Author: Susan Hatler
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 198 Pages
Release Date: January 2014
My Rating: 3/5 Stars
I received a free copy of this novel through Netgalley and the publisher Hatco Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
After breaking up with her cheating fiance, Kaitlin has sworn off men. Instead she's throwing herself into her newest project: her new house. When her friends start pressuring her into dating again, Kaitlin agrees to go on five dates in exchange for help with her remodeling project. What she doesn't expect is bartender Paul, who makes her feel everything she doesn't want to.
I've read the first of this series and now this, the sixth novel. What I love about these stories is that they are clean, cute, fun romances. The writing is really nice and easy to follow and I can connect with the characters really well.
I really loved the relationships in this story. Both those that were already existing and those that were developed. Kaitlin and her friends are fun to read about and play off of each other really well. I also loved how she and her sister Melanie got along. It was a really nice sister relationship to see, particularly in a novel of this length.
Paul and Kaitlin were really cute together. I completely bought into their attraction to each other, although this was one of the sore spots of the novel and the main reason I only rated it three stars. While I really loved them as a couple and thought they were completely adorable, I don't like how things were rushed. The entire story took place over about five days, which was just too fast for me. Spreading out their interactions over a little more time might have improved my overall opinion of the story, although I do really enjoy it as is.
Another thing that seems to be a trend with these novels are the relationships between the women and their mothers. In the two that I've read the leading woman has a very overbearing mother. They are always really close to their mothers, which I love, but there never really seems to be a complete resolution to their conflicts.
These stories are such fun, clean, romances and they make me feel really happy. I also love that they are about women finding love without making the women weak. They are always really strong. The only thing, aside from the fast paced love, that I find rather disappointing is that the guy is never really what the woman thinks to begin with. I would just like to read a story where it's completely ok to fall in love with someone and for them to be exactly who you fell in love with, not some famous person or really rich guy (not exactly what happens here, but you get the point).
Overall I think this is a really fun read and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys fun, clean, feel good romance stories. I will likely read more of these novels in the future. They are the perfect read for a rainy day.