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 had been 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 on, 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 all those old feelings.
Sometimes first loves are the truest.
Romance | Contemporary | Adult Romance
***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during a Bookstagram Feature Tour through Inkstagramtours (InkSlingerPR) in exchange for an honest review***
So what gets my goats? Well a lot of things if I am being honest with you but more to the point there are a few no brainer, insta-buy, no questions asked type of synopsis that I get grabby hands. First off, I like a little taboo, so if there is an age difference I can tell you right now I love these types of tropes, though I understand many people cringe with these types of dynamics, if done tasteful I personally find them the most appealing. Secondly, some type of authority figure, which goes back to the ago gap I suppose, but I love an authority figure type dynamic and lastly some type of drama inflicted romance between two people where either friends or family is most definitely affected.
Case in point: It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time.
I honestly had a huge book boner for the main characters; really I won’t deny that! Adele is a breath of fresh air. She is young and lively. I honestly think she has this amazingly fresh, wildly presence yet still grounded personality. Her sarcasm is hilariously entertaining plus her ability to just flat out give honesty is just… it is down right perfection.
What I liked most about Adele is the relatble scenario of her personality and her connection towards Pete. We’ve all had that young, schoolkid crush on our much older ‘someone’ special, I know I did. It is actually quite natural for a younger individual to crush on an older person because there are specific points in our love patterns that start to develop our ‘types’ of person. That is really what Pete was for Adele. And it is so believable because getting the snippets of the past verses themselves in their current situation really aids on how their dynamic was chemistry wise. Now don’t get me wrong, even though I absolutely adored Adele there were many of times when her quirky, out spoken personality needed to tone it down, but nonetheless I really appreciated her characters dynamic.
And speaking of the heartthrob of delicious man meat… oh Pete. I really enjoyed Pete. Though admittedly so, at first he slightly irked me. He had this amazingly sexy presence yet he was a bit of a jerk. Grumbling, not forming words, his ability to not acknowledge this hovering issue between himself and Adele. But with Pete, he really kind of grew on me as the plot started to develop. His passive aggressiveness was slightly a turn on.
I said it before, I will say it again, because of their history, the clash of their personalities they had such a phenomenal, really passionate chemistry that just screamed tension and angst feels. Both struggling to come to terms with moving forward while finding themselves back in their own cocoon. It was sweet development until it turned loin gushing hot. And I mean… HOT HOT HOT.
This is also, in my opinion one of the many times when an age gap develops correctly sort of speak. Pete was not entirely attracted to Adele when she was a younger teenager. I mean, he admits he had eyes but honestly he liked the friendship he had between Adele and himself rather than feeling romantic connection towards her, even when she was eighteen. Now fast forward to the present, obviously this switches when he realizes what a babe she grew into with age, not only that but her confidence, she is slightly an enigma to him. Generally when I read these types of tropes I like having some type of attraction level between the couple prior to getting to the future, really to avoid that less believable situation that ‘oh, were adults now and you are totally scrumptious‘ kind of scenarios. But honestly I liked how this one went from past to present, there really had to be a build on the chemistry that for Pete was not previously there.
I will also admit there is a particular point that irks me. Although I love the pacing, the bickering tension filled moments between Pete and Adele and up to the point that they redevelop their friendship and mutual attraction, there becomes a point where it felt rushed. It had this amazing build, the dynamics were kickass but then it started to rush in almost anti-climatic domino effect. It actually is kind of why if you talk to me I might chat about how I was on the fence with the rating. I loved so much yet at this point it really almost deterred me overall.
Definitely a spectacular read. It had a tasteful, beautifully paced flare about the entire storyline that had me hooked with the first page. I honestly could not get enough of Pete and Adele. I honestly beguiled by their entire romance. The little snippets of their past, how their friendship really developed and then the growth to how they are while being adults – it was intense, beautiful and entertaining.