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Amazon Best Romance of the Month Publishers Marketplace BuzzBooks: ROMANCE 2020-2021 pick Fresh Fiction Fresh Pick “Fun, flirty, and fresh!” —Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author A witty, sexy, and charming story from the #1 National Bestselling author of the St. Helena Vineyard series that fans of Emily Henry, Jen DeLuca, and Kate Clayborn will adore. Growing up t Amazon Best Romance of the Month Publishers Marketplace BuzzBooks: ROMANCE 2020-2021 pick Fresh Fiction Fresh Pick “Fun, flirty, and fresh!” —Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author A witty, sexy, and charming story from the #1 National Bestselling author of the St. Helena Vineyard series that fans of Emily Henry, Jen DeLuca, and Kate Clayborn will adore. Growing up the lone Asian in a community of WASPs, Annie has always felt out of place. Her solution? Start a family of her own. Not easy when every man she’s dated, including her ex-fiancé, finds “his person” right after breaking up with Annie. Even worse than canceling the wedding eight weeks beforehand? Learning the “other woman” plans to walk down the aisle wearing her wedding gown. New plan—find a fresh, man-free start. Too bad her exit strategy unexpectedly lands her working at a hospital in Rome, Rhode Island, rather than Rome, Italy, and sharing a cabin with a big, brooding, and annoyingly hot male roommate. Home on medical leave after covering a literally explosive story in China, investigative photojournalist Emmitt embarks on his most important assignment—cementing his place in his daughter’s life. Three men and a baby might work in the movies, but with a stepdad and devoted uncle competing for Paisley’s attention, Emmitt has lost his place at the family table. Then there’s the adorably sexy squatter in his cabin, who poses another problem, one he’d very much like to solve up close and personal. But he can’t win—Annie has sworn off men, Paisley’s gone boy crazy, and Emmitt’s estranged father reappears with a secret that changes everything. Annie and Emmitt are about to discover love comes in many forms, and sometimes the best families are the ones we make. “Marina Adair is a breath of fresh air…Don't miss a word from this magnificent author!”—Darynda Jones, New York Times bestselling author “Fans of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery will enjoy the modern family dynamic and small-town atmosphere.” —Booklist “An adorable, fun new contemporary romance series. Delightful.” —Library Journal “A hilarious romantic comedy” —Bookpage “A delight…entertaining, endearing, and realistic.” —Frolic "A true gem." —Fresh Fiction


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Amazon Best Romance of the Month Publishers Marketplace BuzzBooks: ROMANCE 2020-2021 pick Fresh Fiction Fresh Pick “Fun, flirty, and fresh!” —Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author A witty, sexy, and charming story from the #1 National Bestselling author of the St. Helena Vineyard series that fans of Emily Henry, Jen DeLuca, and Kate Clayborn will adore. Growing up t Amazon Best Romance of the Month Publishers Marketplace BuzzBooks: ROMANCE 2020-2021 pick Fresh Fiction Fresh Pick “Fun, flirty, and fresh!” —Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author A witty, sexy, and charming story from the #1 National Bestselling author of the St. Helena Vineyard series that fans of Emily Henry, Jen DeLuca, and Kate Clayborn will adore. Growing up the lone Asian in a community of WASPs, Annie has always felt out of place. Her solution? Start a family of her own. Not easy when every man she’s dated, including her ex-fiancé, finds “his person” right after breaking up with Annie. Even worse than canceling the wedding eight weeks beforehand? Learning the “other woman” plans to walk down the aisle wearing her wedding gown. New plan—find a fresh, man-free start. Too bad her exit strategy unexpectedly lands her working at a hospital in Rome, Rhode Island, rather than Rome, Italy, and sharing a cabin with a big, brooding, and annoyingly hot male roommate. Home on medical leave after covering a literally explosive story in China, investigative photojournalist Emmitt embarks on his most important assignment—cementing his place in his daughter’s life. Three men and a baby might work in the movies, but with a stepdad and devoted uncle competing for Paisley’s attention, Emmitt has lost his place at the family table. Then there’s the adorably sexy squatter in his cabin, who poses another problem, one he’d very much like to solve up close and personal. But he can’t win—Annie has sworn off men, Paisley’s gone boy crazy, and Emmitt’s estranged father reappears with a secret that changes everything. Annie and Emmitt are about to discover love comes in many forms, and sometimes the best families are the ones we make. “Marina Adair is a breath of fresh air…Don't miss a word from this magnificent author!”—Darynda Jones, New York Times bestselling author “Fans of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery will enjoy the modern family dynamic and small-town atmosphere.” —Booklist “An adorable, fun new contemporary romance series. Delightful.” —Library Journal “A hilarious romantic comedy” —Bookpage “A delight…entertaining, endearing, and realistic.” —Frolic "A true gem." —Fresh Fiction

