Mr. Right Across the Street by Kathryn Freeman
ABOUT THE BOOK
Mia Abbott’s move to Manchester was supposed to give her time and space from all the disastrous romantic choices she’s made in her past. But then the hot guy who lives opposite – the one who works out every day at exactly 10 a.m., not that Mia has noticed thank-you-very-much – starts leaving notes in his window…for her.
Bar owner Luke Doyle has his own issues to deal with but as he shows Mia the sites of her new city he also shows her what real romance looks like for the first time. And when he cooks up a signature cocktail in her honour, she realises that the man behind the bar is even more enticing than any of his creations. And once she’s had a taste she knows it will never be enough!
Who would think that texting the old-fashioned way would be so romantic? Notes in the window to the girl in the flat opposite his seems to be working, but what does he do once she accepts his offer?
Mia had been burned one too many times by guys she trusted and then had her heart broken. Her self-confidence is crap, her trust is non-existent, and she’s lonely as hell in a new place with few friends. But as she gets comfortable in Manchester her new friends list grows including her 67-year-old neighbor and wingman, Stan, the cafe owner, Naomi, who has the hots for her grumpy neighbor, Sandy the outspoken waitress, and of course the gorgeous bar owner and Hot Guy Opposite her flat, Luke.
At first, Luke’s cocky and womanizing ways turned me off and disappointed me, but as his sad story unfolds and he reveals the truly good man he is, I couldn’t wait to see how he wins Mia over. But as Luke charms Mia, she lets down her defenses only to be stunned by a big secret that could make or break their relationship. Luke’s notes in the window are genius and fun and I like how Mia turns him down and sticks to her guns to be friends only even though the chemistry is off the charts. The non-dates were fun and a good way for them to get to know each other as well. It turns out that Luke is my favorite character with his hidden vulnerability and outer arrogance working diligently to win Mia over. In fact, his grand gesture at the end is heartwarming and a true testimony to his love for her.
As Mia and Luke deal with their personal insecurities and real-life issues such as professional choices and family dynamics, one takes pleasure in watching how they grow by tackling things together and falling in love. The story seemed slow at first, but for me, it picked up when Luke’s story started to unfold, and then I couldn’t wait for the HEA.
I was pleasantly charmed by the lovely storyline and the quirky characters, not to mention the hilarious dialogue.
Please also check out my review for Kathryn Freeman’s rom-com Strictly Come Dating.
Thank you to Ms. Freeman for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a sexy hero.
With a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.
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