Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Release Day! Love at First by by Kate Clayborn ~ My Thoughts #LoveAtFirst

Congrats Kate
on the release today of
Love at First!

Love at First by by Kate Clayborn
Print and e-book, 320 pages
Published February 23, 2021 by Kensington

A sparkling and tender novel from the acclaimed author of Love Lettering, full of bickering neighbors, surprise reunions, and the mysterious power of love that fans of Christina Lauren, Sarah Hogle, and Emily Henry will adore.

Sixteen years ago, a teenaged Will Sterling saw—or rather, heard—the girl of his dreams. Standing beneath an apartment building balcony, he shared a perfect moment with a lovely, warm-voiced stranger. It’s a memory that’s never faded, though he’s put so much of his past behind him. Now an unexpected inheritance has brought Will back to that same address, where he plans to offload his new property and get back to his regular life as an overworked doctor. Instead, he encounters a woman, two balconies above, who’s uncannily familiar . . .

No matter how surprised Nora Clarke is by her reaction to handsome, curious Will, or the whispered pre-dawn conversations they share, she won’t let his plans ruin her quirky, close-knit building. Bound by her loyalty to her adored grandmother, she sets out to foil his efforts with a little light sabotage. But beneath the surface of their feud is an undeniable connection. A balcony, a star-crossed couple, a fateful meeting—maybe it’s the kind of story that can't work out in the end. Or maybe, it’s the perfect second chance . . . 

My thoughts about Love at First ~~ 

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—"The first time Will Sterling saw Nora Clarke, he could barely see at all."

This story drew me in from the prologue. There was a lot going on and the reader is introduced to the two main characters right from the start. I instantly felt a connection to them both and knew I wanted to find out more about their lives and their future connection. 

I didn't realize from that very endearing beginning that I would be introduced to a lot of interesting, quirky characters. I loved the community that surrounded Nora and then, eventually Will. Speaking of Will, he just wants to fulfill his uncle's will and get out of the apartment he inherited asap. Well, life might just have other plans. Did his uncle know what Will really needed even though he didn't know him? Or was this all a big mistake? 

The cute purple cover makes one think that this is going to be a light, fun, quick chick-lit read. But, oh, Love at First is so much more, so much depth. There are so many emotions in this story—friendship, loyalty, conflict, protectiveness, disagreements, fun, laughter, love, frustration. I loved the abundance of wonderful characters and loved the interactions between all of them. And remember I mentioned quirky—loved the quirkiness.  

This is the first book I have read by this author but I know it won't be the last. I enjoyed it so much and I'll be on the look out for her future stories. 

I received an ARC of Love at First from the publisher and this is my honest opinion.

About the author

Kate Clayborn is the critically acclaimed author of six novels. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Bookpage, and more. 

By day she works in education, and by night (and sometimes, by very early morning) she writes contemporary romances about smart, strong, modern heroines who face the world alongside true friends and complicated families. She resides in Virginia with her husband and their dog.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm getting a copy of this to promote on my blog, and I can't wait!


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