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This is the story of Dan and Roslyn, and their second chance at love. Daniel Ashland is Whidbey Island’s resident Pizza Man. Dan is 43, a bachelor, a humble millionaire, and the owner of Sal’s Pizza. He has silver in his hair, and rides a skateboard. Roslyn Porter is the one that got away.
Dan was a successful entrepreneur who ended up selling his bread company (I think – I know it had something to do with bread – wasn’t ever completely clear) for a lot (a lot a lot) of money. One day something clicked for Dan. He’d had enough of the money rat race and wanted a simpler life. Roslyn didn’t want that. She loved the city and her job as a successful publicist at a PR firm. Neither one of them was willing to compromise, so they broke up.
“Money doesn’t equal happiness. I was miserable five years ago. Happiness is a state of mind. Being your true self and not trying to please everyone all of the time is a big part of finding happy. My money didn’t make me happy.”
Five years later, one of Dan’s friends needs the help of a publicist. Dan decides to call the best person he knows in the business – Roslyn. From there the lines of communication become open again. One thing leads to another, and they decide to give their relationship another go.
“That’s the plan.” My grin matched hers. “Planned, thoughtful courtship. See if we’re compatible. If we can build a life together.” “Sounds old-fashioned.” “Delightfully so…”
Here are some things I liked:
-Their maturity. This is about two mature adults falling back in love. They said what they wanted, and didn’t beat around the bush. They were open and honest. Dan knew what he wanted, knew he wanted to be with Roslyn, and was going to do everything in his power to make it work between the two of them.
-It was funny. Both Roslyn and Dan made me laugh. They were sweet and cute and adorable and all those mushy things together.
“Carry on with what you were doing. I’m going to crawl outside and find a quiet place to die.”
Some things I didn’t like:
-Ironically enough, it was too much smooth sailing. They didn’t really ever have a conflict that they were forced to work through together. The one small conflict I can think of only caused momentary tension in their relationship and was resolved about three pages later. I think they needed to go through some real conflict in order to make the resolution and ending better.
-When Roslyn decided she wanted a simpler life I was really confused. For the majority of the book she said how she loved her life in the city, how she loved her job. Then, what seemed out of nowhere, she was like, Ok, yea, I want a simpler life. Where’s her struggle? Where’s her deliberation? I needed more information about how she came to that conclusion. I know it was told from Dan’s POV, but I was surprised he didn’t question her more about her reasoning behind her decision.
Overall it was a fine book. I just kept waiting for something big to come along, but it never did. Towards the end I was actually kind of bored, and that left me feeling so-so about this one. Apparently I need more conflict in my books.
Some other reviewer complained that the first book in this series of Wingmen had very little angst. This one has zero. Dan and Ros had been a couple but then broke up when Ros wouldn't give in to his demands for her to give up her career. Five years later he decides he was wrong and Ros practically falls back into his arms. I found Dan to be somewhat arrogant and know it all, at least in his comments to the reader. He made the transition from corporate world to island living and is convinced it is right for everyone. He is the smartest one on the island, he is the best lover, he is the savior of island life. Just a little too condescending and full of himself. He needed some big comeuppance but he didn't get it. I read the whole book thinking something would happen but it never did.
I hate to give this book such a meh rating, but ... it lacks tension. The characters are just so sweet and nice to each other, and there is little romantic or sexual tension. It' like watching a nice romance in real time ... only interesting if it is your own!
The author is competent, she just needs to be less nice to her characters! That's what makes a story fun. Let them suffer on the road to romance