Well this was a little tease of a novella! I listened to the audio version, and it was a quick, playful introduction to the full-length story that will follow in The Reunion – meaning you do NOT get a happy ever after or any sort of resolution to the story, but this makes it clear that there’s going to be plenty of angst and drama to come. There’s still tons of Quinn’s signature humor, but I can already tell this forbidden romance is going to be a tension-filled ride. I liked both characters and I liked their chemistry together, plus, who doesn’t love a rom com that features parents as wingmen? It sets everything up perfectly for the full-length book, and that’s what a prequel novella is supposed to do. So… why the 3-star rating? Well, I’m actually LESS excited to read The Reunion now than I was before I read the novella – more on that in a minute.
The story follows Cooper, a guy who finds himself divorced and single in his twenties, spending more time with his parents than is probably healthy, and he’s dissatisfied with just about every aspect of his life. So when Cooper’s parents decide to be his wingmen and take him to a bar to find a nice girl, well, he knows that things are truly unraveling for him. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, Cooper runs into his ex-wife’s best friend, Nora, while out with his parents. They’ve known each other for years, but Cooper has always looked at Nora through the lens of a married man, and… he’s not married anymore. Now they see each other in a different light, and there just might be a connection there.
It says right in the blurb that Cooper and Nora have a one night stand, so that wasn’t a surprise for me. I was more surprised by how quickly Nora was willing to jeopardize an important friendship by sleeping with her bestie’s ex-husband. It all happened a little too quickly and easily for me, personally. Seems like this would’ve been more suited to an angsty slow burn, which I assume is what we’ll get in The Reunion – but the damage is already done. I have a little less respect for both characters now, especially with the way things are left. So that does dampen my excitement for The Reunion a bit, though I’m definitely still looking forward to it. Do I think this is required reading before The Reunion? Kinda. It’ll give you an idea of the tone and some of the roadblocks in that book, though The Reunion follows several characters and couples in one, big, beefy family drama. We’ll see how it all plays out soon!
The audio was solid! It’s dual narration and the runtime is only about 2 hours, so this is a fast, easy listen – and included in my KU subscription. I didn’t love the heroine’s voice, but I got used to it pretty quickly – no major issues there. I’d be interested in listening to them both again in The Reunion, if that’s how it’s narrated. You could certainly listen to this at the office, there’s only a little bit of steam and the rest is light and playful. Overall, the same kind of quick tease as the story.
From USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn comes a romantic comedy novella about the magic and misadventures of a one-night stand.
Recently divorced Cooper Chance knows he’s officially in a rut when his parents take him barhopping in the hope of resuscitating his love life. At first, he’s skeptical. How could a gritty dive bar possibly solve his problems? But then he runs into Nora McHale.
Nora isn’t at the bar looking for love. She’s there to unwind after yet another exhausting day at her bakery. And even if she were hoping to meet someone, it sure wouldn’t be Cooper—her best friend’s ex-husband.
According to the unwritten rules of romance, Cooper and Nora are completely off limits to each other. But after a fun, flirty night at the bar, they can’t ignore the wild attraction between them.
Is this the beginning of something real, or will their passionate night together be their one and only?
The Reunion is coming in February!
From the USA Today bestselling author of The Wedding Game comes a new romantic comedy about the antics that ensue when three siblings come together for their parents’ fiftieth-anniversary party.
Martin and Peggy Chance believe love should last a lifetime. With their fiftieth wedding anniversary on the horizon, they’ve modeled a beautiful relationship for their three grown children. But to their dismay, that lesson hasn’t quite caught on—the three siblings just can’t seem to take a chance and find love in their own lives.
There’s Ford, the eldest, devoted to his work and resistant to romance…or so he claims. Cooper, the middle child, can’t get past his divorce—until he reconnects with a feisty baker from his past. And Palmer, the baby of the family, is the free-spirited world traveler who always pictured herself with someone other than a handsome small-town family doctor.
When the Chance siblings come together to plan the ultimate anniversary party for their parents, they’ll have to navigate romantic entanglements, sibling rivalries, and the definitive end of their childhood. Whatever happens, The Reunion promises to be a fun, flirty, wild ride.
About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.
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