Friday, July 3, 2020

Facial Recognition by Jennifer Peel

For her, it was love at first sight. For him, love wasn't an option.

Twenty years ago, Gracie Cartwright became the first prom queen in the history of Pecan Orchard High School to be stood up. Now, she's on a mission to plan the ultimate high school reunion and get the prom night she always envisioned. All she has to do is find the perfect date. But after going on thirty-five blind dates, she's losing hope that she'll find Mr. Right--or at least Mr. Right Now. Then Brooks Hamilton, the man she knew she was meant to marry, walks into her spa for a facial massage. Too bad she's never forgiven him for standing her up at prom all those years ago. If that isn't enough, she finds out he's dating her nemesis and he's a divorce lawyer who doesn't believe in marriage. And what's worse is, he doesn't recognize her.

However, when Brooks's estranged father falls ill, the pair are thrown together and sparks fly when the old friends butt heads about almost everything. But despite the tension, it doesn't take long for Brooks to recognize that maybe he made a huge mistake letting Gracie go all those years ago. But is it enough for him to let his guard down and admit he was wrong about relationships and give Gracie the prom night she always dreamed of? Or will they miss out on the love that's been right in front of their faces the entire time?

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Oh holy crow.  This book!  I'm going to say this right up front:  This is one of my favorite books this year so far.  Honestly.  The minute I finished it, I wanted to go back and read it again.  That's the highest praise I can give.

I absolutely loved to be amused and entertained when I read.  This book had me cracking up the whole way through.  Gracie's internal dialogue was hilarious to me.  Here's one of the many, many quotes from the book that I love:

"I'm sorry for not being a better friend to you."  If he said the F word one more time, I might start using some of my own F words.  You know, like fudge, fondue, flan and frosting straight out of the can.

Hahahahaha!!!!  See?  Funny.  Maybe I'm just craving the things that will bring fun and smiles into my life.  The world is a crazy place right now and being able to smile and laugh is important.  This book gave me that and I'm ever so grateful.

Yeah, the story wasn't all fun and games.  There was definitely some difficult things going on for the characters in this book but the humor balanced it out so well.  My heart expanded and fluttered with all kinds of emotion.  My tummy fluttered with the zingy attraction.  Brooks is a little (and by a little, I mean a LOT) slow on the uptake but when he comes around, be ready.  😍

Gracie is definitely one of my favorite characters from Jennifer Peel's books.  Her goodness is evident in everything she does.  I also kinda loved that Gracie is a bit more, shall we say, mature in age?  Her relationship with Brooks goes back a long way.  Second chance at first love is fun!

Gracie and her friends have just opened a spa and I cannot wait to see how the stories unfold for them all.  We get a little glimpse of them in this book and it has definitely peaked my interest.  

I loved every second of this book.  It will be one I re-read whenever I need a good pick-me-up romance.

- I received a complimentary copy of this book but have since bought my own copy.  This book is also on Kindle Unlimited.

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