A grumpy/sunshine rom-com!
When small-town engineer Amy Sharpe inherits a house in Toronto, she decides it's the perfect opportunity to start over and go back to school. Away from the family that takes her for granted, away from the ex who expected so much and gave little in return.
The new Amy enjoys wandering around the city and frequenting bubble tea shops, German beer halls, dim sum restaurants, and coffee bars serving Japanese pastries. She has a roommate with the same name as her favorite fictional character, and a group of friends who meet at a cider bar every couple of weeks.
The new Amy is also in lust with her brooding, tattooed next-door neighbor, Victor Choi, who is far from friendly but looks really hot cutting the grass without a shirt. Too bad the grass doesn't grow faster.
As she starts telling him about her daily adventures—and as a little kissing in the garden becomes a regular activity—Amy begins to feel more than lust. But she fears she's falling into her old patterns in relationships and refuses to let herself be underappreciated again.
Is Victor really more than a hot fling? And what's he hiding behind that grumpy exterior?
Okay, I love the romance genre, even though I complain about it all the time. But I’m super picky. I want a romance novel that is feminist—I’m sick of romance authors sticking to gendered stereotypes. I want a romance where the couple are actually really good together and care for each other—surprisingly this is hard to come by. And I want realism and believability. Oh, and I like hot sexy scenes too. This novel checks all my boxes. And more! I’m not a foodie, but I will be now. After reading this, I want to go to Toronto and eat everything! I love novels that feature loving families, and this has that. I wish Victor’s mother had been my mother! Oh, I just loved everything about this book! I will now go buy all the author’s books! So excited and happy!
Her big city neighbor