Meet Cute

Meet Cute

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...

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  • Cristina | CristiinaReads

    I have to start off by saying that anyone who knows me, knows that my

    due to the fact that she has this magical mind of expressing in words the madness and sweetness that is a true romance novel. She alw

    I have to start off by saying that anyone who knows me, knows that my

    due to the fact that she has this magical mind of expressing in words the madness and sweetness that is a true romance novel. She always has her quirky, yet sexy scenes here in there that drives my pounding heart crazy. And there is no denying that this novel is not an exception to that. Her balance of acquiring that

    and want to keep reading more and more. And when it comes down to my specific tastes, she always tends to hit the right and perfect spots every single time. With this new love story coming this spring, Helena demonstrates that family struggles can always be mend together with love, compassion, and time. With the power of those three things, Daxton and Kailyn learn how to be with each other, even after their past that has brought them head to head in the present.

    Now, let's talk about the story shall we? Without giving any spoilers away I can officially say that

    what happens next. Daxton Hughes, a former teen actor who has made it into the big leagues with the law, now a lawyer has come across a situation that no one should ever go through. After the loss of his parents, he is turned into the primary guardian of his thirteen year old sister. Now with no knowledge of being a parent, he has to learn how to acquire that respect and title as a "dad" (in a none-weird way) and keep that cool of being the big brother as well. That's when Kailyn is brought to the picture.

    Before the loss of Daxton's parents, they had come to her for financial advise on Emme's (Daxton's little sister) final will. Seeing Daxton again after so many years, Kailyn's crush for the former star of

    never seemed to diminish. The affection she had for him for so many years hits her once again when encountering upon his presence.

    to these two. Daxton finds her displeasure one that does not sit well with him, because after his loss she ends up being part of his life due to legal situations.

    The instant attraction is there between Dax and Kailyn. One that had not stopped him ever since law school. All those

    that she is different. After so many years apart, that sweet banter and chemistry is there. Now that Kailyn is part of his life due to legal purposes that involve Emme, she also lets her walls down and let's a sweet and innocent Emme into her life. She comprehends her emotional struggles of losing her parents at such a young as, as Kailyn had lost hers as well. And

    is something that becomes a struggle for her due to the fact that she has to have boundaries because she is crossing the border line of keeping things professional yet have some compassion;

    When it comes down to Daxton and Kailyn however, there is that invisible pull that is inevitable to be ignored.

    after what happened in college. But once she finds out the truth, her walls fall and she lets her heart expand more and shares that love with him. In his eyes, Kailyn is this strong, driven, and independently passionate woman that has had no help of anyone to get where she stands today. That becomes an

    But he also comes to understand that those boundaries he has put in the past with other women, is something he cannot seem to do or control when it comes down to Kailyn;

    However, when the truth comes out that Kailyn has been keeping from Daxton,

    This time it is a different feeling from when she lost her parents. Will Daxton be able to forgive her? And will Daxton be able to obtain that respect and trust from Emme? There is only one way to find out, and when I highly say that this is a romance that you do not want to miss out on, I mean it!

    wanting more of their love.

    Overall, you can say this is a second chance at romance type of trope. Even though Daxton and Kailyn were not officially together back in law school, there was still that

    Fate brought them back together to be in one piece, and form this family that they both needed with Emme involved. I applaud to

    yet again for creating such a captivating story. The magic behind her writing is one that also as a reader intrigues me in the best of ways. Thank you as well to

    & Forever Romance for providing an early copy of this beauty. You will all fond over Daxton, Kailyn, and Emme.

  • Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog

    {ARC Generously Provided by Author}

    is an

    romance with just the right dose of schmexy, heart, and a little dash of intrigue all rolled up into one perfect package. I instantly fell in love with the main characters and the plot. This is why

    {ARC Generously Provided by Author}

    is an

    romance with just the right dose of schmexy, heart, and a little dash of intrigue all rolled up into one perfect package. I instantly fell in love with the main characters and the plot. This is why Helena Hunting ranks high on my list of favorite authors.

