Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2
“How lucky you are that you get to fail. You can only fail if you’re living, and that’s not something you should ever take for granted.”
Emily Goodwin’s Cheap Trick carries the profound message that failure shouldn’t define us; instead, we should view it as a step towards making us who we are today.
Through the story of Logan and Danielle, we are treated to a sweet best friends-to-lovers, fake fiance tale. Danielle is fresh from a recent personal failure, running back to her grandfather’s farm in Indiana to find herself. Quickly, she finds a job at a bar, Getaway, a bar owned by Logan and his twin brother, Owen. At first sight, Logan and Danielle are drawn to each other, but Danielle isn’t sure she can trust her decisions when it comes to her heart. Additionally, she is unsure how long she will stay in Eastwood, so she decides to build a friendship with Logan, instead pursuing anything romantic. She needs to “find” her purpose. Throughout a year, Logan and Danielle fight the attraction and growing love between each other. However, these feelings of “more” are explored when Logan agrees to pretend to be Danielle’s fiance for her sister’s wedding. The attraction between the two of them spills over as they explore their feelings for each other at the wedding. Unfortunately, life can change in an instant, and Logan and Danielle’s feelings for each other undergo a challenge. Will they find their HEA in the end?
I’ve heard other readers forgo the “best friends-to-lovers” romance trope. They struggle with the way in which the two friends typically deny their feelings for each other or “wake up” one day recognizing their love for their friend. For me, though, I LOVE this trope. As Emily Goodwin shows us in Cheap Trick, the friendship between Logan and Danielle builds a foundation of true love. There is no real angst between them, other than their denial of attraction. However, it is clear throughout the story that they respect and love each other dearly. And it is comforting as a romance reader. It’s like draping a warm blanket over yourself on a cold day.
“She thinks her life is a mess, but it’s one hell of a beautiful mess if that’s the case.”
I loved Logan. He is the penultimate book boyfriend. He’s intelligent, thoughtful, handsome, and he constantly checks boundaries in a respectful, mature manner. It’s clear that he wants the best for Danielle, even when it might not be him. Some might find him boring, but he’s not in the bedroom, and he’s still so male that he’s perfect.
“All my life, I’ve wanted someone to look at me the way Logan is looking at me right now.”
As a heroine, Danielle offers the challenge of the story. She’s the representation of a modern day millennial, trying to find her place in the world. Her family is awful: wrapped up in appearance for appearance’s sake. Danielle, however, wants happiness, and she can forgo the wealthy lifestyle of her parents to find it. Her struggle with failure and familial expectation is a modern day challenge, and her story is relatable.
“I didn’t realize that the map was in my hands the whole time, and I was the one holding the pen, ready to draw a new road. I thought I was lost, but for the past year, I’ve been exactly where I need to be. Right here, right in front of Logan Dawson.”
Together, these two are funny and sweet and everything you love about an H and h. This isn’t a story that is trying to be anything different than a sweet story of finding love while finding one’s self. For modern day millennials, this story should resonate. I finished reading it with so many happy feels that I am looking forward to reading more of their story in Logan’s brother, Owen’s book.
“But I learned and I grew, and every time I failed, every time something didn’t go as I hoped and planned, I reminded myself that I’m lucky to get to fail.”
In love and romance,