Title: Out of Her League (Love & Other Disasters #2)
Reviewer: Ivy @PoisonIvy70
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 133 pages
Rating: 5 Stars
Look, I get it, I’m not asking for miracles. I might be a closeted hopeless romantic, but I’m also a realist. I don’t need fireworks. I’m not asking for magic. Of course, my date won’t be Prince Charming. All I’m asking for is a pleasant night out on the worst single day of the year. That’s not exactly shooting for the stars, now is it?
Apparently, it is.
Because not only am I stuck with the date from hell, but the fates don’t think I’ve suffered enough, so why not seat me next to my secret crush. Trauma surgeon, Xavier Knight, is the most gorgeous man alive, and completely out of my league. An unobtainable, impossible dream that makes my heart pound whenever he gets close. Fantastic. Now he’ll bear witness to my humiliation.
Ah, life, you really know how to kick a girl when she’s down.
-I’ve developed an author-crush. Ms. Dawson’s writing hits my sweet spot almost every time and I really look forward to her releases. *blinks* That really didn’t sound as dirty in my head. Ahem. Anyhoo, I can depend on her to give me fleshed out characters that may have familiar journeys, but unique enough to make them feel fresh and fun.
-The sitch, more or less. Tessa (the BFF of the previous book’s heroine Ashley) has had a huge crush on the insanely good-looking trauma surgeon (come on hero catnip, thy name is Xavier), since she met him through Ashley’s relationship with Christopher, his friend. When she decides to go on a blind date for Valentine’s Day (definitely the disaster in this tale), she ends up at the same restaurant as Xavier, humiliated that her oh so gorgeous man crush gets to witness her less than ideal date. Before you know it, Xavier is helping Tessa out, and yes, hot and sexy romance happens.
-Perfect length novella. I’ve said it before, but I think novellas are harder to write because it’s not easy to establish characters in a concise manner and make the reader feel as if they know them and believe the journey to an HEA in a short page count. Out of Her League excels at this. Both Tessa and Xavier have well drawn character arcs that make this novella WORK. There’s some necessary passage of time but I was given just the right amount of information without losing the character connection. The scenes that were shown were ON POINT, and I really enjoyed myself on their journey.
-Adored Tessa AND Xavier. Maybe even Tessa more, which doesn’t happen often enough in romances. I usually want to add a book boyfriend, but in this case, I loved Tessa and if I developed a book girlfriend stable, she would be on the list. I just related to her nurturing, pragmatic personality and I loved the way she blossomed as the story went along. Honestly, I was drawn to both of them and I understood their motivations equally. Their inner monologues advanced plot without feeling repetitive or getting bogged down in way too much introspection. Even when the inevitable happens, c’mon we know there’s got to be some tension, it makes sense to these characters and when it’s resolved, I was just happy to see them get their HEA.
I can’t think of anything that I didn’t enjoy in this tasty little treat of a romance. I loved it and I’d recommend for those who prize character development with a short page count. Bring on the next book, Ms. Dawson.
*An ARC was received for an honest review.