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"Addictive like all Kylie Scott books, you'll swoon, laugh, ache, put your life on hold, and compulsively read until the wee hours of the night—only to reread the whole thing the next morning. Perfection!" - Katy Evans, New York Times bestselling author
Returning home for her father’s wedding was never going to be easy for Adele. If being sent away at eighteen hadn’t been bad enough, the mess she left behind when she made a pass at her dad’s business partner sure was.
Fifteen years older than her, Pete had been her crush for as long as she could remember. But she’d misread the situation—confusing friendliness for undying love. Awkward. Add her father to the misunderstanding, and Pete was left with a broken nose and a business on the edge of ruin. The man had to be just as glad as everyone else when she left town.
Seven years later, things are different. Adele is no longer a kid, but a fully grown adult more than capable of getting through the wedding and being polite. But all it takes is seeing him again to bring back those old feelings.
Sometimes first loves are the truest.
"A sexy push-and-pull romance with an absorbing storyline infused with Kylie Scott's distinctive wit, singular charm and sublime emotional intensity."—USA Today
"Sexy as hell, heartfelt and funny. This book takes you on a beautiful journey." —Tessa Bailey, New York Times bestselling author of Getaway Girl
"Kylie Scott took a forbidden romance trope, turned it on its ear, and made me fall in love with this couple right from the beginning."—Harlequin Junkie *Top Pick*
"THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK. Oh my swoon, we loved this sexy, fun, sassy romance! It's forbidden and juicy and has the best banter. We laughed out loud, swooned for days, and savored the moments of angst that squeezed our hearts."—Angie's Dreamy Reads
“Utter perfection! Page by page, this book consumed me. Infused with Kylie Scott’s unique style, she delivers a love story full of emotion, character and humor like no other. A must read!” —Devney Perry, bestselling author of Tattered
- ASIN : B07D8FNYY9
- Publisher : Kylie Scott (7 August 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 1877 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 66,212 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Ok. So. Remembering that one’s romantic trope preference should never be shamed – no matter how niche! (hey, if 'The Shape of Water' can win an Oscar we can all start respecting individual romance hot-spots, no matter how fishy) I am fully willing to confess that I love and actively seek out May-December relationship stories, in which there's a big age gap between the partners. Specifically, I like older-male and younger-female romances of this trope.
I don’t know why. Mine is not to question, but to read and swoon. But I definitely think that if I were to interrogate, it probably has links back to how much paranormal romance ushered me into the romance genre overall – Stephenie Meyer’s 'Twilight' was really the first romance series I fell head-over-heels for, and it led me to Charlaine Harris’s 'Sookie Stackhouse: Southern Vampire' and Patricia Briggs’ 'Mercy Thompson' series – all of which feature supernatural immortal or very much older heroes, falling for human (regularly-aged) women. I mean; Edward Cullen looks 17-years-old but is actually 107-years-old. And if we go one further, I guess the archetype for this trope is a little ‘Beauty and the Beast’, which is possibly my favourite Disney movie of all time (animated, not Emma Watson warbling)... and I guess if we're drawing parallels between men becoming grumpier, hairier, reclusive beasts as they age - then the tropes line up? Kinda?
In any case; May-December romances are my jam, and I’ve found some really great ones – like in all-time favourite historical-romance, 'The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever' by Julia Quinn which features a heroine in love with her best friend’s older brother, whom she has loved for most of her young life. I have also found some questionable stories, that I have still loved because I CAN’T HELP IT – like; 'The Surprise of his Life' by Karen Keast, which is about a young woman in love with her father’s best friend and business partner, she confesses her adoration and is surprised to find it reciprocated.
That last one is actually why I had an inkling that Kylie Scott’s latest stand-alone, May-December romance about a young woman who has been in love with her father’s employee-turned-friend-now-business-partner would be right up my alley. And I was not disappointed.
Adele (character named for one of my best friends, true story!) would visit her father in Queensland for six weeks of every year as a teen, since her parents’ divorce. Her father’s employee from the building business he runs was Pete, who’d hang out with young Adele – at first under the guise of scoring points and keeping barriers between him and the women he was casually dating (a kind of; ‘look, I’m such a nice guy minding the boss’ daughter, but also that means we shouldn’t do anything in front of her and OH, look at the time – isn’t it past when I should be ghosting you?’ type thing). But Pete and Adele ended up having a very buddy friendship, which inadvertently (on Pete’s behalf) led to Adele having a HUGE crush on him and telling him in the worst way possible at her 18th birthday party.
