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Book: Meet Cute
Author: Helena Hunting
Published: April 9, 2019
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? (Goodreads)
First things first: this cover. I love bright, illustrated covers like this. To be one hundred percent honest, the cover is why I read this book. The only downside to this cover, this scene never happens in the book.
I sped through this book. As in, I listened to the entire thing in a handful of days. I didn’t want to put it down. I laughed out loud multiple times, y’all. The characters are great. The banter is hilarious. All in all, I had fun. And that’s why I read rom-coms. Also, Helena Hunting knows how to use her tropes. And this book is full of them! Enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, rivals, sudden parent, hidden agenda. It was wonderful.
Great examples of consent were one of my favourite parts of this book (and something that A LOT of romances need to do better at). Throughout the steamy scenes, the characters are constantly checking in with each other with phrases like “Is this alright?” or “Can I touch you now?” It is active consent and continual consent and it’s so nice to see, since so many of the romance novels I start reading (but don’t always finish) have the characters just suddenly touching someone’s butt or boobs or kissing them or pulling their panties down without making sure verbally that the other person is into it. Some of my favourite novels have been tainted by this lack of consent. But in this book, the author wrote scenes that did not lose any of their steaminess or feel weird or fake with the consent included. I very much appreciated that. It’s important in teen romances and it’s just as important in adult romances.
While I enjoyed this book and a lot of aspects of it, it wasn’t without its problems. The story is quite predictable, but still held a few surprises for me. And…it was cheesy…the dialogue and inner monologues sometimes got super cheesy. Like nacho-cheese-sauce cheesy. I like a little cheese, but this was too much at times. And listening to the audio version, I often had trouble figuring out what was dialogue and what was inner monologue. That might be the narrator, but I think it was also the writing style. Stuff blended together a lot and a few more dialogue tags would have been helpful.
Meet Cute starts super sweet and adorable. But it gets emotional fast. This is a rom-com with a serious drama within. The synopsis mentions Dax has just become sole guardian of his little sister. (Trigger Warning: Parental Death, Car Crash) This happens during the story, not before the book starts as I’d assumed. I was not prepared for that. It was much more emotional and serious than I was expecting. And throughout the story, multiple characters deal with grief and all the ways that impacts families. While this doesn’t detract from the sweet, fun rom-com aspects, it does create a different experience than I was expecting.
If you like books by Sally Thorne, Helen Hoang and Christina Lauren this might just be a good book for you.
What’s your favourite romance trope?