This sweet and heartwarming book saves all the drama for the end, with a light, low angst feel and a hero who is almost too good to be true. The writing is solid and the story one that’s incredibly relatable. This former firefighter is now a sexy single dad whose love for his daughter shines through, and when an unlikely friend reenters his life, he realizes just what he’s been missing out on. I really enjoyed the connection these two share, but I found several things to be frustrating (more on that later).
The story follows Mason, a father whose wife abandoned her family. He’s been guarding his heart since she left, but when a chance encounter brings his high school friend, Maddy, back into his life, the attraction is almost instantaneous. Back in high school, Maddy struggled with her weight and was bullied frequently, so her friendship with Mason, the star jock, was surprising to many. When their friendship fell apart, they lost touch and now have a lot of catching up to do.
If you’re looking for something that’s heartwarming and low angst, this is that. It’s a quick and easy read with only a touch of steam, and the family moments are pretty adorable. Mason is such a great guy; he’s loving, kind, and his feelings for Maddy develop quickly. My main complaint is the amount of high school drama that still lingers in the present. I didn’t love that Mason was so complacent in Maddy’s bullying, or that his attraction to her didn’t develop until AFTER she lost the weight. There’s also a revelation towards the end that really rubbed me the wrong way, but not enough to take away from an otherwise enjoyable read. This one is probably TOO laidback for my personal tastes, but I can appreciate the quality of the storytelling and those looking for something sweet and easy will definitely enjoy it. I received an ARC via Wildfire Marketing Solutions and am voluntarily leaving a review of this former friends to lovers romance.
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