“I need you. I need you to tell me when I’m being an idiot, and when my pickup lines cross the cheese threshold.”
Title: The Pick Up
Author: Allison Temple
Number of pages: 337 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s adorable and sweet.
Bad things about this book: The misunderstandings really throw me off but I was patient and was rewarded in the end.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I do.
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Every few months I go to NetGalley and request some soon-to-be-available titles that have cute covers and interesting stories. Every few months I get turned down for most but the few I get approved rarely disappoint me. The Pick Up had a super cute cover and a story that got me questioning how the two main characters could make things work. I was in for the happy ending that I was sure I was going to get. Come on, you don’t throw that kind of cover for a story that’s going to have a bitter ending, right? No way!
A few months after the death of his wife and best friend, Kyle is struggling with life so he packs his things and takes his daughter back with him to his dad’s house and the town he left behind after finishing high school. He meets Mr. Adam Hathaway, his daughter Caroline’s first grade teacher. It’s almost lust at first sight. Kyle is bisexual and his heart hadn’t made that much beating since he became a widow, and Adam wasn’t planning on finding someone like Kyle when all he wanted was to lay low and avoid unnecessary complications. Life has a way to make things work even in the messiest of lives.
I have to admit that I usually get a lot affected by the ratings. I try not to but the number gets stuck in my head. Seeing that this book had less than 4 stars got me a little anxious. I’m usually easily pleased so I wasn’t really worried. If this book didn’t have the elements I usually hate in books, then I was going to be okay. And I was. I was entertained, my heart did weird things, joy and sadness mixed well together and I was giggling, gasping, smiling softly at those two dumb men and their attempt to understand what was going on between them.
Losing someone you love is hard; everywhere you see their presence, you get daily reminders of their absence, thinking about them is easy yet so hard at times. Grieving never ends; it gets easy with time but you will forever miss that person and someone else will never fill the void they left. That doesn’t mean you won’t be happy anymore. As I said, life has ways to surprise you. Some may think that Kyle was getting himself involved with Adam too soon after the death of his wife but there’s no soon or late, there’s not a settled time to grief, there are no rules to your heart. You are not really moving on, you are only finding happiness when you thought happiness didn’t have a place in your heart at least for a while.
“Seriously though, we have to work on your blushing thing.”
“I don’t blush!” Adam said, while his face heated up more.
Kyle didn’t thought he was going to feel so much for Adam, he wasn’t looking for love when he looked at him that first time. Kyle has so much going on with Caroline, with his job, with the memories of his wife and the panic attacks that not having a clue what to do with his life causes him. But maybe, just maybe, even if loving Adam wasn’t planned and it came when it wasn’t ideal, it was exactly what Kyle needed. Maybe he will find his place in this new world without his wife, with a six-year-old girl obsessed with princesses, a father who sighs loudly at his vegetarian cuisine, and a man who teaches the food groups but only buys from the frozen isle at the supermarket.
I was happy to get to know the both of them better with the two different POVs narration. Getting to know both sides, both inner monologues, make it easier to empathize and understand what’s really going on. It also makes you angrier because you can clearly see the misunderstandings forming and you can’t do anything but wait and hope they speak and work it out.
I am happy I read this book and I liked a lot the writing style. Will I be coming back for more from this author? You bet I will!