With its adorable cover and blurb, I couldn’t wait to jump into a light-hearted and fun romance, but surprisingly, Meet Cute by Helena Hunting turned out to be more of an emotional read!
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?
I’ve been wanting to read a book by Helena Hunting for such a long time, and with Meet Cute’s adorable cover and blurb, I couldn’t wait to jump into a more light-hearted and fun romance. Surprisingly, this turned out to be more of an emotional read with a very heartwarming storyline and a lot more depth than I expected!
My favorite thing about this read was the individual and sweet relationships that Kailyn and Daxton had with his sister, Emme. The way he stepped up and sacrificed his bachelorhood to take care of her after the tragedy with their parents was certainly to be admired. I also loved that Kailyn jumped in and gave her the motherly type of support and friendship for Emme as well.
You know how sometimes you read a book that leaves you with mixed feelings and then once it simmers with you for a while, you realize that you really loved it? Well, I kept waiting for this to happen because there was so much about this story that truly captured my heart. But there were also a few things that niggled me about it as well…
Usually, complex storylines like this with tragedy, villains, and touches of angst give me all the feels and are right up my alley, but Dax and Kailyn’s romance took too much of the second stage in this story. Kailyn seemed like more of a crutch for Dax, and I didn’t develop the true feelings I needed for her character and their romantic relationship. Ok, maybe I did a little bit in the end, and perhaps it was because there was a lot going on in the storyline to distract me, but the flow and development just felt off.
Overall, I liked Meet Cute with its super sweet ending, and I definitely suggest picking it up as so many seem to have loved it. I really look forward to reading more of Helena Hunting’s books and particularly her Pucked Series, which has been on my TBR forever!
ARC kindly provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Helena Hunting is the author of The USA Today and NYT bestselling PUCKED Series. She lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She writes everything from romantic sports comedy to new adult angst.
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