Published by Forever on April 9th 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Talk about an embarrassing introduction. On her first day of law school, Kailyn ran - quite literally - into the actor she crushed on as a teenager, ending with him sprawled on top of her. Mortified to discover the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming either...
Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can't help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn's new celebrity client, there's even more at stake than Dax's custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she'll be promoted to partner.
The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever. But will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another?
The title of the book says it all; it’s a meet cute like you would have seen in old movies, but with a Helena Hunting twist. And let’s be honest, for those of us who have already read her work, we know her caliber of writing is always above par – this book is no exception. For newbies, get ready to be sucked into the pages of the book and into the lives of Dax and Kailyn.
The beauty of the story is how Hunting takes a concept and weaves lives, emotions, and angst into a page-turning drama. You feel the “feels” and sometimes want to rage at how things unfold. As a dual POV, you get the inside track to each characters thoughts and feelings and a deeper understanding of their motivations.
We start out with Kailyn and how socially awkward phase in school (I’m sure many of us can relate). As she meets and comes to hate Dax, you want to see her vindicated. And she does find herself and her way (major fist pump). But then we jump into Dax’s head, and darn it, you understand his behavior and thoughts. Especially when you see how the tragedy of losing his parents and having to be a parental figure to his teenage sister impacts him. But this is really where the story starts; it only begins with a college meet cute.
We watch Kailyn struggle to figure out how to balance her emotions and professional roles as they relate to Dax and his sister. We get to see different sides of their personalities – flaws, smiles, tears, and all. I liked this story because it was a bit unorthodox and we saw the characters being thrust into uncomfortable roles, forcing them to reevaluate not just the present, but the past and what they hope for the future.
I found it to be a fun, quick read that sometimes pulled at my heartstrings. Solid effort by Hunting.
~Review by Loredana
Helena Huntings’ story of a #fangirl turned into a law school crush by said object of her obsession makes for a promising read. Especially when the two meet five years later. With Helena Hunting writing their story, there was no doubt that she would deliver. The promise is achieved with a funny, sweet, smart, and at times a slightly somber story.
Kailyn Flowers is a young woman driven by her desire for success. Her measure – making Partner. When she’s offered a fast track to it, she has no way of know the price that she may have to pay. Kailyn and Daxton Hughes “meet again” as professionals. Now at competing law firms, Kailyn assists Dax’s parents in a matter of family law. Six months later they are thrown together in circumstances that and set the stage for the situation that promises to help Kailyn’s career. But something much more happens between them putting a lot at risk, things much bigger than her career.
There’s some drama brought about by the situation that Dax is in, it’s a part of that pushes Dax and Kailyn together, giving them a second chance at growing the something that is between them. They are fabulous together but it’s Dax’s sister Emme that stole the spotlight. Despite all that she is going through, she is charming and endearing, a really bright spot of the book. Meet Cute is a highly enjoyable read perfect for anyone who loves contemporary romance.
~Review by Cyndi
Where To Purchase