30 review for RomeAntically Challenged

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    This book is advertised and mash-up of Three Men and a baby (correct! Charming hero has a teenage daughter with two other dads who are also straight!) and 27 Dresses( not exactly)! I reminded me of Dane Cook’s “Good Luck Chuck” but of course this time a guy is not dumped by the women who recently got married after the second he had sex with them because he turned their good luck marriage charm! In this story dear Annie dates with the guys and after her breakups she always finds out they get marr This book is advertised and mash-up of Three Men and a baby (correct! Charming hero has a teenage daughter with two other dads who are also straight!) and 27 Dresses( not exactly)! I reminded me of Dane Cook’s “Good Luck Chuck” but of course this time a guy is not dumped by the women who recently got married after the second he had sex with them because he turned their good luck marriage charm! In this story dear Annie dates with the guys and after her breakups she always finds out they get marry as soon as they dumped her. She becomes their good luck charm to find their love of their lives! So unfair and annoying, isn’t it? At the opening Annie is dumped by her fiancée this time and you want to punch and open holes in that horrible guy’s little brain because that despicable human waste still keeps the venue Annie spent so much energy to reserve for their wedding and keeps her deposit so he can marry with his new bride. Of course her notorious bride earns so many punch points because she stops by the same boutique Annie had grandmother’s dress tailored and surprisingly her measurements mixed up with Annie’s now she didn’t only steal the soon to be husband scumbag, the venue, she also stole the wedding dress! Yes feel free to scream, I already did several times! Poor Annie screams at her scumbag ex on the phone and leaves the town to start from the fresh with her new work place at Rome. Nope, she didn’t escape to Italy. She wished but she can only manage to go to Rhode Island. And of course she met with charismatic, witty, charming Emmitt who happens to be new roommate. She already swore not to have a relationship for a long time but their sizzling, hot chemistry, entertaining banters and sexy flirting prevent her to keep the promise. I love their friends to lovers evolving relationship and I truly loved both of the characters. But at the last parts: you know the drill, something comes out and forces the beautiful couple to suffer from terrible heartbreak and at that part, Emmitt really pissed me off and acted immature. (Mostly one of the parties act like obnoxious, irritating brat and I always cut one point during my reading. But sometimes both parties may be irritating and more point cuts occur!) And groveling part was a little weak but I still liked the conclusion. This is feel-good, keep smiling and sigh kind of entertaining rom-com with likable characters. I’m giving my enjoyable, sweet-swoon four stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for sharing this entertaining ARC with me in exchange my honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    Romeantically Challenged by Marina Adair A Contemporary romance with so much heart. Finding “their person” is such a romantic concept. This novel filled me with joy. Ok, some tears and frustration as the story progressed but I tend to read slower the more I like a story. I really wanted to just stop at 80% and revel in the gooey feelings. But, of course, conflicts still needed to be resolved and men have to freak about something. It was so worth reading to the end. Absolutely loved this book and Romeantically Challenged by Marina Adair A Contemporary romance with so much heart. Finding “their person” is such a romantic concept. This novel filled me with joy. Ok, some tears and frustration as the story progressed but I tend to read slower the more I like a story. I really wanted to just stop at 80% and revel in the gooey feelings. But, of course, conflicts still needed to be resolved and men have to freak about something. It was so worth reading to the end. Absolutely loved this book and couple. Implied sentimentality. It melted my heart. “Right now he needed someone to listen, so she took his hand, which was like holding melting ice, and without hesitation, his fingers laced with hers.” I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. I also purchased a copy to share.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sofia

    Check out the review on my blog: https://sophsbookworld.wordpress.com/... Rating: 4 / 5 This was one of those books that was super cute and funny, but there were definitely some deeper issues masked underneath the fluff. It follows our main character Anh Nhi (but call her Annie!), who moves to Rome (Rhode Island, not Italy), after being dumped by fiancee who found her s/o after only a month and is getting married at the venue she planned. And it’s been like this her whole life, she gets in a relat Check out the review on my blog: https://sophsbookworld.wordpress.com/... Rating: 4 / 5 This was one of those books that was super cute and funny, but there were definitely some deeper issues masked underneath the fluff. It follows our main character Anh Nhi (but call her Annie!), who moves to Rome (Rhode Island, not Italy), after being dumped by fiancee who found her s/o after only a month and is getting married at the venue she planned. And it’s been like this her whole life, she gets in a relationship with someone and ‘fixes’ them, only to be dumped and replaced by their soul-mate. But it’s not her that’s problem, right? In Rome, she unexpectedly meets her new roommate Emmitt, at first glance a womanizer, but actually a dad to a teenage girl that has two other dads. And he has to fight for her attention. The whole story sounded so crazy to me and I was immediately drawn to it. It has such a witty and funny, but also self-deprecating tinge to it that just makes you want to read more of the story. The characters are not black-and-white, actually none of them is describe to be mean, because as the story continues you learn more about their feelings and life story. I loved both of our main characters as they learned to accept their own feelings. Annie, that has been disappointed in all of her relationships and Emmitt who has never really had a meaningful relationships, only flings. They need to learn to trust each other and they eventually do. The greatest thing about this story is that although it’s a romance, the love story is not really brought to us as a main topic and it’s not the only thing that is talked about. I personally think it’s about family and the journey of finding your true self. Since Annie was born in Vietnam and was adopted by white parents, she felt like an imposter her whole life and she never felt like she belonged in either of those cultures. But as the story progresses she slowly starts understanding and learning more about her roots. My favorite thing was the author’s note at the end, where she explained how her own daughter was also adopted (and also from Vietnam) and it gave the whole story such a realistic feel and I found it so beautiful and touching. I agree that family is the most important thing, and that is shown to us throughout the whole book. Firstly, Annie’s relationship with her parents who love her unconditionally and they all have such a strong bond. Next, Emmitt’s relationship with his daughter who is also raised by her uncle and her step-dad. I haven’t read a lot of books where the main character is a single father and personally, I loved reading about it. Especially when the dad is trying to get to know his daughter better and have a better relationship with her. And thirdly, Emmitt’s relationship with his own dad and the realization that after so many years he must learn to forgive him. This book was such a good read and honestly, a breath of fresh air. The only thing I wish was different is the ending (possible spoiler alert). I had this idea in my head that Annie and Emmitt would go to her ex’s wedding in the end and something brilliant would happen. The ending wasn’t even similar to that, though, and I know we all think differently and obviously I’m not the author but I really wanted it to end like that lol. Nonetheless, it was still really good.

  4. 4 out of 5

    CYIReadBooks

    Anh Nhi (Annie) Walsh, born Asian, adopted and raised white wants to make a new life for herself after being jilted by her fiance just weeks before their wedding. Annie moves to Rome, Rhode Island and sets up house in a rental, only to discover that the home's owner, Emmitt Bradley, is back on medical leave. You can just imagine what takes place when you combine the prickliness of a jilted woman with the machismo of a GQ-ish man -- chaos. RomeAntically challenged contains all the elements of a f Anh Nhi (Annie) Walsh, born Asian, adopted and raised white wants to make a new life for herself after being jilted by her fiance just weeks before their wedding. Annie moves to Rome, Rhode Island and sets up house in a rental, only to discover that the home's owner, Emmitt Bradley, is back on medical leave. You can just imagine what takes place when you combine the prickliness of a jilted woman with the machismo of a GQ-ish man -- chaos. RomeAntically challenged contains all the elements of a five-star worthy romantic comedy. You will laugh at the comedic moments. You will want to punch some peoples' lights out. You will cry at those poignant moments; and you will feel the glow of love. All of these things are wrapped up in a nice little package of a read. An excellent romantic comedy. Five stars -- I really loved it. Thank you Kennsington Books for a physical ARC through BookishFirst. The review herein is my own and are my honest thoughts.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Erin

