This year, I have been eating my words and discovering that I actually do enjoy romance novels. I know, shocking. I love rom coms, so I don’t know why I thought I wouldn’t. But I am more than making up for it by reading all the romance novels I can get my hands on. Okay, more like rewarding myself for finishing more serious books by binge-reading fun romance novels. It works out well that I can reward myself for reading with more reading. My most recent romance read was a book I’ve been hearing a lot about this year, Meet Cute by Helena Hunting. And it definitely was cute.
(All reviews are spoiler-free unless otherwise noted.)
(From Goodreads) Talk about an embarrassing introduction. On her first day of law school, Kailyn ran – quite literally – into the actor she crushed on as a teenager, ending with him sprawled on top of her. Mortified to discover the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming either…
Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can’t help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn’s new celebrity client, there’s even more at stake than Dax’s custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she’ll be promoted to partner.
The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever. But will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another?
Meet Cute was exactly what I wanted it to be: a cute, fun, quick read. The more romance I read, the more I realize how much I enjoy romance between two people who’ve already known each other for a while. I really enjoyed that aspect of this novel, and I think it worked well with the rest of the story.
The actual ‘meet cute’ was a little bit too awkward for me. I cringed so hard I had to put the book down for a bit. And the awkward did get a little better – I mean, I wasn’t uncomfortable through the whole book. But I like my romance with a fewer cringeworthy moments, and this had a few.
I did really like all the characters, though. Dax and Kailyn were cute together – I liked their history. Dax’s aunt, Linda, was awful (which was a little weird for me to read because I had an aunt Linda who I loved. But Emme was my favorite. It’s a challenge to write a thirteen-year-old girl who doesn’t annoy me, but Hunting pulls it off. The characters were definitely a highlight of this book, and made it fun.
★★★☆☆ – Overall, Meet Cute is a solid, fluffy romance. It’s good for what it is, which is totally fine, because I honestly wasn’t expecting anything more. Not my favorite romance novel I’ve ever read (or even read this month), but it was good. I can see myself picking up another Helena Hunting book in the future.
Meet Cute is available in bookstores now. You can pick up your copy on Amazon.
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