Over the past few months, Nia Forrester has cranked out top-notched reading materials at a furious pace. I would like to prattle around in her head sometimes to meet some of the interesting characters residing there.
In this story, readers met two very unlikely people to meet and make an actual connection. I’m referring to the personalities not so much the physical differences. Although Randall had a defined type, nothing prepared him for the woman who wasn’t his type who sledgehammered her way into his heart. Randall Reese was a former NFL standout player known as Rocket. As the story opened, Randall was getting ready to grieve through another anniversary of his wife’s death and the near-loss of their son Little Rocket. His sister Freya was worried about him and suggested he go on a coffee date with an old classmate so he would not have to be alone. Rand accepted the coffee date offer and met with Danielle just to break the monotony.
After visiting with her over a period of hours out and about, at the school seeing things he had not seen for many years, Rand slowly began letting his guard down. He was learning Dani was easy to talk to. With his comfort level now completely lowered, Rand invited Dani back to his home to see if they could relieve some of the pressure he was drowning in. I think he suspected Dani also had some issues she wanted to forget. I liked the way he scrutinized her when he first met her. She wasn’t unattractive; she was pretty in a plain kind of way. I laughed at this as I felt her looks would be outweighed by her warmness and kind demeanor at some point. He was on guard for signs of fraud, or deception from Dani. That was until they spent time together and he let down his guard.
The part where they drove to the acquaintance’s place to get something to enhance the date was too funny. I was happy they chose to be spontaneous safely. I was saddened by the details of his marriage and how the marriage and his wife’s death affected his desire to play a sport he used to love. His only outlet became Little Rocket. Feya feared what would happen if Little Rocket wasn’t in her brother’s life. The more details he spoke about, the more I worried about his reaction once he discovered who Dani really was. The discovery came, and the fallout was devasting for both of them. I was hoping his mood would not shift to a level of depression to fear about.
The story had high moments and some real-life issues people deal with every day. The chemistry and characters were well developed. Danielle and Randall were a hot commodity when it came to their interactions. Freya meant well, but at times I wanted her to back the heck away and let Rand handle his own life, and in others, I could feel her pain for her brother’s long-suffering. The wrap-up and endings for Nia’s stories are never cookie-cutter cutsey; they are real and lively and emotionally satisfying. I can’t wait to see whose story will be next. My rating 5-Stars.