Romeantically Challenged
Marina Adair’s Romeantically Challenged is a humorous and heartening take on Three Men and a Baby meets 27 Dresses, in which a newly single physician's assistant who sets out on an exotic—and man-free—adventure gets stranded in a coastal Rhode Island town full of eccentric residents, nosy neighbors, and an infuriatingly sexy roommate who makes her question her man-free diet.

Romeantically Challenged Details

TitleRomeantically Challenged
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 28th, 2020
PublisherKensington Publishing Corp.
ISBN-139781496727664
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Romeantically Challenged Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    This book is advertised and mash-up of Three Men and a baby (correct! Charming hero has a teenage daughter with two other dads who are also straight!) and 27 Dresses( not exactly)! I reminded me of Dane Cook’s “Good Luck Chuck” but of course this time a guy is not dumped by the women who recently got married after the second he had sex with them because he turned their good luck marriage charm! In this story dear Annie dates with the guys and after her breakups she always finds out they get marr This book is advertised and mash-up of Three Men and a baby (correct! Charming hero has a teenage daughter with two other dads who are also straight!) and 27 Dresses( not exactly)! I reminded me of Dane Cook’s “Good Luck Chuck” but of course this time a guy is not dumped by the women who recently got married after the second he had sex with them because he turned their good luck marriage charm! In this story dear Annie dates with the guys and after her breakups she always finds out they get marry as soon as they dumped her. She becomes their good luck charm to find their love of their lives! So unfair and annoying, isn’t it? At the opening Annie is dumped by her fiancée this time and you want to punch and open holes in that horrible guy’s little brain because that despicable human waste still keeps the venue Annie spent so much energy to reserve for their wedding and keeps her deposit so he can marry with his new bride. Of course her notorious bride earns so many punch points because she stops by the same boutique Annie had grandmother’s dress tailored and surprisingly her measurements mixed up with Annie’s now she didn’t only steal the soon to be husband scumbag, the venue, she also stole the wedding dress! Yes feel free to scream, I already did several times! Poor Annie screams at her scumbag ex on the phone and leaves the town to start from the fresh with her new work place at Rome. Nope, she didn’t escape to Italy. She wished but she can only manage to go to Rhode Island. And of course she met with charismatic, witty, charming Emmitt who happens to be new roommate. She already swore not to have a relationship for a long time but their sizzling, hot chemistry, entertaining banters and sexy flirting prevent her to keep the promise. I love their friends to lovers evolving relationship and I truly loved both of the characters. But at the last parts: you know the drill, something comes out and forces the beautiful couple to suffer from terrible heartbreak and at that part, Emmitt really pissed me off and acted immature. (Mostly one of the parties act like obnoxious, irritating brat and I always cut one point during my reading. But sometimes both parties may be irritating and more point cuts occur!) And groveling part was a little weak but I still liked the conclusion. This is feel-good, keep smiling and sigh kind of entertaining rom-com with likable characters. I’m giving my enjoyable, sweet-swoon four stars!Special thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for sharing this entertaining ARC with me in exchange my honest review.
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  • Madison Warner Fairbanks
    January 1, 1970
    Romeantically Challenged by Marina Adair A Contemporary romance with so much heart. Finding “their person” is such a romantic concept. This novel filled me with joy. Ok, some tears and frustration as the story progressed but I tend to read slower the more I like a story. I really wanted to just stop at 80% and revel in the gooey feelings. But, of course, conflicts still needed to be resolved and men have to freak about something. It was so worth reading to the end. Absolutely loved this book and Romeantically Challenged by Marina Adair A Contemporary romance with so much heart. Finding “their person” is such a romantic concept. This novel filled me with joy. Ok, some tears and frustration as the story progressed but I tend to read slower the more I like a story. I really wanted to just stop at 80% and revel in the gooey feelings. But, of course, conflicts still needed to be resolved and men have to freak about something. It was so worth reading to the end. Absolutely loved this book and couple. Implied sentimentality. It melted my heart. “Right now he needed someone to listen, so she took his hand, which was like holding melting ice, and without hesitation, his fingers laced with hers.”I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. I also purchased a copy to share.
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  • Sofia
    January 1, 1970
    Check out the review on my blog: https://sophsbookworld.wordpress.com/...Rating: 4 / 5 This was one of those books that was super cute and funny, but there were definitely some deeper issues masked underneath the fluff.It follows our main character Anh Nhi (but call her Annie!), who moves to Rome (Rhode Island, not Italy), after being dumped by fiancee who found her s/o after only a month and is getting married at the venue she planned. And it’s been like this her whole life, she gets in a relat Check out the review on my blog: https://sophsbookworld.wordpress.com/...Rating: 4 / 5 This was one of those books that was super cute and funny, but there were definitely some deeper issues masked underneath the fluff.It follows our main character Anh Nhi (but call her Annie!), who moves to Rome (Rhode Island, not Italy), after being dumped by fiancee who found her s/o after only a month and is getting married at the venue she planned. And it’s been like this her whole life, she gets in a relationship with someone and ‘fixes’ them, only to be dumped and replaced by their soul-mate. But it’s not her that’s problem, right?In Rome, she unexpectedly meets her new roommate Emmitt, at first glance a womanizer, but actually a dad to a teenage girl that has two other dads. And he has to fight for her attention.The whole story sounded so crazy to me and I was immediately drawn to it. It has such a witty and funny, but also self-deprecating tinge to it that just makes you want to read more of the story. The characters are not black-and-white, actually none of them is describe to be mean, because as the story continues you learn more about their feelings and life story.I loved both of our main characters as they learned to accept their own feelings. Annie, that has been disappointed in all of her relationships and Emmitt who has never really had a meaningful relationships, only flings. They need to learn to trust each other and they eventually do.The greatest thing about this story is that although it’s a romance, the love story is not really brought to us as a main topic and it’s not the only thing that is talked about. I personally think it’s about family and the journey of finding your true self.Since Annie was born in Vietnam and was adopted by white parents, she felt like an imposter her whole life and she never felt like she belonged in either of those cultures. But as the story progresses she slowly starts understanding and learning more about her roots. My favorite thing was the author’s note at the end, where she explained how her own daughter was also adopted (and also from Vietnam) and it gave the whole story such a realistic feel and I found it so beautiful and touching.I agree that family is the most important thing, and that is shown to us throughout the whole book. Firstly, Annie’s relationship with her parents who love her unconditionally and they all have such a strong bond. Next, Emmitt’s relationship with his daughter who is also raised by her uncle and her step-dad. I haven’t read a lot of books where the main character is a single father and personally, I loved reading about it. Especially when the dad is trying to get to know his daughter better and have a better relationship with her. And thirdly, Emmitt’s relationship with his own dad and the realization that after so many years he must learn to forgive him.This book was such a good read and honestly, a breath of fresh air. The only thing I wish was different is the ending (possible spoiler alert). I had this idea in my head that Annie and Emmitt would go to her ex’s wedding in the end and something brilliant would happen. The ending wasn’t even similar to that, though, and I know we all think differently and obviously I’m not the author but I really wanted it to end like that lol. Nonetheless, it was still really good.
