Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2
Dear Jiffy Kate,
Thank you! Thank you for another Viking Erickson brother in Green Valley, Tennessee, home of the beloved Winston family. Thank you for giving us Vali who isn’t as dynamic as his brothers, Cage and Gunnar, but he has this emotional sensibility that makes you swoon when you read him. Thank you for partnering him with Maggie (oh and naming her closely to Margaret O’Brien, the wonderful child actress of the Golden Age of movies…I digress). Thank you for Maggie and her awkwardness and shelteredness. Did you know that I too homeschooled my son, an only child? Much like Maggie’s parents, I worried about the ways in which I was raising him in a protected bubble. Yet, like her parents, I raised an amazing young man who just chefed the heck out of his girlfriend’s Valentine’s Day. Again, I digress. Clearly, you can see that I connected with her characterization. I saw my son’s experience in her, albeit he wasn’t so protected that he’s never traveled, but the partnership you craft between her and Vali is, in a word, sweet. I know that you are queens of writing sweet contemporary romance, and having read the other Fighting for Love series books where you also wrote some sweet characters, I think you are holding onto your title well.
Thank you for always exploring that Penny Reid magic through your SmartyPants Romance stories. Once again, you have reminded us that there are some distinct and delightful people in Green Valley, and I hope you will continue to write more stories for this special space in literature.
Lastly, thank you for the message of living for each day and facing your fears in trying new things. It feels like an important message for right now, for this specific moment in time. What this message does through the scope of Eye Candy is give us hope, offering a place to get away from the craziness of our world.
So, once again, for the millionth time, thank you for Eye Candy. It is everything we adore about SmartyPants Romance.
In love and romance,