Genres: Long Distance Romance, Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Romance
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What is it about this guy?
On paper, he’s one hundred percent wrong for me. His e-mails are equal parts annoying and funny.
Okay, more funny than annoying. More like refreshing. Different. Exciting.
But as I stand next to him now, he’s giving me head-to-toe tingles, and I find myself dwelling on his e-mails.
Meet smart, sexy career girl and New York snob, Charli Richards. She has everything except happiness until the day she meets Layton Griffin. It’s a random encounter on an airplane; it couldn’t mean anything, right?
Layton isn’t even remotely close to who Charli sees herself hooking up with . . . ever. Her mom and best friend agree he’s not for her, but he makes her feel something exciting, awakens her world.
But then Layton changes, going to great lengths for Charli to see him for who he really is.
Will those changes bring them closer together, or will she never be able to see him in the same way again?
I’ve been a fan of Rachel Blaufeld for a while now, I really do enjoy her writing style and the characters she creates. So this book was 1 part long distance romance and 1 part figuring out figuring out where life is going to take the characters. I really liked the way the characters met, on a plane. I think we have all been there, getting on a plane full of strangers, sitting next to people who are you aren’t sure are going to get along with you: will they chew loudly, fall asleep on your shoulder, snore, be obnoxious, and the list goes on.
Charli is our heroine and when she gets on the plane and sees Layton is going to be sitting next to her, she is more than a little bit judgmental. Layton is chubby, in a nerd t-shirt, and is a little on the friendly side, something Charli is in no way accustomed to. I really wanted to just Charli for being judgmental, but honestly I think we are all a little judgmental, so while I wish she wouldn’t have had snap judgments, I understood it. After a somewhat weird conversation, and finding out the two of them work in similar industries, they go their separate ways. A series of e-mails and the occasional meet up results in more conversations and encounters between the two of them. It was really easy for me to understand and like Charli, she’s inherently flawed, but she’s also in this weird place in her life where she wants to figure out what actual makes her happy. She sees the way people in her life are super judgmental (her best friend and mom), but really doesn’t like being the same way. I really liked the growth she went through during this book.
Layton was interesting to me. I’m so used to the overweight character being the woman and so much is made about the woman’s insecurities and how the hot guy likes her, etc. But in this book its Lay, he’s the one who is overweight. And yeah he does have insecurities about it, but he’s a pretty confident guy, he has friends and good life that he’s made for himself, he’s a dog person, and a nerd, he’s my kind of guy. He goes through a transformation though, he ends up walking a lot to clear his head when he’s going through some stuff, and it results in a different physical appearance for him, and it bummed me out a little, because I liked him so much the way he was before (I was not alone in this either). But regardless of his weight, I liked him, a lot.
Overall I really liked this book, it was a nice little flip of what I normally read, and it was just enjoyable. The pacing was right, the characters were super relatable, the secondary characters brought up just the right amount of conflict, it was just exactly what I wanted it to be. I would easily recommend this book to anyone.