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I love the book!! Summer is hysterical, I was laughing out loud all the time. You would not believe all the great lines I bookmarked!! She is spunky and self deprecating in all the best ways. The banter between her and Clint is awesome!! It was a delight watching them fall in love.
There is a bonus romance her too, I love that this author gives twofers!! The supporting romance has just as much growth and depth as the main romance. I loved seeing everything come together and relationships healed.
This is a mixed narrative, which means we get several POV throughout the read. Mostly it is Summer and Clint, but we get Lily and Davis as well. This helps give insight into the intricate dynamics at play. You were also able to see both sides of the relationship with mother and daughter. You might want to hate Lily at first, but it is difficult when you get to know her.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Pam Dougherty, who is delightful. Her Southern accent is spot on and a soothing melody throughout the read. I enjoyed the tone and texture of her voices, both male and female. She has a great pace in the read and delivers plenty of energy. She is definitely going on my list of narrators to watch for!! She was perfectly suited to this book and its sweet and sassy comedy.
While I was loving this book for the most part, I wasn't keen on how much Summer put herself down. She was mostly not caring about her wight, until it came to this guy. But that is the plight of curvy girls in comtempo romances.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
But...The problem with my reading a story set in Austin is that I recognize everything, especially the fictional parts, and I get distracted by things that seem off. Like, I get the whole creative license thing, but we all know we're nowhere near big enough to support a pro football team. And why did Grayson call it Town Lake when it became Ladybird Lake like six years before this book was published? And where's this inner city area Summer's teaching in? East side over by Montopolis on the edge of the city would make sense, and all the crappy areas I know are east and southeast. Oh, and that lovely area around Rundberg where the scariest looking hookers in the world troll. Is that considered inner city even though it's more on the fringe? Why don't I know my city????? See, I get distracted by the dumbest things.
Judging Covers: I don't understand the cover. Is that supposed to be Austin? Where's the Frost building? Sure, I avoid downtown like it's infested with zombies or those rabid sales chicks at Victoria's Secret, but this doesn't look familiar at all. And whose high heels are those on the cover? Summer always dresses…well…kinda dumpy. Baggy jeans and t-shirts, no heels…Dammit, I'm so confused! Don't get me wrong. It's a cute cover. It just doesn't seem to go very well with the story I just read.
The Verdict: Turning off my stupidly analytical train of thought, it's a fun read. Summer's snark is just awesome, and I love the way she not only doesn't hold back, but she fires away even when surrounded by reporters. She certainly puts Clint in his place right away. Her love for her students is evident, but it's not overdone the way so many other books have it. I'm not sure what it is, but she does everything she can for them without making it sound like charity.
And Clint is rather interesting. Sure, he's only there for the good publicity at first, but it's clear he's not a bad guy. He might be thinking about his own interests, but he's quick to help a struggling football player improve his form, and he doesn't once turn his nose up at the less that ideal students he's faced with. He's quick to notice Summer as well, and while his immediate interest might be a little on the pervy side, he clearly sees her differently than he sees herself. Summer's self-confidence issues are completely understandable. Her mom is downright evil (or so it seems for quite a while), and while Summer is way different than the girl she once was, she'll never be thin and petite, and her issues from her childhood are deeply embedded.
The romance is cute, starting out as simply a hell of an attraction and becoming something much more as they get to know each other. There's no real conflict aside from Summer's issues with her body, but just as quickly as those become a problem, Clint eases them away. I love that Summer didn't go through some transition to become more attractive, like a permanent makeover, new wardrobe, or diet. Sure, there was a night out where she got all gussied up, but it didn't stick, so this wasn't a Pygmalion kind of thing.
All in all, it was a fun read, a nice helping of fluff and happily ever after interspersed with some laughs. It was more ideal than 100% believable, but in that sense it was more of a feel-good romance, which is exactly what I was looking for.
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