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A woman looking for a new lease on life moves to Arizona where she rents a guest house on a gorgeous property with a mysterious owner--a man who teaches her about resilience, courage, and ultimately true love, in this funny, bighearted novel about hope and healing from New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay. Stuck in a dreary Boston winter, Annabelle Martin would A woman looking for a new lease on life moves to Arizona where she rents a guest house on a gorgeous property with a mysterious owner--a man who teaches her about resilience, courage, and ultimately true love, in this funny, bighearted novel about hope and healing from New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay. 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.


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A woman looking for a new lease on life moves to Arizona where she rents a guest house on a gorgeous property with a mysterious owner--a man who teaches her about resilience, courage, and ultimately true love, in this funny, bighearted novel about hope and healing from New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay. Stuck in a dreary Boston winter, Annabelle Martin would A woman looking for a new lease on life moves to Arizona where she rents a guest house on a gorgeous property with a mysterious owner--a man who teaches her about resilience, courage, and ultimately true love, in this funny, bighearted novel about hope and healing from New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay. 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.

30 review for Wait for It

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Happy book birthday to one of my favorite romance novels of this year! 🥰🎈🥳🥂 I loved this book more than I expected. It started like an entertaining, sweet rom-com but as I start knowing more about the characters and back stories, I easily connect with both of them. And the tone of the book got more serious with traumatic experiences, sensitive issues like stroke, drug addiction, abuse at work etc. The characters were so easy to love: Both of them made so many mistakes in their lives, suffering f Happy book birthday to one of my favorite romance novels of this year! 🥰🎈🥳🥂 I loved this book more than I expected. It started like an entertaining, sweet rom-com but as I start knowing more about the characters and back stories, I easily connect with both of them. And the tone of the book got more serious with traumatic experiences, sensitive issues like stroke, drug addiction, abuse at work etc. The characters were so easy to love: Both of them made so many mistakes in their lives, suffering from loss, personal traumas and but now both of them confront their fears to start over! It’s lovely sunshine meets the grump troupe with enemies to lovers premise. Annabella Martin is definition of ball of fire meets pocketful of sunshine. She is vivid, bold, reckless, risk taker, a brilliant artist. But she made a few bad choices in her personal life including two marriages ended with divorce. At age 28, she’s freelancer graphic designer, having a friends with benefits relationship with her ex Jeremy but the same day she celebrates her divorce at their unanniversary dinner, she gets job offer from her best friend Sophia who founded graphic design studio with her husband Miguel, living in Phoenix. She wants her to become their creative director. This means she has to love from Boston to start fresh. The sudden offer startles her and she tells Sophia she’ll think about it! When her ex decides to propose at their un-anniversary dinner, for shutting him up she blurts out she accepted the job offer but she also accidentally swallows diamond ring he hid in her champagne flute. Sorry Annabella! This was literally sh*tty start for your journey! When she rents a guest house at a mansion of retired business mogul Nick Daire, she gets intrigued by the mysterious man who writes daily notes to her about the restrictions about the house. She assumes she’s living at the same place with old, unhappy curmudgeon which challenges her more to meet him! But Nick Daire is not the only challenge in her life. Mansplaining Carson who is also Miguel’s best friend is after her job, watching her like hawk, trying to find her mistakes to humiliate her in front of the coworkers. But Annabella has no intention to get scared so easily. She is adamant to do whatever it takes to keep her job and confront with her landlord. But Nick Daire is not who she thinks. He’s only 36, nearly one year ago he had cerebrovascular accident which means he had a stroke which changed his life completely. Residual damage from the stoke impeded his ability to walk or think. For the six months he picked himself off the floor, using his wheelchair. And now he’s still suffering from panic attacks , scaring to have another stroke, trapped in his own house. His only connections are his trainer Jackson he keeps calling brother and his caretaker couple. His estranged sister’s coming back to his life after 20 years they got separated by foster parents startles him just like her nosy, goddess new tenant who writes witty notes to him and leaves at his door! Annabella’s insistence to interfere his life caught him off guard but he realizes he cannot resist her charms. He never had relationship more than three months and now when he is emotionally and physically restrained, can he have a chance to form an appropriate relationship with her? Could they help each other to face their inner fears? At first less connection of MCs get me a little bothered. Nearly the second half of the book, they didn’t have face to face contact. But this story is more than romance. It is about inner growth, learning to change, facing your inner demons. I liked the sarcastic, entertaining tone and emotional depth of author’s writing. I liked both MCs and Jackson was amazing supporting character! A best bro you can have! I was planning to give 4 stars but Nick’s back story and his emotional inner fight affected me more than I expected so I’m rounding up 4.5 stars to 5! Yes, I loved this book so much! Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this amazing digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  2. 5 out of 5

