by Kristan Higgins
When Grace Emerson's ex-fiancé starts dating her younger sister, extreme measures are called for. To keep everyone from obsessing about her love life, Grace announces that she's seeing someone. Someone wonderful. Someone handsome. Someone completely made up. Who is this Mr. Right? Someone...exactly unlike her renegade neighbor, Callahan O'Shea. Well, someone with his looks, maybe. His hot body. His knife-sharp sense of humor. His smarts and big heart.
Whoa. No. Callahan O'Shea is not her perfect man! Not with his unsavory past. So why does Mr. Wrong feel so...right?
So, Grace is this lovely human. Seriously - I loved her. She's a history teacher who likes to do civil war reenactments and who has a penchant for wanting to see Gone with the Wind on the big screen. She's geeky, and I love her. Grace was recently left by her fiancé because her fiancé...well, falls in love with Grace's younger, and seemingly perfect, sister. Grace is the kind of person who will shoulder the pain so that the people she loves will be okay. Cue, new next door neighbor Callahan. Cal has some secrets of his own, and quite a different perspective (now) about shouldering the pain for those you love. The two do not get off to a good start, and it involves a hilarious scene with a field hockey stick haha.
This book had my catnip all over. Geeky girl. Check. Hot and broody-ish next door neighbor. Check. Humor. Check.
So, why didn't I love it?
Well, the thing that stood out the most was that we only get Grace's POV. My ultimate catnip is getting both hero and heroine's POVs. I don't know why. I just love it - especially if there is a misunderstanding between them (which always happens in romance novels). I also think that if I had Cal's POV, it would have helped me understand when exactly he starts feeling something more for Grace. I mean - he was so broody and it takes A WHILE to feel any kind of warmth from him. I felt as clueless as Grace did at times, and maybe that was the point, but I prefer to feel what he's feeling.
I also SERIOUSLY disliked Grace's sister. She's the sweetest thing in all honesty - but UGH. Read it and let me know what you think. Please.
Oh! OH! The second biggest reason why I couldn't give it a higher rating - lack of sexy times! It was a more, fade to black cinematic sexy times book and NOOOO. NOOOOOOO. lol I mean, it was sweet and still sexy, but COME ON.
So - even though I'm a bit miffed because the sexy times needed just a bit more sexiness, I definitely recommend this book. And it would actually be great for someone who would rather not read about sex in a romance. It's still steamy, but without any of the "graphic scenes" you'd get, in let's say, a J.R. Ward book. There's also a lot about family, and trust and it was truly a lovely book - just not what I wanted at the time I picked it up.