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  • I'll See You

    This was such a tender and heartfelt novel. The prologue grabbed me right away and I didn't want to put the book down. Kate Clayborn balanced all of the emotions and humor so well in Love at First. Her writing is magical and I found myself swooning one minute and then laughing out loud the next. I loved this entire cast of quirky and charming characters. Love at First is a love story, but it's not just about romantic love. It's also about the love between friends, neighbors, found families, and most of all, it's about loving yourself. There are too many things to list, but here are just a few of the things I loved: - The great mix of tropes: forced proximity, enemies to friends to lovers, and second chance-ish romance. They worked well together and felt really balanced. - All of the secondary characters, especially Gerald. Each provided amazing comic relief and I loved the bromance between Gerald and Will. - How Nora and Will's story came full circle. I loved the backstory and that ending and epilogue made me swoon so hard. Their love was subtle and almost quiet, but it was so very tender and beautiful. I loved that it wasn't rushed and that they each recognized that they had to reconcile their pasts before being able to truly move forward. - "I'll see you." I loved how this simple line could be interpreted not just to say goodbye/see someone later, but to really see a person for who they are. That connection of understanding and being seen was so powerful between Nora and Will. - The importance and theme of family. This was one of the most painful and beautiful parts of the novel to me. I was really touched by how this group of "orphans" took care of each other and created their own new family. My heart is so full. I really can't recommend this book enough. CW: grief, loss of loved one, parental abandonment *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*

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  • Sweet, slow burn romance

    Love At First features two characters, Will and Nora, who are like two sides of a coin, both shaped by similar experiences, yet both choosing to shape their adult lives very differently in response. Their similarities lie in their childhoods, in which they both experienced being raised by parents who were pretty much disinterested in their children's lives. In Nora's case, this was because her parents' true love and passion was reserved for archeology. In Will's case, his parent were so wrapped up in each other, that there was no room in their lives for their own child. Although her parents were pretty disinterested in her, Nora had a close, loving relationship with her grandma and inherited her condo. Because she spent every summer at the condo growing up, she has a close, familial bond with the other occupants of the 6 unit building, all of whom are much closer in age to her grandmother than to herself. Her roots run deep and she glories in the family she's created. Will, on the other hand, is rootless. He has no close ties to anyone, no close friends, no remaining family, and no romantic relationships either in past or in the present. When he inherits his uncle's condo in the complex where Nora lives, all he wants to do is get rid of it. He's only been there once, on the worst day of his life, and he has no desire to ever return. Unfortunately, his uncle included a provision that the condo couldn't be sold for one year, so Will comes up with a plan to renovate the unit, then rent it out short-term until the year is up and he can sell. Inevitably, this puts him in direct conflict with Nora and the other residents. Will and Nora start out as adversaries, but neither can deny the spark that pulls them together. However, they both need to move past their grief over past relationships if they are to have any hope for the future. Kate Clayborn excels in creating three dimensional characters with flaws and quirks who nonetheless are genuinely kind and who bring out the best in their romantic partners, rather than the worst. The romance in this book was a bit of a slow-burn and it seemed a bit flat to me, but I think that's because both Will and Nora were so frozen in their grief that it was hard to feel much of a connection between them. By the end though they both seemed to be moving forward together. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Heartwarming, Heartbreaking, Wonderful HEA

    I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Love at First by Kate Clayborn was such a delight to read. On the day Will Sterlings childhood ended he heard Nora Clarke speak and instantly fell in love and he heard his uncle describe him as rash, reckless and selfish and vowed that he would not be that person. When to his great surprise he inherits his uncles apartment, his first thought is to sell it because it will forever be tied in his mind to that day and those words, however by the terms of his uncle’s will he cannot sell the apartment for a year. Nora Clarke grew up spending summers with her Nona as her parents spent the summers on archeological digs and had no time for her. When her Nona became ill she returned to look after her and her found family in the apartment building. The news that Will intends to turn his apartment into a short term rental unit has the other tenants up in arms and Nora is delegated to resolve the situation. If you are looking for a story with a heartwarming romance, strong supporting characters, cute kittens, and clandestine bathroom renovations, that will make you laugh out loud and utter a sigh when Will puts his glasses on then this is your book. Highly Recommend. Steam Level: Medium. Publishing Date: February 23, 2021. #LoveAtFirst #KateClayborn #KensingtonBooks #ContemporaryRomance #NetGalley #bookstagram #bookstagramer

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  • Loved this Book!

    I really loved this book! I didn't expect it to be everything it was which made it that much better! Funny, heartwarming, and quirky, this book left me with a smile on my face! This book was so funny! I would say a good part of this humor came from the descriptions the characters have of things and from the residents living in the same apartment complex as Nora, one of the main characters. Clayborn had a way of describing characters and experiences through the POV of the main character that had me cracking up. It was like I was living inside Nora and Will's minds and working through each awkward encounter and fun situation with them. And the apartment complex residents...HA! They were the absolute best. I'm so glad they were such a big part of this story. They made things fun, and interesting, and I very much enjoyed their comments and unsolicited opinions to the different things that happened in this book. Most of the residents are older and have no filter on what they say or think which was just the best. I loved all of them so much! I also really liked getting to know Gerald. I didn't expect for him to be such an important character in this book, but I was glad he was by the end. As well, it was awesome seeing the development in the relationship between Will and Gerald. It was unexpected and completely welcome. Lastly, Will and Nora's relationship is so wonderful! It's a minor enemies-to-lovers, slow-burn relationship and I enjoyed every bit of it. Will is so sweet and wonderful and it was so great to see how Nora brought him out of the stupor he was living in. And Nora was this amazing fireball that desperately needed to move forward and on with her life. They complemented each other so well and it was great seeing their individual and relationship progress. Overall, I loved this book! It had an interesting plot, fun characters, and taught many great lessons on change. A++ Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Entertaining book

    This was an entertaining, well-written book. Nora, Will and the other characters in this story were interesting and fun to read about. The book held my attention and I didn't want to put it down. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.

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