Book Review: Maybe This Time

Maybe this timeTitle: Maybe This Time

Author: Kasie West

Pub. Date: July 9, 2019

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

One year. Nine events. Nine chances to . . . fall in love?

Weddings. Funerals. Barbecues. New Year’s Eve parties. Name the occasion, and Sophie Evans will be there. Well, she has to be there. Sophie works for the local florist, so she can be found at every big event in her small hometown, arranging bouquets and managing family dramas.

Enter Andrew Hart. The son of the fancy new chef in town, Andrew is suddenly required to attend all the same events as Sophie. Entitled, arrogant, preppy Andrew. Sophie just wants to get her job done and finish up her sketches so she can apply to design school. But every time she turns around, there is Andrew, getting in her way and making her life more complicated. Until one day she wonders if maybe complicated isn’t so bad after all . . .

Told over the course of one year and following Sophie from event to event, this delightful novel from master of romantic comedy Kasie West shows how love can blossom in unexpected places.

This will be a spoiler free review.

This book fell flat for me. It wasn’t horrible and I did enjoy it, but I don’t think it really worked. I liked the idea of just seeing snippets of this year in Sophie’s life, but I didn’t really feel any emotional connection. I wanted to really love this book, I’ve loved a few other Kasie West books, but something about this one just didn’t do it for me. It was cute, and the way it was written was different, but I never found myself rooting for her or her and Andrew. I just felt no connection to either of them.

Though, there was one moment, when they were fighting, and something happened. It was a very iconic scene and I kind of loved that moment between them. It was perfect and easy to picture, and I loved it. But overall, I just wasn’t satisfied with them. It’s like their relationship was too easy, even with the constant bickering. Ultimately, I just think the emotional weights were off in this book. The stakes weren’t high enough, and they were resolved way too easily.

I honestly don’t know what else to say about this book. I don’t think I went in with high expectations. I mainly picked it up because I’d liked a bunch of her other books, so I guess I expected to enjoy it. I did, on a base, ‘it’s an enjoyable read, where the stakes aren’t that high, and you can breeze right through it’ kind of a way. I just don’t really feel much for this book, it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t amazing, it just was.

This isn’t going to turn me off of her books, because I’m always down for a good rom com/fluffy contemporary.

Let me know what you thought of this book, or what your favorite Kasie West book is!

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