Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Review - Must Love Coffee by Leigh Lennon

Must Love Coffee
by Leigh Lennon
Series: 425 Madison, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 31, 2019

I was stripped of all my own desires and wants when I was married to my ex-husband. I now carry a list with me—a list that will help me choose a man that will put me first in life. Then the storm cloud of an entitled millionaire appears in my life and knocks me off my axis. This man sends so many mixed signals, my body either quakes with anger or passion when I’m around him.

I'm his son's teacher and his tenant, but I find myself wanting more.

My life is run with precision with little regard for others until a woman in crazy clothes challenges me to be a better father. She’s one of the few people that puts me in my place and maybe for this very reason—I want her more than I can articulate. With her failed marriage and list of requests she needs from her next partner, I know she’s my future. My life is less than perfect, and with it—baggage that follows me everywhere. Does she want my kind of crazy in her life?

I'm her landlord and an a**hole, but  I find myself wanting more.

Where to begin? For starters, you must love coffee...

After all, 425 Madison Avenue is the perfect place to fall in love.

*Each story is completely standalone.

What a wonderful read that was romantic and sweet, with the right amount of heat, that delivered a happy ever after that left my heart happy.

Gwen was such a refreshing heroine. She’s finally living her life on her terms, no longer under the thumb of her ex-husband. She’s determined to stay true to who she is and has made a vow to never allow another man, or person, to change who she is. Her world revolves around her daughter and she’s doing everything she can to ensure that her daughter won’t make the same mistakes that she has.
Checking in on Luna gives me a peace that I hope I’m instilling in here; that I can stand on my own, therefore she can, too. I just hope it’ll pay off in the end. A partner should be someone who completes you but never changes you. They should love you for the way you are, quirks and all. Dwayne never got this. And I hope my girl understands this when she falls in love.
Leo is going through the motions since his divorce. He’s focused on work and ensuring the future for his children, but what he doesn’t see is all that he is missing out on with his kids by not being present…that is until his son’s teacher lets him know in no uncertain just how badly he is doing in that department – and opens his eyes to just how absent he has been for his kids.
A slight chuckle escapes my lips and I pull her in for a hug. “Yes, Mary. I owe you so much for helping me but I think it’s time I start acting like their dad, don’t you? And, by the way, I’ll be home by five fifteen every day and I’ll come get the kids from your place.”

Mary, a devout Catholic, surprises me with her next words when she looks squarely in my face and says, “You know, Leonardo, I love you like a son, but…it’s about fucking time.” She kisses me on the cheek and leaves for her apartment for the night.
Gwen and Leo were perfect for each other, and the “Must Love” notes added so much to the story. I loved how Leo made romancing Gwen his priority, always having just the right response to each of her notes. There was a great buildup of tension between these two, but once they do get to the sexy times they could certainly bring some heat to the page. I loved how down to earth they both were, keeping things real and minimizing the angst that could have taken over at times. And even when Leo’s ex-wife and Gwen’s ex-husband threaten to come between them, both Leo and Gwen follow what is in their hearts, and find their way back to each other without too much drama.

The extended cast of characters helped bring Leo and Gwen’s characters to life. Their children were written very well, right down to the sass and attitude you would expect from the girls to the precociousness of Leo’s son. Several other residents of the 425 Madison building were introduced, and I am really looking forward to reading their stories in this series. I wasn’t a big fan of either of the ex’s, but they served their purpose in helping to tell both Gwen and Leo’s story.

This was a great start to this series of inter-connected stories by various authors. I think it set the perfect stage for the other residents of 425 Madison and is definitely worth checking out!

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Amazon Romance Book Search

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...