A hopeless romantic.
A disheartened cynic.
An unforgettable kiss.
Caleb Anderson believes in fairy tales. At least, he wants to.
Despite battling cancer, defeating death, and an overprotective family, he believes in promises of forever, enchanted encounters, and love at first sight. He knows his perfect girl is out there …
If only he could find her.
Zadie Fisher doesn’t believe in love. At least, she doesn’t want to.
Despite undeniable attraction, second chances, and resurrected hope, she doesn’t believe in soulmates, true love, or happily ever after. Not anymore. She knows falling in love is a mistake …
If only she could avoid it.
But fate has a funny way of twisting things, and some mistakes are destined to be made.
Most fairy tales start with Once Upon A Time …
This one starts with a kiss.
Chick and Brain Rating 3 out of 5 stars
This is my first time reading any of Kim Bailey’s writing and it will not be my last. She is an amazing story-teller that has the ability to pull you into a story with just a few words. However with this particular story I found myself just wishing for it to end.
The story is focused around Caleb and Zadie. Both have been dealt a shitty hand in life. Caleb has fought and won a battle with cancer, but is being stifled in his hometown by his family, friends, and classmates that show him pitty. On a chance trip to visit is cousin he meets Zadie. Zadie also has been given a crap hand. Having chased and tossed aside by a man that she though loved her, she has finally decided to take possession back of her life. These two have a chance meeting at a club that sets both their lives on the path to true happiness. However, they both need to stop worrying about their past and starting think of their future or they will miss their opportunity for love and the happy ending they both deserve.
Bailey is an amazing story-teller I will giver her that, but there are times when it is time to stop telling the story. Zadie spends about 90% of the book stringing poor Caleb along like a lost puppy trying to get over her issue. I understand that there is not place for insta-love in this story but at some point she needed to get over her issues. When these two finally do resolve all of their problems it is in the mist of the very climax of the book that seems to me like a set up for the next book in the series. There is not clear resolution other than a cookie cutter happy ending that has not place in the story as it has been written. The end is completely out of character for these characters.
I liked the book don’t get me wrong, but I did not love it. I found myself skimming through sections just to get to resolution of Caleb and Zadie story. I also got to the end and found myself questioning everything I have read and come to understand about these characters since the beginning. I find that his happens many times in series for some authors, where they are focused on introducing the next book in the series that they forget to end the one they are currently writing. Now this book has an ending. There and no cliffhangers and everyone gets their happily ever after, but in my opinion it is not a fulfilling ending that does any of these characters justice.
*** I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review ***
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