Such a great continuation to a playful, fun series! Unlike the previous books in this series, I can’t really recommend this one as a standalone, because a LOT of the humor involves Babushka and the rest of the family. It’s a light, funny second chance romance featuring a hero I loved and a heroine I never fully connected to. Their second chance isn’t angst-ridden, but it does come with a lot of resistance from our heroine – which I couldn’t fully get behind (more on that in a minute). Fans of the series will enjoy this one, and those who haven’t read the series… should go do so immediately!
The story follows Sadie and Roman, two acquaintances who find a connection while Roman is on leave from the military. He’s only got the weekend at home, and they make the most of it, jumping in bed immediately and spending most of the time there. Come Monday, Sadie offers to wait for Roman… but he’s not at a point in his life where he can make a commitment. Ten years later, Roman and Sadie reunite at a wedding. She’s now a slightly-jaded, divorce lawyer who is married to her job, and Roman is home for good. He’s had ten years to live with the regret of not taking Sadie up on her offer, and isn’t interested in wasting any more time, so he enlists the help of his Babushka – one of the most memorable grandparents from any series I’ve read.
This one still has everything I love about the series, from the great cast of characters to the humor to the small shots of angst. I really liked Roman and his determination, as well as some of the funny moments. But I didn’t really love Roman and Sadie as a couple. Considering they were acquaintances who had only spoken a few words to each other before jumping into bed together the first time, it didn’t feel like Sadie should’ve given Roman such a hard time for not committing the first time around. It’s not that they didn’t work out the first time, it’s that they were never actually together. I struggled with the depth of her hurt, but perhaps if we had seen more of their connection in the past it would’ve felt more realistic. Ultimately, it’s not my favorite book in the series, but it’s absolutely a series that I will continue reading. I received an ARC via Hidden Gems and am voluntarily leaving a review of this second chance romance.
Some days things just click. Today is not that day.
Love is a battlefield, and divorce attorney Sadie Howard is entrenched on the frontlines. She thought she might have met the right man once, but he was a career military guy who got shipped overseas and left her heart on the tarmac. These days, the only commitment Sadie wants is the one she’s made to her Denver law practice.
Combat photographer Roman Dvornakov is back. Fresh out of the U.S. Army, he’s using family connections to snap photos at a few weddings while he builds his civilian photography practice. After all he’s captured on film, a few posed wedding shots should be a cakewalk. Seeing so much death through the camera lens, he’s now ready to build something worth living for. A thriving photography business, definitely. But he’s certain his new mission also includes Sadie, the girl who slipped away.
Sadie isn’t convinced, and she’s not willing to open her heart anytime soon. Besides, she’s got a high-profile divorce case taking up all her attention. Winning the case for her client will make or break her practice. So what if it’s a custody dispute over a ridiculously expensive fish tank? When Roman discovers the soon-to-be divorced couple are still in love, he and his slightly-nutty grandmother, Babushka, are determined to convince them to cancel the proceedings. He’s not camera shy when it comes to matters of the heart, but interfering with Sadie’s clients could wreck her career and any chance they’ll ever have together…
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