The New York Times bestselling author of Pucked and The Good Luck Charm delivers a Hollywood happily-ever-after where a famous heartthrob falls for his ultimate fangirl in this sexy standalone romantic comedy.
Talk about an embarrassing introduction. On her first day of law school, Kailyn ran – quite literally – into the actor she crushed on as a teenager, ending with him sprawled on top of her. Mortified to discover the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming either…
Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can’t help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn’s new celebrity client, there’s even more at stake than Dax’s custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she’ll be promoted to partner.
The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever. But will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another?
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I have to admit…I didn’t know what Meet Cute meant before I started reading Helena Hunting’s latest release, but as soon as it was explained, everything clicked into place and a montage of movie and book scenes played out in my mind, making it incredibly easy to see just how perfect the term describes this awkward and adorable interaction.
And let me tell you…Kailyn Flowers in total fangirl mode over her teenage celebrity crush tv heartthrob Daxton Hughes is something to behold, and the way that Helena Hunting crafts this moment to begin Kailyn and Daxton’s story had me laughing out loud as well as quite embarrassed for Kailyn as both her mouth and her feet get away from her, so much so that the very guy she’s infatuated with has to save her from literally falling at his feet.
But, for a number of reasons, Kailyn’s feelings for Daxton change since their first encounter in law school, so when they meet under much different circumstances some years later, it’s clear that adult Kailyn doesn’t think too highly of her longtime favorite child star, which means that the fact that Daxton’s younger sister becomes her client and she’s forced to interact with Daxton on a regular basis makes things almost as awkward and as tense as their first interaction all those years ago. Fortunately, though, Kailyn is forced to be a part of Dax’s life and that’s when the truth is revealed.
Daxton is an amazing book boyfriend; he’s charming, commanding, and steps up when he needs to, especially when it comes to his sister. It’s a difficult transition for Dax and Emme, but he does the best he can with the new role he must take on, and while it’s a bit of a trial and error situation, it’s clear that he’ll do whatever needs to be done to keep his sister protected and cared for like she deserves.
Kailyn is absolutely grace under pressure, even when she feels completely off-balance when it comes to her attraction and feelings for a grown up Dax. Her compassion and empathy when it comes to Emme and what she and Dax are going through will definitely warm readers’ hearts, and while some may feel that she holds her grudge and her feelings of betrayal for far too long, especially without bringing it up to Dax; there are reasons why she’s so guarded and unwilling to trust and I commend her for taking charge of an extremely difficult situation.
The verbal sparring and sexual tension are constant occurrences when Kailyn and Dax are together, so it’s only a matter of time before they’re using their mouths and their hands for more than just snark exchanges.
I always enjoy Helena Hunting’s RomComs, and Meet Cute definitely fits the genre’s attributes, but there’s also an emotional aspect to the story that I wasn’t expecting, and while it caught me off guard, I appreciated it so much because it added a layer to the story line that seemed to perfectly fit the situations, and it was easy to get swept away by the events of the book because I wanted to see how everything worked out for all those involved, especially since readers knew information that some of the characters didn’t and we knew that it would irrevocably change things among all parties involved.
Meet Cute is another great read from Helena Hunting, and I’m anxiously anticipating her next release!
4.5 Poison Apples
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.
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