    Kailyn and Dax meet during their last year of law school. Kailyn acted like an overly excited fangirl because Dax was the star of her all-time favorite tv show and also her biggest Hollywood crush. He finds her to be incredibly adorable but for whatever reason, wasn’t brave enough to make a move on her. Then a misunderstanding causes Kailyn to view Dax as the enemy. The two don’t end up seeing each other until several years after graduation when Dax shows up with his parents at Kailyn’s office to set up a trust for his thirteen-year-old sister, Emme. The attraction is still there between them but Kailyn is still very much holding on to her grudge with him from their law school days.

    The two meet up again several months later when Dax’s parents are killed in a car accident and Kailyn becomes the conservator of Emme’s trust. Dax is named his sister’s legal guardian and his aunt, who isn’t happy about the situation, ends up filing a lawsuit to gain custody of Emme. While Kailyn isn’t thrilled about being forced to spend time with Dax, and she’s also not convinced of his intentions where his sister’s inheritance is concerned, she can’t deny that deep down she has an out of control burning attraction to him.

    While Dax is struggling with his new role as a parent and the legal battle with his aunt, he also can’t deny the strong feelings that he has for Kailyn. Can he manage raising a teenager, his hefty workload, his aunt’s lawsuit, and a new romantic relationship? Will Kailyn choose her lifelong career ambitions over love?

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  • MELISSA *Mel Reader*

    4 Stars!

    (ARC provided by Forever-Grand Central Publishing)

    Kailyn Flowers is excited to attend Law school at UCLA. On her first day she’s so caught up in her schedule she doesn’t see the hot guy coming her way until she collides with him. Then she’s on the ground looking up into the eyes of her teen crush, child TV star Daxton Hughes. She’s been infatuated with him and his show for years, and had a massive crush on the fictional character he portrayed. To make things more awkward, he’s also in h

    4 Stars!

    (ARC provided by Forever-Grand Central Publishing)

    Kailyn Flowers is excited to attend Law school at UCLA. On her first day she’s so caught up in her schedule she doesn’t see the hot guy coming her way until she collides with him. Then she’s on the ground looking up into the eyes of her teen crush, child TV star Daxton Hughes. She’s been infatuated with him and his show for years, and had a massive crush on the fictional character he portrayed. To make things more awkward, he’s also in her class. Soon they become rivals who enjoy a little friendly competition. Then he unexpectedly betrays her and she holds a grudge for years.

    Kailyn is now a top lawyer in LA. She is shocked when Dax shows up in her office asking for legal help. She’s no longer the college girl with a crush, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t notice how ridiculously gorgeous he still is. Dax is going through a difficult time, and she can’t help feeling bad for him. As she spends time with him, she realizes how incredible he is. This is the first time she’s connected with someone in a very long time, and she’s scared of the way he makes her feel. As their chemistry heats up things between them become real, and their situation gets complicated.

    -I connect with Kailyn on a level beyond attraction. There's something deeper.

    Meet Cute is a fun, flirty romance full of passion and heart. It’s packed with humor, emotion, and sexual tension. I loved Dax so much! He’s super sexy and swoon worthy to the extreme!

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  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾

    So full disclosure; I'm not sure why, but after reading the blurb and seeing the ADORABLE cover, I was expecting a steamy, laugh out loud rom-com. This book was not quite that. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. While it wasn't quite what I expected, I still fell in love with this story and these characters.

    This was an incredibly sweet, character-driven, heart

    So full disclosure; I'm not sure why, but after reading the blurb and seeing the ADORABLE cover, I was expecting a steamy, laugh out loud rom-com. This book was not quite that. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. While it wasn't quite what I expected, I still fell in love with this story and these characters.

    This was an incredibly sweet, character-driven, heartfelt romance. And while it had it's humorous moments, mostly it managed to tug at every heart string for me.

