Review: Stealing It by Rachel Robinson
Mark my words, folks. Magnolia Sager is one of the strongest heroines I've ever read. She lost who she thought was the love of her life to his practically jailbait secretary and somehow managed to keep her head up and put on the most fierce face ever for their teenaged daughter. Who, by the way, is the one who CAUGHT her dad cheating! Seriously. Such a twisted, messed up situation. Yet Magnolia and her daughter push through and end up becoming some of my favorite characters of all freaking time.
Story Line: So, yeah, chatty cathy over here sort of gave away the beginning of the book. I mean, the excerpt tells you most of this so it's not a spoiler alert. But anywho. Magnolia owns an adorable antique store. Her daughter is in high school and they are going on with their lives without cheater cheater pumpkin eater. But Magnolia is lonely and afraid to get out there. She's convinced to use a dating app, and next thing she knows, she's under the gorgeous spell of sexy beast Aiden. It was supposed to be casual and definitely didn't involve meeting her daughter. But these two just can't color in the lines when it comes to one another. But there's so much more than things getting serious. There's angst and conflict and teenage hormones thrown in there too. Aiden and Magnolia have an insanely bumping road to their HEA. But when they get there? It's beyond perfect.
Interaction: Aiden and Magnolia somehow manage to communicate with one another like they've been in each other's lives forever, instead of the short amount of time they have. He's a man who goes after what he wants, and that something is Magnolia. He sees himself wanting things he never thought possible and Magnolia bulks and pumps the breaks because of how easily they become devoted to one another. I love the push and pull between them - how simple and beautiful their relationship is. Until it isn't. And it's how they recover from that "isn't" that makes their love story so flawed yet so amazing.
Laundry: Yes. So much yes. Or right, you're wonderful what the heck I'm talking about. Well, Aiden and Magnolia are pure FIRE together. Seriously. Every single time these two come together for naughty magic, my toes curled painfully and my fingers buzzed with each passing page. I. LOVE. THEM.
Depth: You know a book is good when you literally have to stop yourself from sending a private message to the author demanding they explain themselves. Not. Joking. Around 85% into this story, I thought I was going to have to send hate mail to RR. That's all I'm going to say, but before you write off this story - DON'T. Obviously this review is telling you how much I LOVED THE BOOK. So, my hate mail would be premature. Because the ending? It's the finale of all finales. SO EPIC.