    emma

    There is nothing more important to me than judging books by their covers. I firmly believe that it is my god-given right to exist on this planet reading only things that are pretty. And the fact that the point of that expression is that covers often belie their contents is the bane of my existence. Every time I read a pretty book and am disappointed, it takes a year off my life and one percent off my happiness. So here we are. Dying younger and living sadder. Because this was...not a good read for There is nothing more important to me than judging books by their covers. I firmly believe that it is my god-given right to exist on this planet reading only things that are pretty. And the fact that the point of that expression is that covers often belie their contents is the bane of my existence. Every time I read a pretty book and am disappointed, it takes a year off my life and one percent off my happiness. So here we are. Dying younger and living sadder. Because this was...not a good read for me. This is a misogynistic, poorly written Me Before You. Minus the ending. There is so much to not be a fan of here. Such as... All the background characters being stereotype-based POC (A “huge black man.” A “tall black man” who is a drag queen. A Latinx married couple who are a housekeeper and gardener respectively.) The love interest's nickname for the protagonist being..."goddess. The most randomly inserted I love you of all time. An insanely unbelievable and unprofessional work “subplot” that is probably the actual plot more than the romance is. And probably the cheesiest ending to a book I have ever read in my life. If you read this book, read it only so you can get to that ending and talk to me about it, please. Bottom line: This is a probably well-meaning but still all-time-worst-executed book. Note: I read an advance copy of this book. Details are subject to change. --------------- challenging myself to read as many review copies as possible this month because i'm addicted to projects! ARC 1: spaceman of bohemia ARC 2: in search of us ARC 3: aerialists ARC 4: the sound of drowning ARC 5: unleaving ARC 6: the other side of luck ARC 7: romanov ARC 8: the storm keeper's island ARC 9: gut check ARC 10: when force meets fate ARC 11: sisters in hate ARC 12: before i disappear ARC 13: big time ARC 14: stolen science ARC 15: have a little faith in me ARC 16: invitation to a bonfire ARC 17: the splendor ARC 18: how to be luminous ARC 19: the little women cookbook ARC 20: while we were dating ARC 21: the lost girls ARC 22: wait for it

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    "Nothing makes me doubt my own decisions more than other people telling me that I'm doing the right thing. It's as if their approval is a red flag warning me away from logic and reason. I think it's my freewheeling impulsive nature that rejects positive reinforcement, as if because people approve of what I'm doing, then surely I must be mistaken." This was a fantastic comfort read. I had a blast buddy reading it with Amy @novelgossip, and we found the mixture of romance, workplace drama, and disc "Nothing makes me doubt my own decisions more than other people telling me that I'm doing the right thing. It's as if their approval is a red flag warning me away from logic and reason. I think it's my freewheeling impulsive nature that rejects positive reinforcement, as if because people approve of what I'm doing, then surely I must be mistaken." This was a fantastic comfort read. I had a blast buddy reading it with Amy @novelgossip, and we found the mixture of romance, workplace drama, and discussions surrounding mental health to be refreshing and balanced. A bit predictable, but in a good way. If you're looking for: ✔️ Medium level steam ✔️ Low level angst ✔️ Lots of laughs ✔️ Grumpy/Sunshine trope You should pick up Wait for It immediately! *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    This was 100% a case of “the cover made me do it.” There’s no denying I’m a sucker for a cartoony cover and with the three-day weekend upon me I jumped all over this one and dreams of sitting poolside (while it was 40 degrees and pouring down rain where I live). Unfortunately, Wait for It fits the 2 Star “It Was Okay” rating to a tee. Freelancer Annabelle takes a six month position as the creative director for her best friend’s company after dodging a proposal from her (second) ex-husband. Reloc This was 100% a case of “the cover made me do it.” There’s no denying I’m a sucker for a cartoony cover and with the three-day weekend upon me I jumped all over this one and dreams of sitting poolside (while it was 40 degrees and pouring down rain where I live). Unfortunately, Wait for It fits the 2 Star “It Was Okay” rating to a tee. Freelancer Annabelle takes a six month position as the creative director for her best friend’s company after dodging a proposal from her (second) ex-husband. Relocating from the frigid Boston winter to Phoenix is just the change of scenery she might be looking for. But getting used to corporate dynamics when she’s been self-employed for so long and getting used to being a tenant of a curmudgeonly landlord with an endless list of rules has her thinking this will definitely be a six months and out stint. Until she actually meets said landlord and the sparks fly. Okay, this was a quick read, but there are just some things that didn’t work for me: 1. The nickname “Goddess”???? Yeah, never. 2. The work stuff and smarmy Carson was good reading, but JFC Annabelle. You are nearly 30 and can’t get your ass to work on time. Like EVER???? That is probably my biggest pet peeve about office life. Set your alarm, get your ass out of bed and get to work. Yeah once in a while there might be an accident on the highway that delays your commute, but the other 99.99999% of the time? You are simply an asshole who gives zero shit about taking advantage of your co-workers. 3. WARNING – THIS ONE IS SPOILSIE. You have been married TWICE at 28 and you’re going to say yes to a proposal to a guy you pretty much just banged for a couple of months and don’t really know all that well . . . . I know people are into the happily ever, but I am a reader who is perfectly okay with a “happily for now.” I’m pretty sure I have a cozy mystery by this author sitting in one of my stacks of shame of unread ARCs. I have a feeling that will be a better fit for me. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kezia Duah

