Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I would recommend if you're looking for (SPOILERS)
-m/f enemies to lovers
-elements of second chance and forbidden romance
-a glasses wearing, grump of a cinnamon roll, pining away.
-a sunshine leader of a condo association
-flirting through home improvement tasks
Kate Clayburn writes so delicately and intentionally. The small details in her writing, it's almost like reading poetry. This was my first book of hers and it will not be my last. What a storyteller.
I adored this book. Nora was complex, dealing with her grief, defending her found family. But my favorite was Will, my latest book boyfriend. His story revealed itself throughout the book. How he pined away for Nora, dealing with his past, trying to be a grump but really taking care of her. But he wasn't pushy, giving Nora exactly what she needed and helping her. These were two people who figured out how to love the other person in the sweetest way. A fainting couch is required to read this book for the amount of times Will makes you just sawooon.
But Gerald. He gave me all of the laugh out loud moments, another grump, hiding his cinnamon roll sweetness. All of the secondary characters in this book were so fun and added to the whole of the book in the best way. Just a gem of a book.
Rating: 5 stars
CW: grief, parental abandonment