- Discussion of abuse/neglect by parents
In this second chance romance, we meet Gavin Scott and Thea Scott, a couple who married young and have slowly been drifting apart ever since. We flip back and forth between the two perspectives so we get to see how their marriage, potentially ending, is affecting each of them.
Both Gavin and Thea need to admit, and address, each of their own contributions to why they feel like strangers rather than partners in their marriage. From the start of their marriage, they’ve both omitted things from each other, either because of pride or for fear of knowing the truth.
Gavin, who has a stutter, was a late bloomer when it came to romance. Thea, who grew up with a mom that pretty much said she trapped her husband by getting pregnant, was terrified that people assumed she did the same with Gavin. As the story unfolds, we learn more and more about the baggage both Gavin and Thea have been carrying, some since childhood, and see them finally face those issues.
I found myself laughing a lot, especially when the Bromance Book Club got together, so many quotable moments in those interactions. There were a few things that I found didn’t feel had correct timing though.
From the start of the book, Thea’s sister seemingly hated Gavin, and couldn’t wait for a divorce to happen. I felt like we didn’t really see a gradual change in attitude, seemed more like she went from anti-Gavin to fine much faster than would naturally happen. Granted I didn’t grow up with siblings so I don’t really understand a lot of sibling relationships I encounter IRL and in fiction.
Another time where I felt the conflict resolved too quickly was with the final obstacle Gavin and Thea face. It was something you could see popping up, and I honestly thought it would have popped up a lot sooner, than the last 50 pages of the book. This final obstacle, to their HEA, resolved so fast which didn’t add up to me. I felt like this obstacle should have popped up a lot sooner in the book, as well as taken more time to resolve.
Overall, I did find this to be a cute second chance romance, though I didn’t feel it lived up to all the hype I’ve seen about it. I still look forward to reading the other books in the series, because the overall idea of “men solving relationship issues by reading romance” is too good not to read about.
As always, I hope that I was able to pique your interest while also avoiding any potential spoilers to the story!