Synopsis – Goodreads
Talk about an embarrassing introduction. On her first day of law school, Kailyn ran – quite literally – into the actor she crushed on as a teenager, ending with him sprawled on top of her. Mortified to discover the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming either…
Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can’t help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn’s new celebrity client, there’s even more at stake than Dax’s custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she’ll be promoted to partner.
The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever. But will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another?
Don’t let the cover fool you, Meet Cute is not a cutesy light hearted love story. This book punched me right in the feels in honestly the best way. So let’s jump into it.
We’re introduced to the main characters Kailyn Flowers and Daxton Hughes in the cutest fan girl rom com scene. I mean honestly if Legally Blonde started off with this way, I would have probably loved it even more. Anyway back to the story! We’re introduced to the couple in a cutesy meet cute (pun intended) way and then we fast forward about five years.
Kailyn and Daxton are both on track to make partner of their respective firms when tragedy strikes and Daxton’s world is flipped upside down. Now suddenly the guardian of his thirteen year old sister, he finds himself in need of Kailyn’s help and we follow their journey as they reconcile their past and figure out their present and future.
I throughly enjoyed Meet Cute! It’s my first book by Helena Hunting and I have to say I look forward to reading more from her. Hunting’s writing style is cinematic, which is always a plus for me. The character and plot development was phenomenal. Kailyn and Dax’s progression, singularly and as a couple was well paced and well thought out.
However, my favorite element is Hunting’s depiction of grief for all of the main characters. As someone who is still dealing with the loss of a parent, Hunting did a perfect job depicting grief in adults as well as young adults. For the longest while I craved a book that discussed grief without the voices beyond the grave trope. But to realistically display some of the emotional roller coasters of life post-death, and the constant aching pain that will and can follow you the rest of your life. I felt Dax’s anxiety, went through the emotional motions of his younger sister, Emme and adored Kailyn’s empathetic understanding for them both.
As with most romance novels, there are some extra spicy steamy scenes which I think were hot hot hot!!
Overall, I genuinely enjoyed this book! I recommend it to lovers of contemporary romance who don’t mind a bit of grit. It’s also possible that you may experience side effects of swooning because Dax is definitely swoon worthy.