Series: Kowalski Family #9
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Carina Press on 29 July 2014
Max decided he wanted wife and kids so he added ‘get a date’ to his To Do list. His first attempt at hitting on a woman at the local diner was an epic fail and tragic enough that waitress Tori offered to help him find a date.
Max was a stand out for me and was easy to fall for. The way he reacted to situations and people made it pretty clear that he had autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). I really wish that Stacey had run with this rather than Max simply referring to himself as ‘an odd duck’ as it would have been a chance to break down some cultural taboos. Max had some deeply rooted patterns of behaviour ingrained in him but with Tori’s help, stretched his boundaries. He made painting model trains cool. ‘Nuff said.
Tori was harder to like. She had so much going for her but couldn’t move past her parents’ breakup and the way they treated her. She let it colour all her relationships and even determine where she lived. Her knee-jerk behaviour towards the end of the book was a major let down as it was such a cliche. It’s a really minor point but I have no idea why the heck she was willing to take on a stack of extra hours at a diner earning basic tips and cut back on the graphic design job that made way more money. I guess it was because that was her way of connecting with others in a safe environment.
I wish there was a little more drama or tension in the book as there are no real complications apart from one towards the end. I’m mean enough to want my characters to have to fight a little for their happily ever after rather than having it handed to them. The resolution is lightning quick and I wish it had been teased out a little to match the tone of the rest of the book.
I lost track of this series without really meaning to after book 5 so it was good to catch up with the residents of Whitford. This was a sweet and quick read.