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Marilisa

    I was expecting a completely different book than this. Romeantically Challanged took me by surprise and I'm not mad about it. I was expecting something along the lines of a rom-com, but instead found a great book dealing with deep topics. Personally, this book made me cry countless times. I love that Marina Adair decided to write a story with a protagonist her daughter can see herself into. I absolutely love that and you can see she knows what she's talking about when Anh Ni struggles with her li I was expecting a completely different book than this. Romeantically Challanged took me by surprise and I'm not mad about it. I was expecting something along the lines of a rom-com, but instead found a great book dealing with deep topics. Personally, this book made me cry countless times. I love that Marina Adair decided to write a story with a protagonist her daughter can see herself into. I absolutely love that and you can see she knows what she's talking about when Anh Ni struggles with her life as an in-betweener, trying to find her identity when she is constantly put into tiny little boxes she does not fit. I really connected with Emmitt's storyline and struggles. I think it hit me harder than it would have pre-lockdown, but I really felt deep in my heart his feeling like he doesn't belong in his hometown anymore, the feeling that he came back to changed people and feeling out of the loop. People thinking that leaving is the easy thing to do when in reality it takes great courage and pain to leave behind what you've known your whole life to follow a dream or for a better opportunity. I found their story to be sad, touching, but overall hopeful. You might feel like an outsider in your own life but be assured that many other people feel the same and it's OK. Learn to accept yourself in your uniqueness. Some people will never understand, but it' their loss. Like my grandpa always used to say "be yourself, variety is the spice of life". I wish she didn't have to incorporate the miscommunication trope, also because I saw it coming from a mile away, but she did go there and wrapped it up a little too quickly for my liking. Overall, this book made very emotional and it was a very pleasant read. I liked Emmitt's relationship and would love to see more of Emmitt, Anh Ni, and Paisley in the future. I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    3 Figuring Things Out Stars * * * Spoiler Free-A Quick Review This had a very interesting way to get to the HEA. Our gal couldn't win for loosing. Every time she thought she had met her "Guy" they would break up and then in a New York Minute, the guy would find His Person and boom, married. Now, this happened repeatedly, and when it finally happened in the worst way possible...and it really was horrific...She decides she has had enough and moves to Rome...as in Rhode Island. There she moves into a 3 Figuring Things Out Stars * * * Spoiler Free-A Quick Review This had a very interesting way to get to the HEA. Our gal couldn't win for loosing. Every time she thought she had met her "Guy" they would break up and then in a New York Minute, the guy would find His Person and boom, married. Now, this happened repeatedly, and when it finally happened in the worst way possible...and it really was horrific...She decides she has had enough and moves to Rome...as in Rhode Island. There she moves into a place with a roommate...a guy roommate with a teenage daughter and other family friends. She is Not Interested in Romance at all but of course, it comes calling. These two go through their own individual arcs, his more revealing, and then it all somehow works. A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amber J

    DNF at around 38% I hate to do this two books in a row. Especially since I wanted to love this book so much. The cover is amazing and I love romance, but this one has just fallen very flat for me. :(

  9. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

    A great story that is highly emotional, enjoyable, and entertaining. I'd hear so much hype about this book that I admit to being on the fence about it, but it definitely earns the high praise it's getting everywhere. Both the heroine, Annie, and the hero, Emmitt, have great character arcs and growth. It's great to see them opening up to each other and stepping up when needed. And they're surrounded by characters I'm fully invested in. I definitely need to see Gray get his HEA.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    3.5* I like the way the title was worked into the story, it was more natural instead of being forced in there. Sometimes titles are just an overall feel to the story and other times they actually work in it, and in this case it was the latter and that made me happy. Just a small thing, but sometimes it's the small things that make me happy! And in the case of this book, it was more of the small things that worked for me. Romeantically Challenged is cute and light read, with a couple of somewhat he 3.5* I like the way the title was worked into the story, it was more natural instead of being forced in there. Sometimes titles are just an overall feel to the story and other times they actually work in it, and in this case it was the latter and that made me happy. Just a small thing, but sometimes it's the small things that make me happy! And in the case of this book, it was more of the small things that worked for me. Romeantically Challenged is cute and light read, with a couple of somewhat heavier and emotional issues that the main characters had to deal with. Anh/Annie and Emmitt were entertaining characters and I liked them individually. I enjoyed both their journeys, as they each kind of came into their own and made some realizations about themselves. But I don't feel like I ever really connected to them as a couple- they weren't on page together enough for me. By the end I was kind of invested in them, but I wanted more. The ending was a little too abrupt for me, I feel like we were left hanging, especially in regards to some aspects of the story. I see there is a second book coming, but it features a different couple so I don't think it'll give me the feeling of closure I needed from this book. Overall, Romeantically Challenged was an easy read. The characters were likeable and both Annie and Emmitt's stories were compelling. But unfortunately it just didn't have that wow factor for me. (view spoiler)[Right off the author had the h describe herself in a way that made me uncomfortable. I'm not sure if I'm reading into it too much, considering the current climate of the world we're in right now, or if I had reason to feel that way. Either way, it still kind of makes me uneasy. Later in the book she also had the h describe herself in another unflattering, stereotypical way- although I've never heard an Asian person refer to them self that way. (hide spoiler)]

