Thank you to Berkley Romance for the gifted copy of Wait For It!
Enemies to lovers is my rom-com addiction – I absolutely devour any book that falls in that category. When I heard about Wait For It, a book about a young divorcee looking to start over and a reclusive landlord, I was sold and ready to dive in.
Stuck in a dreary Boston winter, Annabelle Martin would like nothing more than to run away from her current life. She’s not even thirty years old, twice-divorced, and has just dodged a marriage proposal… from her ex-husband. When she’s offered her dream job as creative director at a cutting-edge graphic design studio in Phoenix, she jumps at the opportunity to start over.
When she arrives in the Valley of the Sun, Annabelle is instantly intrigued by her anonymous landlord. Based on the cranky, handwritten notes Nick Daire leaves her, she assumes he is an old, rich curmudgeon. Annabelle is shocked when she finally meets Nick and discovers that he’s her age and uses a wheelchair. Nick suffered from a stroke a year ago, and while there’s no physical reason for him not to recover, he is struggling to overcome the paralyzing fear that has kept him a prisoner in his own home.
Despite her promise to herself not to get involved, Annabelle finds herself irresistibly drawn to Nick. And soon she wonders if she and Nick might help each other find the courage to embrace life, happiness, and true love.
One of my only issues with this book was the writing style. The writing was a little inconsistent for me – at times, it was very immersive, and then there would be a clunky piece of dialog that really threw me out of my immersion in the story. As the book went on, things got smoother, but it was jarring when these little oddities happened.
I am a sucker for dual POVs in enemies-to-lovers romance novels. I love the moment when one character realizes they’re in love with the other person. That magical moment when they realize they’re no longer enemies and can’t live without each other. I think dual POV really benefited this story in particular – Nick would have come off as a massive asshole without knowing his internal monologue. Reading about him struggling with his medical issues was heart breaking but having his POV made him more sympathetic and understandable as a character.
Subplot wise – I really appreciated the honesty of Annabelle’s struggles in the workplace. She dealt with harassment from a male coworker who believed he was entitled to her job – she also faced a lack of support from management when she tried to reach out for help. This plot felt really honest and close to home. Another thing I really loved was the found family vibes of Nick and his staff – they were tightknit and cleared cared deeply for each other.
Annabelle and Nick were adorable together – I enjoyed their back and forth via notes – even when Annabelle thought Nick was a crochety old man, they had great rapport. When she finally met him fact to face, the sparks flew. I really enjoyed that so much time was spent building up their tension before they even met and building up the enigma of who Nick was. When they got together, they helped each other grow and reckon with their own personal issues. I loved that their problems weren’t just magically resolved when they got together – they had to work for their happy endings.
Overall, this was a cute book with solid characters and romance. I loved the themes of found family and personal growth. I’ll definitely be going back to read the companion novel; Paris is Always a Good Idea. 4/5