From Goodreads: A delightful new romantic comedy from an author who “never disappoints.”* (New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson)
She was the perfect party-planning, haute-to-the max trophy wife. Now Maxine Cambridge is broke, unemployable and living with her mother and teenage son in a retirement village, with her self-esteem kicked to the curb.
Until her geeky former classmate Campbell Barker returns, all grown-up- and off-the-scale smokin’ hot. Campbell refuses to believe Max isn’t that smart, funny girl he’s crushed on since high school. The more Max tries to show him he’s wrong, the more she rediscovers her long-retired mojo. Now, she’s ready to throw down some payback on her ex-life and fight for what she deserves..
What I LOVED: Campbell Barker! If I could snatch him right out of this book and have him all to myself I would in a heartbeat. He was emotionally stable, understanding, and truly had more patience than anyone I have ever read. It doesn’t mean there wasn’t a time where I wasn’t screaming at Max (Maxine) to get it already and screaming at Campbell to not put up with it any longer but it was who he was especially with her. Sometimes it is the other person that brings out the best in us. In fact, I love Campbell for his attitude and spirit but never really pictured what he looked like. Didn’t realize that until now!
I also loved Len and Mona! They were exactly the type of BFF and mother someone like Maxine needed during her journey. The rest of the retirement village was pretty awesome too.
What I LIKED: Maxine! I know as the lead character I should have loved her but she was downright annoying at times. Though it was because I could recognize so many things that she was thinking (even when wrong) that made her story believable. She was an emotional wreck and simply didn’t have the sense to realize she was taking prisoners. The fact that her journey was so up and down made it entertaining and infuriating to read. It also made it one of the best books like this I have read since Bridget Jones.
Complaints: Really sad we didn’t get more of the courtship between Len and Adam 🙂
Quote from the book that really did hit home with me: Love the second time around doesn’t come without its share of compromises, nor, when it happens, is it always in the ideal location. None of that matters when you’re chasing down the love of your life. Do not be shy when it comes to going after what your heart truly wants.
Why I gave it a 4: Did I mention best book like this I have read since Bridget Jones (which is the over-30s single girl anthem book?) If not I also gave it a 4 because this was the 2nd Dakota Cassidy book to make me cry in an inappropriate place. DANG HER!
Who I would recommend it too: Romance readers that believe in new beginnings and fantastic guys!
Author Website: http://www.dakotacassidy.com/
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