    This was so cute! This made me laugh and some parts were a bit emotional. Balance! I loved the characters. They were all very unique from each other. I loved the character development we saw in some of them. Also, sometimes I forget how steamy books can get, and this wasn’t super steamy but still pretty great. The first intimacy scene was one of the sweetest I’ve ever read. I was a bit underwhelmed with the ending, but still a satisfying read! Great job McKinlay!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    So much love for this one! A feel good delightful romance! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This was such a great story. I thoroughly enjoyed all of it! The author developed a fabulous plot that was fun to read and so realistic. The characters were a delight and I loved the balance that she created with Nick and Annabelle. Not only do we get the personal aspect between the characters but we also get the work-life aspect too. McKinlay beautifully creates a story that adds so many different layers – fun, sexy, quirky So much love for this one! A feel good delightful romance! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This was such a great story. I thoroughly enjoyed all of it! The author developed a fabulous plot that was fun to read and so realistic. The characters were a delight and I loved the balance that she created with Nick and Annabelle. Not only do we get the personal aspect between the characters but we also get the work-life aspect too. McKinlay beautifully creates a story that adds so many different layers – fun, sexy, quirky, heartful, emotional. She hits all of the hot spots we look for in a complex multi-dimensional read. This book was a surprise for me as a new reader of her stories. Wait For It is definitely a book and an author that I will read again! * copy received for review consideration Full Review - https://amidlifewife.com/wait-for-it-...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    Wait For It Jenn McKinlay When I read a Jenn McKinlay book, it feels like a satisfying and delightful cup of tea. It warms my soul, and the aroma opens up my senses to an uplifting and hopeful feeling. I am also a Stroke Nurse, so having a character who is a young stroke survivor really did pique my interest in reading this heart filled story. Both the characters are lovable, with their own sets of flaws, yet their ability to take chances and move on from their life challenges, is really so emotion Wait For It Jenn McKinlay When I read a Jenn McKinlay book, it feels like a satisfying and delightful cup of tea. It warms my soul, and the aroma opens up my senses to an uplifting and hopeful feeling. I am also a Stroke Nurse, so having a character who is a young stroke survivor really did pique my interest in reading this heart filled story. Both the characters are lovable, with their own sets of flaws, yet their ability to take chances and move on from their life challenges, is really so emotionally uplifting for me to read. This novel is centered on Annabelle Martin who has had a tough time adulting, with a few bad choices in relationships. She moves from Boston to Arizona to start fresh with a new job. She rents a guest house and speaks to her landlord Nick Daire in handwritten notes. Annabelle finally meets Nick and is surprised to see that he is young and wheelchair bound. Once Annabelle and Nick meet, the tone of the story changed and I was so emotionally invested with their story arc and the development of their relationship. The writing really drew me in – the characters’ complexities, inner turmoil, and growth was so satisfying to read that I loved every moment. This was another five star winning Jenn McKinlay read for me. Thank you Berkley Publishing for the gifted ebook. All opinions are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    ABookNook

    ✨ escaping to Arizona to sip margaritas by the pool and fall in love with my grump neighbor sounds like a great idea right about now ✨ This book, though at first I feared had a basic plot, was so entertaining and unique. If you are looking for the perfect beach read, palette cleanser, or reassurance that you aren’t a total hot mess, this book is perfect for you. Tropes: 🙌🏼 grump-sunshine 🏠 neighbor/landlord romance 💰 rich hero 🤦🏽‍♀️ hot mess heroine 🔥 slow burn 🗣 banter When I had gone into this boo ✨ escaping to Arizona to sip margaritas by the pool and fall in love with my grump neighbor sounds like a great idea right about now ✨ This book, though at first I feared had a basic plot, was so entertaining and unique. If you are looking for the perfect beach read, palette cleanser, or reassurance that you aren’t a total hot mess, this book is perfect for you. Tropes: 🙌🏼 grump-sunshine 🏠 neighbor/landlord romance 💰 rich hero 🤦🏽‍♀️ hot mess heroine 🔥 slow burn 🗣 banter When I had gone into this book, I thought I was going into a women’s fiction wrapped up in a rouse of a rom-com. However, I was pleasantly surprised to be wrong 😊 This book was a mature yet sweet rom-com that excellently death with deeper, serious issues. Someone looking for a beach read that isn’t necessarily light and fluffy would love this book. I really enjoyed the multiple topics the book dealt with. Annabelle’s toxic co-worker plot really struck a chord with me, and Nick’s dealing with stroke made for a great read. Though I will say, I felt he conflicts got dragged on a little too long. It did take away the from enjoyment of the story after one point. I felt that the story almost focused on the conflicts more than it did the development of Nick and Annabelle’s relationship. Their happy ending felt a little fake since I didn’t get to see the progression of their romantic relationship as much as I wanted to. Normally sunshine heroines get on my nerves a bit, and I will admit that the heroine did for a while. But as the story progressed, she grew on me. I really enjoyed reading her and the hurdles she had to overcome. The hero was a great grump. I am definitely a sucker for a grump hero, especially when they are rich and broken boys. I loved watching him deal with his personal issues before her fully fell for Annabelle. It thought it was so interesting how the two characters didn’t meet until around halfway into the story. I thought I wasn’t going to like it. However, both characters had so much work they had to do individually before they could commit to a relationship that it worked really well. Both had to work on themselves before they committed to love and I always love reading that 🙌🏼 Those are the stories that feel more real and emotional, when both characters have to be someone outside of their relationship and work on themselves just as much as they do their relationship. These are the kinds of stories that feel honest, and I really appreciated that. Slow burns have to be written very well for me to enjoy them. The slow burn was balanced very well with the plot of the book and great chemistry. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I did enjoy the first chunk of the book more than I did the second; it is definitely worth a read. Do I recommend this book? Yes! ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/ 5 stars | 🌶🌶/ 5 steam (there is steam and they talk about some of the steamy things they did that we didn’t get to see) Thank you to NetGalley, Berkley Romance, and Jenn McKinlay for an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion ❤️

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    Im not gonna lie... I was disappointed for the second half of the book because it jumped right into friends instead of more enemies??? I expected tension and not them getting along???? So soon??? I also didn't like how our villain was so theatrical towards the end of the book. Like dude. Calm down. You lost the job. Leave now. Anyways, still a solid read and a good beach read. Im not gonna lie... I was disappointed for the second half of the book because it jumped right into friends instead of more enemies??? I expected tension and not them getting along???? So soon??? I also didn't like how our villain was so theatrical towards the end of the book. Like dude. Calm down. You lost the job. Leave now. Anyways, still a solid read and a good beach read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Lawrence

