Release date: August 10, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Stuck in a dreary Boston winter, Annabelle Martin would like nothing more than to run away from her current life. She’s not even thirty years old, twice-divorced, and has just dodged a marriage proposal… from her ex-husband. When she’s offered her dream job as creative director at a cutting-edge graphic design studio in Phoenix, she jumps at the opportunity to start over.
When she arrives in the Valley of the Sun, Annabelle is instantly intrigued by her anonymous landlord. Based on the cranky, handwritten notes Nick Daire leaves her, she assumes he is an old, rich curmudgeon. Annabelle is shocked when she finally meets Nick and discovers that he’s her age and uses a wheelchair. Nick suffered from a stroke a year ago, and while there’s no physical reason for him not to recover, he is struggling to overcome the paralyzing fear that has kept him a prisoner in his own home.
Despite her promise to herself not to get involved, Annabelle finds herself irresistibly drawn to Nick. And soon she wonders if she and Nick might help each other find the courage to embrace life, happiness, and true love.
This was such a cute, feel good read with depth and emotion! I don’t often come across a book set in my home state and that’s what initially drew me to this one and I adored being able to visualize the different settings and places Annabelle visited around Phoenix. Even if you’ve never been to AZ I think you would appreciate it being set here because it’s something new, not the same old California/NYC setting that’s so popular in many books. Besides a fun setting this has a little something for every reader in my opinion. Annabelle and Nick have a believable developing relationship, I also really like a sunshine and grump trope so that was fun too. Both of them have serious issues they need to work through and the author portrayed mental health struggles in a really authentic and compassionate way. There’s also a subplot with Annabelle’s job and I actually liked that angle more than I thought, it was both fun and interesting and really kept the story that much more engaging. Overall a well rounded romance, very flirty and a tiny bit a steam but great characterization and lots of humor.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.