by Helena Hunting
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars (but probably more like 2.5)
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Talk about an embarrassing introduction. On her first day of law school, Kailyn ran – quite literally – into the actor she crushed on as a teenager, ending with him sprawled on top of her. Mortified to discover the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming either…
Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can’t help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn’s new celebrity client, there’s even more at stake than Dax’s custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she’ll be promoted to partner.
The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever. But will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another?
I really enjoyed the beginning so much more than the rest of the story. The beginning was so cute with the meeting and everything and I was even on board for seeing them in their careers but the conflicts and the response to the conflicts, that’s where the book started to lose me.
These are two lawyers, who were the top 2 students in their class at UCLA, these two were the valedictorian and salutatorian (it doesn’t ever say that but it does say that Daxton was first in the class and Kailyn was second so they would be) at UCLA which is a top university and I would expect for them to act like it. Daxton’s behavior drove me crazy. When being presented with two very good lawyers who are trying to make partner before they’re thirty, I expect calculating, planning, even a bit of manipulation but everything they did was responsive and it didn’t feel right, it didn’t make me believe that these are two very successful lawyers.
Maybe that’s not such a big deal and I’m demanding a lot of realism from a romance novel but it took me away from the story.
Another thing that bothered me was that we never learn a lot about any of the side characters. Kailyn had a best friend that showed up all the time and discussed cases with her but I have no idea what this woman’s profession is, it was never specified. Was she another lawyer? Was she a social worker? I have no idea.
Also, there was the main plot point about Emme’s trust and a statement that she had done commercials but I had no idea if she was still doing commercials or not or if there were intentions to do more in the future. That was never brought up, we never learn any background about the side characters. Yeah, sure it makes sense that all the attention is on the main character and their love story but these are minor details that I kinda wanna know.
I started to lose interest in the story about halfway through because Daxton started displaying the typical Alpha Douche Male behavior and I was so over it. And the fact that Kailyn kept wearing and purchasing memorabilia from Daxtons tv show and wearing t-shirts in front of him was weird and it never got unweird. If I was in this scenario with Chris Evans I think I would stash all my Captain America memorabilia away and never talk about it. Maybe it’s not a big deal but it came off as awkward and a little uncomfortable for Daxton who kept implying that he was trying to leave that part of his life behind.
I also felt like the grief that was a big part of the motivations was pushed aside too quickly, like it was a tool and then put away when its role was done.
The last thing that bothered me was that Daxton waited until the last three chapters or so until he got the idea to go through his parent’s financial statements and records. You would think that a top lawyer would have gone through that first. Oh but he’s grieving you say? I’m pretty that would be one of the first things you go through after the will.
Maybe I’m nitpicking too much but all of these points really bothered me while reading, I gave this three stars when I finished it but I think it’s 2.5 stars instead.