Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Review: When it Falls Apart by Catherine Bybee

When it Falls Apart
by Catherine Bybee

Publisher: Montlake
Pages: 364
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Brooke Turner has always had a complicated relationship with her father. But when his health takes a turn for the worse, she drops everything to care for him. He’s her dad, after all, and he needs her. What Brooke doesn’t anticipate is the unraveling of her long-term relationship and a cross-country move to San Diego’s Little Italy.

Luca D’Angelo is the oldest of three children and a single father to a young daughter. When his mother rents the top floor of their house to Brooke, he’s angry. Who is this beautiful stranger with no ties to the neighborhood? Can she be trusted in such close proximity to his family?

As Luca learns of Brooke’s difficult journey with her ailing father, his heart softens. And Brooke, who witnesses Luca’s struggle as a single parent, develops feelings for him, too. But when it all falls apart, will love heal their wounded hearts?

Kritters Thoughts:  Brooke Turner has a tough relationship with her dad and when he has a health crisis she decides to show up and showing up for her dad sends her own life into a tail spin.  She ends up moving her whole life from Seattle to San Diego and hopefully she can piece together a new life that looks better than the last.  

When it comes to romance book, I always have a hard time when the characters meet in the book and don't have any history.  For me it always feels like instalove and this one did.  I felt as though they went from oh hello to oh I am in love way too fast.  Going into the book knowing it was the first in a series, I was hoping for something a little different.  

The plot of the book was great and the characters were entertaining, so I will continue in this series, but just wish for a little more slow builds.  This Italian family in San Diego with a restaurant was just so much fun.  There were a few times while reading where I wish I had a bowl of homemade pasta to enjoy!  The plot was great, young woman new to town, single dad trying to keep his life afloat - and they both fit what the other needs.  

I hope that book two focuses on someone else in Luca's family and we can see Brooke and Luca in the future.  

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2022 Challenge: 47 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Pitchlit.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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