    When Kailyn first met Daxton Hughes, she almost had a fangirl heart attach. It's not every day that a girl gets to meet the teenage star of her dreams from her favorite TV Show. But this Dax is fully grown and happens to be at the same law school she's at. So of course she makes a total fool of herself in a way that will make you giggle and feel for her at the same time. But then something happens to turn her fangirling infatuation to hate when Dax betrays her. She never expects to see him again. And then he walks into her law office years later to set up a trust with his parents for his younger sister.

    The story takes a bit of a morose turn after the meet cute. The author does such a phenomenal job with the character development. Dax is a hero that's impossible not to love. There's just something so incredibly endearing and approachable about him. He's not your stereotypical cocky lawyer. He's sweet with this undercurrent of vulnerability that you simply can't help but fall for. His relationship with his sister is sure to tug every heart string. I absolutely loved her as the secondary character.

    Kailyn is not the fumbling fangirl that Dax first met in college. She hates him and he doesn't know why. There's plenty of great banter between these two. but mainly its Kailyn giving him hell and Dax taking it all with a smile and charm. The romance is a slow build with plenty of chemistry to keep you completely invested in the characters. I seriously couldn't get enough of these two. I loved how Kailyn slowly begins to see a side of Dax that she didn't realize was there. A sweet, vulnerable and endearing side that he shows to her in the way he cares for his sister and even pursues her.

    This was a slower paced story with plenty of feels and just a touch of sizzle, and this reader loved every page of it!

  • Paromjit

    Helena Hunting writes a hugely entertaining and light hearted novel of family and romance set in Los Angeles, that was just what I needed after some dark, disturbing and unsettling reads. Trust lawyer Kailyn Flowers is almost 30 years old, ambitiously chasing a partnership, working all hours to ensure that this dream comes true. On her first day at law school, Kailyn is knocked over by Daxton Hughes, a famous child actor that she harboured a huge crush on, with an obsession for the series he sta

    Helena Hunting writes a hugely entertaining and light hearted novel of family and romance set in Los Angeles, that was just what I needed after some dark, disturbing and unsettling reads. Trust lawyer Kailyn Flowers is almost 30 years old, ambitiously chasing a partnership, working all hours to ensure that this dream comes true. On her first day at law school, Kailyn is knocked over by Daxton Hughes, a famous child actor that she harboured a huge crush on, with an obsession for the series he starred in. To her mortification, she cannot stop fangirling him, teased by his friends, only to find he is in the same law classes as her. A friendship develops between the two of them, marked by a friendly competitive rivalry until he unforgivably betrays her at the end.

    Having not seen him for years, he turns up with his parents to see her over forming a trust to protect his younger 13 year old sister, Emme. Initially he doesn't recognise her, and then is puzzled by the hostility emanating from her. Tragedy strikes 6 months later when a accident fatally claims the lives of Dax's parents, and a surprise in their will has Dax left with custody of Emme which knocks him for six, and pulls the rug from his current lifestyle. A shell shocked and grieving Dax, an entertainment lawyer, had been on course for a partnership at his law firm, working 90 hour weeks, and now he must look after and protect his beloved sister. Emme is drowning in grief and the death of her parents fundamentally destabilises her world, it is going to take some time for her to come to terms with this. Dax has no experience to effectively respond to her needs and in providing the kind of comfort she is desperately wanting. Kailyn finds herself with legal responsibilities towards Emme, which multiply when Aunt Linda makes a claim for custody of Emme, citing Dax as an unsuitable figure and poorly equipped to be able to competently look after his sister.

    Kailyn too has lost both her parents earlier, so she can understand what both Dax and Emme are experiencing and, despite her doubts and reservations, she finds herself willingly filling a vital role in Dax and Emme's lives. In a path strewn with obstacles, Dax and Kailyn feel an irresistible attraction towards each other, but can their relationship survive the challenges that face them? As Dax and Emme start to feel like family, her family, Kailyn is forced to examine and reconsider the goals and ambitions that have driven her. Her work with best friend Holly, a social worker, feeds her growing interest in family law which has her wanting to shift direction in her career. If you are looking for some feel good escapist fare, then this should fit the bill. This is perfect reading fare for when you need a lift in life. There is great characterisation, I particularly loved Emme, she feels like an authentic grieving teenager, and just so adorable. Many thanks to Little, Brown for an ARC.

