Friday, January 22, 2021

Review - Happy SIngles Day by Ann Marie Walker

Happy Singles Day
by Ann Marie Walker
Series: Hashtag Holidays, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Women's Fiction
Release Date: January 19, 2021

Single and proud of it! Oh, oops…

As a Certified Professional Organizer, everything in Paige Parker’s world is as it should be. Perfect apartment, perfect office, perfect life. And now, the perfect vacation planned to celebrate Singles Day. After all, what’s better than celebrating her pride in being single? Because who needs a man anyway? They have zero taste in quality television, leave the toilet seat up, and sleep with your best friend. No thanks. Her life is fine just the way it is.

As the owner of a now-dormant bed & breakfast, Lucas Croft’s life is simple and quiet. It’s only him and his five-year-old daughter, which is just the way he likes it. Because who needs a woman anyway? They nag you to clean up your stuff, want the toilet seat put down, and expect the dishes to be done the same day the meal is cooked. No thanks. His life is fine just the way it is.

But when Paige books a room that Lucas’ well-intentioned sister listed without his knowledge, their two worlds collide. If they can survive the week together, they just might discover exactly what they’ve both been missing.

I was a bit surprised with this one, expecting just a romcom, but ending up with a story that managed to not only have a lighthearted romcom feel, but also had some deeper emotion and heart.

I really enjoyed both Paige and Lucas and loved how their relationship developed. Ann Marie Walker did a wonderful job telling Lucas’s story, acknowledging his loss and grief, as well as the guilt he’s confronted with as he recognizes his feelings for Paige, taking what could have been a very dark part of this story and turning it into a story of healing and hope. Paige was such a study in contrast and I found myself surprised by her actions so many times. And I loved how she always seemed to just instinctively react when it came to Lucas and always seemed to be exactly what he needed when he needed it.
“Is that your boyfriend?”

“My boyfriend? Who I call Mr. Rochester?” She had to cover her mouth to keep from laughing.

He shrugged. “After all that Fifty Shades stuff, I don’t presume to know what people do in their private lives.”

“Mr. Rochester is my cat.”
The supporting cast of characters were just awesome – it’s hard not to love those colorful characters that always seem to pop up in these small town romances. Lucas’s sister was a breath of fresh air every time she was on the page, and his daughter played such a wonderful role as a precocious five-year-old who often was wise beyond her years. And there were puppies – who doesn’t love puppies!!

If you’re looking for a fun romance that also has heart and emotion, than this one is for you!

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book I received from the publisher on NetGalley.

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