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Bookish First Impressions in exchange for an unbiased review. I enjoyed the light, playful cover which aptly displays the story you’re about to read. I fell in love with the characters right away. The confusion placing Ahn Nhi Walsh in the unexpected path of Emmitt Bradley is a perfect storm! This is the perfect escape from life for awhile book. Anh Nhi Walsh is a physician’s assistant was adopted from Vietnam by two renowned therapists liv I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Bookish First Impressions in exchange for an unbiased review. I enjoyed the light, playful cover which aptly displays the story you’re about to read. I fell in love with the characters right away. The confusion placing Ahn Nhi Walsh in the unexpected path of Emmitt Bradley is a perfect storm! This is the perfect escape from life for awhile book. Anh Nhi Walsh is a physician’s assistant was adopted from Vietnam by two renowned therapists living in Hartford, CT. Most people call her “Annie” since saying her name often proves challenging. She thought her life was falling into place as she anxiously prepared for her wedding. She had just picked up her grandmother Hannah’s silk Grecian 1941 wedding gown which was bought in Ireland. She had it meticulously restored at Bliss boutique so she could feel comforted by her belated grandmother’s presence at her wedding. Her life is turned sideways when she wakes up 3 months before her wedding, which also happens to be her grandparents wedding anniversary, to find her fiancé Dr Clark Atwood gone. He breaks their engagement via a text with a “it’s not you, it’s me” line. She doesn’t even have time to recover from the shock when she sees an Instagram post of her ex-fiancé and his “true love” newly engaged. While Annie is attempting to cancel venues and request refunds she is appalled to find that Clark has replaced her with Molly-Leigh. It’s only when she tries on her wedding dress does she realizes that Clark has hijacked “her” wedding. He shared her wedding journal with Molly-Leigh who fell in love with all of Annie’s wedding plans including her grandmother’s heirloom gown! There was a mix up and her dress was restored to fit Molly-Leigh who is physically Annie’s opposite. If that weren’t enough, Clark tells her that her mother neglected to cancel the venue at the Hartford Club hoping they would reunite. After two years of waiting for a date she placed a $10k deposit which he states he will refund after his wedding there. Annie finally thought she found her soul mate after five failed relationships. “Her life had been a nonstop revolving door of serial monogamists, each with a fatal flaw that kept him from finding the one.” Ultimately, when those relationships ended the men found their soul mate and married. Not wanting to face all the humiliation of the aftermath of this disaster, she gets a temporary travel position in Rome, RI. Annie rents a cabin on the banks of Buzzard’s Bay where the owner is apparently oversees on assignment as a photojournalist. Emmitt Bradley is sent home from China after a concrete building explosion which resulted in a concussion, fractured ribs, and several shrapnel pieces that needed removal. Home on medical leave, he returns to his cottage unaware that his friend Levi rented it out to Annie for 6 months. As Annie is struggling to remove the too tight wedding gown after a heated phone call with Clark she is surprised by the presence of a big broad figure looming behind her. A hilarious interaction occurs between Emmitt and Annie which only escalates as they sort out the confusion. Needless to say, there’s more to the playboy Emmitt than his banter and record of numerous women. He discovered he had a daughter when she was 5 years old and the mother was marrying Dr Grayson Tanner. He had known Michelle since childhood and her brother Levi is still his best friend. After Michelle’s untimely death the three men step up to care for 15 year old Paisley Rhodes-Bradley. This is a delightful story about how 2 people discover a new perspective on love, family and friendship. How do you balance a work life and a social life? Is being a workaholic really an effective coping mechanism? Happiness often comes after self reflection.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mom_Loves_Reading

    I really loved this book! It's the perfect staycation, escape from CoVid chaos, sit by the pool with a iced bevie read! 'RomeAntically Challenged' is a nicely layered story with humor, emotion, drama & romance, & even better, book 2 in this 'When in Rome' series comes out in Jan 2021! 6 short months (unless CoVid has other plans for that release date like so many others...) . 'RomeAntically Challenged' by Marina Adair is charming, uplifting, endearing & swoon-worthy with loveable characters you wi I really loved this book! It's the perfect staycation, escape from CoVid chaos, sit by the pool with a iced bevie read! 'RomeAntically Challenged' is a nicely layered story with humor, emotion, drama & romance, & even better, book 2 in this 'When in Rome' series comes out in Jan 2021! 6 short months (unless CoVid has other plans for that release date like so many others...) . 'RomeAntically Challenged' by Marina Adair is charming, uplifting, endearing & swoon-worthy with loveable characters you will enjoy getting to know.

  13. 4 out of 5

    FTLOReading

    This is one of those titles where the blurb doesn’t fit the story within. Yes you do have a newly single physician’s assistant involved but that’s about as close as it gets. Is it still a good story, yes. Just not on what you may initially think. I felt like I was reading two different stories. The first 35% we are solely with Annie (whom suffers from a female version of “good luck chuck”) who has just been dumped by the love of her life a short time before the wedding. Via text no less. It beco This is one of those titles where the blurb doesn’t fit the story within. Yes you do have a newly single physician’s assistant involved but that’s about as close as it gets. Is it still a good story, yes. Just not on what you may initially think. I felt like I was reading two different stories. The first 35% we are solely with Annie (whom suffers from a female version of “good luck chuck”) who has just been dumped by the love of her life a short time before the wedding. Via text no less. It becomes a series of lets see just how horrible of a person we can make the ex out to be. The way her parents reacted to this situation really blew my mind. The reason for their behavior later in the book didn’t justify it at all for me. Annie is a complicated character. She comes across as a serious pushover but in other aspects shes mouthy, kind, crazy, moody..I couldn’t pin her down to a predominant personality In the rest of the book you’re following Emmitt. A photojournalist that introduces with a bit of a frat-boy personality. We quickly learn there is a lot more to him then meets the eye. He had a brief relationship that ended up with a child that he did not know about for the first few years of her life. He and the woman split, married and thought the child was the other mans. No hard feelings were involved but he did his best to be involved in her life the best he could given his job takes him all over the world. (enter three men and a baby reference with this group) Annie is still present but Emmitt’s storyarc becomes the stronger of the two. It’s a great story. I wish it would have been the main focus of the book with Annie coming in where Emmitt did instead. It would have made the ending struggle work so much better if this had been Emmitt’s story instead of Annie’s. Co-Parenting can be a really difficult subject especially when there are broken families involved. This book shows the ups and downs and how to address it in a healthy manner. If I were to rate this on the overall flow, writing and story It would be around a three. Annie’s story would be around a 2.75. She goes through a lot yes but her story felt like it consisted mostly of tropes. I hate saying that as in the authors note its supposed to be a tale about finding herself and understanding her heritage. I just did not get that at all save for a couple of small anicdotes. Emmitt’s story close 4 but not quite there. He goes through a lot of growth as a person. Had the stronger story. There were a few things I would rearrange or change the focus on but I enjoyed his side of the things far more. Its not a side of life that you see written much and it was handled really well. Not the story I was expecting but a decent book for what it is.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Allyson Abu-Hajar

