Camilla Jackson hasn’t quite found her niche in life yet, but she hasn’t stopped looking. Along the way, her adventures in working, life, and romance are a painful, humorous, and heartwarming. I enjoyed this romantic comedy that begs the reader to laugh with it and not take it too seriously.
Camilla is humiliated and emotionally bruised as she leaves her job at the law firm. What will she do now? With an incomplete education in law, no real marketable skills, and a tendency toward unforeseeable accidents, work will be hard to come by. A job is a must. She could live at home with her family, but the pitying disappointment from her parents and smug snarky teasing from her sister are not worth it. Camilla has enjoyed living on her own in her little apartment even if it comes with a pervy old man neighbor.
Right, so first things first. Pity party with the besties and then a brief, but fateful encounter with a handsome hottie in the park. But the hottie wore a ring and it’s time to earn some money. Pet shop? Why not! But no, that didn’t take long. Waitress, well alright. And there she encounters Mr. Carter Evans, investigative journalist and grieving widower again. Only this time, he asks her out. And Carter doesn’t see her as a misfit and failure. If only he can let go of his past.
Life is interesting working at a hair salon (Yep, she’s done it again), helping Carter interview and investigate a local high profile kidnapping, and working on a relationship. Is Carter right? Or will she blow it again?
This was a light, fluffy story that was a fast, engaging read. I felt sorry for poor Camilla and her mishaps even as I chuckled over each mess she got into without even trying. She’s giving and well-meaning so it makes it easy to cheer her on. Her dilemma of not quite having come into her own when surrounded by friends who are already settled makes her endearing. The romance with Carter was quick, but I did love seeing her help him heal and make him laugh again while he gave her confidence because he liked her just the way she is. They are a passionate pair, but the author teased things out and didn’t have them tumbling into bed too soon. The mild suspense plot was a nice touch to make things interesting.
All in all, this was fun and a nice distraction for a hot summer afternoon. Those who enjoy romantic comedy, light contemporary romance or cozy mysteries should take a look at this one.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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