G. Bianco, 2019
Love Lettering author Kate Clayborn is back with her newest romance set to be published February 23rd. In Love at First, readers see how sometimes a chosen family is all you need to make it through life.
Sixteen years ago, a teenaged Will Sterling saw—or rather, heard—the girl of his dreams. Standing beneath an apartment building balcony, he shared a perfect moment with a lovely, warm-voiced stranger. It’s a memory that’s never faded, though he’s put so much of his past behind him. Now an unexpected inheritance has brought Will back to that same address, where he plans to offload his new property and get back to his regular life as an overworked doctor. Instead, he encounters a woman, two balconies above, who’s uncannily familiar. No matter how surprised Nora Clarke is by her reaction to handsome, curious Will, or the whispered pre-dawn conversations they share, she won’t let his plans ruin her quirky, close-knit building. Bound by her loyalty to her adored grandmother, she sets out to foil his efforts with a little light sabotage. But beneath the surface of their feud is an undeniable connection. A balcony, a star-crossed couple, a fateful meeting—maybe it’s the kind of story that can't work out in the end. Or maybe, it’s the perfect second chance…
This novel is super cute and really dives deep into how your family is what you make it. It also plays upon the soulmate trope and how when two people are destined to meet, the universe finds a way to bring them together again.
The way Will tries to run from his past and how Nora refuses to leave the shadow of hers is an interesting contrast to read about. There is also the contrast of Nora’s reliance on her formed- family (made up of her neighbors) and Will's lone-wolf attitude is brilliantly done. These two seemingly opposite people realize they have more in common than it initially seems and that they need each other to heal the wounds of their pasts and ready themselves for what the future holds. Both of them also learn to realize that change is a natural part of life and it takes bravery to be a little reckless and take a risk at changing things up.
This story is heartwarming, funny, and a joy to read! Fans of Clayborn’s other novels will not be disappointed by this book and romance lovers will fall in love with Love at First. If you’re looking for a fun and heartwarming romance, then this is the book for you!
*I received an ARC from Kensington Books via Bookish First in exchange for my honest opinion.
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