Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
On January 4 I finished my first “it was so great” book of 2022 & it was Falon Ballard’s Lease on Love.
An imperfect & awesome MC named Sadie Green who says the “f word” a lot, gets fired for losing her temper while standing up for herself at work, is unapologetic and driven about her ambitions & not ashamed of the one night stands she’s had before meeting the other MC…I mean sign me right the heck up.
& Jack Thomas, the other MC, so mysterious & nerdy & awkward & “lean” with a great smile & freaking glasses. He has generous man of mystery written all over him.
They’re brought together when Sadie inadvertently applies to be his roommate & what ensues is a slow burn, a relationship they both want to be deliberate & considerate about.
Other things that stand out to me are stellar friendship rep w/ secondary characters who feel unique from each other & are delightful together, so many funny lines, & two leads who really try to figure out how to deal with their pasts so they can be happy in their futures.
There are some heavy topics included in this one, including what I would call moments of very low self esteem (including repeated self-criticism at moments of perceived failure), a narcissistic, emotionally abusive parent (who is not present on page), & the previous death of parents—& my only quibble is that, from a romance reader perspective, I wanted to see more of their relationship after Sadie had started therapy again.
But this is a fantastic read & it gives me the warm & fuzzies of many varieties.
5 ⭐️. Release date: 02/01.
Give me that HEA, please.
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