  • Warda

    4.5 ⭐

    That cover is clearly a deception. The cuteness of it all doesn’t reflect the depth and the emotions this story had for me.

    But I guess that’s part of the surprise and the whole don’t-judge-a-book-by-its-cover thing.

    These two main characters did indeed end up having a ‘Meet Cute’. Kailyn is our lovable fangirl and Dax was the star of a hit TV show. A heart throb. She fawns over him, then realises they have the same class together. They attended law school and once all that is over, their

    4.5 ⭐️

    That cover is clearly a deception. The cuteness of it all doesn’t reflect the depth and the emotions this story had for me.

    But I guess that’s part of the surprise and the whole don’t-judge-a-book-by-its-cover thing.

    These two main characters did indeed end up having a ‘Meet Cute’. Kailyn is our lovable fangirl and Dax was the star of a hit TV show. A heart throb. She fawns over him, then realises they have the same class together. They attended law school and once all that is over, their lives intertwined again several years later.

    This is the first book I’ve read by Helena Hunting and I can’t wait to read more books by her. Everything about it gelled with me. Kailyn was such an awesome, headstrong, opinionated and sass-ass character, who I fell for straight away.

    Dax aged like fine wine. (Not that I’ve ever had wine, but that’s besides the point.)

    Their chemistry was offfff the charts, all thanks to the writing. I felt everything, pictured everything and believed them to be real. Their story was real and I easily could’ve read more.

    I could not put this book down!

  • Sara

    I have to say that Romance is not a genre i particularly enjoy in general but i did receive an Arc of this from Netgalley and thought i would give it a fair chance.

    This was a very sweet story, it has more bite than your usual Rom-Com and tackles some serious topics tactfully.

    Bits of it were charming, bits of it were fairly cringe for me but overall the plot wasn't too bad. I did have issues with the villain though, she seemed almost cartoonish and predictable in terms of how "villainous" she wa

    I have to say that Romance is not a genre i particularly enjoy in general but i did receive an Arc of this from Netgalley and thought i would give it a fair chance.

    This was a very sweet story, it has more bite than your usual Rom-Com and tackles some serious topics tactfully.

    Bits of it were charming, bits of it were fairly cringe for me but overall the plot wasn't too bad. I did have issues with the villain though, she seemed almost cartoonish and predictable in terms of how "villainous" she was.

    I really liked the characters, and I especially liked the fact that the main character, Kailyn, has a bad ass job and is super intelligent.

    If you're a fan of the genre, you'll probably really enjoy this book.

  • Larry H

    3.5 stars.

    "I always imagined that if I met one of my favorite celebrities, I'd act cool, be all casual about it, treat them like a regular person. Obviously I was very wrong about that."

    It's the first day of law school, and Kailyn is ready to kick ass and take names. And then on her way to her first class, she—literally—runs into Daxton Hughes, the television actor she was utterly obsessed with as a teenager...and might still be now. (She still watches marathons of the long-canceled show and has

    3.5 stars.

    "I always imagined that if I met one of my favorite celebrities, I'd act cool, be all casual about it, treat them like a regular person. Obviously I was very wrong about that."

    It's the first day of law school, and Kailyn is ready to kick ass and take names. And then on her way to her first class, she—literally—runs into Daxton Hughes, the television actor she was utterly obsessed with as a teenager...and might still be now. (She still watches marathons of the long-canceled show and has a collection of memorabilia with his face on it.) Her encounter with Daxton quickly strips her of her sophistication, and she can't keep herself from becoming a giggly fangirl.

    It turns out that Dax is her law school classmate, too. And once she mortifies herself in front of him and his friends a second time a few minutes later, she pulls herself together, and over the course of law school she shows him that she should be taken seriously.

