Title: Meet Cute
Author: Helena Hunting
Year of Publication: 2019
Number of Pages: 384
Summary: From Goodreads: “Talk about an embarrassing introduction. On her first day of law school, Kailyn ran—quite literally—into the actor she crushed on as a teenager, ending with him sprawled on top of her. Mortified to discover the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming either…
Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can’t help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn’s new celebrity client, there’s even more at stake than Dax’s custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she’ll be promoted to partner.
The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever. But will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another?”
Review: Meet Cute begins with Kailyn’s first day of law school, where she mortifyingly runs right into Dax Hughes, the actor who she’s been in love with since she was a teenager and knocks him over. Instead of being cool and composed, she has a major fangirl moment, and it’s embarrassing for everyone involved. Throughout law school, they have a friendly competition, and Kailyn thinks they’re friends until Dax betrays her. Fast forward eight years later, and now Dax is standing in her office, asking for legal help regarding his thirteen-year-old sister that he now the sole guardian of.
I want to start out by saying that I absolutely loved this book. It had me laughing at random moments, which was great because this book also deals with some heavier subjects. I loved the main characters, and I liked their relationship. I’m so glad that someone recommended this book to me a while ago, and that I finally picked it up for the OWLs readathon.
My favourite thing about this book was the three main characters, Kailyn, Dax, and Emme. I love everything about Kailyn, especially her determination, thoughtfulness, and how caring she is. I also love how much of a fangirl Kailyn is, and all her fangirl moments made me laugh. I loved Dax, and I just wanted to hug him because of everything he was dealing with. I loved how he stepped up for his sister, and I thought some of the scenes where he was in over his head were laugh-out-loud funny. I liked the relationship between Kailyn and Dax, and I thought they had great chemistry. I liked reading about their competitiveness in school, and I enjoyed their banter. Finally, I adored Dax’s little sister Emme. I liked her personality, and I thought the author did a good job of writing a teenager dealing with grief.
I liked Kailyn’s best friend, Holly, and I loved their relationship. I liked their dinner conversations, I liked how they found time in their busy schedules for each other, and I liked how they were able to help each other with their careers. I didn’t mind Dax’s best friend, Felix, even though I found him to be a bit of a jerk at times. I did like that it was clear that he had grown up a lot since their university days though, and I liked how he was there for Dax. I definitely wouldn’t mind reading a spinoff book focusing on either of these characters.
I liked that this book dealt with serious issues like loss of parents, grief, addiction, and custody cases. Dax becomes Emme’s legal guardian, and they both struggling to navigate this new relationship and their grief. At times, they’re too hard on each other, but it’s clear that they love and need each other to get through everything. Kailyn is also dealing with her own grief, and I liked that they were all able to lean on each other. When Dax’s Aunt sues for custody, they have to navigate that mess and all of the nastiness that comes with it. I liked that Kailyn was there for both of them and that she went beyond her duties as a lawyer to look out for Emme’s well-being. I thought that the twist with the custody case was very predictable, but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the side plot of Kailyn’s boss trying to poach Dax from his firm to work for her. I didn’t like how she used Kailyn to get what she wanted, and I don’t like the position that it put Kailyn in. I thought the whole situation led to some cringy moments, and it felt awkward to read. I do like how the plotline ended, so it was worth some of the cringiness.
Rating: 4 Stars!