Growing Up The Lone Asian In A Community Of WASPs, Annie Has Always Felt Out Of Place Her Solution Start A Family Of Her Own Not Easy When Every Man She S Dated, Including Her Ex Fianc , Finds His Person Right After Breaking Up With Annie Even Worse Than Canceling The Wedding Eight Weeks Beforehand Learning The Other Woman Plans To Walk Down The Aisle Wearing Her Wedding Gown New Plan Find A Fresh, Man Free Start Too Bad Her Exit Strategy Unexpectedly Lands Her Working At A Hospital In Rome, Rhode Island, Rather Than Rome, Italy, And Sharing A Cabin With A Big, Brooding, And Annoyingly Hot Male Roommate Home On Medical Leave After Covering A Literally Explosive Story In China, Investigative Photojournalist Emmitt Embarks On His Most Important Assignment Cementing His Place In His Daughter S Life Three Men And A Baby Might Work In The Movies, But With A Stepdad And Devoted Uncle Competing For Paisley S Attention, Emmitt Has Lost His Place At The Family Table Then There S The Adorably Sexy Squatter In His Cabin, Who Poses Another Problem, One He D Very Much Like To Solve Up Close And Personal But He Can T Win Annie Has Sworn Off Men, Paisley S Gone Boy Crazy, And Emmitt S Estranged Father Reappears With A Secret That Changes Everything Annie And Emmitt Are About To Discover Love Comes In Many Forms, And Sometimes The Best Families Are The Ones We Make The blurb did not match the contents of the book at all, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book After being recently left only months before her wedding, Annie takes a temporary PA position at a hospital in Rome, Rhode Island and rents a cabin from a photojournalist who is away on assignment Imagine Emmitt s surprise when he is forced to come home early and finds a woman living in his house The blurb makes this book sound like it will be a sex crazed story about two strangers who become lovers when forced to share a space, but this is much of a story about family and belonging Emmitt has to learn what it means to be a dad to his 15 year old daughter after she loses her mom only 4 months prior and he wasn t there to help her through it Annie navigates what it means to be an adopted Vietnamese woman, when she feels like she doesn t belong to the Vietnamese community or the white community in which she grew up Ultimately they learn how to love each other, but also what it means to be completely loved by someone else Thanks to Kensington Publishing Corp., NetGalley, and Marina Adair for an advance copy of the book It was a surprisingly lovely spring read. This book is advertised and mash up of Three Men and a baby correct Charming hero has a teenage daughter with two other dads who are also straight and 27 Dresses not exactly I reminded me of Dane Cook s Good Luck Chuck but of course this time a guy is not dumped by the women who recently got married after the second he had sex with them because he turned their good luck marriage charm In this story dear Annie dates with the guys and after her breakups she always finds out they get marry as soon as they dumped her She becomes their good luck charm to find their love of their lives So unfair and annoying, isn t it At the opening Annie is dumped by her fianc e this time and you want to punch and open holes in that horrible guy s little brain because that despicable human waste still keeps the venue Annie spent so much energy to reserve for their wedding and keeps her deposit so he can marry with his new bride Of course her notorious bride earns so many punch points because she stops by the same boutique Annie had grandmother s dress tailored and surprisingly her measurements mixed up with Annie s now she didn t only steal the soon to be husband scumbag, the venue, she also stole the wedding dress Yes feel free to scream, I already did several times Poor Annie screams at her scumbag ex on the phone and leaves the town to start from the fresh with her new work place at Rome Nope, she didn t escape to Italy She wished but she can only manage to go to Rhode Island And of course she met with charismatic, witty, charming Emmitt who happens to be new roommate She already swore not to have a relationship for a long time but their sizzling, hot chemistry, entertaining banters and sexy flirting prevent her to keep the promise I love their friends to lovers evolving relationship and I truly loved both of the characters But at the last parts you know the drill, something comes out and forces the beautiful couple to suffer from terrible heartbreak and at that part, Emmitt really pissed me off and acted immature Mostly one of the parties act like obnoxious, irritating brat and I always cut one point during my reading But sometimes both parties may be irritating and point cuts occur And groveling part was a little weak but I still liked the conclusion This is feel good, keep smiling and sigh kind of entertaining rom com with likable characters I m giving my enjoyable, sweet swoon four stars Special thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for sharing this entertaining ARC with me in exchange my honest review. This is one of those titles where the blurb doesn t fit the story within Yes you do have a newly single physician s assistant involved but that s about as close as it gets Is it still a good story, yes Just not on what you may initially think I felt like I was reading two different stories The first 35% we are solely with Annie whom suffers from a female version of good luck chuck who has just been dumped by the love of her life a short time before the wedding Via text no less It becomes a series of lets see just how horrible of a person we can make the ex out to be The way her parents reacted to this situation really blew my mind The reason for their behavior later in the book didn t justify it at all for me Annie is a complicated character She comes across as a serious pushover but in other aspects shes mouthy, kind, crazy, moody..I couldn t pin her down to a predominant personality In the rest of the book you re following Emmitt A photojournalist that introduces with a bit of a frat boy personality We quickly learn there is a lot to him then meets the eye He had a brief relationship that ended up with a child that he did not know about for the first few years of her life He and the woman split, married and thought the child was the other mans No hard feelings were involved but he did his best to be involved in her life the best he could given his job takes him all over the world enter three men and a baby reference with this group Annie is still present but Emmitt s storyarc becomes the stronger of the two It s a great story I wish it would have been the main focus of the book with Annie coming in where Emmitt did instead It would have made the ending struggle work so much better if this had been Emmitt s story instead of Annie s Co Parenting can be a really difficult subject especially when there are broken families involved This book shows the ups and downs and how to address it in a healthy manner If I were to rate this on the overall flow, writing and story It would be around a three Annie s story would be around a 2.75 She goes through a lot yes but her story felt like it consisted mostly of tropes I hate saying that as in the authors note its supposed to be a tale about finding herself and understanding her heritage I just did not get that at all save for a couple of small anicdotes Emmitt s story close 4 but not quite there He goes through a lot of growth as a person Had the stronger story There were a few things I would rearrange or change the focus on but I enjoyed his side of the things far Its not a side of life that you see written much and it was handled really well Not the story I was expecting but a decent book for what it is. I received an ARC of this novel that is set to publish in July 2020 Annie is a physician s assistant who moves to Rome after being dumped by her fianc However, she ends up not in Italy but Rhode Island Annie is surprised by this and the roommate that comes with where she is staying The pacing of this novel was inconsistent The first part of the book was slow and the ending was wrapped up too quickly I would appreciated development with Annie s character especially trying to reconnect with her roots It was a fun novel to read and escape into Rome even in Rhode Island.
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