    Wait for It, by Jenn McKinlay, is a fun, flirty, fairly steamy, light-hearted contemporary romance. It’s humorous and has a bit of everything. There is a sensible, likeable, strong, female character, a feisty enemies-to-lovers romance, friendship, work drama, family dynamics, and significant growth arcs for many of the characters. The story follows Annabelle Martin, an impulsive, twice married and divorced, twenty-something graphic design artist. She leaps at the opportunity proposed by her BFF Wait for It, by Jenn McKinlay, is a fun, flirty, fairly steamy, light-hearted contemporary romance. It’s humorous and has a bit of everything. There is a sensible, likeable, strong, female character, a feisty enemies-to-lovers romance, friendship, work drama, family dynamics, and significant growth arcs for many of the characters. The story follows Annabelle Martin, an impulsive, twice married and divorced, twenty-something graphic design artist. She leaps at the opportunity proposed by her BFF to leave behind an awkward relationship situation and the dreary Boston weather for a dream job as creative director at her friend’s company in sunny Arizona. She’s set up in a beautiful bungalow on the residence of a recluse, and since curiosity and a good challenge drive her, she’s motivated to learn more about this mystery man and win him over. Likewise, she also needs to win over her new team at work, and not everyone is happy to welcome her. The story covers so many important topics like the need for honest, self-reflection and personal growth. It examines forms of PTSD, the topics of parental neglect and abandonment, recovery from trauma, mental health issues and adult bullying. These serious topics are dealt with in a respectful manner, but without excessive heaviness or being overbearing, given the genre. I loved the main character’s outlook and the resolution to the story. Admittedly, the turnaround of the male character was quite sudden, although his overall journey was slower and more realistic. All-in-all, this was an entertaining, enjoyable story that was a pleasure to read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    Belle + Nick To avoid a second proposal from her ex husband, Annabelle accepts the job offer from her bestie Sophie in Arizona. She leaves icy Boston for the desert heat of Phoenix. Belle moves into the guest house of reclusive rich guy Nick. Who she has yet to meet. She thinks he's an ancient mean grumpy guy - but he's the opposite. Well, the mean & grumpy part is definitely correct. But he's young and gorgeous! And having Belle in his life and backyard ... the poor guy won't be unhappy for much lon Belle + Nick To avoid a second proposal from her ex husband, Annabelle accepts the job offer from her bestie Sophie in Arizona. She leaves icy Boston for the desert heat of Phoenix. Belle moves into the guest house of reclusive rich guy Nick. Who she has yet to meet. She thinks he's an ancient mean grumpy guy - but he's the opposite. Well, the mean & grumpy part is definitely correct. But he's young and gorgeous! And having Belle in his life and backyard ... the poor guy won't be unhappy for much longer ... or he'll get even grumpier. LOL! LET THE FUN TIMES BEGIN .... ☺ ══════════════════ Where to start? The cover. I mean! So pretty! And while I would love to float on that pool with a hot guy and a cocktail... I don't think I would want to do that in Arizona! I'd rather float on an outdoor pool in wintery Boston! I hate the heat! I already started sweating when Belle arrived at the Phoenix airport! LOL! But I stayed with her all through that desert-heaty story! And it was such a beautiful story! I just loved Belle and Nick! And all the other people - except one! 🤣 This was a great love story with so many great moments. Funny ones. Sparky ones. HOT ones (only weathery or sexy? I'm not telling!🤣). Heartbreaking and emotional ones. Mysterious ones. Serious ones. Dangerous ones. Want-to-hit-him-with-my-kindle ones. So many beautiful moments. I just loved reading this. Beautiful love story set in a beautiful place. I could almost smell the citrus trees and hear the blubbering of the hot tub. I loved this story and I wouldn't mind seeing it on Netflix one day! WAIT FOR IT was such a beautiful love story! A story about healing and family and finally finding your person and place in the world. I loved reading this! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Nicky - this one is MINE!! 💜 💜

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Louise

    This one started on such a high note for me! Twenty-eight and twice divorced, a graphic design position leads Annabelle to a fresh start in Arizona. Upon arrival, not only is she faced with challenges in the workplace, but Annabelle also has the luxury of renting from Nick Daire, the mysterious, curmudgeon landlord next door. Using notes to communicate his explicit rules, Nick and Annabelle don't truly meet until almost halfway into the story, which I surprisingly enjoyed! The first half of the s This one started on such a high note for me! Twenty-eight and twice divorced, a graphic design position leads Annabelle to a fresh start in Arizona. Upon arrival, not only is she faced with challenges in the workplace, but Annabelle also has the luxury of renting from Nick Daire, the mysterious, curmudgeon landlord next door. Using notes to communicate his explicit rules, Nick and Annabelle don't truly meet until almost halfway into the story, which I surprisingly enjoyed! The first half of the story really delved into each character separately, with Nick adjusting to the lasting affects from a stroke, and Annabelle standing her ground against a toxic coworker. Annabelle was a bit reckless—definitely too much at times with her tardiness—but I adored the way her cleverness and impulsiveness irritated the notoriously grumpy Nick. Unfortunately, I eventually lost a bit of interest as the story progressed. There were certain subplots that felt unnatural within the story for me. And while Annabelle and Nick had sweet moments together, much of their relationship was spent in conflict, making it hard to believe the level of happily-ever-after given. I enjoyed this overall, and I’d still recommend for a romance with heavier emotions, but I preferred the first half. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for review

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anne OK

    A new-to-me author with a story that’s light and bright, despite its emotional plotting that at times becomes a bit nerve-grating. Filled with wit and charm and a delightful cast of characters. Dual points of view come from Nick and Annabelle, who come close to being complete opposites. Not introducing the main characters to each other until almost midway through the book is an annoying pet peeve of mine. I am usually so against this type of meet and greet because I like my main characters to ge A new-to-me author with a story that’s light and bright, despite its emotional plotting that at times becomes a bit nerve-grating. Filled with wit and charm and a delightful cast of characters. Dual points of view come from Nick and Annabelle, who come close to being complete opposites. Not introducing the main characters to each other until almost midway through the book is an annoying pet peeve of mine. I am usually so against this type of meet and greet because I like my main characters to get as much page time together as possible. But in this case, the diversion generated the build-up and ended up being a rather clever and fun mechanism. So good in fact that I soon put the minor annoyance behind me and enjoyed the heck out of their story. Among the excellent secondary cast of players, “Sir” – the tuxedo wearing cat -- added an extra helping of that special pet power to the story which is always a delight. He almost stole the show – but not quite because this one had some delightfully appealing secondaries. The only other issue I had here was the ending felt abrupt and a little too predictable and trite. There were a few minor dangling ends that needed tending. It's a shame there was no epilogue giving a peek into future developments. I think the book definitely deserved a bit more. Oh well, c'est la vie!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Domokur