    The two become friends and rivals, with occasional flirtation thrown in for good measure, but Kailyn focuses on school first and foremost so she can catapult her way to a successful job. She's unprepared, however, when Dax betrays her, and she's fine with never seeing him again.

    This plan works for five years, until she runs into him at her law firm, when he accompanies his parents on a legal matter. Infuriatingly, Dax is as good-looking as ever, and he seems genuinely happy to see Kailyn. He doesn't understand why she's angry with him all these years later, and it turns out he doesn't remember any of the bad stuff he pulled in law school, which angers her even more. But that doesn't mean she still isn't completely drawn to him, much to her chagrin.

    When a tragic incident results in Dax's becoming the legal guardian to his 13-year-old sister, Emme, he is completely unprepared for the responsibilities that raising a teenager entails. After Kailyn is appointed Emme's conservator in the midst of some messy family issues, she's willing to put aside her anger with Dax and help him give Emme the love and care she needs. But she can't ignore the fact that she starts to fall for him, and their fun flirtation starts to give way to something potentially serious. Can she trust that he won't betray her again, and can she handle all of the female attention a former star like Dax attracts?

    Kailyn is hiding a secret from Dax, too, one she knows will anger him if he discovers it. She has to decide what's more important to her, her professional ambition or the potential for a relationship with someone she's crushed on since she was a teenager. And she needs to do it fast, before everyone involved gets hurt.

    is, like its title says, cute. While it starts out as a rom-com, the story gets a bit more serious than I was expecting, with tragedy, a custody battle, lies, and betrayal. Kailyn and Dax have great chemistry together, and Helena Hunting gives you a great deal of perspective into what makes Kailyn tick.

    What I enjoyed most about the book was the dynamic of a woman actually falling for an actor she has been obsessed with for far too long. When

    explored that angle, the book really hit its stride. Sadly, I didn't feel quite the same way with all of the issues around Dax's struggles to prove he is capable and deserving of being Emme's guardian—while I don't mind when a rom-com feels predictable if there's charm and chemistry, the predictability of the domestic issues irritated me a bit.

    was definitely a fun read, though, and Kailyn and Dax's relationship felt genuine as it hit its peaks and valleys. I just wish it was a little, well, cuter.

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  • Whitney Atkinson

    DNF at 250 pages.

    Nothing was particularly horrible about this book that forced me to stop reading it, I just wasn't invested enough to care whether I finished the last 100 pages or not. I think what I expected from this book and what it turned out to be were two different things, and I'm disappointed that this was far below my expectations. Still, I think this book has its audience and some positives, it just wasn't for me.

    My biggest

    DNF at 250 pages.

    Nothing was particularly horrible about this book that forced me to stop reading it, I just wasn't invested enough to care whether I finished the last 100 pages or not. I think what I expected from this book and what it turned out to be were two different things, and I'm disappointed that this was far below my expectations. Still, I think this book has its audience and some positives, it just wasn't for me.

    My biggest issue with this book is the writing style. Particularly, this book is heavy on the explanations and telling instead of showing, and so it was really difficult to get descriptions of the events occurring and the characters we meet. Also, this book rarely supplied any description of emotion or the characters' reactions to things, so the inner monologue and even the dialogue frequently came off as very robotic. Because the writing was so devoid of any personality, both POVs of this book sounded identical, and both POVs lacked any meaningful description because the writing was quite generic and basic. This book tends to state the obvious a lot instead of offering unique descriptions, like how when Dax had to tell his sister that their parents both died he says "This bad news will change her life." Like.... yeah. Obviously. I was craving some description of his inner turmoil occurring or the dread that built within him as he prepared to tell her, but it was all just blanket statements of explanations and never any in-depth description.