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  • CYIReadBooks
    January 1, 1970
    Anh Nhi (Annie) Walsh, born Asian, adopted and raised white wants to make a new life for herself after being jilted by her fiance just weeks before their wedding. Annie moves to Rome, Rhode Island and sets up house in a rental, only to discover that the home's owner, Emmitt Bradley, is back on medical leave. You can just imagine what takes place when you combine the prickliness of a jilted woman with the machismo of a GQ-ish man -- chaos.RomeAntically challenged contains all the elements of a f Anh Nhi (Annie) Walsh, born Asian, adopted and raised white wants to make a new life for herself after being jilted by her fiance just weeks before their wedding. Annie moves to Rome, Rhode Island and sets up house in a rental, only to discover that the home's owner, Emmitt Bradley, is back on medical leave. You can just imagine what takes place when you combine the prickliness of a jilted woman with the machismo of a GQ-ish man -- chaos.RomeAntically challenged contains all the elements of a five-star worthy romantic comedy. You will laugh at the comedic moments. You will want to punch some peoples' lights out. You will cry at those poignant moments; and you will feel the glow of love. All of these things are wrapped up in a nice little package of a read.An excellent romantic comedy. Five stars -- I really loved it.Thank you Kennsington Books for a physical ARC through BookishFirst. The review herein is my own and are my honest thoughts.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
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  • Marilisa
    January 1, 1970
    I was expecting a completely different book than this. Romeantically Challanged took me by surprise and I'm not mad about it. I was expecting something along the lines of a rom-com, but instead found a great book dealing with deep topics.Personally, this book made me cry countless times. I love that Marina Adair decided to write a story with a protagonist her daughter can see herself into. I absolutely love that and you can see she knows what she's talking about when Anh Ni struggles with her li I was expecting a completely different book than this. Romeantically Challanged took me by surprise and I'm not mad about it. I was expecting something along the lines of a rom-com, but instead found a great book dealing with deep topics.Personally, this book made me cry countless times. I love that Marina Adair decided to write a story with a protagonist her daughter can see herself into. I absolutely love that and you can see she knows what she's talking about when Anh Ni struggles with her life as an in-betweener, trying to find her identity when she is constantly put into tiny little boxes she does not fit. I really connected with Emmitt's storyline and struggles. I think it hit me harder than it would have pre-lockdown, but I really felt deep in my heart his feeling like he doesn't belong in his hometown anymore, the feeling that he came back to changed people and feeling out of the loop. People thinking that leaving is the easy thing to do when in reality it takes great courage and pain to leave behind what you've known your whole life to follow a dream or for a better opportunity.I found their story to be sad, touching, but overall hopeful. You might feel like an outsider in your own life but be assured that many other people feel the same and it's OK. Learn to accept yourself in your uniqueness. Some people will never understand, but it' their loss. Like my grandpa always used to say "be yourself, variety is the spice of life". I wish she didn't have to incorporate the miscommunication trope, also because I saw it coming from a mile away, but she did go there and wrapped it up a little too quickly for my liking.Overall, this book made very emotional and it was a very pleasant read. I liked Emmitt's relationship and would love to see more of Emmitt, Anh Ni, and Paisley in the future. I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Wendy'sThoughts
    January 1, 1970
    3 Figuring Things Out Stars* * * Spoiler Free-A Quick ReviewThis had a very interesting way to get to the HEA. Our gal couldn't win for loosing. Every time she thought she had met her "Guy" they would break up and then in a New York Minute, the guy would find His Person and boom, married. Now, this happened repeatedly, and when it finally happened in the worst way possible...and it really was horrific...She decides she has had enough and moves to Rome...as in Rhode Island. There she moves into a 3 Figuring Things Out Stars* * * Spoiler Free-A Quick ReviewThis had a very interesting way to get to the HEA. Our gal couldn't win for loosing. Every time she thought she had met her "Guy" they would break up and then in a New York Minute, the guy would find His Person and boom, married. Now, this happened repeatedly, and when it finally happened in the worst way possible...and it really was horrific...She decides she has had enough and moves to Rome...as in Rhode Island. There she moves into a place with a roommate...a guy roommate with a teenage daughter and other family friends. She is Not Interested in Romance at all but of course, it comes calling. These two go through their own individual arcs, his more revealing, and then it all somehow works. A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    3.5*I like the way the title was worked into the story, it was more natural instead of being forced in there. Sometimes titles are just an overall feel to the story and other times they actually work in it, and in this case it was the latter and that made me happy. Just a small thing, but sometimes it's the small things that make me happy! And in the case of this book, it was more of the small things that worked for me.Romeantically Challenged is cute and light read, with a couple of somewhat he 3.5*I like the way the title was worked into the story, it was more natural instead of being forced in there. Sometimes titles are just an overall feel to the story and other times they actually work in it, and in this case it was the latter and that made me happy. Just a small thing, but sometimes it's the small things that make me happy! And in the case of this book, it was more of the small things that worked for me.Romeantically Challenged is cute and light read, with a couple of somewhat heavier and emotional issues that the main characters had to deal with. Anh/Annie and Emmitt were entertaining characters and I liked them individually. I enjoyed both their journeys, as they each kind of came into their own and made some realizations about themselves. But I don't feel like I ever really connected to them as a couple- they weren't on page together enough for me. By the end I was kind of invested in them, but I wanted more. The ending was a little too abrupt for me, I feel like we were left hanging, especially in regards to some aspects of the story. I see there is a second book coming, but it features a different couple so I don't think it'll give me the feeling of closure I needed from this book.Overall, Romeantically Challenged was an easy read. The characters were likeable and both Annie and Emmitt's stories were compelling. But unfortunately it just didn't have that wow factor for me.(view spoiler)[Right off the author had the h describe herself in a way that made me uncomfortable. I'm not sure if I'm reading into it too much, considering the current climate of the world we're in right now, or if I had reason to feel that way. Either way, it still kind of makes me uneasy. Later in the book she also had the h describe herself in another unflattering, stereotypical way- although I've never heard an Asian person refer to them self that way. (hide spoiler)]
