Published By: Little Brown
Released On: 19/04/2022
After a wild bet, Alexis Montgomery has had her world turned upside down. The cause: Daniel Grant, a ridiculously hot carpenter who’s ten years younger than her and as casual as they come – the complete opposite of sophisticated city-girl Alexis. And yet their chemistry is undeniable.
While her ultra-wealthy parents want her to carry on the family legacy of world-renowned surgeons, Alexis doesn’t need glory or fame. She’s fine with being a ’mere’ ER doctor. And every minute she spends with Daniel and the tight-knit town where he lives, she’s discovering just what’s really important. Yet letting their relationship become anything more than a short-term fling would mean turning her back on her family and giving up the opportunity to help thousands of people.
Bringing Daniel into her world is impossible, and yet she can’t just give up the joy she’s found with him either. With so many differences between them, how can Alexis possibly choose between her world and his?
Thanks to NetGalley and Little Brown for the advanced copy of this title in return for an honest review.
Abby’s book “Life’s Too Short” was a real highlight of my 2021 reads. It was your classic rom-com but with a difference, it had a bit of added spice (and I don’t necessarily mean that in a NSFW way).
But then we get to this book, and it most certainly has some NSFW sections!
I liked the exploration of a small-town community helping everyone, it gives the idea that we’re all a great big family and that was really warming. I also really like how Abby approaches difficult topics – in this case, domestic violence – it’s very sensitive and very honest and not just there for entertainment purposes.
If I’m being brutally honest, which I suppose is why I’m here, whilst I did enjoy the book, found it funny and joyful and uplifting, a lot of the characters got on my bad side, I just couldn’t like them, or I had a complete neutral outlook on them. I would prefer like or dislike a character rather than be indifferent. I also couldn’t gel with the idea of Alexis and Daniel being a couple. It’s got nothing to do with their age gap or their differences in background; I liked them both individually, but I didn’t feel the chemistry between them. And, the fact that their chemistry is mentioned so many times in the book, it felt a little forced.
I found this book more realistic than others I’ve read. It’s not over the top or unrealistic. It doesn’t read like a fantasy romance book – it all feels very real and like her readers could identify with it.