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"Fun, romantic and sexy... With every book of hers I read I'm falling deeper in love with Talia Hibbert's writing." - Dylan St. Jaymes, Love in Panels
"...strong, independent, fierce AF women need men who respect them and let them be the problem solvers in their own lives. And Talia Hibbert delivers that Every. Single. Time." - Jen,The Book Queen's Book Palace
About the Author
- ASIN : B07B9Z6846
- Publisher : Nixon House (March 14, 2018)
- Publication date : March 14, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 3436 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 308 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #23,729 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Halfway through A Girl Like Her, I added every single one of Talia Hibbert's books to my to-read list. Every one. And I usually hate M/F contemporary romance.
A Girl Like Her was quirky and fun, but had a very serious edge. I loved the complex dynamics and the autistic spectrum MC, who for once wasn't a savant/scientist/math genius. She was real, and her autism was just a part of what made her who she was.
It's hard for me to explain what made this small-town story stand out, other than the fact that all the parts simply worked together. Just worked really, really well. It also doesn't hurt that the male MC is a total beta-hero, something I always love. We also get a black, plus-sized woman who is described just as she is: body positive and sexually desired/desirable. I found the whole book to be really refreshing- I couldn't get enough.
The pacing was just right. The romance was slow-burn enough for me, and the story chugged along at a perfect pace. Things were revealed at just the right time. I never wanted to stop reading.
The only thing I wished was that the editing was a bit tighter, but it was hard to find fault with this one. Worth every cent I spent and then some.
Ruth: Small curvy black woman, autism spectrum, loves comics, is rude and blunt and wonderful
Evan: Large tattooed white man, hardworking, cooks for people, kind and considerate, seeks clear consent
Watching these two fall in love was the CUTEST. Things really heated up a lot more in the last third or so of the book, and by then you've completely fallen in love with their budding relationship. There were a couple mishaps along the way that literally made me laugh out loud. The only complaint I might have is that there's this big mystery around why Ruth is the scandalous pariah of the town and I felt like there was a lot of vague talking around it until the whole story was finally discussed near the end. It's a minor complaint, because I still just couldn't stop reading and wanting to spend time with these characters. I'm going to devour whatever else Talia has written.
Evan Miller, the town's new metalworker for Daniel's family company was intrigued by the strange, autistic pajama wearing Ruth, who turned out to be his neighbor. Their friendship became something more and Daniel did not like it one bit, even though he was now married to another woman and confronted Evan. Daddy Burne did not like that and got an awakening of his life so far as his son was concerned.
Evan and Ruth's relationship blossomed into something more, a deep and abiding love. He gave her the courage she needed to recover her old self and stop being a recluse and stand up for herself. They were perfect for each other.
Talia wrote an endearing story about an autistic woman recovering from being bullied by the entire town and the man she used to love. Being the town pariah made her a recluse until a handsome blacksmith moved in next door and gave her the courage to be herself again and reclaim her life. With them, love conquered all. Evan gave Ruth strength that she thought she'd lost. Their chemistry was true, real and intense to where they would do all that was needed to keep the other in their lives to achieve their own HEA.
Top reviews from other countries
Evan was so soft and caring and amazing.
Ruth was prickly and angry and perfect.
The overall personal arcs of each them was brilliant.
The villain was a villain without overshadowing the story and the romance (thank God)
[ I was half-afraid he'd break into her house or try to assault her again or something, because I'm so used to romances victimising the heroine right to the very end (and then being "rescued" by the hero) that the turnaround with her facing him down in-front of basically the entire town brought tears of pride and satisfaction to my eyes. The father's arc could have also gone in the same direction, but he'd listened and backed off, and I suddenly believed there is a God.]
END OF SPOILERS!!!
The slow build, the tension, the communication, the ENTHUSIASTIC CONSENT...*chef's kiss* perfection.
And after the badass thing Hannah did? (you'll know when you read it, wink wink) I can't wait for the next book.
This allows us to just focus on the story and the interaction of the main protagonists.
I fell in love with Ruth from the start. She reminds me of so many people that I work with (ASD and LD). Her constant struggle to fit in with societal norms especially around facial expressions and conversations. Her prickly behaviour and eventually her assertiveness when she puts aside her undeserved guilt.
With regards to Evan, I'll just say that everyone deserves an Evan.
Well done Talia for giving me a delicately woven tale of small town life with a gossipy population, an evil wrong-doer who thinks much to highly of himself and a woman who gets the love that she deserves. Enjoy peeps 😉
Once I started reading I could not put it down. This is my first book by Talia but I can tell you right now that it won't be my last. The characters are so distinct within themselves and yes you can see their resemblance when it comes to family but still allowing them to be completely different.
Evan is very possibly my perfect man, he cooks and cares and with those muscles, tattoos and facial scruff, I could not have picked a more perfect hero myself. Ruth, well where do I start on this woman but to say that she is like my soul sister. I feel like we were separated at birth because there is so much of her that I see in myself and adore!
Their story is not an easy one but with the effortlessness that it was written, it really allowed me to be sucked in. To the drama and mystery and intrigue but also watching the love that blossoms between this couple but also the friendships that are formed. I don't think I could sing Talia's praises enough and am now off to read more of her books!!
I was starting to worry about Hibbert's tendency to develop her plots so slowly. A tendency that at times ends up building such momentum for a heavily hinted at secret, that often amounts to- yes something startling but rarely is developed enough that you question whether the time spent waiting for this big secret to be revealed was actually worth it. cough 'The Princess Trap' cough
But thankfully this was not the case with 'A Girl Like Her'. Ravenswood is a town full of scenic parks and gossiping biddies. But it's also home to Ruth Kabbah and her sister Hannah. Evan Miller is a man starting his life again after being in the army. He's kind, keeps to his morals, patient but importantly can kick butt if needed. I loved the character of Ruth. Honestly I would love to be her friend. It was great to see a story that didn't revolve around a stereotype. Ruth is Ruth and I sincerely appreciated the depiction Hibbert chose. It did the character & plot justice.
And Evan...well is Evan is the type of man I'd like to marry haha. So thank you Hibbert for the ample fodder for my daydreams.
A great story that treats its characters with respect. Gives a honest characterisation. An unexpected plot twist. A funny, cute and realistic romance. And an adorable & well deserved conclusion. A** Hibbert 😊