    One super particular thing that really nagged me is that Dax is Kailyn's childhood and teenage crush, but when they actually start kissing and becoming sexual, she never has any reaction like "omg this is my dream," it just ignores that she's been crushing on him for years. The story could have really been heightened by that added angst, but even the enemies to lovers element of this REALLY flopped because the author never stops to address the character's feelings, only their boring and stating-the-obvious inner monologue. Like I'm all for asking for consent as the clothes start coming off, but there was a point during one of their sex scenes where Dax started narrating "I'm taking your pants off now. I'm going to kiss you now." And I seriously only was able to imagine him as a robot it was so devoid of romance or spark.

    Furthermore, this book's plot was just kind of shaky, and I think my suspension of disbelief was affected by how jarringly dry the writing style was. This book honestly had scenes that read like it was published a decade ago and 2009 called and it wants its tropes back. These are things like the "you don't know you're beautiful" conversation, really awkward text conversations in lingo that no one actually uses after the invention of iPhones, the overuse of the word "freaking" (ya'll are adults. just say fuck), and even a scene of the characters playing Just Dance? It felt dated and this book's plot sometimes just didn't make sense, especially considering the ethicality of a lawyer having sex with one of her clients. The romance wasn't good enough for me to be able to ignore how wrong it seemed.

    I feel like all the issues I had with this were just personal preference, so this book could certainly be better for you than it was for me. I found it more family-based than romance based, almost like a custody battle with a romance thrown in, which just wasn't my thing. Additionally, the emotionless writing style made it difficult to humanize the characters, but still I enjoyed a lot of the scenes of them bonding with Dax's sister and being cute.

  • Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰

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    This was surprisingly my first Helena Hunting book and I anticipated it so much! Maybe that's why it was such a letdown for me... Anyway, when I saw the cover of this book, I thought it was just the light fluffy rom-com I needed at the moment. I've b

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    This was surprisingly my first Helena Hunting book and I anticipated it so much! Maybe that's why it was such a letdown for me... Anyway, when I saw the cover of this book, I thought it was just the light fluffy rom-com I needed at the moment. I've been on a contemporary binge at the moment and the blurb to this as well as the few advance reviews seemed to set it up really well.

    follows Kailyn's almost-like-fate romance with Daxton. If you've had the chance to read the blurb and you're like me, you'll see that there are elements to this story that have been done before repeatedly. The trope, the second-chance romance, the cute little kid that wins all the hearts... has been done. Yet still, I wanted to read this badly! I find that it isn't the tropes and the overdone characters that fail, it's the execution, and while I find this book wasn't bad at all... It lies somewhere in the 'eh' scale for me.

    But still, I think if you want to give this a chance when it releases; forget my review and just go into it blind. This was just personal preference and my opinion is one of many :)

    I thought that this was a cute read and I flew through it in one sitting. It definitely didn't require any hard thinking and I sunk myself in the romance just like I wanted.

    That being said, as soon as I started reading I knew the

    was not for me. It was not descriptive, rather explanatory writing. I found it hard to flesh out the characters and bring them through life because there wasn't a lot of emotion shown in the writing. I really do lean on descriptive prose when reading, especially a romance when the feelings of the characters matter so much. After this, I noticed that a lot of the

    seemed off to me. It was unrealistic and uncomfortable at times. Then other times, it was cliche and the lines were cringey;

    1)

    (It's 2019, many women should know they are beautiful without the whole "you don't know you are and that's what makes it better." please get rid of this mindset. self love is beautiful.)

    2)

    (I wanted more substance to the writing? A lot of the lines felt overdone)

    3)

    (Menstruation is not disgusting, and although this was tackled slightly - I feel like it should have been made more explicit.)

    Then came my set of

    I really didn't like Kailyn and Daxton was okay but the only character I was really rooting for was Emme. Even the main antagonist in this story was very predictable. Lastly, the

    of this book was jarring at times, often fragmented. This, again is a personal issue and I'm sure many will not pick up on something so simple, but I found that the flow of the plot and the story itself was very unclear.

    Overall, I really wish I liked this more. Especially because of how much I anticipated it. This does not go to say I will not read Helena Hunting in the future, I just think this one was not my cuppa.

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