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  • FTLOReading
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of those titles where the blurb doesn’t fit the story within. Yes you do have a newly single physician’s assistant involved but that’s about as close as it gets. Is it still a good story, yes. Just not on what you may initially think. I felt like I was reading two different stories. The first 35% we are solely with Annie (whom suffers from a female version of “good luck chuck”) who has just been dumped by the love of her life a short time before the wedding. Via text no less. It beco This is one of those titles where the blurb doesn’t fit the story within. Yes you do have a newly single physician’s assistant involved but that’s about as close as it gets. Is it still a good story, yes. Just not on what you may initially think. I felt like I was reading two different stories. The first 35% we are solely with Annie (whom suffers from a female version of “good luck chuck”) who has just been dumped by the love of her life a short time before the wedding. Via text no less. It becomes a series of lets see just how horrible of a person we can make the ex out to be. The way her parents reacted to this situation really blew my mind. The reason for their behavior later in the book didn’t justify it at all for me. Annie is a complicated character. She comes across as a serious pushover but in other aspects shes mouthy, kind, crazy, moody..I couldn’t pin her down to a predominant personality In the rest of the book you’re following Emmitt. A photojournalist that introduces with a bit of a frat-boy personality. We quickly learn there is a lot more to him then meets the eye. He had a brief relationship that ended up with a child that he did not know about for the first few years of her life. He and the woman split, married and thought the child was the other mans. No hard feelings were involved but he did his best to be involved in her life the best he could given his job takes him all over the world. (enter three men and a baby reference with this group) Annie is still present but Emmitt’s storyarc becomes the stronger of the two. It’s a great story. I wish it would have been the main focus of the book with Annie coming in where Emmitt did instead. It would have made the ending struggle work so much better if this had been Emmitt’s story instead of Annie’s. Co-Parenting can be a really difficult subject especially when there are broken families involved. This book shows the ups and downs and how to address it in a healthy manner. If I were to rate this on the overall flow, writing and story It would be around a three. Annie’s story would be around a 2.75. She goes through a lot yes but her story felt like it consisted mostly of tropes. I hate saying that as in the authors note its supposed to be a tale about finding herself and understanding her heritage. I just did not get that at all save for a couple of small anicdotes. Emmitt’s story close 4 but not quite there. He goes through a lot of growth as a person. Had the stronger story. There were a few things I would rearrange or change the focus on but I enjoyed his side of the things far more. Its not a side of life that you see written much and it was handled really well. Not the story I was expecting but a decent book for what it is.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Annie fled to Rome in order to put some distance between her and her former fiancee. With her track record being what it was, she had sworn off men. But when the homeowner of her rental, Emmitt, unexpectedly returned, she found herself wanting to make an exception to her no-men rule.The synopsis for this book compares it to 27 Dresses and Three Men and a Baby, and I had no problem finding those threads in the story, but it was the focus on what-makes-a-family and feeling as if you belong that re Annie fled to Rome in order to put some distance between her and her former fiancee. With her track record being what it was, she had sworn off men. But when the homeowner of her rental, Emmitt, unexpectedly returned, she found herself wanting to make an exception to her no-men rule.The synopsis for this book compares it to 27 Dresses and Three Men and a Baby, and I had no problem finding those threads in the story, but it was the focus on what-makes-a-family and feeling as if you belong that really stole my heart.Annie was nursing a bit of a broken heart, and let me tell you, each additional detail made my heart break, more and more. She was always the woman the men dated just before they found their "soulmate", and it was easy to see why she started seeing herself as the problem. She was also dealing with a lifetime of feeling as though she never belonged. She had been adopted as an infant by white parents, and though she knew she was loved, she was always aware of her "otherness" and never quite felt like she fit in anywhere. Her time in Rome was not only filled with romance, but also with a lot of soul searching and trying to figure herself out. I loved seeing her connect with the local Vietnamese community, but I especially liked seeing her connect with Emmitt.Emmitt was also felt a bit on the outside, and was struggling with finding his place within his family. You see, his family situation was a bit unique. He shared his daughter with two other men, thus the Three Men and a Baby parallel. Emmitt was the fun dad and was often absent due to traveling for his job. The other two were the always-home-dads, who took care of the day-to-day things. Though the arrangement had worked in the past, Emmitt now found himself wanting more. He wanted to be a bigger part of his daughter's life, and he wanted to be seen as someone who could be more than the part-time fun guy. There was a lot more to Emmitt than I gathered from my initial impression and I really grew to love him as he worked to change the perception his family held of him.It was a rocky start between Emmitt and Annie, when he just showed up unexpectedly. With both of them refusing to vacate the house, they were thrust into one of those forced proximity situations. This produced a LOT of fun antics and laughs, while also resulting in some fantastic tension between Emmitt and Annie. The verbal sparring was so enjoyable, and it filled my heart with joy as that sparring turned to flirting and then to more. It was wonderful watching these two find a place to belong, and I loved that they belonged there together.This book was a delight! It had the perfect combination of warmth, humor, charm, drama, and heat. I loved the what-makes-a-family angle, and am hoping the other two dads get their own HEAs too.*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • books nraedunn
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a fun read during the whole Covid quarantine! Delightful sweet and fast pace. I like how the MC - both the female and male lead are flawed in their own way. And they lean onto each other for inspiration and growth. The secondary characters are so funny - especially the men bonding. First time reading the author and definitely worth looking into her other books. I do say the storyline is typical rom com but the dialogue makes it enjoyable.