    I, absolutely loved this book! Anh Nhi Walsh (Annie) is reeling from a recent breakup, an almost- walked- down- the- aisle- saying- I- do fiasco is more like it! Annie is a PA, and left Connecticut to work in Rome, Rhode Island to take a man-break and get away from her mother, who wants nothing better than to set her up again. Annie is also hoping this move will help her find herself. She was adopted at a young age, and views herself as in-betweener, growing up with white parents and having an As I, absolutely loved this book! Anh Nhi Walsh (Annie) is reeling from a recent breakup, an almost- walked- down- the- aisle- saying- I- do fiasco is more like it! Annie is a PA, and left Connecticut to work in Rome, Rhode Island to take a man-break and get away from her mother, who wants nothing better than to set her up again. Annie is also hoping this move will help her find herself. She was adopted at a young age, and views herself as in-betweener, growing up with white parents and having an Asian ethnicity. Annie is in her rental trying on what should've been her wedding dress that doesn't fit, on the phone informing, Clark, her ex, that she needs him to refund what he owes her. As she is standing there in her undergarments contemplating, she finds she's not alone. Emmitt Bradley, an investigative photojournalist, injured while covering a story in China comes home to find a fiery petite woman barely dressed and trying to injure him again slinging her stiletto heels at his head. Unknown to Emmitt, his best friend Levi, forgot to mention that his cabin was rented out. Annie knows exactly Emmitt's character type, because since she's been living in the cabin, she's had to take messages, and the phone has been ringing off the hook. She's come to see herself as the type to find a great guy, only to be dumped because they finally found their "person". Emmitt is this perfect package without a forever after, and Annie wants nothing to do with him! Emmitt sees himself as a straight shooter, he makes no promises to any woman, although many think they can be 'the one' to get a ring from him. The only female, that Emmitt is committed to, is his fifteen year old daughter, Paisley. Since his job takes him all over, Emmitt is part of a third, because he shares Paisley with Dr. Gray Tanner, who is Paisley's step-dad, and his best friend, Levi Rhodes, who is Paisley's uncle. When Michelle Tanner, passed away suddenly, the three males banned together to take care of Paisley. Emmitt is finding out that he's a little out of his league trying to deal with a teenager, who has discovered boys and is also grieving. In trying to reconnect with his daughter, he seems to push her further away. Despite Annie's attempts to push Emmitt away, he's intrigued by her. And decides it's best if he stays in his cabin to ruffle Annie's feathers. Hilarity follows by the push and push back between Annie and Emmitt. One thing is for certain, sparks fly too. As Annie helps Emmitt work on his relationship with his daughter, their agreement leads to them being friends and trust. One secret can tear it all apart and crush both their hearts. This is the first book I've read by Marina Adair, and won't be the last! I can't wait for the second book! Thank you to Kensington-books for providing me with a free copy. I have voluntarily reviewed this book. #BetweenTheChapters #RomeanticallyChallenged

  15. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Annie fled to Rome in order to put some distance between her and her former fiancee. With her track record being what it was, she had sworn off men. But when the homeowner of her rental, Emmitt, unexpectedly returned, she found herself wanting to make an exception to her no-men rule. The synopsis for this book compares it to 27 Dresses and Three Men and a Baby, and I had no problem finding those threads in the story, but it was the focus on what-makes-a-family and feeling as if you belong that re Annie fled to Rome in order to put some distance between her and her former fiancee. With her track record being what it was, she had sworn off men. But when the homeowner of her rental, Emmitt, unexpectedly returned, she found herself wanting to make an exception to her no-men rule. The synopsis for this book compares it to 27 Dresses and Three Men and a Baby, and I had no problem finding those threads in the story, but it was the focus on what-makes-a-family and feeling as if you belong that really stole my heart. Annie was nursing a bit of a broken heart, and let me tell you, each additional detail made my heart break, more and more. She was always the woman the men dated just before they found their "soulmate", and it was easy to see why she started seeing herself as the problem. She was also dealing with a lifetime of feeling as though she never belonged. She had been adopted as an infant by white parents, and though she knew she was loved, she was always aware of her "otherness" and never quite felt like she fit in anywhere. Her time in Rome was not only filled with romance, but also with a lot of soul searching and trying to figure herself out. I loved seeing her connect with the local Vietnamese community, but I especially liked seeing her connect with Emmitt. Emmitt was also felt a bit on the outside, and was struggling with finding his place within his family. You see, his family situation was a bit unique. He shared his daughter with two other men, thus the Three Men and a Baby parallel. Emmitt was the fun dad and was often absent due to traveling for his job. The other two were the always-home-dads, who took care of the day-to-day things. Though the arrangement had worked in the past, Emmitt now found himself wanting more. He wanted to be a bigger part of his daughter's life, and he wanted to be seen as someone who could be more than the part-time fun guy. There was a lot more to Emmitt than I gathered from my initial impression and I really grew to love him as he worked to change the perception his family held of him. It was a rocky start between Emmitt and Annie, when he just showed up unexpectedly. With both of them refusing to vacate the house, they were thrust into one of those forced proximity situations. This produced a LOT of fun antics and laughs, while also resulting in some fantastic tension between Emmitt and Annie. The verbal sparring was so enjoyable, and it filled my heart with joy as that sparring turned to flirting and then to more. It was wonderful watching these two find a place to belong, and I loved that they belonged there together. This book was a delight! It had the perfect combination of warmth, humor, charm, drama, and heat. I loved the what-makes-a-family angle, and am hoping the other two dads get their own HEAs too. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  16. 5 out of 5

    HappyBookWorm2020

    I was hooked from the first line. "The moment Ahn Nhi Walsh stepped into her wedding dress and shimmied the eighty-year-old silk over her hips, she knew there had been a mistake." What follows has to be one of the most horrifying conversations with an ex-fiance ever. I was literally holding my breath that this book was *not* about the two of them getting back together. Her parents also continued a cordial relationship with her ex which astonished and infuriated me. Ahn Nhi (usually called Annie) I was hooked from the first line. "The moment Ahn Nhi Walsh stepped into her wedding dress and shimmied the eighty-year-old silk over her hips, she knew there had been a mistake." What follows has to be one of the most horrifying conversations with an ex-fiance ever. I was literally holding my breath that this book was *not* about the two of them getting back together. Her parents also continued a cordial relationship with her ex which astonished and infuriated me. Ahn Nhi (usually called Annie) was adopted at birth from Vietnam by her white American family and raised as an American. However, other people make assumptions about her based on her appearance, and she has never felt like she fit in anywhere. She decided to move after the break-up, but accidentally accepted a job in the wrong Rome. It wasn't Italy but she liked her job, and found a cabin to rent while the owner was overseas. Emmitt, the owner, had been injured while overseas on assignment as a photojournalist, and had come back to his hometown to convalesce and to spend time with his daughter. He didn't know that his brother-in-law had found a renter for his cabin. Emmitt and Annie's meeting was hysterically funny. Let's just say that both of them were surprised. Emmitt's daughter Paisley had been raised by her mother and stepfather, and had recently lost her mother. It was fun to see these three men - Emmitt, her stepdad, and her uncle - trying to parent 16 year old Paisley who is running rings around them. They are such good guys and so clueless about 16 year old girls. I loved their poker games where they played for stakes like 'cook dinner' and 'empty dishwasher'. Emmitt and Annie seem to be opposites, but turn out to be looking for much the same things in life. I enjoyed reading this book very much and recommend it to any romance lover who likes a complex emotional story with vivid characters, conflict, character growth and laugh out loud humor. This was my first book by this author but it won't be my last. I am hoping that this is first of a series, as I would like to see some of the other characters get their books. Thank you, Kensington and Netgalley, for allowing me to read and review an advance reading copy of this book. These are my honest opinions.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I received RomeAntically Challenged as part of a Goodreads giveaway. Ahn Nhi "Annie" Walsh, on the heels of a cancelled wedding and an ex who almost immediately got engaged to another woman, lands a temporary physician's assistant in Rome, Rhode Island, in an effort for a new beginning. Her fresh start is interrupted, however, by Emmitt, a photojournalist recovering from an on-the-job injury and trying to parent a teenage daughter in concert with her two other surrogate fathers. The pair find the I received RomeAntically Challenged as part of a Goodreads giveaway. Ahn Nhi "Annie" Walsh, on the heels of a cancelled wedding and an ex who almost immediately got engaged to another woman, lands a temporary physician's assistant in Rome, Rhode Island, in an effort for a new beginning. Her fresh start is interrupted, however, by Emmitt, a photojournalist recovering from an on-the-job injury and trying to parent a teenage daughter in concert with her two other surrogate fathers. The pair find themselves as unwitting roommates, until they begin to bond over their respective baggage and discover a common attraction. This novel had a lot going on, and as a result it felt a little slapdash. Emmitt's relationship with Paisley and her other fathers, his baggage with his own father, his physical recovery, Annie's complicated feelings about her adoption, her immersion into a Vietnamese community, Paisley's school and relationship drama...and this was all in addition to Emmitt and Annie's developing relationship. With all the other storylines, I felt like the love plot got a little lost. I liked the characterizations and some of the storylines that were explored, but I do think the novel would have benefitted from being pared down a bit more.

