“Life is a sum made up of small parts, Kacie. Some are good; some are bad. You and the girls are definitely one of the good. The best good there is and I’ll fight like hell to keep you here.”
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! It was a sweet, swoony, heart-melting, romance, perfectly balanced with just enough angst to keep me on my toes. Brody stole my heart and this book will definitely be going on my top favorites list!!
As a little intro, the heroine is a single mom with two little twin girls, and the hero is a famous hockey player (but she doesn’t know that) and when a storm strands him at the Inn she runs with her mom and he has to stay a few days…. ok, and just get this — he calls her little girls his Twinkies!!! OMG *SWOON*
I knew from the start that this book was a winner. Only a few pages in and my heart was fluttering, I had a permanent smile on my face, and I just got completely swept away in the story. It had that totally sweet, happy, romantic bliss feeling to it — the kind that just makes your heart feel full to bursting.
Brody was the biggest sweetheart you could ever imagine. He melted my heart and I literally could not stop swooning. Every time I thought he’d done the swooniest thing I could imaging, I turned the page and swooned even harder. This guy was caring and protective, but also patient and understanding. I loved how accepted all three of them into his heart and took up his self-appointed mission of bringing fun and happiness into their lives.
I loved that even though the connection between Brody and Kacie was strong from the start, there was no insta-love here. Kacie’s trust was severely damaged having had both her father and husband walk out on her, and Brody had never been in a serious relationship before. Plus there was the fact that with her daughters in the mix, they didn’t want to rush into anything that might upset their lives, so the romance really took the time to build at a very realistic pace.
“Did he kiss you?”
“Nope, nada…It wasn’t like that, HE wasn’t like that. He was really sweet…but God, I felt it, Lex. Every time out bodies accidentally touched when he brushed past me and his hand rested on the small of my back and when he smiled at me across the dinner table – it was there. This ridiculous pull, this tension. It was totally there.”
I loved how Brody understood the hurt in Kacie’s past and was determined to work as hard as he needed to prove to her that he genuinely wanted to give them a serious shot. I’ll admit that there were times when I found Kacie’s fear of their relationship to be a little frustrating but I also found it understandable given how her badly the important men in her life had treated her. But I loved Brody’s unwavering “we can do this together” attitude and I loved how he never gave up trying.
He took my face in both hands…”You’re not a conquest and I don’t play games. I told you I haven’t really ever done the girlfriend thing and you haven’t done the boyfriend thing in a long time. Let’s figure it out together.”
I also absolutely adored the way Brody was with Kacie’s little girls — watching over them, playing dress up with them, taking them puddle jumping and giving them a ride in the limo. I loved how respectful he was of Kacie’s relationship with her kids. He was falling in love with her but completely accepted her with them and was fully understanding that they were her first priority in life. Here’s one of the little scenes with the him and the twins…
“Brody, are you sick?” asked Piper.
“Yeah, do you have a fever?” Lucy asked, tugging on my shirt.
I bent down to her level as she felt my forehead. “Nope, not sick. Why?”
They looked at each other and shrugged.
“Mom was on the phone with Auntie Alexa and she said you were hot. If you’re hot, you have a fever. Do you need medicine?”
Isn’t that just adorable???
I honestly just loved this book from start to finish!! It was such a treat to just stumble across a book that gave me everything I could possibly want in a story. The writing just flowed — I loved the style and it kept me connected to the story the whole way through. I am also so happy to know that Brody and Kacie (and the Twinkies) will have their story continue in the sequel Room For More which is currently available for purchase. I will be diving into it as soon as I finish writing this!
I’ll admit that at first, I was going to go with 4.5 – 5 star rating but this is now the day after finishing my read that I’m writing this and I honestly when I think back on the story, all I can think of is how much I adored it so I’m going to go with a full 5 stars! This really was an absolutely gorgeous story. I am so glad I read it and highly recommend it for all fans of swoony romance!!
Rating: 5 stars
** SERIES READING ORDER **
This is a complete series about the same couple.
NOVELLA #2.5 — ROOM FOR JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE
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