Meet Cute by Helena Hunting | Book Review
Publication: Forever Publishing
Release date: April 9, 2019
How I got the copy: Forever Publishing
Okay, Meet Cute was quite a journey. At first, I wasn’t sure if I’d like it because it starts off with Kailyn being the clumsiest person that has ever existed on this planet with a grudge against Dax that I couldn’t understand. But then it became this romance I loved reading! The romance is realistic and mature and it’s also not the only thing happening in this book. There’s a great sense of family and friendship mixed into the romance and I really enjoyed the blend of it all. It creates a well-rounded story.
Other than Kailyn being frustratingly clumsy at the beginning, I found one other factor frustrating and it was that no one believed in Dax having the capabilities to take care of his 13 year-old sister after his parents accident. I think it really plays on a gender stereotype of a single 30 year-old man not being responsible enough to care for someone and is only interested in partying and blowing money since Dax is a wealthy and successful with a stable job. There was no concrete evidence leading to why some characters didn’t see him fit. I couldn’t understand the hostility and questioning towards him having custody but all in all it does factor into the overall story.
Pushing past super clumsy and starstruck Kailyn I ended up really enjoying Meet Cute. Honestly, push through the first quarter of the book if you’re also struggling with getting into the book because the rest of it is so good. The characters grow and everything that frustrated me developed into what I love about romances. There were times this book made me angry, made me laughed, pulled at my heartstrings, and I had a huge grin on my face while reading the last few pages. I really enjoyed the relationship that was created between Kailyn, Dax and his sister, Emme. It’s organic and genuine with great pacing throughout. I loved the banter between Kailyn and Dax, the support system she became for the both of them and just how mature it felt without losing the sense of humour and playfulness of a new relationship all while Dax and Emme are facing a hard time.
Meet Cute also focuses on career if that’s a topic you enjoy books to include. Both Kailyn and Dax are successful lawyers working in different kinds of law. It shows how career goals change depending on life decisions and/or changes but also about how even if that dream or goal changes it doesn’t mean giving up career goals. I think this is a great message. Wanting something in life or in your career as a late teenager can (and most definitely will) change once you’re older.
From the looks of the cover and knowing that Meet Cute is a romance you’d truly believe it’s a cute, fluffy, romance but it’s so much more than just cute. It’s quite serious with struggles and realistic situations about family, loss and custody battles. I think this is a well-rounded adult romance and lately it’s what I’ve been reaching for in the romance genre rather than YA romance. This is the first Helena Hunting book I’ve read and it most definitely won’t be my last.
*A copy of this book was provided by Forever Publishing in exchange for an honest review*