I liked everything about this book, but for some reason I am having a tough time reviewing it. I think it’s because you kind of have to read it to appreciate it. I don’t want to give away too much because all of the fun is in the discovery.
That’s basically what this entire book is about after all, discovery. Both Caymen and Xander are in the last few months of their final year in high school so they are discovering what they want to do when they graduate.
Caymen is certain that her future is filled with running her mom’s antique doll shop because without her help the store, and her mother, won’t survive. They aren’t quite in the Oliver Twist territory of poverty, but, like a lot of people, she and her mother live paycheck to paycheck and are barely making it.
When she meets Xander, she discovers that even though they come from different worlds financially, they are in a similar situation when it comes to expectations. Xander is expected to take over the family business too, but he’s not sure if that’s what he really wants. Only in his case, the family business is a large chain of fancy hotels.
After learning of their similar familial expectations, Xander comes up with the brilliant idea that they should help each other discover what they should do with the rest of their lives.
They form an effortless and beautiful friendship that blossom into more, but of course, things don’t run as smoothly as either of them would have liked. Thanks to her mother’s few of rich people, Caymen has to overcome some preconceived notions that she has about Xander and the people around him. She instinctively trust and likes him from the start of their relationship, but she waffles back and forth between trusting her instincts and judging him based on his money and social status.
I keep trying to come up with something neutral to say about Xander, but he was a near perfect leading man. He was so patient with Caymen even when she was pushing him away. He didn’t chase her, but he also never walked away, and he let her set the pace of the relationship. It was like her knew if he could get her to let her guard down, the relationship would be well worth all the work. And on top of all that, he simply liked her for who she was. He didn’t want her to change, he just wanted her to trust him.
My review focused on the romance because this book mainly focused on the romance, but their were a few side plots that were just as interesting as the main one. Caymen learns a lot about herself, her mother, and people in general over the course of this book, and she ended up becoming a better person for it.
This has definitely become an instant favorite of mine, and I am sure that if I ever actually reread some of my books, this one will be at the top of the list.
If you are in the mood for a massively cute romance then…
Read this now!
I would recommend this book for ages 14 and up. There was no sexual content or strong language.