About the Author: Emily Duvall loved reading books as a young girl and filled up her journals with characters (both real and not real). Romance is her favorite genre to write. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children. She loves hearing from fans and readers.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Synopsis: Maren Cole survived adolescence by relying on her intellect, but has never felt more different as an adult. The diagnosis she received as a person with Autism makes functioning in a fast-paced city with bright lights and big sounds a challenge. Forget about dating. Forget marriage. She would like to survive a conversation. Independence has never been more isolating or confusing and is complicated by a situation that puts her directly in the path of arrogant lawyer Caleb Allan.
Caleb isn’t interested in anyone except himself and his legal career. The one person he doesn’t need to spend time with is the awkward Maren Cole, but their interactions are unavoidable when she has the potential to push his career ahead. Forced to confront the fact that she’s unlike anyone he’s ever met, Caleb knows falling for her will destroy his work. He may also lose his heart to a woman who may never fully love him back.
This book was sent to me in ebook form by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. As always with NetGalley, the cover and description are what really drew me to this book!
As someone who has never interacted with someone on the autism spectrum, I didn't know what to expect before reading this book. However, this book exceeded my expectations. Maren is a well-written protagonist. In some ways, she reminded me of Stella from The Kiss Quotient, but she was also quite different. Maren's wittiness and honesty were refreshing, endearing, and made me laugh out loud many times.
The love story between Maren and Caleb Allen (if you've read the book you'll know I can't just call him Caleb) is real, raw, and beautiful. Maren has autism and Caleb Allen has his own demons, but the author did a great job bringing the two together and having the two form an honest and trusting relationship. Plus, the story was written in a dual POV and if you've followed my reviews you know how much I love those.
Overall, I loved this book and would definitely recommend it to others.
P.S. After Maren and Caleb Allen, Patrice was my favorite character. I loved that she treated Mauren as a normal person from the beginning.
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