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  • Jessica M.
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this novel that is set to publish in July 2020. Annie is a physician’s assistant who moves to Rome after being dumped by her fiancé. However, she ends up not in Italy but Rhode Island. Annie is surprised by this and the roommate that comes with where she is staying. The pacing of this novel was inconsistent. The first part of the book was slow and the ending was wrapped up too quickly. I would appreciated more development with Annie’s character especially trying to reconnect I received an ARC of this novel that is set to publish in July 2020. Annie is a physician’s assistant who moves to Rome after being dumped by her fiancé. However, she ends up not in Italy but Rhode Island. Annie is surprised by this and the roommate that comes with where she is staying. The pacing of this novel was inconsistent. The first part of the book was slow and the ending was wrapped up too quickly. I would appreciated more development with Annie’s character especially trying to reconnect with her roots. It was a fun novel to read and escape into Rome even in Rhode Island.
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  • HappyBookWorm2020
    January 1, 1970
    I was hooked from the first line. "The moment Ahn Nhi Walsh stepped into her wedding dress and shimmied the eighty-year-old silk over her hips, she knew there had been a mistake." What follows has to be one of the most horrifying conversations with an ex-fiance ever. I was literally holding my breath that this book was *not* about the two of them getting back together. Her parents also continued a cordial relationship with her ex which astonished and infuriated me. Ahn Nhi (usually called Annie) I was hooked from the first line. "The moment Ahn Nhi Walsh stepped into her wedding dress and shimmied the eighty-year-old silk over her hips, she knew there had been a mistake." What follows has to be one of the most horrifying conversations with an ex-fiance ever. I was literally holding my breath that this book was *not* about the two of them getting back together. Her parents also continued a cordial relationship with her ex which astonished and infuriated me. Ahn Nhi (usually called Annie) was adopted at birth from Vietnam by her white American family and raised as an American. However, other people make assumptions about her based on her appearance, and she has never felt like she fit in anywhere. She decided to move after the break-up, but accidentally accepted a job in the wrong Rome. It wasn't Italy but she liked her job, and found a cabin to rent while the owner was overseas. Emmitt, the owner, had been injured while overseas on assignment as a photojournalist, and had come back to his hometown to convalesce and to spend time with his daughter. He didn't know that his brother-in-law had found a renter for his cabin. Emmitt and Annie's meeting was hysterically funny. Let's just say that both of them were surprised. Emmitt's daughter Paisley had been raised by her mother and stepfather, and had recently lost her mother. It was fun to see these three men - Emmitt, her stepdad, and her uncle - trying to parent 16 year old Paisley who is running rings around them. They are such good guys and so clueless about 16 year old girls. I loved their poker games where they played for stakes like 'cook dinner' and 'empty dishwasher'.Emmitt and Annie seem to be opposites, but turn out to be looking for much the same things in life. I enjoyed reading this book very much and recommend it to any romance lover who likes a complex emotional story with vivid characters, conflict, character growth and laugh out loud humor. This was my first book by this author but it won't be my last. I am hoping that this is first of a series, as I would like to see some of the other characters get their books. Thank you, Kensington and Netgalley, for allowing me to read and review an advance reading copy of this book. These are my honest opinions.
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  • Elyssa (Elyssa's Editions)
    January 1, 1970
    For those of you following along on my Reading Rush progress this weekend and all of my reading sprints, it is of no surprise to you that I read this ENTIRE book this week… outside… during a heat wave. I was so excited to get this ARC because the premise was too good to pass up. We have Annie whose fiance breaks up with her at the last minute (OVER TEXT) then tries to have his brand new fiancee wear her dress and use the same venue. What the actual heck?! We also have a commitment-aphob who surp For those of you following along on my Reading Rush progress this weekend and all of my reading sprints, it is of no surprise to you that I read this ENTIRE book this week… outside… during a heat wave. I was so excited to get this ARC because the premise was too good to pass up. We have Annie whose fiance breaks up with her at the last minute (OVER TEXT) then tries to have his brand new fiancee wear her dress and use the same venue. What the actual heck?! We also have a commitment-aphob who surprises everyone by showing up at his house while it’s rented out on airbnb with all the baggage he brings with him! I loved the family dynamics with 3 dads. One quote really stuck out to me, “She’s as much my kid as if she were biologically mine. Loving someone more would be virtually impossible.” As a stepmom, I really related to that quote and the minefield of navigating life coparenting with others!I loved that Annie joined a cooking group called “Pho Shizzle” (just my type of humor) and that she was able to learn more about her biological culture as a result after being raised by jewish parents as an asian woman. I loved that the book was set in RI, but honestly not a single thing happened that made it feel like RI. I would’ve loved a nod to something unique in the area, but I digress.I extra loved the post-its notes being left between Annie and Emmitt as well as how they were visually represented throughout the pages. This book is going to be out in the world TOMORROW. I’d love to hear your thoughts once you pick it up. Thank you so much to Kensington Publishing for my ARC of this book. All opinions are my own! https://www.instagram.com/p/CDJq7TXA67L/
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  • Marcia
    January 1, 1970
    Can two people still looking to find themselves and their place in the world, find happiness with each other? This is a very delightful RomCom about an adopted Vietnamese woman and a world globing investigative journalist. Appealing characters, amusing banter, funny scenes and a provocative story make it a wonderful read.Anh Nhi Walsh, third daughter of a married Vietnamese couple was given up for adoption at birth to an Irish American couple, both renowned therapists. I think her adopted patern Can two people still looking to find themselves and their place in the world, find happiness with each other? This is a very delightful RomCom about an adopted Vietnamese woman and a world globing investigative journalist. Appealing characters, amusing banter, funny scenes and a provocative story make it a wonderful read.Anh Nhi Walsh, third daughter of a married Vietnamese couple was given up for adoption at birth to an Irish American couple, both renowned therapists. I think her adopted paternal grandmother was Jewish. Being the only Vietnamese in a small Connecticut town, she has always felt out of place, but is a very kind person and is a desired PA. She is very good at whipping boyfriends into shape, but then they break up and immediately find their "one". But her last ex, Clark was the last straw. Shortly after breaking off their engagement, he is engaged to another and is using all of Ahn's plans and vendors for his "new" wedding, refusing to return her share of the deposits and even her grandmother's wedding dress was altered for the new bride. She accepts a temporary position in Rome, to find herself, but it turns out not to be in Rome, Italy, but Rome, Rhode Island. And the cabin that she is renting, is unexpectedly occupied by its owner, who was suppose to be in China, but had been injured and sent home.Investigative journalist Emmett's mother died when he was young and he was raised by an indifferent father. He never planned on any kind of relationship with a woman, but when he found out that he had a daughter, Paisley, there was already a step Dad in the picture and an Uncle. Paisley's mother was recently killed in an auto accident, and as a teen she is really having problems coping, despite having three dads. Emmett was injured during his last assignment and is having problem finding his place in his daughter's life. Ahn is a wonderful distracting. But is that all she is? Can he be the man she needs or will he screw it up?This is a very sweet romance and I hope there will be a second about Ahn finding her biological sisters. I won a copy of this book from Kensington Books. This is my unbiased and voluntary review.
