I’M STANDING IN the middle of an airplane aisle, inching my way to row 12, when I spot her. I don’t know her name, nationality, age, or occupation, but I know this: Someday I’m going to marry the woman sitting in 12D.
I need to regroup before I can speak to her. And I refuse to listen to the preflight safety demonstration unless the attendant can teach me how to save me from myself. So now I know another thing: Whatever I tell my kids about how I met their mother, it’s going to be a lie. A big, fat fucking lie.
I have been seeing this book being talking about on Twitter for months and I was really looking forward to reading it and being able to review it. I went in with high expectations. For the most part, my expectations were met but I did have a few issues.
The first quote I mentioned above is also the first sentence of the book. I was immediately drawn in and wanted to know how exactly the hero, Carter, would make his very bold statement come true. Carter is an actor of moderate fame status. He is traveling to Aruba to get away and relax. On the plane he meets Tori when they are seated in the same aisle. Tori is a personal trainer and is going to Aruba to get space from her douchey boyfriend. Carter is fresh off a movie role for which he lost 40 pounds and Tori does not recognize him.
This book is a take on famous person meets regular person and famous person lies by omission about who he is. Of course, we know that never ends well. And luckily it doesn’t last too long. Tori finds out pretty quickly who Carter is. She feels a little betrayed and leaves Aruba and goes back to Philly. Carter is staying in Philly after his most recent role and when he gets back, he wants Tori to train him and thus begins their relationship while knowing the truth about each other.
This book includes dual POV and is in first person present. Some readers may not enjoy that, but I had no issue with it. I like the parts where the characters talk directly to the reader. It was cute and fun. The main conflict centers around Tori not being comfortable with Carter’s life in the public eye. I thought it was handled well and although it was an issue for her, it wasn’t blown out of proportion. There were even some things that came up, like a photo of Carter dancing with another women and instead of Tori jumping to conclusions, she asked him about it. That was refreshing. There is a side plot point of some distress is Tori’s family, I would have liked to have seen that explored a little more. Additionally, I thought it was resolved too quickly and easily.
There were a few other things that didn’t work for me. Once Tori’s hesitancy to be involved with Carter does away, they almost immediately go from “enemies” to boyfriend/girlfriend, I was expecting there to be a little bit more progression to that stage. The resolution of the main conflict, I didn’t like it. It felt too cutesy for me and I felt like it didn’t quite fit and for a book that included a lot of thoughts decisions on page, the ending had too much off page.
Overall I enjoyed this book. I like the author’s voice and look forward to seeing more of the main and secondary characters. Tori and Carter both have interesting families and I enjoyed the time we got with them. Additionally the cast is diverse and that makes me happy. The author definitely piqued my interest for the next story and couple- Carter’s sister Ashley and Carter’s manager Julian. There is a short sample of that story and I am really looking forward to that. There is also another couple that we see the a tiny bit of their connection and I am interested in that. I had an irrational fear that the sex would be less than I wanted it to be, but I was wrong and Carter and Tori have some great chemistry and sexy times. The issues that I did have were not enough to take away from me enjoying this book on the whole.