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Graphic designer Annabelle, 28 and twice divorced, moves to Arizona for a fresh start. Apart from facing workplace issues, Annabelle also deals with her grumpy, retired landlord Nick who communicates- more likely reminds her of the house rules that she has to follow- via notes.
📜Annabelle is a rebel. She likes taking care of people even when it becomes overbearing but her heart is always is the right place. I loved how she stood up for herself against that jerk Carson, even though she felt like punching him.
📄Nick, who is dealing with his trauma post his stroke has given up on world. He lives a grounded life surrounding himself with 3 of his staff members and confined to his house. Having his perspective chapters was really nice.
📜I loved the back & forth notes. These two hotheads don't meet until almost half way through the book, but that doesn't dim their snarky banter. I loved those hilarious notes from Nick especially where he mentions the exact page, para & line number 😆. Their first meeting was epic leading to a disaster. Nick went from being grumpy to hot in a mini second. Amidst those desert dates, granting visitors visa to Sir, working on a project together they fell for each other. All those tragic circumstances helped them heal together & also as an individual.
Ps loved those secondary characters to the core. Pss When Annabelle mentioned Paris is Always a Good Idea, I might or might not have teared up during that as it took me back to Chelsea's story 💙.
Well, this was a surprise! I wasn't sure what to expect going into this book, but it turned out to be an intimate little treat. I'd consider this to be along the lines of an American version of The Flatshare - if you liked the focus on personal growth and slow burn women's fiction-turned-romance feel of that book, then you'll probably enjoy this one as well. Romance is at the heart of it (complete with a few fan-worthy scenes), but both characters need to go on a journey of self-discovery before they're able to let love in. I loved the broken, vulnerable hero who finds his strength along the way, and I loved the romance that simmers in the background. It's a slower-paced love story that probably won't be for everyone, but the intimate moments shine.
The story follows Annabelle, a twice-divorced 28-year-old who has lost her confidence. When one of her exes re-proposes, it's the catalyst to finally make some changes. Annabelle moves across the country for a new job, and her friends set her up with a place to stay. The only problem? Her new landlord, a wealthy and mysterious retiree who frequently leaves stern notes that detail all the ways she is annoying him. Though Annabelle assumes Nick is a cranky senior citizen, he's actually a thirty-something guy who is dealing with his own issues. He's struggling with the changes in his life, and Annabelle is a fascinating distraction. As the two connect, they discover that their broken pieces fit together perfectly.
I've always been a fan of unique meet cutes, and this certainly has one. We meet Nick and Annabelle as individuals, and the notes are the only thing that tie them together for much of the book. Both characters are fully developed, though I think Nick is really the star. His journey is an interesting and impactful one - a man who had let money and power consume his life, until a health scare (a stroke) forced him to re-evaluate everything. There's an emphasis on mental health, as well as plenty of emotional moments and self-reflection... plus some serious chemistry and a touch of steam. I've never read a romance quite like this one, so it kept me hooked from start to finish - even though it's definitely got a laidback, slow feel in a lot of ways. The romance does feel a little rushed, though it's a major part of the story. That would really be my only complaint about this heartfelt romance; I sincerely enjoyed it the whole way through.
Annabelle moves to Phoenix and leaves behind two Ex-husbands and the cold. She has accepted a job working for her BFF’s graphic design firm. She hits the ground running at the firm, and soon realizes she is being sabotaged by one of her employees. She becomes known for her ability to provide exactly what the customer wants. She is living on the grounds of a large mansion, and has been told NOT to bother her landlord and is led to believe he is older and a hermit. All the characters are believable, even those you don’t like. The plot might be a little far-fetched as far as the timeline, but it’s a good story despite that. I recommend this book to anyone who likes romance and adult women’s fiction.
I loved this book!! I started reading it today and didn't want to put it down. I loved it so much I finished reading it in one day! Annabelle is such a great character. I love how relatable she is. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and seeing the growth they experienced throughout the book. Really a fantastic book! I would highly recommend it!
The premise had promise, but the writing grated at points. Some of the lines felt cheesy or like clichés: "I knew I should look away, but I had a feeling I'd only be able to see spots because looking at him was like staring at the sun."
I liked the dual POV.
I've seen this billed as a slow burn in some reviews, but I would more characterize it as a slow build-up. To me, a slow burn has touches and glances and tension building until you get to the action. In this book, the characters do not even meet in person until almost halfway through the story. Before that, there are notes exchanged between the tenant and the landlord by being taped onto the doors of their respective homes.
It also felt like a study in amateur psychology to me. Both main characters have issues that are causing problems and driving their actions, but instead of these motivations being nuanced and acting as the driving force behind the scenes, they are repeatedly called out. At one point, the male MC even says, "I was a head case. This was not my finest hour." While his attitude towards his mental health evolves as the book progresses, especially in the last part of the story, I feel like language like that is unnecessary and offensive.
Thoroughly enjoyed "Wait for It." Well written with a flowing narrative, I happily wallowed without interruption (by irritating typos or repetitive phrases) in all my favorite tropes. Usually, I'm antsy for the MCs to engage face-to-face, but the pacing worked. I was quite content following Annabelle settle into her new job while wearing down Nick's wall of isolation. Honorable mentions go to secondary characters: Jackson, Lexie, and Sophie. As for Carson, the villain I loved to hate, he could have been written smarter and still come off the same disreputable stinker.
Annabelle Martin, who is living in Boston, wishes for nothing more than to escape her life and start over somewhere new. When she is offered her dream job at a design firm in Phoenix she jumps at the chance. Though the job has its downfalls and her landlord is less than ideal Annabelle rises to the occasion and turns her life into one she has dreamed of. This book is about embracing life to the fullest, finding happiness and hope for the future. Amazing characters and a very well written story. Definitely recommend!
I am a ferocious reader and enjoy most genres. This is not just your typical romance story. It is a story that covers all human emotions and life’s ups and downs. Engaging story with characters that you will love and hate. Hard to put down but then sad when it’s over.
I found that the most interesting sub plot in this book was the work drama. The romance was not that engaging and the characters' back stories were over the top. Nick's relationship with his sister was over dramatized and Lexi was the most annoying and melodramatic character on this book. Even the friends were 2-dimensional and did not add much to the story. I finished the book but did not enjoy it as much as I hoped. 3 stars - good enough to spend some time but there are better books with the same basic story out there.