Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Max Monroe’s newest book, Oops I’ve Fallen, is an uproarious, laugh-out-loud festival of romance. Honestly. And readers will delight in the fact that this book is a “2fer.” It’s a 2 for 1 story where you get two romances for the price of one. Now, not to oversell it, one of those romances doesn’t get as much page time as the other, but it’s there, and it makes for some of the funniest moments in this book.
This story follows Carly and Ryan. Carly is a ski instructor/ski business owner in Vail, who is called to Tampa when her mother breaks her tailbone “in a fall.” Ryan is a VP for an insurance firm in New York. He is summoned to Tampa and his father’s independent living community when his father sprains his groin from a “fall while helping his next door neighbor Stella take down decorations” in September. By the way, Stella is Carly’s mom. You might think that Ryan and Carly meet at the hospital for the first time as they fly to their respective parent’s sides, but nope. Ryan and Carly meet at the airport when Carly filches Ryan’s taxi from him. It is in this moment, right from the start, that you realize one of these characters (Ryan) is a rule-follower, while the other believes that rules are suggestions for behavior, not purveyors of order. When Ryan and Carly meet again, it’s at their parents’ community, Sunny Creek Village, where Ryan decides to teach Carly a lesson in rule-following, but finds out quickly that he likes spunky, rule-breaker Carly. Their journey continues as they fall deeper in love, despite their differences, and eventual complications. Additionally, Stella and Sal, their parents, find their own happy ending too (again, two for one deal).
There is so much to love about Oops I’ve Fallen. For one, it’s a foray into the world of senior living, and Max Monroe grab the opportunity to illuminate the hilarity of seniors while also challenging ideas about what it means to find love as a senior citizen. While Ryan and Carly are quite funny on their own, many of the funniest moments of this book are found with Stella and Sal. They provide a foundation of hilarity for the book that allows Carly and Ryan to ground their love in breaking the rules.
And Carly and Ryan are incredibly adorable. From the beginning through to their extended epilogue, there isn’t anything to dislike about them. Even though Ryan is a straight shooter in the rule business, he is mature enough to recognize that he is a better person with Carly in his life even though they are opposites in many ways. What you find in their coupling is a complete person, soulmates. They complete each other, and Max Monroe draw them as this effusively romantic pairing with a steam level of 100. I honestly think this is one of the more $exy Max Monroe since Thatch and Cassie. Ryan and Carly can’t keep their hands off each other.
Over and over again, Oops I’ve Fallen tickles your funny bone and jettisons you through Carly and Ryan’s story. Honestly, it was the light I needed this week to carry me into Spring Break. If you have read Max Monroe, then you’ll adore this newest book. You will also ADORE the extended epilogue where you’ll find a well-placed cameo from the Billionaire Boyfriend stories. If you have yet to read Max Monroe, well there is no time like NOW. Grab Oops I’ve Fallen and lose yourself.
In love and romance,