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  • Rhonda Ziglar
    January 1, 1970
    5 HAPPY STARS!! This book made me happy with all the banter. Sometimes you need a fun book to scrape everyday stress and this is that book. Annie and Emmitt will give you all the feels with their story, so sit back and enjoy.
  • Samantha Fink
    January 1, 1970
    RECEIVED ARC THANKS TO BOOKISH FIRSTThis is one of the most cute, adorable, and fun books I have ever read. Yet, at the same time it deals with emotional and important topics such as grief, hurt, heartache and figuring out who you truly are and what you want. I think that the author dealt with these topics beautifully and anyone could find a valuable lesson out of this book. This book deals with a broken family, and how the characters put their relationships with each other back together. This w RECEIVED ARC THANKS TO BOOKISH FIRSTThis is one of the most cute, adorable, and fun books I have ever read. Yet, at the same time it deals with emotional and important topics such as grief, hurt, heartache and figuring out who you truly are and what you want. I think that the author dealt with these topics beautifully and anyone could find a valuable lesson out of this book. This book deals with a broken family, and how the characters put their relationships with each other back together. This was a very well-rounded book that expanded on many aspects.It is also one that just puts a smile on your face. It puts you in a great mood. I loved the interactions between the different characters; it seemed so genuine. And the author does a great job at showing a character’s personalities through their actions. We really felt like we knew our characters and we could become attached to them.I was also really happy that the perspective is from a person who works in the medical field. I don't think I've ever read a book that has that. It's very unique and something that I really enjoyed.The romance wasn’t lacking, and I really enjoyed reading the main characters interactions with each other. They were just so cute and put a smile on my face. All the relationships in this book, from friends to family to lovers was developed amazingly. I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting a fluffy, cute, feel-good read.
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  • Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee
    January 1, 1970
    I felt like it was the perfect escape read! There were really funny parts in this book and I really liked the 2 main characters Annie and Emmitt. Annie has been dumped and her engagement broken off. She's always being hurt by the men she falls for. She decides to make a new beginning for herself in Rome (Rhode Island, not Italy). There she ends up being a roommate to Emmitt, a hot single dad with a teenage daughter. He has to work for her attention, because she also has a step dad and uncle as f I felt like it was the perfect escape read! There were really funny parts in this book and I really liked the 2 main characters Annie and Emmitt. Annie has been dumped and her engagement broken off. She's always being hurt by the men she falls for. She decides to make a new beginning for herself in Rome (Rhode Island, not Italy). There she ends up being a roommate to Emmitt, a hot single dad with a teenage daughter. He has to work for her attention, because she also has a step dad and uncle as father figures. Annie was wanting to swear off men at this point. This was much more than a typical romcom. This book also has some serious parts to it as well! They both must learn to trust their feeling toward one another. I felt this book was emotional, heartfelt, sweet, witty and a little steamy. I think romcom fans should check it out! overall a great read!! Thank you to the publisher for the early review copy!
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  • Melena Torretta
    January 1, 1970
    I have been patiently waiting for Marina Adair's next book, and was excited when RomEantcally Challenged was announced. I knew I would likely enjoy the book, but Annie and Emmitt's story exceeded every one of my expectations.Like Annie, I was adopted as a baby in Asia, and raised by white parents. I am Korean not Vietnamese like her, but so much of her experience, feelings, and struggles resonated with me deeply. She is trying to get over a bad break up and has moved to Rome, RI for a temp Physi I have been patiently waiting for Marina Adair's next book, and was excited when RomEantcally Challenged was announced. I knew I would likely enjoy the book, but Annie and Emmitt's story exceeded every one of my expectations.Like Annie, I was adopted as a baby in Asia, and raised by white parents. I am Korean not Vietnamese like her, but so much of her experience, feelings, and struggles resonated with me deeply. She is trying to get over a bad break up and has moved to Rome, RI for a temp Physicians Assistant job.Emmett is home and taking time off from his job as a photojournalist, though not willingly. He is surprised to find Annie renting his house and the two of them become reluctant roommates. He also struggles with finding his place in his teenage daughter Paisley's life as he spends time with her now that he's home.I loved Emmitt and Annie together. They provided support and clarity for the difficulties they were experiencing. That connection between them made the romance even better.The secondary characters of Levi and Gray were interesting and added a lot to the story. I am looking forward to getting their books in the series.Marina's writing and storytelling here are just fantastic. This book is heartfelt, heartwarming heartbreaking, and unique. I cannot recommend this book enough!Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC for an honest review.
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  • Elaine Howlin
    January 1, 1970
    This is a super cute and endearing story with elements of Three Men and a Baby and a gender swapped Good Luck Chuck. It will give you all the warm fuzzies if you're a fan of rom-coms and friends to lovers slow burn romances.
