Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
Standalone Contemporary Romance
(Don’t want to know about the story? Skip down to the Likes & Dislikes and Down & Dirty)
I have been on a 6-week reading hiatus (though I have been devouring audiobooks), and Meet Cute by Helena Hunting was a good one to break my hiatus. Infinitely readable, I gobbled it up in one round-trip flight to Colorado and enjoyed getting back to reading with this sweet and sexy romance.
But I must say, Meet Cute was not what I expected. From the cover and blurb, I expected a clean, light, and fun rom-com. While there were some funny moments, I would not classify Meet Cute as any of those things. It was emotional with a bit of mystery, but it was nothing like the Pucked Series as far as comedy goes.
Kailin and Dax’s meeting was the definition of a “Meet Cute” with her ending up falling on her teenage TV-star crush in college. After spending law school harboring unrequited crushes while both competing for the top spot, years later, Kailin holds a grudge against Dax because she feels he screwed her over to get the top spot.
“If you ever run into Daxton again, you could give hate fucking him a try. I hear it’s a good way to exorcize a grudge.”
“Since I’m not planning on running into him ever again, it looks like I just get to hold on to that grudge.”
She ends up seeing Dax again when she gets assigned a case being a conservator for his little sister’s trust after their parents die. Dax is 30 and his sister is 13 and he is thrust into the parental role. Despite her grudge, Kailin can’t help but fall for Emme, and she can’t hold back her feelings for Emme’s brother very easily either.
“Just be careful you don’t get yourself in too deep with this one.”
“Her world just fell apart.”
“I know, but don’t make it your job to put it back together.”
“I won’t. I promise.” I don’t like how much that feels like a lie.
There are so many complications on the road to these two getting together—work politics being a large one, but also, he has some heavy baggage.
“You’re not even thirty, and you’ll be taking on an orphaned teenager. It’s not an easy road. You know this, Kay.”
The cutest and most fun aspect of this was Kailin being obsessed with a show from her childhood that Daxton was the star of. She had all kinds of show paraphernalia, and I really liked those lighter moments, but it was almost not relevant to the story, that part of it just didn’t really go anywhere. Another cute part was the ‘aisle of red’; I really liked seeing 30-year-old Dax being thrown into being a dad for a teenaged girl. Though not really the rom-com you expect from Helena, luckily, there was still a lot of the light and fun I love in her books.
While I enjoyed the read, my biggest issue was that these two LAWYERS didn’t even guess at something stupidly obvious. I literally started grumbling at my Kindle, so much that my seatmate asked what my Kindle did to me! I also felt that the fact that he was a childhood star she crushed on kind of got lost in the story and wasn’t quite necessary. In fact, it almost felt like a few ideas for books were all kind of meshed together to form one story that never got fully fleshed out.
While the above may make it sound like I didn’t enjoy Meet Cute, I did, very much, and I do recommend it. I just had a few things that kept it from being the 5-star read I hoped.
- Easy-to-read and unputdownable. It was a great first book after the longest reading break I’ve taken in about 15 years.
- I absolutely loved Emme.
- The fact that Kailin is a huge fan of Dax was so cute!
- I think the cover is adorable (even if it didn’t fit).
- I totally didn’t expect steam, especially from the cover, but it was pretty hot!
- I enjoy Helena Hunting’s style, and even when I wasn’t loving what was going on in the story, I still enjoyed reading it. Her characters are pretty relatable.
- The cover doesn’t match the book.
- One character seemed to be almost a comic-book character, it was so obvious and over-the-top.
- Some things were so obvious and two successful attorneys never even mentioned the possibilities? This is definitely my biggest issue with the book.
- I never really understood why she kept her secret so long (except to create angst in the story).
- I wish the fact that she was his biggest fan was used more in her inner dialogue, especially once they got together. I mean any normal person would be giddy with joy in their mind if they just kissed their life-long crush, but it kind of fell to the wayside, and her fan status never really went anywhere.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 3.75 – 4 Stars, 4 Heat