  18. 4 out of 5

    books nraedunn

    This is such a fun read during the whole Covid quarantine! Delightful sweet and fast pace. I like how the MC - both the female and male lead are flawed in their own way. And they lean onto each other for inspiration and growth. The secondary characters are so funny - especially the men bonding. First time reading the author and definitely worth looking into her other books. I do say the storyline is typical rom com but the dialogue makes it enjoyable.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessica M.

    I received an ARC of this novel that is set to publish in July 2020. Annie is a physician’s assistant who moves to Rome after being dumped by her fiancé. However, she ends up not in Italy but Rhode Island. Annie is surprised by this and the roommate that comes with where she is staying. The pacing of this novel was inconsistent. The first part of the book was slow and the ending was wrapped up too quickly. I would appreciated more development with Annie’s character especially trying to reconnect I received an ARC of this novel that is set to publish in July 2020. Annie is a physician’s assistant who moves to Rome after being dumped by her fiancé. However, she ends up not in Italy but Rhode Island. Annie is surprised by this and the roommate that comes with where she is staying. The pacing of this novel was inconsistent. The first part of the book was slow and the ending was wrapped up too quickly. I would appreciated more development with Annie’s character especially trying to reconnect with her roots. It was a fun novel to read and escape into Rome even in Rhode Island.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nica's Musings

    What a breath of fresh air! "Other people's choices are not a reflection on me." Annie Walsh is an ER physician's assistant who moved to Rome, Rhode Island (not Italy) to start a new life. Her heart was broken (once again) by her boyfriend Dr. Clark Atwood, whom she worked with for six years. They were supposed to be married. Enter Emmitt Bradley, an investigative photojournalist who came home after a recent stint in China that went kaboom. Now he is on medical leave. While back home in Rome, What a breath of fresh air! "Other people's choices are not a reflection on me." Annie Walsh is an ER physician's assistant who moved to Rome, Rhode Island (not Italy) to start a new life. Her heart was broken (once again) by her boyfriend Dr. Clark Atwood, whom she worked with for six years. They were supposed to be married. Enter Emmitt Bradley, an investigative photojournalist who came home after a recent stint in China that went kaboom. Now he is on medical leave. While back home in Rome, Rhode Island, Emmitt is determined to win her daughter back whom he has not seen in years. Paisley, Emmitt's 15-year-old daughter, is going through adolescent discovery of herself. Little did Emmitt know, the sweet little Paisley he knew years ago is no longer the same. Emmitt is at a loss. He didn't realize the challenge he is going into with him being away from Paisley's life growing up and the other two dads he is competing with Paisley's love and affection. Emmitt would do anything he possibly can to rekindle his relationship with his daughter like never before. My oh my... First of all, I am very much drawn to Annie's character. She is an Asian woman born in Vietnam and raised by white parents in a white community. She dubbed her situation as being an "In-Bee" (in betweener) meaning falling somewhere in between which resulted to being stereotyped and often misjudged. She's adopted but not a single day in her life had she felt she was not loved. There are so much in Annie's character that I can relate to. What I loved most is how I share her desire to find meaningful connection and how she always puts others first before herself. "Her mother had once explained that when people struggle to understand someone different from themselves, they find comfort in labels." Emmitt and Paisley's story is another part of the book I liked most. Father-daughter relationships that is trying to endure is always a tearjerker for me. While the author was able to depict Paisley as your typical teenager—rebellious, trying to understand herself, and trying her best to communicate her feelings— I like that Annie shared she wasn't acting out the same as Paisley at her age. Because I wasn't like that at all when I was 15 years old. Several a-ha moments during Emmitt and Paisley's dialogue. One wouldn't realize how hard it is for Paisley to juggle three dads who have all the love in the world for her. "Every girl should be so lucky as to have this much love surrounding her." And of course, I can't miss out the part of Annie and Emmitt's romance. It is sweet, light, funny, and quirky. I like that the author gave each character just the right amount and attention, specially Annie and Emmitt. They have their own lives and did not focus too much on their newly found romance. There is balance and the author allowed each character to develop throughout the book. This to me, deserves five starts! All the main characters: Annie, Emmitt, Paisley, Gray, Levi, Les, Maura and Marty, as well as the supporting characters: Nurse Tran, Beckett, Clark, and Molly-Leigh are close to my heart. I am holding them here in my heart that I will reach out to I'm feeling a bit low or just wanting to remember something uplifting. The characters are adorable, light, refreshing, small town feel, that it brings back the joy and light in you. Highly recommended for those who love rom-coms, large pepperoni pizza, green olives, and vanilla ice cream. "...and Annie was no longer afraid to be one of a kind, because with Emmitt she was perfectly happy to be exactly who she was—living and loving and thriving in the in-between." I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Kensington Books, author Marina Adair and Goodreads giveaways for this wonderful story. See more reviews in my blog. I also talk about books on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elyssa (Elyssa's Editions)

