Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Review for The Girl Most Likely by Jana Richards

Cara McLeod, the girl most likely to have the perfect marriage, is now divorced and, in her own words, “fat, frumpy, and over forty.” The thought of facing former classmates—and the ex-husband who dumped her—at her high school reunion terrifies her. Cajoled into attending by her kids and her best friend, Cara enlists help at the gym to lose weight and look great for the reunion. Personal Trainer Finn Cooper is more than willing to help—but does he have to be so to-die-for gorgeous?

Finn thinks Cara is perfect just the way she is. She’s everything he wants in a woman, except for one thing—she can’t get past the fact that he's eight years younger. To Finn, age and weight are just numbers. But can he convince Cara the numbers she worries about add up to only one thing for him—love?


This was a pleasant read and a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.  Although a bit predictable in some spots, I found the storyline to feel true with very likable characters that were easy to relate to.

Cara McLeod got dumped by her husband for for getting older and gaining a few pounds.  She's at an all-time low with two teenage daughters unhappy with their new life and a body that she'd like to improve before their high school reunion to show her ex what he's missing.  After being exposed on local television during an exercise trainer segment, her reasons for change increase even more.  This part of the story brought out a lot of sympathy in me and I found this moment especially relatable.  Being judged by others for your looks is frustrating but she kept her dignity and pride intact.  She was a wonderful heroine who I desperately wanted to get her HEA.  I was frustrated by her last minute fears over her age gap with Finn, but luckily this wasn't drawn out for too long.

Finn is a very sexy character with baggage of his own in regards to how he once looked and it brought an unexpected, yet wonderful aspect to his character.  He was charming and loved Cara for what was inside her.  He looked beyond their age difference and wanted everything about her, even becoming an automatic father.  Seeing him interact with her daughters more than their real father ever did made me like him even more and showed a mature side that Cara's ex is incapable of.  Finn was willing to fight for their relationship every step of the way and I was rooting for him every step of the way.
The romance between Finn and Cara moved at a pleasant and realistic pace.  They didn't just jump into bed, but when they got there the connection between them was intense.  The sexual interactions were few but what was there was very satisfying.

This was an enjoyable read from start to finish.  Every character and situation felt realistic and all-together made for a very satisfying read.  This was my first time reading a Jana Richards story but it definitely won't be the last.

My rating for this is a B+

*I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

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