Almost like being in Love by Beth Vogt

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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About the book:

Winning an all-expenses paid Colorado destination wedding might seem like a dream come true for some people—but Caron Hollister and her boyfriend Alex Madison aren’t even engaged. How is she supposed to tell him she’s won their wedding and honeymoon when he hasn’t asked her to marry him? Being “perfect for one another” seems like the absolute best reason to get married. But what if their supposedly faultless relationship is merely a safe place to protect his secrets and a way to keep their families happy? After quitting her job, Caron accepts her best friend’s offer to visit Colorado. She needs to catch her breath. Who knows, maybe visiting the destination wedding site will make a future with Alex seem like a reality.

Kade Webster just landed the biggest deal of his life with his company, Webster Select Realty, participating in the Colorado Springs Tour of Homes. He never imagined he would run into the woman who broke his heart—Caron Hollister—right when his career is taking off. Seeing her again, Kade can’t help but wonder why Caron walked away from him years ago, leaving him with no explanation. When Kade learns his home stager won’t be able to help with the Tour of Homes, he vaults past all the reasons he should stay away from Caron, and offers her a temporary job helping him on the project. This time, their relationship is purely business.

My Review:

Beth Vogt’s books take relationship to a whole new level. She doesn’t give you the traditional cliche romance, but instead she takes people with broken lives and gives you their romance. Caron, Alex, Cade and others in this book do not have perfect lives. Things do not always go according to plan.

I especially loved how the “Wounded Warriors” are mentioned as well as other little mentions of real organizations that help others.

But most of all, I loved how they addressed the issues with the father/daughter relationship and mother/son relationship in this book. It was done in such a healthy way that you could have been reading a self help book in fiction form, but without the cliche “Do this, not that” sayings. Instead, you got to see it lived out. What if your long term boyfriend and you were not right for one another? Would you be brave enough to say anything? How do you know? Is it ever right to stand up to your parents and let them know they are doing wrong? When is the right time?

This book was given to me for review by NetGalley and the publisher. The opinions expressed herein are my own.

 

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