Published by Entangled Publishing: Embrace on April 14th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, New Adult, Romance
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He’s the last thing she wants...but the only thing she needs.
Willa Peet isn’t interested in love. She’s been there, done that, and has the shattered heart to prove it. Ready to shake the breakup, she heads to Dublin, Ireland. But there’s a problem. A dark-haired, blue-eyed problem with a bad attitude that rivals her own. And he’s not doling out friendly Irish welcomes.
Shane Claymore just wants to race. The death of his father forced him off the Formula One circuit, but he’s only staying in Dublin long enough to sell the Claymore Inn and get things in order for his mother and younger sister. He never expected the sarcastic American girl staying at the inn to make him question everything.
But even as Willa and Shane’s fiery natures draw them together, their pasts threaten to rip them apart. Can Shane give up racing to be with the woman he loves, or will Willa’s quest to resurrect the tough-talking, no-shit-taking girl she used to be destroy any hope of a future together?
I think it is safe to say I’ve had a New Adult preference this year. They tend to be quicker reads that focus more so on romance than anything else. I’m not required to remember intricate details or an in-depth plot and with the craziness in my day to day at the present time, they are perfect for me. Unfixable was something sitting on my kindle I bought months ago so I finally got around to reading it.
Willa recently won a month long trip to Ireland in a photo contest. The timing is perfect because she is getting over a past relationship, one where she felt lost as herself. Willa had a hard life growing up with a junkie mom, leaving Willa and her sister to find their own means of survival. Enter Shane. Shane is the owner of the inn she is staying at, as well as a former race car driver. He seems to dislike her presence from the get-go, or does he?
What I liked about this read was that it was more light-hearted than a lot of New Adult novels. I flew through it and loved the setting. Strangely enough, I chose to read this when my inlaws were in fact on a vacation in Ireland, a trip I had to turn down. The atmosphere drew me in- from the patrons at the bars, to the pickpocketing friends Willa meets, and even the rainy weather. I wanted to be there with Willa. I also liked how the ex-boyfriend dynamic played into Willa’s character. The circumstances of that relationship and breakup were different than I expected because she didn’t get her heart broken and he wasn’t a jerk. They were just too different from each other and Willa couldn’t be the person her ex wanted her to be. Even though it wasn’t a major plot point, I found the subtle reminders of what she was overcoming well placed. The journey of recovering from how that relationship affected her felt refreshingly accurate and real. But, and I hate that there is a but, I just wasn’t blown away by the romance.
I thoroughly enjoy romances where the characters have to work for it, where they hate each other but grow to find that spark of something more. I just didn’t feel it to the extent I hoped for here. I liked their early banter but then there wasn’t enough interaction for me to really feel that unresolved sexual tension you would expect with this sort of story before it became more. It all turns around fairly quickly and I just wasn’t buying their ‘love’. There are some sexy scenes between the two of them but I found myself overall feeling slightly ‘meh’ about the whole thing.
I don’t want to sound so negative because all in all I did enjoy it in its entirety. I ‘liked’ the characters and I ‘liked’ the romance. Unfortunately, ‘like’ is where I stopped. Unfixable is a good read if you are looking for a more light-hearted easy New Adult read to hit the spot. For me though, it just wasn’t something very memorable.