*Warning: This review contains gifs, photos and lots of flail*
You know the old adage ‘Never judge a book by its cover’? Well, I’ve got to admit that I judge books by their covers. However, in this case it is fair to say that the guy clearly clawing the girl’s breast on the cover is not an accurate reflection of how awesome this book is. Sidenote: given that Emmy talks a lot about how chilly it is in San Francisco, would it really be likely she would be wearing a cropped top?! And onto other matters …:
There’s a book on my ‘To Read’ shelf called Everything I Know About Love, I Learned From Romance Novels, well, I think it’s fair to say everything I know about baseball I learned from romance novels. That little titbit is pertinent to this review simply because I know next to nothing about American sports so therefore, I don’t care whether the baseball was accurate in this book, I care that it felt accurate. Other things I care about:
THERE WAS A FLEETWOOD MAC QUOTE:
“It’s not just Tucker. I think I’d been hanging on to things too long because I was afraid of change.”
Alex hummed the first bar of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Landslide’ …
I just about died when I saw that. Sierra Dean you have my infinite respect for that.
Emmy is a Halls & Oates fan:
“She listens to Hall and Oates’s ‘Private Eyes’ before she starts any of her warm-ups!”
“The first thing she went to was Hall and Oates greatest hits, starting with ‘Private Eyes’ and going on shuffle from there.”
Why hello, I am also a HUGE H&O fan <3!
Tucker took Emmy to Giordano’s and the Willis Tower in Chicago. Guess where I was almost a year ago:
Given the 99% of the contemporary romances I read are based in USA (and usually in a small town no one has heard of), do you know how often it is I get to say that I have actually visited locations mentioned in books? Almost never. This is almost as exciting as if they had visited the Bean in Millennium Park or Buckingham Fountain which are two (of many) favourite things about Chicago. And the bits of the book that weren’t set in Chicago were set in San Francisco, incidentally another city I have visited. LOVE.
And now we’ve covered my music and travel interests and my lack of interest in sports, onto other things I loved:
I love that there was a long lead-up to Tucker and Emmy actually getting together because that bit is my favourite part of every relationship and the sexual tension between them sizzled.
I love the author’s writing style. It really worked for me, adding subtle humour and just enough descriptions to set the scene. Speaking of which …
I love how she made you feel you were right there watching the baseball game. I mean I’ve never set foot near a baseball stadium but I came away feeling like I had been.
I love the way the third person in the relationship (Simon) was handled. The author didn’t feel the need to make him this horrible person just to give Emmy an excuse to break up with him and move on with Tucker. I really felt like they had just drifted apart.
And finally, I love the secondary characters and can’t wait to see who the second book in the series is about.