Cute and unpredictable story!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 😳🤬😏🤓🤯
The heroine: Cassidy Thatcher – she is nearly an archeologist, having only to finish her internship to get her degree but when she is fired, she finds herself at a loose ends and decides to move to New York from Montana for a short time without asking her fiancé Kyle who is in the Navy. She moves in with her cousin Mya who is in the midst of a divorce to a billionaire and was left with nothing but is determined to stay in her penthouse for a while longer.
The Hero(s): Grayson Daniels – a nuclear fission engineer doing a 3 month stint on a Navy aircraft carrier with his best friend and partner, to train the crew on nuclear energy. He is extremely seasick for much of that time and a bit depressed. He was awkward and his interpersonal relationship skills are lacking and he has pretty much sworn off relationships with women.
The Story: Grayson is not happy being stuck on a ship for months when he is handed a letter meant for one of the crew, a guy named Kyle. He finds himself taken with the author of the letter and after meeting Kyle and seeing how he talked about his fiancé negatively, he didn’t feel bad when he told the mail clerk that he was Kyle in order to get more mail from Cassidy.
This was a bit different than I expected. I liked the fact that the first conversation between the two main characters was acrimonious. Though truth be told, Grayson didn’t know he was talking to the woman he had a crush on from reading her letters.
There were things about this book that were a bit beyond belief though it isn’t like most romance books don’t have coincidences that are beyond belief. This just made me question things. Like the fact that Mya was married to a billionaire, but gets left with nothing. I know there are such things as pre-nuptial agreements but I thought that meant the person can’t take anything away from the marriage that was earned or existed prior to the marriage, but still is entitled to half of anything that was accumulated during the marriage. She wasn’t caught cheating or anything like that. So why is Mya so broke?
Then there is the fact that Cassidy moves to New York City from Montana to live with Mya. She helps Mya keep her penthouse for a few months by finding an architect to help renovating the lobby of Mya’s building which was partially destroyed by some kids with m-80’s or something of that sort. Apparently the manager of the building can’t find an architect in New York because all of them were working on the High Tower building next door.
However, Cassidy meets one of those architects, a guy named Colton who is working on building a lab in the High Tower. She finagles a job out of Colton and gets him to agree to help her with the lobby of Mya’s building after 3 pm every day. It just so happens that Grayson runs the lab on the first two floors of the High Tower and Colton and his crew are working on that very lab. So Grayson isn’t too happy to find out that someone is using his architect and crew on another project.
The coincidences keep piling up when we find that the two main characters share similar background trauma. Though like I said, coincidences like these aren’t uncommon in romance novels, so didn’t bother me all that much. As for the narration, it was done by C.J. Bloom and Sebastian York. They both did a great job and their voices matched the personalities of the main characters extremely well.
Once the story got moving, I quite liked it and I really enjoyed the interaction between Cassidy and Grayson. It was definitely a slow burn and Cassidy had a fiancé through the majority of the story, albeit an absent one who didn’t call, write or email her. But I enjoyed how awkward Grayson was and how Cassidy had trouble understanding him.
The story was extremely original and I loved that about it. There are so many romance books out there that could almost be copies of each other that I appreciate any originality. I wasn’t too happy with the realistic ending to the book but again it was original.
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