    3.5 stars! This book hit home with Belle being the girl who just wanted everyone to love her and fix everything. I am the same way and I felt myself empathizing with her about the demise of her marriages. Listen, if a man can't take care of himself and is a proven mess, you want to fix it because you live with them and it is your life entwined with theirs. I don't think there is anything wrong with that. We are who we are and yes we make concessions, but the one you are meant to be with loves yo 3.5 stars! This book hit home with Belle being the girl who just wanted everyone to love her and fix everything. I am the same way and I felt myself empathizing with her about the demise of her marriages. Listen, if a man can't take care of himself and is a proven mess, you want to fix it because you live with them and it is your life entwined with theirs. I don't think there is anything wrong with that. We are who we are and yes we make concessions, but the one you are meant to be with loves you for you. Nick is broken so of course everyone warns her away from him because they "know she will try to fix him". I fell in love with each of their struggles even if they didn't communicate them well.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    I have to stop chasing People We Meet On Vacation high, pretty cover but all in all just fine book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jeeves Reads Romance

    Heartfelt slow burn Well, this was a surprise! I wasn't sure what to expect going into this book, but it turned out to be an intimate little treat. I'd consider this to be along the lines of an American version of The Flatshare - if you liked the focus on personal growth and slow burn women's fiction-turned-romance feel of that book, then you'll probably enjoy this one as well. Romance is at the heart of it (complete with a few fan-worthy scenes), but both characters need to go on a journey of se Heartfelt slow burn Well, this was a surprise! I wasn't sure what to expect going into this book, but it turned out to be an intimate little treat. I'd consider this to be along the lines of an American version of The Flatshare - if you liked the focus on personal growth and slow burn women's fiction-turned-romance feel of that book, then you'll probably enjoy this one as well. Romance is at the heart of it (complete with a few fan-worthy scenes), but both characters need to go on a journey of self-discovery before they're able to let love in. I loved the broken, vulnerable hero who finds his strength along the way, and I loved the romance that simmers in the background. It's a slower-paced love story that probably won't be for everyone, but the intimate moments shine. The story follows Annabelle, a twice-divorced 28-year-old who has lost her confidence. When one of her exes re-proposes, it's the catalyst to finally make some changes. Annabelle moves across the country for a new job, and her friends set her up with a place to stay. The only problem? Her new landlord, a wealthy and mysterious retiree who frequently leaves stern notes that detail all the ways she is annoying him. Though Annabelle assumes Nick is a cranky senior citizen, he's actually a thirty-something guy who is dealing with his own issues. He's struggling with the changes in his life, and Annabelle is a fascinating distraction. As the two connect, they discover that their broken pieces fit together perfectly. I've always been a fan of unique meet cutes, and this certainly has one. We meet Nick and Annabelle as individuals, and the notes are the only thing that tie them together for much of the book. Both characters are fully developed, though I think Nick is really the star. His journey is an interesting and impactful one - a man who had let money and power consume his life, until a health scare (a stroke) forced him to re-evaluate everything. There's an emphasis on mental health, as well as plenty of emotional moments and self-reflection... plus some serious chemistry and a touch of steam. I've never read a romance quite like this one, so it kept me hooked from start to finish - even though it's definitely got a laidback, slow feel in a lot of ways. The romance does feel a little rushed, though it's a major part of the story. That would really be my only complaint about this heartfelt romance; I sincerely enjoyed it the whole way through.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    The perfect beach read if you are into a sweet romance wrapped with real life serious issues that are softened by witty characters, great plotting and a fabulous setting! A definite must read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!! Wait For It stars Annabelle Martin, twice divorced before 30, former freelance graphic designer in Boston, now in Creative Director at her best friend's company in Phoenix. She's using this move as a trial period to reset her life after an impulsive proposal from her first ex-husband. Annabelle is a perfectly flawed character. I feel like her flaws are shared with plenty of people, especially me. I really connected with her desire to smother people in love. In comes I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!! Wait For It stars Annabelle Martin, twice divorced before 30, former freelance graphic designer in Boston, now in Creative Director at her best friend's company in Phoenix. She's using this move as a trial period to reset her life after an impulsive proposal from her first ex-husband. Annabelle is a perfectly flawed character. I feel like her flaws are shared with plenty of people, especially me. I really connected with her desire to smother people in love. In comes Nick Daire, her reclusive landlord, makes her smothering tendencies come out in full force. This was just a completely lovely book from start to finish. Cannot recommend it enough!