    For those of you following along on my Reading Rush progress this weekend and all of my reading sprints, it is of no surprise to you that I read this ENTIRE book this week… outside… during a heat wave. I was so excited to get this ARC because the premise was too good to pass up. We have Annie whose fiance breaks up with her at the last minute (OVER TEXT) then tries to have his brand new fiancee wear her dress and use the same venue. What the actual heck?! We also have a commitment-aphob who surp For those of you following along on my Reading Rush progress this weekend and all of my reading sprints, it is of no surprise to you that I read this ENTIRE book this week… outside… during a heat wave. I was so excited to get this ARC because the premise was too good to pass up. We have Annie whose fiance breaks up with her at the last minute (OVER TEXT) then tries to have his brand new fiancee wear her dress and use the same venue. What the actual heck?! We also have a commitment-aphob who surprises everyone by showing up at his house while it’s rented out on airbnb with all the baggage he brings with him! I loved the family dynamics with 3 dads. One quote really stuck out to me, “She’s as much my kid as if she were biologically mine. Loving someone more would be virtually impossible.” As a stepmom, I really related to that quote and the minefield of navigating life coparenting with others! I loved that Annie joined a cooking group called “Pho Shizzle” (just my type of humor) and that she was able to learn more about her biological culture as a result after being raised by jewish parents as an asian woman. I loved that the book was set in RI, but honestly not a single thing happened that made it feel like RI. I would’ve loved a nod to something unique in the area, but I digress. I extra loved the post-its notes being left between Annie and Emmitt as well as how they were visually represented throughout the pages. This book is going to be out in the world TOMORROW. I’d love to hear your thoughts once you pick it up. Thank you so much to Kensington Publishing for my ARC of this book. All opinions are my own! https://www.instagram.com/p/CDJq7TXA67L/

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marcia

    Can two people still looking to find themselves and their place in the world, find happiness with each other? This is a very delightful RomCom about an adopted Vietnamese woman and a world globing investigative journalist. Appealing characters, amusing banter, funny scenes and a provocative story make it a wonderful read. Anh Nhi Walsh, third daughter of a married Vietnamese couple was given up for adoption at birth to an Irish American couple, both renowned therapists. I think her adopted patern Can two people still looking to find themselves and their place in the world, find happiness with each other? This is a very delightful RomCom about an adopted Vietnamese woman and a world globing investigative journalist. Appealing characters, amusing banter, funny scenes and a provocative story make it a wonderful read. Anh Nhi Walsh, third daughter of a married Vietnamese couple was given up for adoption at birth to an Irish American couple, both renowned therapists. I think her adopted paternal grandmother was Jewish. Being the only Vietnamese in a small Connecticut town, she has always felt out of place, but is a very kind person and is a desired PA. She is very good at whipping boyfriends into shape, but then they break up and immediately find their "one". But her last ex, Clark was the last straw. Shortly after breaking off their engagement, he is engaged to another and is using all of Ahn's plans and vendors for his "new" wedding, refusing to return her share of the deposits and even her grandmother's wedding dress was altered for the new bride. She accepts a temporary position in Rome, to find herself, but it turns out not to be in Rome, Italy, but Rome, Rhode Island. And the cabin that she is renting, is unexpectedly occupied by its owner, who was suppose to be in China, but had been injured and sent home. Investigative journalist Emmett's mother died when he was young and he was raised by an indifferent father. He never planned on any kind of relationship with a woman, but when he found out that he had a daughter, Paisley, there was already a step Dad in the picture and an Uncle. Paisley's mother was recently killed in an auto accident, and as a teen she is really having problems coping, despite having three dads. Emmett was injured during his last assignment and is having problem finding his place in his daughter's life. Ahn is a wonderful distracting. But is that all she is? Can he be the man she needs or will he screw it up? This is a very sweet romance and I hope there will be a second about Ahn finding her biological sisters. I won a copy of this book from Kensington Books. This is my unbiased and voluntary review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brenda A

    You know exactly what you’re getting with a book like this. You see that cover, that cheeky misspelling of a word in the title and the blurb and there’s nothing to surprise you. It does its job well. It’s cute, and though you know what to expect you just tag along for the ride. What drops the score so low for me was Emmitt’s absolutely atrocious flirting. I don’t know what the inspiration was for him but my goodness he came off like a 13 year old learning about sex for the first time. There was n You know exactly what you’re getting with a book like this. You see that cover, that cheeky misspelling of a word in the title and the blurb and there’s nothing to surprise you. It does its job well. It’s cute, and though you know what to expect you just tag along for the ride. What drops the score so low for me was Emmitt’s absolutely atrocious flirting. I don’t know what the inspiration was for him but my goodness he came off like a 13 year old learning about sex for the first time. There was no subtlety whatsoever, and frankly if a guy came on to me the way he did to Anh I would’ve felt incredibly uncomfortable. That’s the kind of shit you see guys do in Vegas clubs while their hands try to wander wherever you’ll let them. It wasn’t cute and it certainly didn’t make me like him as a character. Once he chilled out and actually started talking to Anh as a person he was much easier to stomach and I found him more relatable. All in all not a bad novel, but not one I’ll remember beyond a month from now.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Ziglar

    5 HAPPY STARS!! This book made me happy with all the banter. Sometimes you need a fun book to scrape everyday stress and this is that book. Annie and Emmitt will give you all the feels with their story, so sit back and enjoy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Fink

    RECEIVED ARC THANKS TO BOOKISH FIRST This is one of the most cute, adorable, and fun books I have ever read. Yet, at the same time it deals with emotional and important topics such as grief, hurt, heartache and figuring out who you truly are and what you want. I think that the author dealt with these topics beautifully and anyone could find a valuable lesson out of this book. This book deals with a broken family, and how the characters put their relationships with each other back together. This w RECEIVED ARC THANKS TO BOOKISH FIRST This is one of the most cute, adorable, and fun books I have ever read. Yet, at the same time it deals with emotional and important topics such as grief, hurt, heartache and figuring out who you truly are and what you want. I think that the author dealt with these topics beautifully and anyone could find a valuable lesson out of this book. This book deals with a broken family, and how the characters put their relationships with each other back together. This was a very well-rounded book that expanded on many aspects. It is also one that just puts a smile on your face. It puts you in a great mood. I loved the interactions between the different characters; it seemed so genuine. And the author does a great job at showing a character’s personalities through their actions. We really felt like we knew our characters and we could become attached to them. I was also really happy that the perspective is from a person who works in the medical field. I don't think I've ever read a book that has that. It's very unique and something that I really enjoyed. The romance wasn’t lacking, and I really enjoyed reading the main characters interactions with each other. They were just so cute and put a smile on my face. All the relationships in this book, from friends to family to lovers was developed amazingly. I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting a fluffy, cute, feel-good read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Thank you for the Giveaway! Fun and romantic read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patty (IheartYA)

