, to people who care. If I were Annabelle, I wouldn’t have given him a second of my attention simply because of the way he behaves… but that’s just me.
There’s also a strange side plot about someone from Annabelle’s office that I truthfully found myself more interested in than her romance with Nick. Instead of wondering what was going to happen next with Nick, I was wondering what was going to happen next at her job.
Lastly, just a few nitpicky things… Nick’s pet name for Annabelle… goddess. *gags*
Truthfully, the first half of this book is REALLY good. The last half is what was lacking to me. There were many things that happened that just felt strange and unnatural, as if they didn’t really contribute to the storyline.
Still, I recommend bringing this on vacation with you to have a nice, lighthearted romcom to read!