Plight by K.M. Golland
Standalone childhood friends to lovers RomCom
I had been having trouble concentrating on reading lately. Books were taking me over a week to read. So it was nice when I grabbed Plight from KM Golland and started it one day and finished the next, all with a smile on my face. It was a sweet, light, feel-good second chance romance that I really enjoyed.
I immediately liked Danielle, she’s fun and real and fresh. When she gets a Facebook message just when she turns 30 from her childhood best friend, she’s not sure how to take it. Neither was I at first. Elliot seemed rather forceful. You see, when they were 8, Elliot Parker proposed to her with a Cheezel (like a cheese puff ring in Australia) and after not speaking for 17 years, he wants to cash in and marry her at 30 the way they promised 22 years before.
“Under the Australian Competition and Consumer Law Act 2010, this offer, acceptance, and agreed upon terms constitutes a legally binding contract; therefore, I’d like to arrange a date and time to meet in person to discuss the details of our pending nuptials.”
As kids, they almost died together, and were rescued by a neighbor. When the neighbor died, Danielle and Elliot’s moms built a beautiful public park/garden as a memorial. But the park has been neglected, and will be torn down unless they come in and rescue it. So they are thrown together, with their moms (who want nothing more than their kids to get married).
So when they both show up to work on the garden, Elliot tells the moms they are engaged!
“By that stage, his quirkiness had started to morph into you-can-stop-with-the-whole-marriage-bullshit. It was overkill. Weird. Then again, Elliot had always been, flamboyant, eccentric and overly dramatic. As kids, that was kinda cool. As an adult, not so much.”
So I have to admit. At first I wasn’t a fan of Elliot. I thought he was just like the above quote. But let me tell you, as the two got to know each other again, he started to grow on me. And when they re-lived childhood memories at a sleepover, I was giggling my head off.
While Danielle just wanted to be friends again, Elliot really was serious about marrying her, even though he hasn’t spoken to her in 17 years.
“My mum once said to me that true love can’t be seen, only felt. That it sleeps inside us all and is woken once or twice in a lifetime, and when it wakes we know. We know because our universe flips on its axis and leaves us wondering which way is up or down.”
Plight was a sweet, funny, kind of quirky little romance, it was a nice change for me, and I smiled the whole time.
- Sweet, funny and light.
- It was a little quirky.
- I loved Danielle.
- I loved the park and the reason behind it.
- The dog.
- The formatting, graphics and cover.
- It took me a while to warm up to Elliot, he was very overbearing at first.
- I felt like we didn’t really see them fall in love. Things moved rather quickly, and I felt like they never really talked beyond truth or dare and reminiscing.
- Needed more character development.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 4 stars, 3.75 Heat