4.5 SOLID STARS – But we authors round up. There are quotes from the book in this review – So that may mean *spoilers* but I never give share details after I turn the page.
Starting with the less- I hate this part but I get it out of the way and then it’s done. 1/4 of a star was based on the sexual scenes. I wanted more. Molly and Joe are hot, hot, hot. I needed to be in the bed with them. Seriously. Nonetheless, Pace(X2) did a fabulous job with the descriptions of their foreplay. The other 1/4 star went to the ending. I had to read and reread the last line a few times to get the joke. It was a bit abrupt and left me wanting more. But I hear a sequel might be in the works. So…I am holding my breath for sure.
Ok so that it done. (Sigh)
Pace does a phenomenal job accurately portraying Austin, Texas. Applause, please. This book is one you need to sip like a fine wine and read EVERY descriptive word and every laughable jab at the city we Texans call weird. The food trucks, 6th street, Zilker Park, and so many more places. Thank you for that. This was flawless.
The characters are hard not to love. Joe, a very troubled man (and rightfully so), comes of age in this beautiful story of learning to trust and move on with loads of baggage. Molly is sassy and fabulous and yet she is the girl next door that you want to hug and talk shit with. Her own demons are heartbreaking and what Pace does with these characters is so different from other authors these days. We learn about them moving forward all the while learning about their treacherous past relationships. That is a very hard technique to pull off and it was brilliant.
Pace is another quotable author. Lines that made me read and reread for the pure brilliance in their meaning.
“Time dulls your memory. But the pain increases with the guilt of forgetting details that were once so precious to you.” (Loc 352)
“It takes heart to take the most twisted bit of scrap and make something from it as if it were good wood.” (Loc 895)
These quotes stuck out for me and while I enjoyed the truly entertaining story of Molly and Joe (and the twins -love them), there is lessons and true forms of compassion in this work that makes it a solid story. Coupled with the intimate therapy sessions, Pace pulls off the way a Texan man honestly deals in anger, blame, and shame. This is not just a read through the night and you got your romance kick for the day. It leaves you with thoughts and reflection so savor it. Bravo to the Pace duo for writing an endearing love story. You nailed it