  • LianaReads blog
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars A great love story with a slow burn romance that had me laughing, swooning and feeling sad at times as well. Just like in real life, nothing is perfect and this book was so well written and with reliable characters that I highly recommend it.
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  • Cindi
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for my review. I'd like to thank the author, publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read & review this book. This was an interesting diversion from the other books I have been reading (thrillers, suspense), but I felt like the summary of the book didn't really match the book. The summary seems light and flirty, I guess, but there are some odd and dark moments in this books. Maybe it's because my age and lifestyle vary drastically fro I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for my review. I'd like to thank the author, publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read & review this book. This was an interesting diversion from the other books I have been reading (thrillers, suspense), but I felt like the summary of the book didn't really match the book. The summary seems light and flirty, I guess, but there are some odd and dark moments in this books. Maybe it's because my age and lifestyle vary drastically from the main character, but I really had a hard time believing some of the choices she made. This was my first by this author, and I would try her again. But hope they fix that summary to match a bit more before it goes to print!
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderfully relatable Vietnamese woman who was raised by white parents in suburbia not only feels alone, but she feels shorted. Her last few relationships had ended just in time for the men to meet the loves of their lives- the last one still taking advantage of her wedding arrangements with his new bride. On her very lowest day, when she thinks she is literally completely alone, the sexiest man you can imagine walks in on her and is actually amused by her screaming at him. In the end, she get A wonderfully relatable Vietnamese woman who was raised by white parents in suburbia not only feels alone, but she feels shorted. Her last few relationships had ended just in time for the men to meet the loves of their lives- the last one still taking advantage of her wedding arrangements with his new bride. On her very lowest day, when she thinks she is literally completely alone, the sexiest man you can imagine walks in on her and is actually amused by her screaming at him. In the end, she gets poetic justice when the commitment-phobe of the town falls in love with her.The short of it is that I was up past my bedtime with tears streaming down my face.
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    I received RomeAntically Challenged as part of a Goodreads giveaway.Ahn Nhi "Annie" Walsh, on the heels of a cancelled wedding and an ex who almost immediately got engaged to another woman, lands a temporary physician's assistant in Rome, Rhode Island, in an effort for a new beginning. Her fresh start is interrupted, however, by Emmitt, a photojournalist recovering from an on-the-job injury and trying to parent a teenage daughter in concert with her two other surrogate fathers. The pair find the I received RomeAntically Challenged as part of a Goodreads giveaway.Ahn Nhi "Annie" Walsh, on the heels of a cancelled wedding and an ex who almost immediately got engaged to another woman, lands a temporary physician's assistant in Rome, Rhode Island, in an effort for a new beginning. Her fresh start is interrupted, however, by Emmitt, a photojournalist recovering from an on-the-job injury and trying to parent a teenage daughter in concert with her two other surrogate fathers. The pair find themselves as unwitting roommates, until they begin to bond over their respective baggage and discover a common attraction.This novel had a lot going on, and as a result it felt a little slapdash. Emmitt's relationship with Paisley and her other fathers, his baggage with his own father, his physical recovery, Annie's complicated feelings about her adoption, her immersion into a Vietnamese community, Paisley's school and relationship drama...and this was all in addition to Emmitt and Annie's developing relationship. With all the other storylines, I felt like the love plot got a little lost. I liked the characterizations and some of the storylines that were explored, but I do think the novel would have benefitted from being pared down a bit more.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Bookish First Impressions in exchange for an unbiased review. I enjoyed the light, playful cover which aptly displays the story you’re about to read. I fell in love with the characters right away. The confusion placing Ahn Nhi Walsh in the unexpected path of Emmitt Bradley is a perfect storm! This is the perfect escape from life for awhile book. Anh Nhi Walsh is a physician’s assistant was adopted from Vietnam by two renowned therapists liv I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Bookish First Impressions in exchange for an unbiased review. I enjoyed the light, playful cover which aptly displays the story you’re about to read. I fell in love with the characters right away. The confusion placing Ahn Nhi Walsh in the unexpected path of Emmitt Bradley is a perfect storm! This is the perfect escape from life for awhile book. Anh Nhi Walsh is a physician’s assistant was adopted from Vietnam by two renowned therapists living in Hartford, CT. Most people call her “Annie” since saying her name often proves challenging. She thought her life was falling into place as she anxiously prepared for her wedding. She had just picked up her grandmother Hannah’s silk Grecian 1941 wedding gown which was bought in Ireland. She had it meticulously restored at Bliss boutique so she could feel comforted by her belated grandmother’s presence at her wedding. Her life is turned sideways when she wakes up 3 months before her wedding, which also happens to be her grandparents wedding anniversary, to find her fiancé Dr Clark Atwood gone. He breaks their engagement via a text with a “it’s not you, it’s me” line. She doesn’t even have time to recover from the shock when she sees an Instagram post of her ex-fiancé and his “true love” newly engaged. While Annie is attempting to cancel venues and request refunds she is appalled to find that Clark has replaced her with Molly-Leigh. It’s only when she tries on her wedding dress does she realizes that Clark has hijacked “her” wedding. He shared her wedding journal with Molly-Leigh who fell in love with all of Annie’s wedding plans including her grandmother’s heirloom gown! There was a mix up and her dress was restored to fit Molly-Leigh who is physically Annie’s opposite. If that weren’t enough, Clark tells her that her mother neglected to cancel the venue at the Hartford Club hoping they would reunite. After two years of waiting for a date she placed a $10k deposit which he states he will refund after his wedding there. Annie finally thought she found her soul mate after five failed relationships. “Her life had been a nonstop revolving door of serial monogamists, each with a fatal flaw that kept him from finding the one.” Ultimately, when those relationships ended the men found their soul mate and married. Not wanting to face all the humiliation of the aftermath of this disaster, she gets a temporary travel position in Rome, RI. Annie rents a cabin on the banks of Buzzard’s Bay where the owner is apparently oversees on assignment as a photojournalist. Emmitt Bradley is sent home from China after a concrete building explosion which resulted in a concussion, fractured ribs, and several shrapnel pieces that needed removal. Home on medical leave, he returns to his cottage unaware that his friend Levi rented it out to Annie for 6 months. As Annie is struggling to remove the too tight wedding gown after a heated phone call with Clark she is surprised by the presence of a big broad figure looming behind her. A hilarious interaction occurs between Emmitt and Annie which only escalates as they sort out the confusion.Needless to say, there’s more to the playboy Emmitt than his banter and record of numerous women. He discovered he had a daughter when she was 5 years old and the mother was marrying Dr Grayson Tanner. He had known Michelle since childhood and her brother Levi is still his best friend. After Michelle’s untimely death the three men step up to care for 15 year old Paisley Rhodes-Bradley. This is a delightful story about how 2 people discover a new perspective on love, family and friendship. How do you balance a work life and a social life? Is being a workaholic really an effective coping mechanism? Happiness often comes after self reflection.