  19. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Annabelle Martin is a graphic designer working freelance. She has been married and divorced twice, and is sick of the Boston winters. Receiving a marriage proposal from one of her exes tips to scale for her to accept a job offer in sunny Arizona. Nick Daire is a wealthy businessman who has become a recluse in his palatial home following a stroke. He is in a wheelchair and receives daily physical therapy even though there is no physical reason for his recovery delay. When Annabel Dollycas’s Thoughts Annabelle Martin is a graphic designer working freelance. She has been married and divorced twice, and is sick of the Boston winters. Receiving a marriage proposal from one of her exes tips to scale for her to accept a job offer in sunny Arizona. Nick Daire is a wealthy businessman who has become a recluse in his palatial home following a stroke. He is in a wheelchair and receives daily physical therapy even though there is no physical reason for his recovery delay. When Annabelle rents Nick’s guest house with firm instructions to keep her distance from her landlord she looks at it as more than a challenge than a rule especially after she receives his list of rules and his numerous notes taped to her door. As the days go by she knows her sunny personality could win the old man over. She is blown away when she finds out Nick is closer to her age than the old man she imagined and feels she could be the one to help him face his fears and maybe he could help her get over hers. I loved the way Ms. McKinlay told this story. The chapters alternating between Nick and Annabelle’s point of view allowed the reader to get to know each character and their backstories. They were both relatable and easy to root for. Annabelle faces some conflict at her new job that she has to deal with. Nick’s sister comes back into his life after 20 years and he needs to handle that while keeping his disability a secret. You have Annabelle’s bosses and friends, Sophia and Miquel urging Annabelle to stay away from her landlord and Jackson, Nick’s physical trainer and his groundskeeper, Juan and his wife Lupita, his housekeeper and chef hoping that she finds a way into his life. I found all the characters to be cleverly written and easy to identify with. Annabelle is a determined woman and we share the trait of not getting places on time no matter how good our intentions are. Nick’s health journey really grabbed me. Life in a wheelchair sucks and I was so happy with the way his journey played out. Their romance evolved at a comfortable pace for me but once they came together it amped up to a breakneck speed with just a few bumps. I appreciated the way mental health issues were addressed. The workplace drama and the way Annabelle handled it also pulled me in. I also enjoyed the special place Annabelle took Nick where the title of this book really was met. While Jenn McKinlay is better known to me for her cozy mysteries I am thrilled she has penned several romantic stories. She brings strong complex characters to the scene and envelopes them in emotional stories. Wait For It grabbed my attention from the cold dreary weather of Boston and took me on an entertaining ride in sunny Arizona. A great beach read or book to snuggle up with in your cozy chair. This book was truly a Perfect Escape.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    While trying to escape her current situation, Annabelle impulsively accepted a temporary job offer, picked up her life, and relocated to Arizona. There, she had to adjust to her new work environment, a stricter schedule, and her prickly landlord Nick. When she finally found herself face-to-face with Nick, she had to decide if she was willing to open herself up to something more permanent. McKinlay’s Paris is Always a Good Idea was an instant hit with me, and I was eager to read more of her work. While trying to escape her current situation, Annabelle impulsively accepted a temporary job offer, picked up her life, and relocated to Arizona. There, she had to adjust to her new work environment, a stricter schedule, and her prickly landlord Nick. When she finally found herself face-to-face with Nick, she had to decide if she was willing to open herself up to something more permanent. McKinlay’s Paris is Always a Good Idea was an instant hit with me, and I was eager to read more of her work. Once again, McKinlay delivered a story that was comical, warm, sweet, and swoony. The book started out with some huge rom-com type moments. I was instantly smiling and laughing. The story alternated between Nick and Annabelle’s points of view, and I won’t lie, it took quite a while for the two to finally meet in person. Honestly, I didn’t notice this fact at the time because I was enjoying all the other pieces of the story. There was quite a bit packed into this book, but it just added to the fun and heartwarming feel of the story. Though we had to wait for it (you see what I did there?), the romance was well worth it. I know there are tons of sunshine + grump lovers out there, and these two played their respective roles expertly. Nick and Annabelle was fantastic together. There was great banter, chemistry, and undeniable connection. I loved how they often found themselves confessing secrets to each other, confirming that this ran deeper than mere attraction. Annabelle and Nick had both suffered personal losses which affected them in different ways. I was glad I was able to learn so much about their past because it made those steps forward so much more meaningful. The healing they did, together and apart, was important, and I was happy to bear witness to it. Other highlights: Sir, the cat 😼 The letters! 💌 Jackson ❤️ Shooting stars 🌠 New beginnings Forgiveness 🕊️ Happy endings 👩‍❤️‍👨 This was a beautiful story of facing your demons and finding the inner strength to take chances on yourself and others as you try to navigate your way through this life. You know I am always seeking the trifecta of laugh-smile-swoon, and Wait for It didn’t disappoint. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  21. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    I enjoyed this one. I was invested enough that I finished in two days. That being said, it’s not going to be a favorite. I liked Annabelle and Nick but there were definitely some character traits I found frustrating. I mean, Nick is a jerk. It’s somewhat within reason, but man. And Annabelle is a little all over the place for someone her age. Not that you can’t be figuring things out, but being on time and stuff like that, especially for work. Their relationship was odd in the fact that they didn’ I enjoyed this one. I was invested enough that I finished in two days. That being said, it’s not going to be a favorite. I liked Annabelle and Nick but there were definitely some character traits I found frustrating. I mean, Nick is a jerk. It’s somewhat within reason, but man. And Annabelle is a little all over the place for someone her age. Not that you can’t be figuring things out, but being on time and stuff like that, especially for work. Their relationship was odd in the fact that they didn’t meet until like 45%. It also moved incredibly quick which felt just weird. I did love seeing some of the other elements of the story - Nick’s work to help families who are impacted by a member with substance use disorder; and the mental health aspect of a traumatic physical injury/illness. I think overall this book had a lot of elements. Some came together for me and some didn’t.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Powell

