Monday, August 30, 2021

Love at First by Kate Clayborn

I first learned of this book via the Fated Mates podcast, and one of the hosts admitted that Clayborn was a friend of theirs. I took their enthusiasm with a grain of salt, but reader, every word of their gushing praise was true. In addition to being a sweet romance, it's a beautifully written book that had me hanging on every word.

Love at First by Kate Clayborn
Kensington, 2021
Copy via public library

It's a romance of two kind people who have felt unwanted, possibly even unworthy of love. They're lonely, and respond in different ways: Nora, by making the neighbors in her building her family; and Will, by filling every moment of his time with work.

Loosely inspired by Romeo and Juliet, Clayborn takes the familiar elements of Shakespeare's story and uses them to hang a wonderfully romantic relationship with no tragedy or stupid decisions. But it's stuffed full of emotion, and lots that's unsaid, and the only conflict is the internal stuff Nora and Will have to deal with so they can get out of their own way.

Plus, it includes one of my fav romance tropes: one-person-is-ill-and-the-other-cares-for-them. So much cute.

Also, I teared up SO MUCH during this book because the walls and blocks and wounds were so real and tenderly realized and articulated by Clayborn so beautifully.


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