by Melanie Harlow
There are plenty of reviews out there already about this book, but I’m going to give you my 2 cents worth anyway. On the surface it might seem to be just a routine story, but its actually an awesome recipe when prepared by this author. In this friends-to-lovers main dish, combine an emotionally closed off male divorce attorney plus a female wedding planner anxious for an emotionally gratifying relationship … stir in some serious chemistry and steam for several years until bubbling … garnish with an adorable baby the man never knew existed and serve with an assortment of interesting secondary characters … and the result is a satisfying book to savor.
I was hesitant a bit about Nate, the male lead character, and his apparently cavalier attitude toward women. It seemed Emme, the female lead, deserved so much better in her life. Yet, as the story unfolds, we get to understand the reasons he is the way he is, and he becomes incredibly compelling. Their love is grounded in a solid friendship, and that gives it a lot of depth. These 2 truly deserve their HEA, and Nate really comes through in the end.
Melanie Harlow weaves a spell when she writes her books. There is a level of authenticity to her characters that sometimes make you feel that you are reading about something that happened rather than enjoying a work of fiction. You turn the pages relentlessly because you want to know what happens to the characters – those “people” who have captured your interest so thoroughly. Lose yourself in this book for a while and I think you’ll be glad you did.