    This was about as sweet as a rom-com could be without tipping over into cheesy. Light and breezy, but dealt with some serious issues, this is a perfect summer read! Annabelle is a 2 time loser at marriage but she has some great friends who see how amazing she really is. After a mixup with her second ex, she decides it’s time to make some changes and accepts a new job in Phoenix to try to boost herself back up. In the move, she rents a little cottage on a property with a grumpy old man type landl This was about as sweet as a rom-com could be without tipping over into cheesy. Light and breezy, but dealt with some serious issues, this is a perfect summer read! Annabelle is a 2 time loser at marriage but she has some great friends who see how amazing she really is. After a mixup with her second ex, she decides it’s time to make some changes and accepts a new job in Phoenix to try to boost herself back up. In the move, she rents a little cottage on a property with a grumpy old man type landlord, who she is introduced to by his welcoming note taped to her door of his list of dos and dont’s for living there, which of course she proceeds to break to try to test him and in the process, they strike up a friendship which grows and deepens when they realize they can help each other get over their pasts. But Nick isn’t who she thinks. He had a stroke at 35 which left him with lots of anxiety and left behind physical issues that rendered him almost agoraphobic. His sister that he hasn’t seen in 20 years after they were adopted to separate families is back in his life and he doesn’t know how to relate to her. Jackson, his best friend, trainer and confidant is his only link to the outside world besides his housekeeper. They realize how good outgoing Annabelle would be for him and don’t let him push her away when she is persistent in trying to win him over. I loved their banter and the sarcasm and how much the characters grew both individually and together as the story went on. Even the supporting characters grew and added much to the story. Definitely recommend this one! Thanks to Berkley Publishers and Netgalley for this Arc in exchange for my review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    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 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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Brown

    Another automatic read for me since I love this author's work. I wasn't disappointed! This was a woman's fiction/romance instead of her usual mysteries. I enjoyed Annabelle and Nick's story. They were both messed up and needed to figure themselves out a bit before they could fully be happy. The relationship did move a little fast at one point, but I still loved it! Now to wait for Jenn's next book! Another automatic read for me since I love this author's work. I wasn't disappointed! This was a woman's fiction/romance instead of her usual mysteries. I enjoyed Annabelle and Nick's story. They were both messed up and needed to figure themselves out a bit before they could fully be happy. The relationship did move a little fast at one point, but I still loved it! Now to wait for Jenn's next book!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I love a good grump-sunshine trope and this book delivered! The Arizona setting was fun and I loved the characters back stories. Their romance was sweet and believable. The work place side plot was fantastic and I enjoyed how it all came together in the end. My thanks to the publisher for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Simply Love Book Reviews

    The synopsis of Wait For It had me requesting it and I’m glad I did, while it was more women’s fiction than a true romance, there was enough romance in it that I wasn’t disappointed. While the characters were mostly in their late 20’s to early 30’s, there was a maturity to them that I appreciated. Flawed characters that show growth throughout with an engaging plot that was funny yet emotional, Wait For It was thoroughly enjoyable. After an awful and embarrassing proposal from her ex-husband #1 go The synopsis of Wait For It had me requesting it and I’m glad I did, while it was more women’s fiction than a true romance, there was enough romance in it that I wasn’t disappointed. While the characters were mostly in their late 20’s to early 30’s, there was a maturity to them that I appreciated. Flawed characters that show growth throughout with an engaging plot that was funny yet emotional, Wait For It was thoroughly enjoyable. After an awful and embarrassing proposal from her ex-husband #1 goes awry, Annabelle Martin decides to accept a job from her best friend in Phoenix, Arizona and leave the cold of Boston behind. After free lancing for most of her career, she soon remembers her dislike of office politics and office bullies and she’s embroiled in a stand-off of sorts with her mysterious landlord, one she wants to meet but hasn’t yet. Renting his guest house because he owes her best friend’s husband a favor, Annabelle was warned to steer clear of the reclusive Nick Daire, but the more rules he reminds her of the more she decides to challenge him. The last thing Nick Daire wanted was a tenant on his property but he owed Miguel a favor and it was only for 6 months. Between his trainer Jackson, and the caretakers Juan and Lupita he wouldn’t have to deal with her or so he thought. Using the hot tub, signing loudly and drunkenly after 9 p.m., throwing a party and using the pool, and a cat? All against his rules and with each note he sends to remind her of them, she sends back beautiful artwork with hers. This book had a lot of layers which I actually loved and why I wasn’t completely angry about the romance kind of being on the back burner. The beginning on the book we see Annabelle trying to get use to working in an office setting and honestly not doing well, she’s late more often than not, the guy who wanted her job is harassing her, and while she feels she’s managing her team well and even likes most of them, she’s promised a bring in a big client, one she doesn’t have. Meanwhile Nick is still trying to figure out why he’s still not back to one hundred percent nine months after his stroke at age 35. While the doctor’s say physically there’s nothing wrong, he’s had episodes where his leg gives out, his brain goes fuzzy, and he collapses. While many have suggested he has PTSD and needs a therapist he is adamant that it’s physical and continues to be a recluse other than when he leaves for doctor’s appointments. While I’ll admit Annabelle was a bit reckless in the way she drew Nick out considering she didn’t have other living arrangements, it was effective. There was a connection between them from their first meeting, actually before that in the correspondence they shared. I liked that she challenged Nick and while concerned for his health she didn’t pity him. Annabelle did have a problem with trying to take care of Nick when he didn’t want or need his help. While their relationship heats up, he helps her solve her crisis at work by connecting her with his long lost sister who needs help and he’s willing to foot the bill for it. I liked that these characters layers were peeled back slowly throughout the story, as they learned about each other so did the reader and as they realized their own shortcomings the reader was privy to their thoughts and feelings. My one complaint is that I feel the ending was a bit rushed, I would have liked to see Annabelle and Nick spend more time together as a couple before big decisions were being made. Well written, charming, and the perfect balance of comedy and emotion, Wait For It was an absolute delight to read. Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    smalltownbookmom