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  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.While advertised as a mash-up of Three Men and a Baby and 27 dresses, I didn't get much of the latter from the story.That being said, this was a delightful, sweet story about two people, Emmitt and Anh Nhi (aka Annie) who are on their own journeys of self-discovery, and happen to also find each other. Annie is a physician's assistant who recently had her engagement end and decides she needs to move away and have I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.While advertised as a mash-up of Three Men and a Baby and 27 dresses, I didn't get much of the latter from the story.That being said, this was a delightful, sweet story about two people, Emmitt and Anh Nhi (aka Annie) who are on their own journeys of self-discovery, and happen to also find each other. Annie is a physician's assistant who recently had her engagement end and decides she needs to move away and have a fresh start. She thinks she is applying for a short-term position in Rome, Italy, but it turns out the job is in Rhode Island. She takes it, anyways. Which brings us to...Emmitt, a photojournalist who constantly travels all around the world. His hometown is Rome, Rhode Island. When he is away, his house is rented out. At the time of the story, that would be by Annie. However, due to an accident while on assignment in China, Emmitt comes back home early. He surprises Annie with his arrival (in the middle of the night while she is in her undies) and it leads into a really well-done forced proximity trope. As with any small-town setting, there are lots of very involved secondary characters. Everyone is always up in each other's business. Annie makes friends with two women through work, Linh and Beckett, and their relationship threw me off a bit. They were very close, which is awesome! I love strong friendships! However, in the book, Annie is only supposed to have been in Rome for a month or two, and they are all talking and acting as though they are BFFs and have known each other for way longer. It just was not completely believable. Then there is Emmitt’s super-complicated family situation. The Three Men and a Baby one I mentioned. Emmitt has a daughter, Paisley, but did not know about her for many years. So the daughter also has a step-dad and an uncle who had stepped in as father figures before he arrived. Emmitt particularly struggles with feeling like the outsider since he has so often been gone due to his work. On top of that, Emmitt is estranged from his father and he ends up complicating the stories in multiple ways, too. Annie is Vietnamese and was adopted as an infant by a white, American couple. They raised her in Connecticut, but she often muses about the two older sisters she has and does not know, and about how she feels like she never belongs anywhere. So, both Annie and Emmitt feel like outsiders. They forge this amazing connection and feel like they really “get” each other. Emmitt was always considered the town playboy and with Annie fresh out of a relationship that did not end well, they are both hesitant to commit to anything with each other. Plus, Annie still considers her stop in Rome to be a temporary one, as does Emmitt, who is itching to get back to work. So they treat things pretty lightly. There is a lot of banter through text and post-it notes. It was cute, except the constant abbreviating in their text messages made me roll my eyes a bit.Overall, I found this book really enjoyable. However, the ending felt a bit rushed. And there were quite a few loose threads. It really does set itself up as the beginning of a new series. As I mentioned before, there were quite a few important secondary characters. Maybe each of Paisley’s dads will get their own book? Or maybe we will hear more from Annie’s friend, Beckett? There are a lot of options. I plan to go back to Rome whenever Marina Adair releases book 2!
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  • Permanently_Booked
    January 1, 1970
    “What was I supposed to do? Kiss the guy whose Patronus is an alley cat during mating season?”Three Men and a Baby meet 27 Dresses? Sign me up! This is exactly what a romcom should be. Hilarious strangers to lovers, connectable characters and the sprinkle of heartwarming closure. In a sense a lot of romcoms are the same in structure. So when I review these I am looking for one that truly makes me laugh out loud for the majority of the book, has relatable characters and keeps me flipping pages. R “What was I supposed to do? Kiss the guy whose Patronus is an alley cat during mating season?”Three Men and a Baby meet 27 Dresses? Sign me up! This is exactly what a romcom should be. Hilarious strangers to lovers, connectable characters and the sprinkle of heartwarming closure. In a sense a lot of romcoms are the same in structure. So when I review these I am looking for one that truly makes me laugh out loud for the majority of the book, has relatable characters and keeps me flipping pages. RomeAntically Challenged did ALL of that. I will have to agree with some of the other reviews that this is more like Three Men and a Teenager meets Good Luck Chuck. Anh Nhi (Annie) is Vietnamese and was adopted by her over the top but loving WASP parents when she was a baby. Running away from an ex-fiancé who high jacked her wedding for his new found true-love, she flees to Rome… Rome, Rhode Island (Yup, she was supposed to be in Italy) and takes a temporary position at the hospital. But you can read the synopsis and get the idea.What matters is this novel is going to make you laugh out loud. You’re never going to look at Goldilocks or glow-in-the-dark boxers the same way again and you’re probably going to love it. This is a romcom so there are some sultry and descriptive scenes (beautiful smutty-smut). There are themes that look into cultural stereotypes, fitting in based on culture, family death/coping and handling the eye-twitching enigma that is a teenager. I honestly would like to see an acknowledgement that lets the reader know more about the cultural aspect that was added to this novel. Who inspired this character and where some of the background came from that Adair included. There was a term mentioned a few times in the book that honestly made me stop and wonder if other readers of the culture would find that appropriate. This was such a great read that I wouldn’t want it be misconstrued and take away from everything else. Thank you to Kensington Books, Bookishfirst and Marina Adair for the opportunity to read and review this novel for an honest and unbiased review. True rating 4.5/5, rounded for Goodreads.
