Don’t drink and text.
Even on the cusp of forty, I had to learn that the hard way. After discovering my best friend—who I was supposed to grow old and single with—got engaged, I drowned my loneliness in one too many Old Fashioneds and woke up with thirty-nine responses from every available man in my phone. Including my plumber.
Apparently, my liquor-infused text said that while I don’t need a man, maybe I’d be down for a constant sidekick for movies, plus-one invites, and dinner on the table after my grueling shifts as a concierge doctor—till death do us part. And two men are interested.
Behind Bachelor Door #1 is my old high school crush: the comfortable, dependable boy-next-door. Behind Bachelor Door #2 is the exciting, flashy news reporter about to hit it big. But Dax, the local bartender—who got me into this disaster in the first place—can’t believe I’ve given up on finding true love. But what does a tattooed, broody twentysomething know about carving out a future for yourself, anyway?
Now the further I get into this hot mess, the less I know about who I am. And I’m going to have to figure out exactly what I need if I ever want to find a true happily ever after.
This cute rom-com from Hammerle (Knocked-Up Cinderella) finds Dr. Annie Kyle single and fast approaching 40, but that totally doesn't bother her. She has a successful career as a concierge physician in Chicago and her longtime friend and roommate, Kelly, to pal around with at trivia nights. Then Kelly announces she's engaged (Annie didn't even know she was dating) and moving away. Annie's response is to indulge in a few too many cocktails and to drunk text every man she knows to inquire about their interest in marrying her. It's mortifying in the morning, but she gets two bites: first to respond is her old neighbor, Rob, a safe choice and one her mother will love; then there's the handsome Darius, a local TV personality who says he's looking for "a permanent plus one." Meanwhile, Dax, the 20-something bartender who witnessed Annie's drunken meltdown, works to convince Annie that the whole experiment is less than she deserves. Annie has much to learn about relationships, both with men and with her friends, and Hammerle gives her interpersonal growth the space and weight it deserves. Readers will suss out Annie's ultimate choice long before she makes it, but this sweet romance is a nice reminder that ingenues aren't the only heroines deserving of love.)\n
A fun and light romantic comedy
A delightful, fun romantic comedy with loads of quirky characters and even a dog named Joanne.
Annie is a concierge doctor in Chicago who is about to turn forty and starts to reassess her life when her best friend and roommate suddenly gets engaged and moves out. During an alcohol-fueled evening, she texts 39 of the men in her contacts and tells them she is ready to settle down and asks if anyone is interested. She’s surprised when two of the men reply that they are interested! One if Robert, the son of her mother’s next-door neighbor and her high school crush, and the other is the flashy news reporter Darius.
This is a fun, light fast-paced book, that was enjoyable from the very beginning of the book. Annie is a well-developed character who is easy to root for. Dax, Darius, and Rob are all fun characters, with their own flaws and issues that make for a tough decision for Annie. Annie’s friends are quirky and real and add some additional levity to the story. And Joanne, the dog, is a fun, lighthearted addition to the story.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for a heartwarming, fun romantic comedy. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.