The best word to describe this single dad romance is HEARTWARMING. It’s the most laidback story I’ve read from this team of authors, developing at a pace that straddles the fine line between slow burn and slow moving. But I was engaged throughout and the second half took things to another level. I was definitely taken aback by the twists and turns, the unexpected developments, and was charmed by this hero. It’s sweet with just a touch of sexy, somber with a touch of humor, and filled with coincidences that feel like fate.
The story follows Sadie, a journalist who writes about relationships but has had no luck finding love herself. When she receives a letter from a young girl, it stirs up all kinds of emotions in her. As a woman who lost her own mother at a young age, Sadie empathizes with the girl and wants to brighten up her life a little bit. But one harmless response sparks a series of events, and Sadie soon finds herself wanting to learn more about the girl… and her sexy single dad.
I wasn’t too sure about this one in the beginning, because Sadie does get a little stalkerish and she doesn’t meet her guy for quite awhile. But once I really got into the story, it turned into a great read. It’s definitely for those that love a slow burn romance, because it’s understated and has the lowest steam level that I’ve read from this writing duo. This one leans more towards a sweet romance, with a heavy focus on healing after loss, family, and fate. The twist in the back half genuinely surprised me, and I loved that the conflict wasn’t a traditional one. And though Sebastian’s deceased wife does play a large role in the overall story, there is really no OW drama to speak of. I loved Sebastian as a hero – he’s kind, genuine, and has proven that he loves with his whole heart. It was really refreshing to read. By the end, this somewhat somber romance turns pretty uplifting, and it’s low angst overall.
🎧 Audio note: I listened to the audio version of this and it was the perfect workday listen. It’s just over 8 hours long, so you can wrap up the whole book in a day, the production quality is solid, and I love the male narrator (Sebastian York). I’m not personally a fan of Andi Arndt (though she does a good job); her voice is just not my favorite. That may be why I thought the first half was a little slow, because it’s told almost exclusively from her perspective. There are only a couple of steamy scenes and they are not very long, so no worries about those awkward office moments. The book is free in Kindle Unlimited and the audio is part of that plan, so you can also seamlessly shift between text and audio – just how I like it!
From New York Times bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes a love story about taking chances and the surprises that come with them.
My love story all started with a letter.
Only it wasn’t from the man I’d eventually fall in love with. It was from his daughter. A sweet little girl named Birdie Maxwell who’d written to the magazine that I worked for.
You see, once a year my employer fulfilled a few wishes for readers. Only that column didn’t start up again for months.
So I fulfilled some of her wishes myself. It was harmless…so I thought. Until one day I took things too far.
While anonymously granting yet another of Birdie’s wishes, I got a look at her father. Her devastatingly handsome, single dad father.
I should have stopped playing fairy godmother then. I should have left well enough alone. But I just couldn’t help myself. I had a connection to this girl. One that had me acting irrationally.
Like when I showed up on their doorstep.