This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Lori Sizemore. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Exactly Like You by Lori Sizemore
Series: Cupid's Café #1
Also by this author: Infamous
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Publisher: After Glows Publishing
Source: Author, Lori Sizemore
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An invitation to Cupid’s Café will change your life.
Former social worker Roxie Fisher believes she’s cursed to never find happiness and an invitation to Cupid’s Café isn’t going to change her situation. All the same, against her better judgment, she gives it a try. What else does she have to lose?
After the death of his wife, accountant-turned-firefighter Aidan Craig, can’t stop taking ridiculous risks and never turns down a dare. So an invitation to Cupid’s Café is an offer he can’t refuse. What he doesn’t expect is to meet the social worker who helped him through the darkest days of his life. Now she’s the one struggling, and he’s compelled to help.
The two experience an immediate attraction, but Aidan swore to never become involved in another relationship, and Roxie can’t imagine daredevil Aidan being interested in a boring, cat-rescuer like her.
Can Roxie find the simple joy of taking a risk? Is Aidan willing to risk his heart? Or will they both lose out on a chance at true love?
Exactly Like You tackles a tough subject, clinical depression. Roxie Fisher’s character has been battling clinical depression after an event tore apart her world. Unable to muster the energy or desire to do much of anything, Roxie ends up back at home with her parents. Even though her parents mean well, the way that they are coping with their daughter’s depression is not necessarily healthy for anyone.
Unexpectedly, one day an invitation arrives for Roxie to attend a mysterious function at Cupid’s Cafe. She has no interest in going and went as far as to throw out the invitation but seeing how much the idea of Roxie leaving the house meant to her mother, Roxie decided to go. When she reached the cafe, she had little expectation for what the night would bring. She had no clue what was going on or who she would meet. She just wanted to get her mother off her back about getting out of the house.
Aidan Craig is a man who throws himself in risks. Not that he has a death wish, his risks are more for extreme sports. Even his job as a fire-fighter is a risky occupation. Aidan’s life was turned upside down when his wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer. After her death, Aidan changed his life and now lives to take risks just so that he would be able to feel. He may have dealt with his grief but he is not willing to ever let anyone in his life, not willing on taking the chance to love and lose again.
Aidan also received an invitation to come to the cafe, not knowing what it was for he decided to come and check it out. Once there imagine his surprise when he sees Roxie. The woman responsible for his recovery after the loss of his wife. Although, this was not the Roxie he remembered. Something was wrong about her, she seemed fragile and broken. Feeling that he must do something for her, Aidan does the only thing he can. He offers her friendship.
Friendship is only thing that Aidan feels he can offer and he truly wants to help Roxie. She was there for him when he needed someone and he is going to be there for her. Roxie on the other hand finds Aidan attractive, because well he is hot and she is not dead, but she really doesn’t care to see him again. She really does not care about much but when he takes her home on his motorcycle she feels a spark of excitement and that spark turns into a slow-building flame, which is exactly what Roxie needs.
I loved that Ms. Sizemore was able to write a story dealing with a difficult subject and not make it cliche or overly dramatic. Roxie’s struggle is real and she owns her struggle. I enjoyed the relationship between Roxie and Aidan. It was cute, sexy, and serious as well. Exactly Like You is exactly what you need to be reading! It is a delightful journey between two hearts separated by fear and doubt by connected through friendship and something more. I highly recommend!
*Thank you to Author Lori Sizemore for this complimentary copy of Exactly Like You*