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Reviewed by Rebecca Donatelli
To begin, I found Brighton Walsh’s style of writing to be beautiful and I had an immediate connection to the book from the very first page because of her technique. This was a really fast read for me and yet, extremely powerful. I am in love with Cade Maxwell and Winter Jacobson!
Winter, a tough-as-nails-I-don’t-need (or want)-anyone’s-help girl, is just trying to make it through life. More specifically, the next 76 days until she graduates from college and can do whatever her heart desires. In the meantime, her nights are spent at a sleazy pub wearing less than desirable attire. Cade, an aspiring chef and restaurant owner, swoops in and tries to save the day when one of the pub’s patrons takes things a little too far with Winter. Although she loathes him for this, he refuses to let that stop him from pursuing her. With each night that he waits for her, their love story grows and you cannot help but get sucked in and root for them.
One of my favorite things about this story was that Cade was downright normal – and that the book felt real. Although I love my Christian Greys and Kellan Kyles, in reality, they are not waiting around the corner where Cade is. Cade is human and fighting the same demons everyone else is, yet he wants to move past them. I admit that I get tired of reading about the “beautiful billionaire who rescues the poor sad woman and pays off her college loans and buys her fancy lingerie.” This was so refreshing and gives hope to the “normal” woman.
Aside from the main characters’ chemistry, I really felt at home with them and their connection was much deeper than the average romance novel that I typically read. The common theme with Winter was her pride and hanging on to it for dear life, which, I can assume that most of us “cage” as well.
Rebecca is passionate and insane, empathetic and aggressive, loud and predictable. She loves reading, writing, shopping and creating. She is what she is and it may not be what the world wants but it is what it is. Love.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Penguin Group. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.