It’s mini review week! I’m clearing out my review queue of all the books I can’t seem to convince myself to finish, for one reason or another. That doesn’t mean these are negative reviews, it simply means that something isn’t compelling me to keep reading at the moment. Maybe I’ll go back to them another day, maybe I won’t!
How far did I get? 200 pages, which is less than halfway through this beefy 450-page book (and that’s part of the problem).
Why did I stop? It’s S-L-O-W going, and the heroine still has a nice-guy boyfriend (who isn’t the hero) at the time I stopped reading. This couple went on one blind date awhile back, and it was so terrible that the heroine cringed the moment she saw the hero again… and he didn’t even recognize her! The heroine wrote off the hero romantically because (A) he was awful on their date, and (B) she’s already got a boyfriend who is nice, a doctor, and in love with her. So romantic thoughts have literally only crossed her mind a time or two in the 200 pages I’ve read, and she’s still kissing/willing to sleep with the boyfriend. I’m a slow burn lover who can survive on tiny romantic breadcrumbs, but even I was struggling with this scenario. It’s definitely got women’s fiction vibes as much as romance ones – with only infrequent interactions between the characters – and I’m just bored.
Was I enjoying it initially? Yes, definitely. I’m a big fan of Meghan Quinn, but I tend to prefer her indie books over her traditionally published ones, and this has the least romance out of any of them yet. I was also loving that our hero was forced to come to the realization that he let a great girl get away, AND he has to watch her happy with someone else. I really expected the boyfriend to be out of the picture by now though, and it’s become an issue.
Would I finish this? I fully intended to, but then I kept starting new books and never coming back to this one. I’m exhausted just thinking about another 250 pages with this vibe. But I HAVE enjoyed a significant portion of it.
Who would I recommend this to? Women’s fiction lovers, small town romance fans – anyone willing to be very, very patient while our couple slowly gets their act together. And you’d have to be okay with the boyfriend scenario, though I wouldn’t call this a love triangle really.
I really enjoyed the audio! It’s dual narration, with two narrators whose voices were relaxing and easygoing. Perfect for the vibe of the book. The runtime is intimidatingly long, so it’s likely that it’ll take you two or three days to get through the whole thing. But it makes a great workday listen, as there’s been zero steam in the portion I’ve read – and I don’t think that’s changing anytime soon. This would make a good listen for an office environment. I do recommend the audio overall.
From USA Today and Amazon Charts bestselling author Meghan Quinn comes a heartfelt romantic comedy about new beginnings and finding the romanticized happily ever after in the most unlikely of places.
Hollywood screenwriter Sawyer Walsh knows a good love story when he sees it. But when it comes to real life romance, he’s a mess. That’s how he finds himself standing at the altar…as his ex-girlfriend ties the knot with his very famous best friend. The pressure, the resentment, the media coverage—it’s all too much—and before he knows exactly what he’s doing, he’s making a run for it, leaving a shocked congregation and flashing cameras in his wake.
Needing to lie low amid the media fallout, Sawyer lands in the charming town of Canoodle, California, where he crosses paths with Fallon Long, who runs the Canoodle Cove Cabins, a family-owned business and Sawyer’s new short-term residence. Overwhelmed with renovations and her long list of responsibilities, Fallon is struggling to make ends meet while attempting to bring the cabins back to their original glory. So when Sawyer arrives, she is grateful for the income, but immediately writes him off as just another vapid Hollywood hack, until he begins to prove her wrong at every turn.
As Fallon comes closer to saving the family business, an undeniable bond forms between her and the handsome screenwriter. But the pressures of her family obligations and Sawyer’s notoriety might prove to be too much for anyone to handle. Could Canoodle be the setting for a new romance—or is true love just a Hollywood cliché?
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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