Audience: Contemporary Romance
Length: 405 pages
Author: Leah Brunner
Release Date: November 20th, 2021
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Seven years ago I made a decision that would change my life forever… I’ve never told a soul.
Now I’m worried my past could ruin my future.
As a surgeon and single father, my life is chaotic. I barely have time to find a new babysitter or a new tenant for my income property, let alone think about dating.
Sophie Windell-Miller seems like the answer to all of my problems—renting out the basement apartment and watching my daughter for me.
But now Sophie brings a whole new set of complications.
I can’t stop thinking about how gorgeous she is, and how her laughter fills the house with joy. Not to mention our daughters adore each other.
So, what’s the complicated part? Well, she’s still grieving the loss of her husband, and I work with her dad.
And then there’s the secret I’ve held for seven years.
If I tell her, will I lose everything she’s brought into my life?
WANTED MORE SHOW.
This was an enjoyable read, but I realized two things: it was too long, and there was a lot more telling rather than showing.
At 400 pages I expected a lot more moments between the two love interests. But that really wasn’t the case until after the halfway point when I was already pushing to get through. There was already a big forced proximity aspect and I think that could have been played into more initially.
I also got tired of long inner monologues about feeling the angst but not showing that on page. I want to feel it too!! Give me those scenes that make me ache for them to kiss already.
The romance is sweet when it finally gets there. I really liked Sophie and Drew as separate characters and together. There’s a lot of different types of love here and it’s emotional at times. I thought the two young girls in here were ADORABLE. They fit so well into the story. I can pick out plenty of scenes I definitely enjoyed, just needed more across the entire book.
Overall audience notes:
- Contemporary Romance
- Language: very little
- Romance: make-outs
- Trigger/Content Warnings: loss of a spouse (off page, but many on page grief depictions), mentions of rape (off page, and briefly spoken of)