Review: “Let It Be Me” by Kait Nolan

Series: Men of the Misfit Inn, #1

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Steam: 🔥🔥🔥

Release Date: January 8th, 2021

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Four years ago, firefighter Caleb Romero saved a child and met the woman of his dreams. But trauma killed the timing, so he’s contented himself with being the friend she needed as she navigated sudden parenthood.
 
Four years ago, Emerson Aldridge became a mom in the worst possible way. Without qualm, she abandoned her own dreams to shepherd her teenage daughter through their shared grief. Her number one priority has been to raise Fiona the way her best friend would have wanted.
 
Now Fi’s headed off to college and Emerson has no idea how to feel about her suddenly empty nest. She barely even remembers life before motherhood, but Caleb’s right next door to give her a reminder—along with a toe-curling kiss that catapults them past friends and into something more. The life she wanted before the accident is still within reach. He just has to convince her that their age difference means nothing. Piece of cake. Right?

 

“He was custom-made, walking foreplay. This man really was a unicorn.”

This is my first Kait Nolan book and I adored it. It was cute, fluffy and a really quick read. Let It Be Me is a story of second chances and giving yourself the opportunity to enjoy the little things. While there was some heartbreak scattered across the book, this one was so lovely. For those who’ve read Kait Nolan before, there are some familiar faces and it makes me really curious about these other stories that have been told before!

I truly loved the story that Kait Nolan wrote in this book. It follows Emerson, who takes over guardianship of her teenage goddaughter after the death of her best friend; and Caleb, a younger firefighter who becomes a part of their lives because he was the one who saved Fiona from almost dying along with her mother. Emerson and Caleb might have met on the night Fiona was left orphaned, but it takes them four years to really do anything about that meeting or that burning passion between them.

Both Emerson and Caleb are such wonderful characters and I loved that we got to see the story from both their angles because it was important to see and understand where they come from. Emerson’s concern is that she’s now a single mother and much older than Caleb, while he doesn’t think any of those things define her as a person. Caleb’s feelings for Emerson are just so beautiful, it made me want a Caleb of my own! And after spending four years hiding their feelings for each other, it’s only normal for them to be wary of rushing into something.

“But I need you to know, as much as I want you, I want this, too. The quiet mornings. The talking. I want it all, Em.”

While Let It Be Me is a fluffy and happy read, there’s so much more to this story. And that’s what I truly loved about it. Emerson has been through quite a bit and after spending four years raising a teenager and sending her off to college, she’s finally finding herself. And after a broken heart and her age being a factor in all the things that she does, Emerson doesn’t believe that she deserves love. But that’s the thing about Caleb, he wants to show her that she’s so much more than just a mother or an older woman. Emerson takes time to get there and her inner conflicts are so relatable and so clear in terms of what she wants control over and what she wants to let go of.

Emerson and Caleb’s story is about love, yes, but it’s also about family, about finding yourself, overcoming struggles and pain, loving yourself and giving yourself a chance to let someone else love you.

Thanks to Kait Nolan & Wildfire Marketing Solutions for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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