Why did I want to read this book?
Wallbanger was a hoot to read and while I haven’t read the next two books in the series yet, I found that this fourth book has really been calling out to me. I was instantly drawn to Chloe and Lucas from that book blurb above. Suffice it to say, I read this in one sitting.
What worked for me?
I was pleasantly surprised with how the story started. I had expected it to start with Chloe already in the small town of Monterey but it actually started way before her supposed wedding day and I’m glad it did because I got to know Chloe in that phase of her life. I instantly felt for her when she was having all these doubts and questions for herself and what she has been doing with her life. I could only imagine what she has been going through being leveled with expectations of perfections in all aspects of her life day in and day out and feeling caged and trapped in what other people would see as the perfect and easy life.
I really enjoyed watching Chloe come into her own and discover herself in the process. I pump my fist with her in victory when she learns to stand up for herself, follow what her heart tells her, and just be happy, relaxed, and content with her existence with zero need to always put on the perfect smile, the perfect expressions, the perfect actions. And I loved that she found her true calling doing what she’s so passionate about: doing therapy for mistreated bulldogs.
Lucas was a great complement to Chloe’s character. He lets her be herself without being aware of it at all. He has the charm, the wit, and the good heart that’s great to witness especially when he’s putting it all out when it comes to Chloe. I absolutely adored that first meeting. There’s a meet-cute if you ever see one. I love the tentative romance in the beginning followed by the let’s-not-define-whatever-this-thing-is-between-us phase.
What did not work for me?
I only have two minor issues that I felt would have been better dealt with: the first is how Chloe ended her engagement. I understood her need to not go through with something as life-altering as a wedding and her even stronger desire to run away from her current life. I just had an issue with how she did it, like she just shut down everyone and up and left with no explanations, leaving her parents to explain to everyone about her decision. It seems a bit immature-ish for me and a slightly selfish act on her part. The second this is about Chloe withholding information from Lucas that made him second guess Chloe’s true intentions. I wasn’t completely sold on it although I did learn to accept it as part of the story.
My over-all take on it?
Over all, this was a really fun and enjoyable read. It had its emotional moments and for me the ones that touched me the most apart from the romance was the one with Chloe’s parents and the ones where Chloe discovers something more about herself. But the trademark Alice Clayton wit is still stamped on this book and I loved it.
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.
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She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.
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