Rating: 3/5 stars
Series: No Match for Love, Book 5
Genres: Romance, Chick Lit, Womens Fiction, Fiction, Contemporary, Novella
Publication date: December 26, 2016
Kate took her place at the front of the line, eyeing the pins at the end. How had Beau managed to ruin her first date when he wasn’t even alive? She would never be free of that man. (Ch. 4)
This was a cute little romance story, but nothing to write home about. While I enjoyed seeing Kate and Taylor get to know each other, there wasn’t really much that jumped off the page at me. Don’t get me wrong, it was a cute story to read. It just didn’t wow me.
I feel the need to warn any potential readers about the emotional abuse that takes place in this story. While the actual abuse is done by Kate’s husband before he dies in the house fire, its effects are evident throughout the entire story. If you are uncomfortable reading about someone who’s still suffering from the effects of emotional abuse, this probably won’t be the right read for you. If you’re okay with reading about this stuff and are looking for a cute romance read, this one will do you just fine.
If you’re looking for a cute and quick romance to read, this read might do you well. I like a little more meat to my romances than this one had, which contributes to the fact that I didn’t love it as much as I could have, but that doesn’t mean you yourself won’t enjoy this read. Yes, I realize that this is a novella and therefore a shorter romance read, but I’ve read novellas that I’ve enjoyed because they have weight to them that I didn’t find in this read.
I feel like this story suffered from not having a strong enough plot. While that sounds mean, I feel that Armstrong focused solely on the moments that Kate and Taylor spent together, not looking at the ways in which the two were people on their own. I would have liked to see more character growth from both people, rather than just two people that find themselves through their partner. Yes Kate was finally able to stop her partner from walking all over her – she did, after all, grow a backbone and tell Taylor she wasn’t going to put up with his shitty attitude – but she still relied on him a little too much for my tastes.
One thing I did enjoy about the read was how Taylor thought he was helping his alcoholic sister even though he was actually just enabling her. Most people never realize that they’re doing more harm than good, just like Taylor didn’t see this until it was almost too late. He almost ruined his relationship with his parents over their differences of opinion because he thought they’d given up on Amy when they shouldn’t have. While it took Kate leaving him and his best friend being blunt to actually make him see what was going on, it was nice to see this small change in Taylor. He was finally able to see what Amy really needed from him – and that wasn’t a brother that dropped everything to help her. This was the one true piece of character growth I found in this story, and for that I really did appreciate it.
It was also nice to see how patient they were with each other. Taylor gave Kate the time she needed and didn’t force her into anything. While he continued to ask for a second date, he didn’t force the issue when he thought that Kate actually wasn’t interested. For that he truly was a gentleman. Kate was also extremely understanding and patient when it came to Taylor’s obsessive need to help other people. Maybe a little too patient at times, but she was finally able to show him that he needn’t give up his own free time and plans just to help someone else out. That made them feel more real than they would have otherwise, infusing a little bit of personality into them.
As I said before, this certainly was a cute read. However, it didn’t give me everything that I want from a romance read standalone. As this series is filled with standalone romances, I don’t see myself continuing on with it. I hope that if you read/have read this series/this novel you’ll enjoy it more than I did.