Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
SOME WISHES DO COME TRUE
Ethan Gallagher is a firefighter in Darling, Vermont, who followed tradition and pledged his love on the Kissing Bridge to ensure lifelong happiness. A few years later, he s a widower with two rambunctious boys who no longer believes in magic. But even he has to admit that free-spirited Willow Dunaway fills him with wonder and an attraction he cannot deny.
Willow s come back to Darling a different girl than the one who left after high school. Overcoming her past and owning her own business has made her into a strong, independent woman. Single dad Ethan appeals to her in a way she didn t expect, even though settling down is the last thing on her mind. But after fire destroys the local food bank, the town rallies, and a fling between Ethan and Willow leads to unintended consequences. Can they find a way out of their heartbreak to make a home in each other s hearts?
Single dad, cute kids, best friend’s sibling, and an opposites attract trope! Someone to Love is book 2 in the Darling VT series, but is a stand alone.
Willow is such a new age hippie type! She has funky hair, a free spirit, and a nose ring. She has sort of rose from the ashes of her past and that made her a very relatable character. I admired her because she didn’t let her past define her, and didn’t let the judgement of others impact her. She is a bit hurt by Ethan’s lack of approval because there is an attraction there, however.
Ethan initially seemed like a sympathetic character. His wife died, and he is now raising 2 children on his own. However, he is a douche. Like, for almost the entire book. Even when he wasn’t a mega douche, he was still douche-y. I never really warmed up to him, even though he had the potential to be a great character. He is judgmental, rude, and brusk. Its not attractive at all, even when you try to forgive him for some of the behavior because of his past. It was impossible for me to really love this story because of Ethan.
Someone to Love is a lot of things: small town romance, single dad, best friend’s sibling, opposites attract. If you like those tropes, you might enjoy this book. For me, I think I would have enjoyed it more if I didn’t loathe Ethan so much. I also think I am having a larger issues with contemporary romance in general. The tension of the story often comes from the characters themselves or between the 2 main characters. That is my least favorite climax device. I think that my tastes have become more towards paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and the likes.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: single dad, opposites attract, best friend’s sibling
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: standalone within an interconnected series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler
Close to Home by Lily Everett, Dare to Fall by TJ Kline, Completely Yours by Erin Nichols…then you will probably like Someone to Love!