~Synopsis~Marcus "Snack" Snackenberg is a born ladykiller.
When Minnie Cooper moves back to her dad's hometown as a child, with her two brothers and Star Wars action figures in tow, they become immediate friends.
By junior high, Minnie, although unaware, is in love with him.
Snack is completely in touch with his feelings for her.
Sometimes the villain in the story isn't a person.
Sometimes it's time.
Fear of losing the best friend you’ve ever had.
An overnight romance…twenty-six years in the making.
I signed up to review this one because the blurb sounded cute. But I was sadly disappointed that the premise of the story is not exactly as it’s presented in the description. I know authors sometimes like to be vague, afraid of giving away too much of the story; but there are crucial details about the premise—the premise of the story, which is completely different from a spoiler, that really should be established to understand the romance angle of this story.
The blurb reads that: “By Junior High, Minnie, though unaware, is in love with him. Snack is COMPLETELY in touch with his feelings for her.” Imagine my surprise when 10% into the book and it’s established that Snack is married! Yes, the reality of the premise is that Snack and Minnie are only reunited because Snack’s wife and mother of his two kids recently died—as in she’s barely cold in the ground! I just could not get on board with the whole love story from a true love/”26 years in the making” perspective with that scenario. How can he be completely in touch with his feeling for Minnie if he married someone else and had children with her in the meantime??? And his poor deceased wife—what a slap in the face to her memory.
A newly grieving widower does not make for romance for me. The tone felt depressing with Snack mourning his wife when they meet again. I don’t mind second chance romance if both of them haven’t had anyone else significant, but this isn’t the case here. I might have felt a little differently if Minnie was in a similar situation, more time had passed, and they were meeting for the first time. But in this 26 years of romance making, she has remained a single (albeit a current live-in sex buddy) woman without kids.
To sum up my DNF reason, the story premise is not my cup of tea. I’m sure plenty of readers won’t have a problem with it, but I also know that there are other readers who will find it a turn-off. It will all depend on the “romance” scenarios you find romantic and the double standards you are willing to accept.
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Snack plops down on the bed next to where I’m standing. Reaching out for my boxers, he takes the hem between his thumb and forefinger and tugs it lightly. The back of his finger grazes my upper thigh, leaving tingly warmth in its wake. “Nice boxers,” he says. “Whose are they?”
I have no idea. Probably my dad’s or Clip’s. I shrug.
“I’ll bring you some of mine. I only want you wearing mine from now on.”
“Uh, O-Kay.” I stutter in response to his demand and most definitely his touch. I have no problem with that. Must be another one of Snack’s weird possessive things.
Snack twists the fabric of my boxers around his fingers and pulls me toward him. “Come here and kiss me. I can’t believe you haven’t kissed me yet.”
My heart thumps out of control and my brain is frozen. I’ve heard actors say things like that in movies, but in real life? I guess it does actually happen.
Emme Burton is the author of the Better Than Series: BETTER THAN ME (Book 1), FIX IT FOR US (Book 2) and STILL INTO YOU (Book 3). She lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her amazing husband and sons, and her "fur boy." Emme has never, ever been lost in a mall either as a child or an adult. Her mother, and now her family, have always known where to find her. At the bookstore.