    First of all the cover for this book is GORGEOUS!! And though it's been getting some VERY mixed reviews I personally really loved the book. While it's definitely a SLOW burn romance - our main characters don't actually meet in person until about 40% into the book - I didn't mind this so much because they trade witty notes and we get a dual perspective, getting into the minds of both Annabelle and Nick. Fans of Paris is always a good idea will recognize Annabelle from that book featuring her sist First of all the cover for this book is GORGEOUS!! And though it's been getting some VERY mixed reviews I personally really loved the book. While it's definitely a SLOW burn romance - our main characters don't actually meet in person until about 40% into the book - I didn't mind this so much because they trade witty notes and we get a dual perspective, getting into the minds of both Annabelle and Nick. Fans of Paris is always a good idea will recognize Annabelle from that book featuring her sister and there are a couple cute Easter eggs for the keen of eye to pick up in this book, which I loved. Graphic designer/artist Anabelle moves to Arizona when her friend Sophie offers her a job and her ex-husband's second marriage proposal goes disastrously wrong. Yes, Annabelle's personal life is a bit of a mess. An impulsive, people-pleaser, it's no wonder she falls head over heels for her hot landlord with a severe anxiety disorder who is recovering from a stroke. I loved that Nick was dealing with his own mental health and physical disabilities. He also has a complex back story, coming from drug addicted parents who gave up him and his sister to foster care. Nick's sister Lexi reappears in his life when she moves to Arizona to create a Net-zero affordable housing complex. I thought the family relationships and domestic abuse storyline were sensitively handled. More than just a light rom-com, this romance is full of complex characters, found families, and toxic workplace relationships. Not to worry though, there's also plenty of chemistry and humor in this open door romance with a cute kitten sidekick. I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it for fans of Paris is always a good idea, Twice shy or Roni Loren's Say everything series. Much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my advance review copy.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dikshya Pattnaik

    Graphic designer Annabelle, 28 and twice divorced, moves to Arizona for a fresh start. Apart from facing workplace issues, Annabelle also deals with her grumpy, retired landlord Nick who communicates- more likely reminds her of the house rules that she has to follow- via notes. Annabelle is a rebel. She likes taking care of people even when it becomes overbearing but her heart is always is the right place. I loved how she stood up for herself against that jerk Carson, even though she felt like p Graphic designer Annabelle, 28 and twice divorced, moves to Arizona for a fresh start. Apart from facing workplace issues, Annabelle also deals with her grumpy, retired landlord Nick who communicates- more likely reminds her of the house rules that she has to follow- via notes. Annabelle is a rebel. She likes taking care of people even when it becomes overbearing but her heart is always is the right place. I loved how she stood up for herself against that jerk Carson, even though she felt like punching him. Nick, who is dealing with his trauma post his stroke has given up on world. He lives a grounded life surrounding himself with 3 of his state members and confined to his house. Having his perspective chapters was really nice. I loved the back & forth notes. These two hotheads don't meet until almost half way through the book, but that doesn't dim their snarky banter. I loved those hilarious notes from Nick especially where he mentions the exact page, para & line number 😆. Their first meeting was epic leading to a disaster. Nick went from being grumpy to hot in a mini second. Amidst those desert dates, granting visitors visa to Sir, working on a peridot together they fell for each other. All those tragic circumstances helped them heal together & also an individual. Ps loved those secondary characters to the core. Pss When Annabelle mentioned Paris is Always a Good Idea, I might or might not have teared up during that as it took me back to Chelsea's story 💙.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ally Bryan

    Thank you to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the ARC. 🌟🌟🌟💫 3.5/5 stars Wait For It is a romcom about a woman who moves to Arizona and falls for her mysterious landlord. Annabelle Martin is a graphic designer and, at 28, has had two failed marriages. When she gets a dream job as a creative director at a graphic design studio in Phoenix, she jumps at the chance to start over. Her mysterious landlord, Nick Daire, is recluse following a stroke. Nick is struggling with the after effects of Thank you to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the ARC. 🌟🌟🌟💫 3.5/5 stars Wait For It is a romcom about a woman who moves to Arizona and falls for her mysterious landlord. Annabelle Martin is a graphic designer and, at 28, has had two failed marriages. When she gets a dream job as a creative director at a graphic design studio in Phoenix, she jumps at the chance to start over. Her mysterious landlord, Nick Daire, is recluse following a stroke. Nick is struggling with the after effects of the stroke and is reluctant to let people in. The two begin to fall for each other, but they first must deal with their own personal issues. This was a cute romance that was very easy to read. Both characters were likable and I was invested in their storylines both together and apart. It isn’t a perfect book and I had some quibbles about the ending, but overall, I had fun reading this story. Fans of Lacie Waldon and Lauren Layne will enjoy this sweet romance! ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Full review to be posted closer to release date.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shay | Books Are Magic Too

    If you've ever had the desire to drop everything and start somewhere new, this endearing book is for you! In 𝐖𝐀𝐈𝐓 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐈𝐓 by Jenn McKinlay from Berkley Romance was exactly what I was hoping for in an enemies to lovers plot line with a slow burn romance that finds them when they aren't looking for it. I LOVE McKinlay's writing style, and have adored the books of hers I've had the chance to read (most recently her last book, Paris Is Always a Good Idea) the dual POV kept the story going for me in a If you've ever had the desire to drop everything and start somewhere new, this endearing book is for you! In 𝐖𝐀𝐈𝐓 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐈𝐓 by Jenn McKinlay from Berkley Romance was exactly what I was hoping for in an enemies to lovers plot line with a slow burn romance that finds them when they aren't looking for it. I LOVE McKinlay's writing style, and have adored the books of hers I've had the chance to read (most recently her last book, Paris Is Always a Good Idea) the dual POV kept the story going for me in a fun way, my only complaint was not getting enough of the side characters -- Annabelle's friends especially! Low steam, lots of laughs and this was the comfort read I needed to kick off August! Thanks to NetGalley + Berkley for the eARC! Having two characters who overcome their struggles, and manage to touch on some heavier topics that are so relevant to today's mental health issues made this read one I really enjoyed, I cannot wait to grab a copy for my shelves!

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