In Hit and Miss Groom by Nana Malone and Misty Evans, living to please other people is not the answer to happiness for Alex or Vanessa.
Vanessa has been brought up by a driven, strict father who she still lives to please. She is career driven and goal oriented...but they are not necessarily her goals. Alex's family is also a driving force in his life. After a tragedy he has spent his life living the way they want him to live...or at least they think he is.
Alex and Vanessa have very good mutual friends in common, but that's all they have in common. She thinks, anyway. Thrown together with wedding events and planning for their friends, Vanessa sees Alex as a Boy Scout, always out to save the day with a parade of women swooning behind him. He brings out the worst in her...and at the same time makes her feel more alive than she ever has. For this, Vanessa avoids him at all costs. She is not looking for a relationship and even if she was he is definitely not her type. Alex is very attracted to Vanessa, and the more she pushes him away the more he feels the pull towards her.
A one night stand together after their friend's wedding sends Vanessa running...but she can't run far enough away from the man who will soon be her new neighbour! As the push and pull between them continues and Vanessa slowly opens herself up, they are both dealing with family issues, career issues, and personal choices. Will it all be too much or will they find a way together to follow their own dreams, and not someone elses?
Vanessa was a really difficult person to like or understand for me. She never really grew on me. While I admire the way she pushes herself and is driven, it is for all the wrong reasons and she is not happy. She could be very harsh at times and was not very nice to Alex...I couldn't understand why he found her so desirable. I just never felt like I really got to know her and I don't know if it was because I didn't read the first book in this series (Hit and Run Bride), or that's just how she was. Alex, although he was in just as much turmoil as Vanessa about his life, with a secret side to it, was easier to like and I found him to be more believable.
Hit and Miss Groom is about living life for yourself and not someone else. Fast paced and steamy, I would recommend it to New Adult romance readers.
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