Finding the Right Girl by Violet Duke
Series: A Nice Guy to Love Spin-off
Author: Violet Duke
Brian Sullivan has been in love twice in his lifetime. He lost his first love to early-onset Huntington’s, and he lost the other more recently…to his brother. And somehow, his heart has managed to heal itself after both. Amazingly, without therapy. That doesn’t mean Brian hasn’t gotten more wary along the way, however. In fact, he’s been thinking lately that maybe his brother’s now retired nothing-but-flings rule isn’t such a bad idea. Unfortunately, being the nice guy poster boy and all, he isn’t exactly versed in the fine art of flings. So he looks to the outrageously ‘unique,’ provokingly button-pushing Tessa Daniels for a crash course. There’s absolutely no way he’s falling in love with this one…right? Tessa has no idea what she was thinking telling Brian that she was some sort of fling expert. She’s never been flung before and she sure as heck doesn’t know where or how to begin flinging a guy like Brian. It was a temporary lapse in sanity, really–no doubt because of the can’t-help-but-fall-for-him brain fuzz that hits her whenever he’s around. Not only does the man have her being more herself than she’s ever been in her life, but he’s the only person she knows who seems to have as many demons and skeletons in the closet as she does. What’s more, he’s got her thinking of the one thing she stopped letting herself even hope for years ago.
A happily ever after.
Review: This book was a constant surprise – and a pleasant one, I might add! It was refreshing, engaging, sweet, and spunky all at the same time. I absolutely fell in love with the characters, and reading this definitely made me wonder how I never stumbled upon Violet Duke before? This was my first experience with her writing, and I can honestly say that it won’t be my last!
It wasn’t quite what I was expecting from the get-go either. For one, the blurb sort of gave me the impression that Brian was going to be very rigid in his ideals, and be one of those guys that sticks by that “fling” ideal until the last possible moment – when it’s too late and he almost loses the girl. I was prepared to get annoyed with him a little, but surprisingly I ended up loving his character. He was far more open to things that what I thought, and in the end, someone who can love that wholeheartedly and with such strength of character and conviction. And Tessa was just a joy and a pleasure to read. I loved her vivacious personality, her caring heart, and her strength in dealing with all the things she had to deal with in her life.
Toss in the fact that it took a few surprising twists and turns along the way, that it includes some of the sweetest and most adorable kids on the planet, and that it tugs at your heartstrings in those oh-so-sweet ways, and you could say that this is definitely a keeper! I also learned quite a bit about Huntington’s disease – including the juvenile variety which I was not even aware of! It was definitely a emotional roller coaster ride – but in the best way….:)