Goodreads Synopsis:

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?

My Thoughts

Helena Hunting knows how to write romance.  Except this book is so much more than that. It’s about love, but it’s also about loss.  Those two things combined made this such a fun book to read. Those two things pulled me deeper into the story more than just a romance would.  I would not classify this as a rom com, because characters in a rom com do not normally suffer from a loss.

You know Dax and Kailyn were friends in law school, but he messed up royally in some way that is not revealed until later.  He’s the guy you want to hate. You want to be mad at him for “ruining” Kailyns perfect GPA in law school. Dax has suffered a loss so unimaginable that most of us can’t even relate to.  Now he’s fighting for the right to keep his little sister, Emme, with him after becoming a single dad overnight. Unfortunately his frigid Aunt Linda thinks she can do a better job, and she will stop at nothing to take custody of Emme.  Oh I didn’t like her character at all! She has a hidden agenda, and you don’t know what it is, but you know it’s not good.

Back to Dax! Reading about the relationship between Dax and his sister is swoon worthy.  He’s the protective older brother. Admittingly he had to do a lot of growing up. No more random groupies, no more partying, no more being in the spotlight.  Dax even sold his condo so Emme could stay in their family home.

The more they work together, the more Kailyn softens to him.  Maybe he has changed. Maybe he’s not the same guy she drooled over in law school.  This is now a friends to enemies back to friends to lovers story about two people coping with loss, and trying to keep it together.  Is this a light read? No. Will you get emotional reading it? Maybe so!  

With that said I really enjoyed this book.  Some parts are very emotional, some parts I laughed and other parts I cheered.  I can’t believe it took me this long to read it. If you haven’t read this yet, I highly recommend it.  This cover is also bright and cheery, and it’s exactly what I need on this cold, gray winter day.

Book Rating: 5/5

For the grand finale this would pair nicely with a Cháteau de Santenay Mercurey 2016.