Fast-forward seven years and 25-year-old Adele is back in town for the first time since that terrible night, for her father’s wedding. She is begrudgingly staying with Pete on a purely platonic level because her father’s house is in full wedding-prep and storage mode … but old feelings resurface, and now that she’s of an age Pete is clearly in the hot-seat with admitting that he and Adele might have something.
I loved this book so much. I was 1000% right that it would be up my alley – and then some. This is Kylie Scott at her hottest, steamiest best – and it’s always a good sign when I finish a book, wishing there was another 100 or so pages. And hey, *maybe* this story could lend itself to a sequel? I’d definitely be interested to see what happened in the second-half of this evolving relationship, that’s for sure …
I maybe have a little qualm that it’s never precisely explained why Pete hung out with Adele so much as a teen, that they really did become best friends. It’s sort of explained as I mentioned, that he was using her to score points with the women he was seeing, but also as a barrier against anything more serious happening with them (he’d kind of take Adele on the ‘last dates’ with these women, so that it would remain purely platonic and hands-off so as to ease them into his dumping them).
I was waiting – horribly – for a moment when Pete admitted to 25-year-old Adele that he had totally fallen for her at age 18 (or – ick! – her17-year-old self back, in the day) but I shouldn’t have worried. This is Kylie Scott and she knows her stuff around consent, and hot consent especially – not to mention power dynamics in romantic relationships. This moment NEVER comes, because Pete truly didn’t feel anything sexual or romantic towards Adele when she was a teenager. This part of their relationship totally evolves in the here and now, when she is of-age and has agency and you can feel the power dynamic has balanced between them. AMEN!
This book was hot, hot, hot and I loved every second of it. Brava, Kylie Scott – you have reinforced why this trope works for me, and why I still actively seek it out!
The characters in this story shine. Adele develops throughout the story, from a naive sweet and sassy girl to a woman who SORT of has her s#*t together (but not totally). She sticks up for herself and her feelings, bringing humor and light to the lives of her family.
Pete. I loved him, yet my god I wanted to smack him in the face NUMEROUS times! He frustrated me constantly, making his character a more realistic romantic lead. I would have enjoyed reading from his POV, however I feel that the drama and angst was built far more successfully having the story told from Adele's perspective.
At first I was wondering how I would feel about the age difference between the leads. The clever way the author showed the growth of Adele through flashbacks and present day comparisons, made me realize that age is just a number. Maturity is both physical and emotional, the latter being the important one for relationship sucess. The age of the characters didn't worry me at all, and the fact that I envisioned Henry Cavill as Pete was also a help.
I loved the attention to detail with the setting. Myself, coming from the area where the story is set, enjoyed the references to restaurants, beaches and places familiar to me. These details show the authors commitment to making this work of fiction as realistic as she can.
Another well written, humorous and emotional story by Kylie Scott. It is a must read for everyone!
I loved Adele, she seemed quite normal to me, and Pete was the brooding, quiet older man. Unfortunately for Pete he had to learn to see her as an adult and lose her a second time before he realised his feelings for her.
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Adele spends her teenage years crushing on her Dad’s business colleague ( later business partner) , Pete. When she’s 18 she puts a move on him and it all goes horribly wrong. He is 15 years older than her and yet she has considered him her best friend. Her Father had been happy for his then 16yo daughter to hang out with his 31yo friend. Maybe it’s just me but ..... does no one else think that’s weird?
When Adele has to come back 7 years later after the awful night where her plan to seduce Pete went wrong, I felt like I was reading about two really immature characters. Their behaviour did not reflect their ages and honestly, Pete was the worst. I don’t know if , at times, the author was aiming for comedy and I just didn’t get it.
I didn’t feel I could connect with either character. I felt Adele’s father was an idiot and her step mother was a bit odd.
I did like Adele’s friends. And there was a decent ending , but overall this was not my kind of book.
I will continue to read this author’s work as I have thoroughly enjoyed a lot of her books. Just not this one.
This book for me is well written and does not hold back in relation to the forbidden romance storyline. I could not put this down and I was enthralled from the 1st few pages and my love for this book continued to grow from there. I enjoyed the way the author does not sugar coat truths that are interwoven within the story. For me, this was a forbidden love story done well. I loved Adele and Pete and the forbidden love that grows between them. Adele, Pete and her family at the beginning are trying to mend old wounds that were created by Adele. I love Adele’s family dynamic and her relationship with her soon be a mother in law Shanti. Shanti and Adele’s best friend Hazel throughout the story is the only help keep the other adults level headed when they struggled to remain calm. This also had for me had great smutty scenes.
If you are a fan of Kylie Scott’s Stage Series and the standalone novel Trust, then you are going to love this one.