Poor Alexis. Her ex and her parents are absolute garbage. Unfortunately, most of her friends are garbage too. I can understand the desire to please your parents, but at what cost? Alexis lives in a sea of users and abusers, and only Daniel and Bri are the bright spots in her life. Daniel is such a good man. He works hard, and he takes care of others. He wants nothing more than to make Alexis happy. But her hangups and her need for privacy overpower any good she might bring to his life.
I get wanting to keep things casual, especially when you’re coming off a bad breakup. But when someone shows you their heart, you have no excuses to keep so many things private. I understand what Alexis is telling herself as her reasoning, but I think it’s a crummy thing to do. At age 37, you should be long over playing games with people, and she’s playing them with Daniel as much as herself. I just want Bri to yell at her to grow up. Also, her parents pushing on her for therapy with her ex is next-level crap. You *do not* agree to it just to get people off your back.
As you can see, I have mixed feelings here. I sympathize with Alexis, but I think she does Daniel and his town of Wakan dirty. But she’s also very much a product of abuse, affluence, and her environment, which makes Daniel even more perfect for her, even if she refuses to see it. I didn’t care for all the secrecy, but I can look past that because of the circumstances and because the overarching story is good and makes you want to hold the book close.
About the Book
After a wild bet, gourmet grilled-cheese sandwich, and cuddle with a baby goat, Alexis Montgomery has had her world turned upside down. The cause: Daniel Grant, a ridiculously hot carpenter who’s ten years younger than her and as casual as they come—the complete opposite of sophisticated city-girl Alexis. And yet their chemistry is undeniable.
While her ultra-wealthy parents want her to carry on the family legacy of world-renowned surgeons, Alexis doesn’t need glory or fame. She’s fine with being a “mere” ER doctor. And every minute she spends with Daniel and the tight-knit town where he lives, she’s discovering just what’s really important. Yet letting their relationship become anything more than a short-term fling would mean turning her back on her family and giving up the opportunity to help thousands of people.
Bringing Daniel into her world is impossible, and yet she can’t just give up the joy she’s found with him either. With so many differences between them, how can Alexis possibly choose between her world and his?