My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Description: Kate Evans never imagined she'd be a young widow and single mom, staying in her aunt's guest cottage. She also never imagined she'd live next door to Jess Sullivan, an actual movie star. Struggling to put herself back together, Kate gets swept up in a whirlwind of dating, but can she keep ignoring what her heart really wants?
My thoughts: This is Aspen Hadley's first book? Seriously? Man, she writes a good story! I fell in love with her characters and the whole "vibe" of the book.
This book takes a good hard look at relationships. Kate is a widow. Her world was turned upside down when her husband passed away unexpectedly. The problem was that it was unexpected for her, but not for him. He had kept the fact that he was sick from her. With her world turned upside down, she moves to stay with her aunt.
In this story, Kate dates three men. Each of them teaches her different things about herself and she rediscovers who she was before her life changed. There were a few moments when I wanted to tell her to stop and look at what she was doing. (Yes, I do get emotionally invested in fictional characters.) Her son is as cute as can be and I loved the movie star next door, Jess. He was pretty down to earth for a celebrity. ;)
Aspen Hadley writes with a Kate with a very sarcastic side. (Have I mentioned before how much I like a sarcastic voice? It is one of my favorites.) I was entertained by Kate's shenanigans from the first page. I think I smiled through most of the book. This was the escape book that I needed after a couple of stressful weeks.
This book is clean with kissing.
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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) Aspen Marie Hadley loves nothing more than a great story. She has devoted herself to story-telling for the majority of her life, writing her first novel at her kitchen table in the 8th grade.
Outside of writing, Aspen's number one hobby is reading. Number two is sneaking chocolate into and out of her private stash without being caught. Other favorite things include: playing the piano, listening to classic rock, telling jokes around the dinner table, eating ice cream, traveling, a good case of the giggles, and riding on ATVs over the red rock country of Southern Utah.
Aspen shares her life with a patient husband, 4 hilarious children, and 1 grumpy dog in a quiet Utah suburb next to her beloved mountains.
Given the choice she would road trip her life away, singing along to the radio and sleeping in every morning.
You can also find her on Facebook at facebook.com/aspenthewriter and Instagram @aspenhadley_author.