Oh my heart! Love at First is my first five-star read of 2021. This sweet romance is bursting with charm, characters you'll cheer for, and emotional moments that will surprise you.
Nora grew up spending summers with her grandmother in her small apartment building, and all the neighbors became her extended family. And what a cast of characters they are! After her grandmother dies, Nora stays and settles into Nonna's life and apartment, not leaving much room for her own life. But when Will inherits his estranged uncle's apartment in Nora's building, life becomes much more complicated for both of them. Will wants to unload the apartment as quickly as possible by finding a new tenant and Nora wants the building to remain familial-like, even resolving to a few hi-jinks to keep it that way. The situation forces them to make peace with things from their pasts and embrace a future they didn't know they wanted.
While there are moments that made me laugh, this novel has depth, too. Will and Nora do have issues. In fact--let's be honest--they could both probably benefit from some therapy, but the walls Will has put up and the fact that Nora doesn't want anything to change are understandable reactions. It was refreshing to watch them work through the things keeping them apart--the ups and the downs--with a little help from their friends.
Love at First is romantic--like swoon-worthy romantic!--with just the right amount of steamy thrown in, as well. Entertaining and satisfying, it's one I'll want to reread again!
Thank you to BookishFirst, Kensington Books, and Netgalley for an advanced reader's copy.