4 out of 5 stars ★★★★☆
Sidonie Lindstrom’s hands and heart are full—she’s been uprooted from the urban life she loves, she’s grieving for her brother while raising her foster son Luis, and she’s trying to find a job with meaning. But her burdens feel lighter when she meets rural lawyer Mackenzie Knightley. Their attraction is powerful and unexpected. Life is perfect… until Sid learns that Mac hasn’t been completely honest about his job.
When problems arise with Luis’ foster care situation, she must decide: can she trust Mac again, when she has so much more to lose?
I read this series because I’m a fan of Grace Burrowes’s historical romances, which I think influenced the first 2 books a bit too much. The diction was especially noticeable. True, I’m not too familiar with residents of rural Maryland, but I’m sure they don’t speak like Regency-era peers of the realm. Too, the lawyer talk, which was probably meant to be flirty, was a bit much for me. Or the music analogies in the previous book. Bordered on overkill, and that’s coming from someone who plays piano and a few other instruments.
With Kiss Me Hello, Burrowes finds a balance and it reads like a contemporary romance should, in my opinion. Because heroine Sid isn’t a fan of lawyers, much of the lawyer-speak is limited to Mac’s interactions with his family.
If there is one complaint I have about this book, it’s the too-perfect ending. I get that no one reads romance for reality, or much reality, but to introduce an issue as serious as the one both Sid and Mac faced and then – poof! – all better, cheapens what actual people with those very real problems go through. Not every conflict needs to be wrapped up with a pretty bow for readers to get the HEA they expect.
The one resolution I was expecting, Sid and Luis’ inheritance, was never resolved.
Of the three, Kiss Me Hello is my favorite, and Sidonie has much to do with that. Sid isn’t strong in that one-dimensional way that has become all too common, but she does show strength in hard times and vulnerability when she’s just had too much. That, to me, makes a strong and well-rounded female character.
So, as much as I liked Grace Burrowes writing modern-day characters, I miss her Dukes, Viscounts, Earls and their lady loves. Not to say I won’t read both.