    3.5 stars, rounded up to 4. I very much enjoyed the writing style, plot and character development, but the story had pacing issues with lulls of too much information. The writing style was the redeeming quality that saved it from my overflowing pool of 3 star reviews. Some parts reminded me of Beach Read (which was disappointing) but overall this was much better. In my head, it played out like a Hallmark movie...probably one I'd watch over and over, and after finishing it, I found out that some 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4. I very much enjoyed the writing style, plot and character development, but the story had pacing issues with lulls of too much information. The writing style was the redeeming quality that saved it from my overflowing pool of 3 star reviews. Some parts reminded me of Beach Read (which was disappointing) but overall this was much better. In my head, it played out like a Hallmark movie...probably one I'd watch over and over, and after finishing it, I found out that some of the author's previous work HAS been turned into a Hallmark movie. Lol. Enjoyable and endearing overall. Thank you to Goodreads Firstreads for offering this book free to review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee

    I felt like it was the perfect escape read! There were really funny parts in this book and I really liked the 2 main characters Annie and Emmitt. Annie has been dumped and her engagement broken off. She's always being hurt by the men she falls for. She decides to make a new beginning for herself in Rome (Rhode Island, not Italy). There she ends up being a roommate to Emmitt, a hot single dad with a teenage daughter. He has to work for her attention, because she also has a step dad and uncle as f I felt like it was the perfect escape read! There were really funny parts in this book and I really liked the 2 main characters Annie and Emmitt. Annie has been dumped and her engagement broken off. She's always being hurt by the men she falls for. She decides to make a new beginning for herself in Rome (Rhode Island, not Italy). There she ends up being a roommate to Emmitt, a hot single dad with a teenage daughter. He has to work for her attention, because she also has a step dad and uncle as father figures. Annie was wanting to swear off men at this point. This was much more than a typical romcom. This book also has some serious parts to it as well! They both must learn to trust their feeling toward one another. I felt this book was emotional, heartfelt, sweet, witty and a little steamy. I think romcom fans should check it out! overall a great read!! Thank you to the publisher for the early review copy!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kera (featherboundbooks)

    This was such a sweet romance, full of hope and character growth. Anh Nhi is a Vietnamese born, but American raised woman. Adopted by two white therapists and raised in the WASPy state of Connecticut. She is a people pleaser and on her path to make others happy, she lets them walk all over her. Like her ex, Clark. The man who she planned an entire wedding with. The man she planned an entire LIFE with... The man who left her in the middle of the night shortly before said wedding with just a note a This was such a sweet romance, full of hope and character growth. Anh Nhi is a Vietnamese born, but American raised woman. Adopted by two white therapists and raised in the WASPy state of Connecticut. She is a people pleaser and on her path to make others happy, she lets them walk all over her. Like her ex, Clark. The man who she planned an entire wedding with. The man she planned an entire LIFE with... The man who left her in the middle of the night shortly before said wedding with just a note as goodbye. Much to Annie's surprise, he quickly met the new (the true) love of his life and not only is he marrying this new girl, but they are basically just removing Annie from the entire wedding she created, venue, dress (her beloved grandmother's dress), date... EVERYTHING and inserting Molly Leigh. So, Annie does the only thing she can think of... Moves to Rome when a job offer presents itself. Only, its not the Italy Rome, it is actually Rome, Rhode Island... Now, she has a new job, a new home, a new life, but she is still the same doormat. Emmitt is a freelance photographer who got badly injured on location in China, so he is back home in Rome to heal. But there is a girl in his bed... This squatter has taken over his entire home, but he can't even be mad, because not only is Anh Nhi beautiful, she is a firecracker, who is legally renting his house. He is constantly globe trotting for his work and his family life is suffering for it. He has a teenage daughter that he unorthodoxically co-parents with two other heterosexual men. Since he is away so often, he finds himself out of the loop with his sweet Paisley, causing a serious rift between him and the 15-year old. This was a sweet friends to lovers romance with some great lessons on self discovery and growth of self. Emmitt helps Annie learn her worth and to not let people like her ex fiance call the shots in HER life. And Annie helps Emmitt traverse the choppy waters of balancing love and trust with his daughter. While all of this is happening, the two learn how important they are to one another and what it takes to make their relationship work when she is a people pleaser trying to practice making herself happy and he is a man whore with an allergy to commitment.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melena Torretta

    I have been patiently waiting for Marina Adair's next book, and was excited when RomEantcally Challenged was announced. I knew I would likely enjoy the book, but Annie and Emmitt's story exceeded every one of my expectations. Like Annie, I was adopted as a baby in Asia, and raised by white parents. I am Korean not Vietnamese like her, but so much of her experience, feelings, and struggles resonated with me deeply. She is trying to get over a bad break up and has moved to Rome, RI for a temp Physi I have been patiently waiting for Marina Adair's next book, and was excited when RomEantcally Challenged was announced. I knew I would likely enjoy the book, but Annie and Emmitt's story exceeded every one of my expectations. Like Annie, I was adopted as a baby in Asia, and raised by white parents. I am Korean not Vietnamese like her, but so much of her experience, feelings, and struggles resonated with me deeply. She is trying to get over a bad break up and has moved to Rome, RI for a temp Physicians Assistant job. Emmett is home and taking time off from his job as a photojournalist, though not willingly. He is surprised to find Annie renting his house and the two of them become reluctant roommates. He also struggles with finding his place in his teenage daughter Paisley's life as he spends time with her now that he's home. I loved Emmitt and Annie together. They provided support and clarity for the difficulties they were experiencing. That connection between them made the romance even better. The secondary characters of Levi and Gray were interesting and added a lot to the story. I am looking forward to getting their books in the series. Marina's writing and storytelling here are just fantastic. This book is heartfelt, heartwarming heartbreaking, and unique. I cannot recommend this book enough! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC for an honest review.

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