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  • Vicky
    January 1, 1970
    ROMeANTICALLY CHALLENGED by Marina AdairGrowing up different, being treated different, trying to always live up to others expectations and your own can be exhausting mentally and physically. Slow down and smell the roses. See the world around you. Fall in love with others, but most importantly with YOURSELF. I believe that Anh was not finding love because she didn’t know who she was yet. Yes, she was adopted and Vietnamese, but that did not identify yourself. I believe that by living in the hous ROMeANTICALLY CHALLENGED by Marina AdairGrowing up different, being treated different, trying to always live up to others expectations and your own can be exhausting mentally and physically. Slow down and smell the roses. See the world around you. Fall in love with others, but most importantly with YOURSELF. I believe that Anh was not finding love because she didn’t know who she was yet. Yes, she was adopted and Vietnamese, but that did not identify yourself. I believe that by living in the house with the photographer, Emmitt that he was getting her to look within herself as she was also making him delve into himself at that same time. It was a self discovery for both of them to learn each other. Digging deep into your soul isn’t easy and can be hurtful especially when it leaves you exposed emotionally. This book was about not only Anh finding a soul mate, but Emmitt finding family again with his father and daughter. I think the author did a great job of helping the father and son come to terms with the death of a mother and wife and the grief and how it exposed their emotions and how the father didn’t handle it very well. It also gave Emmitt a chance to see how he needed to then be there in a different way for his own daughters loss of her just losing her mother. Emmitt could see how he was on the same track that his dad closed up on him and he didn’t want to do that to his own daughter. He had a chance to be a different type of father and be there in an a emotional way that his own dad couldn’t be and should have been. This in turn made Emmitt see that he could be a better partner for Anh in a more romantic serious relationship. He wanted to be a better person and more honest and open. I loved how he was the one to come say he was sorry and he didn’t make her be the one to say sorry even though it was his error. Most guys want the woman to say sorry even though it was the guy who screwed it up. Go figure, but some guys don’t have it in them to be the emotional type, but Emmitt was willing to be the right kind of partner and open up and say how he was feeling. I loved that this book had its drama, but it had its carefree side that it made it seem like the drama was on the side burner. The funny is what was on the top and the drama was underneath and it was a lighthearted moments that made the book just flow without intensity. I received an advanced copy from NetGalley and I willingly give them my thoughts and opinions!
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  • Gail Chianese
    January 1, 1970
    5 Stars Straight Up FunI’ve been a fan of Marina Adair for years. She writes cute, fun, sexy romances, but this newest book, RomeAntically Challenged was something more. Something better.While it was in no doubt a romance, it was also about family, friends, loss, and discovery. I loved the friendship between the “3 dads” (bio, step and uncle). The razzing, the not putting up with each other’s excuses and the total love and support they had for “their” daughter. They were fiercely protective. Tot 5 Stars Straight Up FunI’ve been a fan of Marina Adair for years. She writes cute, fun, sexy romances, but this newest book, RomeAntically Challenged was something more. Something better.While it was in no doubt a romance, it was also about family, friends, loss, and discovery. I loved the friendship between the “3 dads” (bio, step and uncle). The razzing, the not putting up with each other’s excuses and the total love and support they had for “their” daughter. They were fiercely protective. Totally at a loss of dealing with a teen. But most importantly, they loved her unconditionally.Annie’s journey was a bit heart-breaking at times to read. All you have to do is read the author’s letter to understand how close to home this was for her. I would think her being stuck between two worlds, not quite feeling like she fit in with either, might resonate with many people out there, especially those adopted or even raised in blended families. I loved watching her discover more of her culture. I also loved that while she’s had some rotten luck in romantic love and she’s feeling caught in-between, she’s still a strong woman. She’s smart, funny, kind and just the kind of woman to rock Emmitt’s world.Emmitt has his own issues to deal with (his two co-parents, his daughter, his dad, his job, and his own insecurities). It’s a lot to tackle in a novel, but I thought the author did a great job of balancing all that baggage the characters were lugging around with the romance, which was fun and sexy. The banter and texting between Ahn (Annie) and Emmitt was spot-on funny to smoking hot.This was definitely a feel good, funny, warm, breath of fresh air and I’m really looking forward to Gray and Levi’s stories.
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  • Talie
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2 stars Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for the complimentary copy of this book . All opinions expressed are my own.Romeantically Challenged by Marina Adair is wonderful book that I highly recommend to anyone who loves thoughtful romances. Marina Adair centers the books around two characters who are both at a crossroads in their lives and dealing with distinct, but equally weighty, personal issues.Annie (Anh Nhi) is a Vietnamese woman who was adopted by two Caucasian Americans 4 1/2 stars Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for the complimentary copy of this book . All opinions expressed are my own.Romeantically Challenged by Marina Adair is wonderful book that I highly recommend to anyone who loves thoughtful romances. Marina Adair centers the books around two characters who are both at a crossroads in their lives and dealing with distinct, but equally weighty, personal issues.Annie (Anh Nhi) is a Vietnamese woman who was adopted by two Caucasian Americans and brought back to the US to live in a predominantly white neighborhood. The book thoughtfully addresses Annie’s struggle with where she belongs in a world where she feels stuck in the “in between”.Emmit, is a confirmed bachelor, struggling with a unique situation of parenting a 15 year girl with two other men. To call the situation complicated is an understatement.What I loved about the book is that Adair does a masterful job of portraying the emotions and thought processes that these two characters are going through. They each help the other person to process and handle their situations for the better. If the book has a weakness I think it might be that it straddles a line between serious romance and rom com. I view it as a romance addressing serious issues but think it’s being marketed as a rom com. There are certainly rom com elements but overall I really think the book is more thoughtful and serious in nature.I highly recommend this one to anyone who loves romance. This is not a traditional own voices account but I’d still say it is as close as you can get to one without the author being Vietnamese herself (please read the author’s afterward to better understand the author’s personal connection to the book and the insights it portrays). There is some steam in the book but it is fairly easy to skip if that isn’t your thing.
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