Not going to lie, this is another book where I fell for the cover and didn’t really read the summary prior to reading. This book ended up surprising me in many ways and, even though the story doesn’t quite match the cover I loved, I’m still really glad I picked this one up.
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?
I listened to this in maybe 1.5 days? I had it playing in the car, through my headphones while I was shopping, while I was cooking… basically whenever I could. Something about the story grabbed me and didn’t let me put the book on pause unless I needed to.
This cover makes you think this book is super adorable and light, which it can be, but it also tackles some pretty heavy themes. There’s definitely the cute romance the title, cover, and summary suggest, but my favorite parts of this book are the ones that approach family, grief, and loss.
Emme has to be the best thing about this book. I loved her character and the way she influenced everything else in the book. It was touching how both Dax and Kailyn were there for her after such an awful accident, and seeing her grow and become confident after the accident was touching.
The one thing around Emme that I didn’t like was her aunt. She was such an obvious, predictable, unlikeable antagonist. All of her scheming felt so obvious and yet it took Dax and Kailyn so long to put the pieces together. There was no shock when she was “revealed” as the bad guy and she was so thoroughly terrible that she didn’t make for even an OK antagonist.
Dax and Kailyn themselves didn’t always click for me. For the majority of the book I liked Kailyn, and this could also be because I enjoyed her narrator. Dax, on the other hand, wasn’t always likeable. Not like a character should always be likeable, but he felt too tropey at times. He could definitely be the macho man guy, I didn’t love his narrator, and he didn’t seem like the lawyer he was supposed to be. Still, I enjoyed his chemistry with Kailyn and his relationship with Emme. I might have liked his character more if he had a different narrator or if I had read the book instead.
The romance aspect of the plot was, of course, predictable, but the other aspects that deal with relationship building and the aftermath of the accident were great. I would definitely consider reading more Helena Hunting books and would recommend this to people who enjoy romance but are also looking for something with some more depth.