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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Forever Publishing
Publication Date: April 9th 2019
Format: ARC, physical
Talk about an embarrassing introduction. On her first day of law school, Kailyn ran – quite literally – into the actor she crushed on as a teenager, ending with him sprawled on top of her. Mortified to discover the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming either…
Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can’t help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn’s new celebrity client, there’s even more at stake than Dax’s custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she’ll be promoted to partner.
The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever. But will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another?
ARC provided by Forever Publishing in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review
CONTENT/TRIGGER WARNING: Death of a loved one (parental)
“Sometimes the darkest tragedies bring us the brightest lights.”
Well this one was different from the rest of Hunting’s work.
In her newest novel we get to follow the story of Kailyn Flowers, a trust lawyer with a passion for families and a not so secret obsession with the hit TV show “Its My Life”, and Daxton Hughes, former child star turned entertainment lawyer. After a meet cute encounter in law school that goes Awry, Kailyn’s long time crush for the former child star turns cold and she vows to have nothing to do with him or her beloved show anymore. However, after a tragic accident hits Daxton’s family, Kailyn finds herself at the center of Daxton’s life as he fights for custody of his little sister.
I actually enjoyed my time reading this book, however it wasn’t as much as I once did with Helena’s previous works. The first half of the novel was a struggle to get through as every page seemed to only talk about what happened to Daxton’s family and how traumatic the experience was–which I mean yes, the Hughes family’s world has turned upside down, but I felt like the constant reminder of what happened took away from the growing romance between Daxton and Kailyn; and that when we are finally given a chance to see the romance and nothing else, it felt forced and sprung out of nowhere.
“If you think about it, it was the perfect meet cute, and if I hadn’t had my head up my ass at the time, I would have done something about it.”
Apart from the constant Debby downer tone, I was smitten with our characters–especially Kailyn. Tough and no-nonsense during working hours, however when off the clock Kailyn showed a vibrancy to her that only a select few in her life got to see, which I really enjoyed and related to as the novel went on. I absolutely respect her passion for families and going out of her way to make sure that her past experiences never happen to future generations of children.
The pace and the writing was what I expected from Helena Hunting and I loved how everything flowed and didn’t feel like it was dragging in any parts. Chemistry and banter between not only Daxton and Kailyn but between both of them to the other characters when they put on their lawyer pants, was a 10/10 would recommend time!
Overall, apart from the depressing tone of the novel, I did really enjoy my time with these characters and watching a family take shape after difficult circumstances rock their world. Daxton and Kailyn were super cute together and the moments I did see with them without the depressing tone were ones I LIVED for.
I recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good romance that can look past the dark tonality of the story, as Daxton and Kailyn’s story is truly worth it.
Huge thank you to Forever Publishing for sending me an ARC for my honest review! Quotations taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon final publication.