Series: Adventures in Love #2
Release Date: May 24th, 2022
CW: secondary character with cancer
Now Everly has one priority: to make a life for herself and her boy. And Blake, her sometimes infuriating but admittedly handsome employer at Live Life Adventures, doesn’t factor into her future as anything more than her boss.
But it seems the guy who’s about as friendly as a grizzly bear has a soft spot for her and her son…and the more time she spends with him, the more difficult it is to remember why giving in to the chemistry between them is a bad idea.
Now, with their future on the line, they’ll have to decide if love is a risk worth taking.
Unlike a lot of people, I actually enjoyed Rushed and fell in love with the world that Tanner, Maverick and Blake come from. But this book didn’t have the same feeling. I liked the tropes and I loved the setting of Montana, but something was missing. I know that with these books, low/no-conflict is the way to go and I absolutely appreciate that, but this one just fell short of awesome for me.
When Everly discovers she’s pregnant and her (ex) boyfriend jokes about her getting an abortion, their entire relationship changes. She goes on to have her son and moves back home with her parents to raise him. Being back home also means she needs a job to support her child and the perfect job appears as an admin/manager for the adventure company where Blake, Tanner and Maverick work. Blake, on the other hand, is holding onto secrets on behalf of his father and feeling the weight of it pressing down on him. He’s the gumpiest of the three and doesn’t have time for romance or anything of the sort, but when it comes to his family, he’s got time for anything.
I am a big fan of grump x sunshine, and this one had that in spades. I also love when the grumpy hero is transformed because of an adorable kid and Sampson was truly the most entertaining child ever. I just didn’t really connect with Everly and Blake’s relationship. Most of it is spent with them hanging out together and doing things without actually talking about what they are as a couple or as people. And then there’s the whole calling her ‘babe’ and ‘baby’ before they’ve even established what they are. I don’t mind it if it’s a one-off thing, but Blake calls Everly those terms a lot even before their first kiss.
I feel like all the books in the series are going to be angst and conflict free, but provide you with the warm and fuzzies with attractive leads, great supporting casts and lots of great friendships and fun. If that’s your kind of deal, then this book is definitely perfect for you!
Thanks to Montlake & NetGalley for generously providing me with an advance copy. I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.