So, yep, this is a book review. Let’s see if I remember how to do this! 😉
September 20, 2021
Blurb: Molly Princeton hasn’t met the right guy. Yes, she’s a dating coach, but she’s also a single mom with a rocky relationship history. She may be able to help others find love, but she doesn’t really need it in her life. Happiness doesn’t require falling in love. Winning a matchmaker competition, however, requires being part of a couple. And darn it, she needs to win this one. That’s when she sets her sights on Gavin Frank—the one man she would absolutely never fall in love with.
Gavin is her nemesis, her best friend’s ex, and yeah, okay, he’s sexy as sin. He’s also off-limits. But she’s out of other options. Plus, Gavin could use a fake relationship to keep his meddling mother from setting up blind dates with every available woman in the Mile High City. There’s no way he’d fall for Molly. None. Nada.
The two quickly learn there’s a thin line between hate and love, and she finds herself tipping onto the wrong side. For the first time, she doesn’t have all the answers. What the heck is she supposed to do next? Lucky for her, Gavin realizes there’s something about Molly he can’t resist…
So, first, I was supposed to have done this review on September 20th as part of the book blitz/tour/thingy, but I couldn’t finish the book. And, I don’t know about you, but I really hesitate to write a book review when I haven’t finished the book. And, and, and, I had a hard time finishing the book. Part of it was me…okay, a large part of it was me and a good bit was the book. I just want to start off with saying, please writers and editors, in this age when people are looking at the world around them and finding it a bit chaotic (I first wrote crap and you can go with that one because it may be more suitable) and worrisome, give the heroine something more to worry about than the fact that she forgot the right underwear to go under her dress. If she goes on for pages about underwear, I really have to think she isn’t going to make it through the oncoming zombie apocalypse, just sayin’.
There’s Something About Molly is Christina Hovland’s second offering in her Mommy Wars series. And somehow I read the last two out of order, but that just goes to figure lately. Molly is the best friend of Rachel, who we met in Rachel, Out of Office (my review). Molly doesn’t like Gavin, Rachel’s ex- because she’s Rachel’s best friend. But because she really needs to win a matchmaking contest and her competitors are a charismatic, cute gay couple, Molly asks Gavin to be her boyfriend and that weird feeling she’s been having about him intensifies. As they play boyfriend/girlfriend, they find that they have chemistry. But is that enough?
Once I got over Molly’s stupidity about her underwear (seriously?!) and the other thing that I got annoyed over and have subsequently forgotten because it took me a decade to finish this book, I liked Molly and Gavin. There seems to be this recent occurrence in a lot of rom-coms to have heroines verge on being dithering idiots initially as if that is going to grab an audience rather than turn female readers off. I guess flightiness is supposed to be funny. Meh.
However, as the story goes on and the underwear is mostly forgotten, There’s Something About Molly becomes better. Real emotions are allowed to flow. Molly is allowed to understand her feelings for Gavin and for her neighbor who is like a mother to her and everyone in her life who means something. She begins to understand her own self-worth and understand it’s non-negotiable.
And, Gavin, who I really wish we had seen more of, becomes an understanding man and empathetic companion. If only we’d had fewer scenes between the gals (all of those drinking girl scenes of diatribes and mutual therapy sessions got old quick, sorry), and more Gavin because that should be what a romance is.
While There’s Something About Molly isn’t as good as Rachel, Out of Office, it is still a good read, once you get past the underwear. And, both are far, far better than the last in the series April May Fall (my review) (due out on October 26).
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.