Going into reading this book, I was expecting it to be a serial romance – to not be very memorable, to be very light and fluffy, and to have a very recognizable plot. I’m glad to note that Meet Cute by far and away exceeded my expectations. It was realistic, there were real world consequences, and it there was surprising depth.
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?
The book starts by setting the tone for Daxton and Kailyn’s relationship – how they met in college. Their backstory is told in flashbacks, but they’re used sparingly and never took away from the pacing of the main story. Speaking of pacing – this book was a very fast read – there was very little filler and the main plot was interesting and well balanced with drama and romance. I read the entire thing in one day while I was waiting in lines in Disney World, but this would be a perfect book to curl up with on a rainy day with a good cup of coffee.
Kailyn is a successful lawyer with a chip on her shoulder – during law school she had a friendly competitive streak with fellow student, Daxton. This competitive relationship turned sour when Daxton beat her for the top academic spot because he sabotages one of her final projects. Daxton, on the other hand, is a confident lawyer who is at the top of his field when his entire world shatters. Daxton and Kailyn’s chemistry right off the bat was great, though it began as a hateful relationship. As they became friends and then lovers, they build on their existing chemistry in a realistic way – they fought and made up and became stronger as a couple as a result.
What I was really impressed with in this book is how seriously the loss of Daxton’s parents is taken. Daxton and his sister, Emme, have two totally different ways of coping with their parents death, but neither one felt like it was fake or forced. Emme lashed out like a teenager – she had her good moments and was heavily dependent on the adults in her life. She lashed out at school and let her grades slip. Daxton, on the other hand, tried to stay strong and be a rock for Emme. He struggles with adjusting to his new parental role, dealing with the loss of his parents, and with the custody battle for his little sister. Both went through an incredible amount and grew a ton as characters by the end.
If you’re looking for a cute romance with realistic drama, career focused characters with well developed backgrounds, and a great happy ending, look no further than Meet Cute. Keep an eye out for it on the Kindle store, it often goes on sale. If you’ve already devoured it and are looking for similar books, check out Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating and Roomies by Christina Lauren. 5/5