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    Excellent

    This is a sweet nice romance as another McClendon sibling finds their HEA. The story is well written but the pace was a little slow for my taste. The characters are very well developed and enjoyable. Overall a good read. Renee McClendon has always been a list maker. They keep her on track and help her remember exactly what she wants. She even has a list of what would make her perfect guy. Now it's time to put that list to the test. Can she find Mr. Right by New Year's?? He might be right in front of her and she doesn't even realize it. I'd recommend this one.
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    Cozy and sweet!

    “Ever since I was a teenager I’ve been using this list of character traits that I thought my perfect man should have. When I found men who fit that criteria, they would look good on paper, but weren’t at all what I thought they would be like[.]” What a lovely surprise! I’m usually not a fan of romances where one character lies to the other character, but the cover was just so gorgeous and the premise so interesting that I just had to request an ARC to review. And, I’ll readily admit, there were times where I wanted to grab Patrick by the shoulders and yell “Just tell her already!”, but this book (and Patrick!) is just so sweet that I’m willing to forgive the deception. Patrick is… well, Patrick is pretty much the perfect man. He opens doors for Renee, acts protective of her, insists on paying for meals while all the while gently supporting her without taking over her life. One of my favorite Patrick moments, after Renee is apologizing for misjudging Patrick: "Patrick raced over to her and drew her into his arms. 'Baby, I see your heart, I do.’” Folks, I melted. And he’s telling the truth! Patrick pays attention to her moods and to Renee in general. When they’re together, he’s wholly focused on her. Now, that’s not to say that Patrick is perfect himself. He has his own issues – family and professional – to deal with, and I felt like those issues and the ways he dealt with them fleshed him out into a real person. Renee is also a wonderful character – smart, accomplished, but with a tendency to want to check off her life goals like items on a list. It was fun to watch her realize that checking off marriage and a family weren’t going to as easy as she’d thought! I also loved Renee’s family. It was lovely to see how well they interacted, even the sisters who were polar opposites. As for cons, it felt like some of the other characters, especially Renee’s other prospective boyfriends, were one-dimensional. I also felt like the whole Julia deal wasn’t truly wrapped up. I’m not sure if I’m missing something from a previous book, or if it’s meant to be dealt with in a later book. I understand Renee deciding she doesn’t need an explanation for Julie’s behavior, but I felt like, as a reader, I wanted it. I also wondered about what exactly was on Renee’s mysterious list. Though I can guess from the people she dates, the list itself is never explicitly written out in the book. At heart, this is a sweetly romantic book about not making judgements based on a first impression, about forgiveness, and about love. Definitely recommended if you’re looking for something cozy and sweet to curl up with!
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    Simple words, perfect description...

    The best way to sum up Patrick and Renee is through the words of a familiar melody. The first line of an old Keith Whitley song fits this couple perfectly. I have always loved the tune, When You Say Nothing at All and in the opening verse of that song it says " It's amazing how you can speak right to my heart." Simple words, perfect description, beautiful sentiment. Ms. Young managed to convey a ton of realistic emotion in a classically uncomplicated story. The most gifted of artists are not remembered for the words they say or the things they do but the magic they leave behind. That is how A Husband By New Year's made me feel. Like I was standing in the presence of something special.
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