Monday, June 6, 2022

Book Review: It's a Widow Thing

By Sara Steven

When cosmetics entrepreneur Sabrina Kelly waited until she was thirty-eight to marry, she never thought she’d be widowed by forty. Now, two years later, she’s ready for a dip in the dating pool. And Michael, the merciless flirt who lives down the hall, seems like a fun way to get wet. He has “player” written all over him, but Sabrina’s not looking for a love connection. Her heart can’t take more than a fling.

Wall Street mogul Michael Wright has ignored his mom’s pressure to marry for years. But it’s not until he has a health scare that he finally takes stock of his life. If he’s going to settle down, only one woman comes to mind… his gorgeous, whip-smart neighbor, Sabrina. Their chemistry is off the charts. The banter? So. Hot. But while he’s working overtime to woo her, she’s holding back. Can two people running at different speeds get to happily-ever-after together? (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.)

This is the third book in the Never Too Late series–and it was another great addition! Sabrina has been widowed for two years, and while she knows she might be ready to step back into dating, she’s hesitant, given the circumstances. I think the author did a really great job relaying that type of emotion and hesitancy. Allowing yourself to develop feelings and fall into someone again could be difficult after losing your spouse, and the addition of a widow’s support group for Sabrina was a nice way to convey how she’s working through those emotions. It was relatable and believable. 

Adding Michael into the mix was perfection. Not only has Sabrina felt the immense chemistry the two of them have together, which is mind-blowingly amazing, but a chink in his armor (and one that he has no control over) is an underlying health condition that could easily make a widower take pause. The underlying tone to It’s a Widow Thing is trust; trust in allowing oneself to believe in falling in love again, even if it’s always felt impossible. Trust in believing that there can be a happily-ever-after, even if the future and what’s in store is completely out of our hands. I could really feel that for Sabrina, and for Michael, too, who has never been in a serious relationship before. 

And oh my goodness, was there a lot of heat between Sabrina and Michael! The snippets of flirtatious banter in the elevator was a precursor to what is in store for the two of them, which made the experiences all the more exciting. It’s hard not to appreciate that, not to mention that through it all, there is a foundation of friendship. I’m all for the type of relationships that start out with that kind of support, because I feel they’re the type of relationships that go the distance. I really felt that for this couple. 

I haven’t read the first book in this series, but I read the second, Brooklyn Monroe Wants it All (reviewed here). It was nice to see some of the characters from that book make an appearance in this one, and it’s also great to see a book series that features women in their 40s who are doing all they can to live their best lives. It’s inspiring to this 40s-something reader, making this a definite five-star read!

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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Karen Booth is a midwestern girl transplanted in the South, raised on '80s music and repeated readings of Forever by Judy Blume. Karen writes contemporary romance and women's fiction, almost always about the dreamy guy you never thought you'd get. Her stories are full of breathless kisses, tearjerker moments, family dynamics, and more than a few things she's glad her grandmother never read.

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