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Summary

Some people change your life.

Others change your heart.

Newly widowed dad Sebastian Dorner was unraveling at the edges - until his son’s teacher, Via DeRosa, threw him a lifeline. Now, two years later, they reconnect at Matty’s new school, and an inconvenient but unmistakable jolt of attraction crackles between them. But why does the first person to spark with Sebastian in years have to be a millennial? Is 20-something Via really too young for him, or does 40-something Sebastian just feel too damn old? 

A former foster kid, Via’s finally forged the stable life she’s always dreamed of - new job, steady income, no drama. The last thing she needs are rumors about her and a single dad at school. But why does she keep being drawn into his capable, worn-flannel orbit? And why does being around Sebastian, Matty, and even their dog, Crabby, seem to spark so much want? 

They’re trying to ignore the tension threatening their friendship. But sometimes what’ll heal you is just a touch - and a heartbeat - away....

©2020 Cara Bastone (P)2020 HarperAudio

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  • Lucy in the Sky
  • 27-11-20

So sweet! Great pandemic relief!

The characters in this book are really brave and sweet, and their struggles are realistic. This one is not as funny as Cara Bastone's "Call Me Maybe" (available for free right now on Audible, and the way I discovered the author), but it's as heartwarming. There are not a lot of plot surprises, but also no silly machinations to keep the characters apart. The reasons for their hesitation are reasonable and understandable. The narrator was great with both the male and female voices (which is often not the case for male narrators), and his deep voice made the male protagonist sound SO sexy! If you're looking for some soul-calming, feel-good relief from all the difficult news in the world right now, and you want to listen to a story about decent, lovable people finding each other despite real-world struggles, this is the book for you! (There is explicit sex at the end, but it's not gratuitous - I think it adds to the emotional journey of the characters. If that's not your thing, you can just skip that part. Personally, I think a slow-burn romance like this really needs some great sex at the end as a payoff, and this book really delivers on that!)

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  • Judy Hawman
  • 09-12-20

Mixed feelings

Parts of the story were slow. Parts of it were too steamy. Would have been better for me without the explicit sex details

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  • TiffMarie
  • 13-11-20

I loved it so much!!!!!

This book was so great. Everything about it was wonderful! I’m so sad it ended! 😭 I’m stingy with my credits, but I will be getting the next book by the author right about...now. ❤️

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  • Jim Stainer
  • 15-06-21

Could have been great but tiresome gay agenda.

She's a great writer and story teller but no half the couples in New York are not happily married same sex couples. Between the obvious manipulation and the way expensive price tag I'll not be reading more of her work.

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  • Raschel S.
  • 24-03-21

Just meh

It was very lack luster. I would not recommend. I finished it though which is more than I can say about the last two books I tried to listen too. So there’s that.

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  • Uma
  • 05-07-21

Absolutely LOVED this book 💗

This is my kind of romantic story. It’s lovely and slow building with very likable characters. Cara Bastone is now 2 for 2 in my experience! I’m deeply impressed!

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  • Allison Ball
  • 29-05-21

Another great read from Cara

Cara Bastone is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. She has the ability to build these stories that suck you in and leave you wanting more, more, more. The slow build type of romance is this book was enthralling, and the narration by Patrick Zeller was charming and engaging.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-05-21

Enjoyed

Easy listen. Sweet and tender story. Patrick Zeller always, always brings characters to life. Intimate moments were tasteful & tender. Not raunchy and unnecessary. Will listen again.

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  • Kimberly
  • 13-05-21

Incredible Book

I absolutely loved this story. Seriously, I loved everything about this story. The slow build up, the chemistry, and bond between father and son. It was such a sweet story. And the narration was very nicely done. A great first book in this trilogy.

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  • Heather
  • 28-04-21

Real

I loved this down to earth slow burn! The characters were well developed, and their relationship is a slow sizzle that gets really hot. I wasn't in love with the narrator, though.