This series is filled with emotions and I cannot get enough of it. This latest book in the series can be read as a standalone. It is a page turner so be sure to start this book earlier in the day so that it can be finished before bedtime. I made the mistake of thinking I would read just a few chapters. In the wee hours of the morning, I'm wrung out from the ups and downs of this romance. Well done, Ms. Dangerfield
What I liked about this story is how it explores the disparities between those who have a lot of money and those who do not. We also get to see the difference in life experiences between those who have a solid nuclear family versus those who have a single parent. We also experience the devastating effects of trying to pretend everything is fine when it is not.
Cheryl's life is one of my worst case scenarios of how life can be. She is struggling so hard with multiple burdens in her life that she willingly takes on. Her daddy issues are clearly at the root of her problems and creates a systemic collapse of this entire life she wants. It completely breaks my heart. Sure, some of the choices she made didn't help, but until she could come to grips with her childhood trauma, there would be no movement forward.
Whilst this is a story with high sexual tension as well as an incredibly frustrating friends to lovers theme, my heart was more vested in Cheryl's growth. Cheryl's personal growth and acceptance that she is good enough is what made me love this book and tear up for her. Both her and her mother have experienced the worst part of life and they continued to truck on and be amazing. Cheryl's patience and dedication to her mother is impressive. It is so good that Cheryl has friends who are willing to be there for her and catch her when she stumbles. If there is one thing to take away from this story, it is ... there is no need to be perfect.
Even though, Patrick aka Patty-Bear is perfect for Cheryl aka Kitkat. Patrick isn't perfect by any means, but he is the right match for her. He lives this charmed life and it makes it hard for him to understand Cheryl's perspective. I love how Ms. Dangerfield showed both of their perspectives and also how they learn to see each others. This kind of positive growth gives me major warm fuzzies.
But what about the sexy times? Whelp, there are several kinky spicy scenes and they are not to be missed. If you prefer Vanilla, skip the sex scenes because they may be too kink and hawt for you.
This contemporary romance is highly recommended to readers who adore friends to lovers themes.