The first time I saw Will Munroe I had him pegged as a typical LA douchebag—a little too handsome, a little too rich, a little too into his probiotic kale smoothies. The next time I ran into him—at his daughter’s parent/teacher conference (me: teacher, he: parent)—I noticed his steel grey eyes, his hard chest under a crisp white button down, and his suggestively bare ring finger. I was hooked.
If life really imitated art, he’d have swept me off my feet and taken me right there on the principal's desk. Instead, we are stuck in our assigned roles. He’s the workaholic single dad of a precocious girl child, and I’m her fiery substitute teacher. Never the two shall meet. Enter one zany, yurt-dwelling ex-wife, a stock market that never sleeps, and some over-the-top, A-list fundraisers, and I've got plenty of drama ahead. Better to keep my hands to myself.
But when Will asks me out for a pancake breakfast, how can I resist? My heart (and my stomach) say yes, but am I willing to risk my job for a short stack and a romp in the hay? A slow, sensual, mind-blowing romp in the hay…
But where there’s a Will…
At first it took me a little bit to get into this book. It was a bit slow moving at first and the characters thoughts just kept going so I got lost a few times. But the further I read and the more I got used to the writing style, the story drew me in.
Will is a devoted to his job and his daughter. He is good at what he does but spends too much time on it making his marriage suffer. He seemed like the normal parent while his ex seemed a bit strange, to me anyway. She was more into the whole natural stuff, yoga, meditation and sending their daughter to a school focused on that lifestyle. It took me a little to get used to that idea. His ex tries to dictate how to raise their daughter while he will do anything to make her happy.
Chelle is used to moving from town to town since that was how she was brought up. Now she is a traveling theater teacher. Though she feels that at hat point in life where she should start to settle down. She needs 'to secure a job in order to settle. Feeling unsettled hers of, she pours her heart into what she loves best and hopes this last school gives her the break she deserves. If not, it's back to mom and dads she goes.
Will and Chelle meet when Will's daughter overexpresses herself. I find this odd since she is just finding who she is. They're just preventing that for her. Wills daughter and Chelle gravitate themselves to one another. Will ends up helping Chelle by volunteering. His initial reaction towards her was not a peasant one. But as they spend more time together he sees a completely different person. One he actually likes. So he woos her with food.
I was able to get used to his exes lifestyle while reading and instantly fell in lov with Will because of his love for his daughter. He will do anything for that girl. And Chelle... you can defiantly sense his true feelings for her. It was like instant for him. That's saying something considering he just got out of a relationship. Chelle, her love for her work and the students are clear. You can help but cheer for her to get something steady. I loved the funny banter between the two. Chelle isn't intimated by Will at all and will just tell you exactly what's on her mind.
They fall into a nice comfortable routine. But what happens when her insecurities come Back? It all is starting to seem like the past. Will that prevent them from moving forward? Or will she be proven wrong? Or what happens when the ex comes rolling back? Will they be able to continue their relationship because of the school? Or will all their attraction have to come to an end?
This review was done by Jenn. I received an advanced copy for my honest review.
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Poppy Dunne writes books with relatable heroines who speak their minds and whose riotous inner dialogue reflects their complex characters. Her goal is to deliver a story that has equal parts heart, romance and humor. Her heroes are swoon worthy, yet hold on to your suspension of disbelief, because they pick up their own socks and cook.
In her free time, she looks for hobbies other than Netflix and procrastinating to fill out this author bio. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.