I received this book for free from the publisher . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Falling for Max by Shannon Stacey
Published by Harlequin Enterprises, Limited on 2014-07-29
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Source: the publisher
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Max Crawford has reached the point in life where he's starting to think about settling down. Unfortunately, he's always been a little awkward when it comes to social interactions, and working from home doesn't help. He spends so much time alone, painting beautiful, historically accurate model trains that half of Whitford has begun to joke that he may be a serial killer. Not exactly prime husband material. Tori Burns has found happiness in Maine, thanks in large part to her shifts at the Trailside Diner. She likes the work, and she loves the local gossip. When shy, geeky Max Crawford becomes a regular, she's intrigued. When she finds out he's in the market for a wife, she's fascinated…and determined to help. Molding Max into every woman's dream turns out to be much easier than expected. But has Tori's plan worked a little too well? As she turns his comfortable life all sorts of upside down, she'll have to find a way to show just how she's fallen for him…the real him.
I can sum up this book in one word –
Trust me once you read this fun story you will laugh at the usage of that word just like I do every time I use it in describing Max and his lovely Tori. They really are meant for one another and bring out the best in their new partner.
Max has made a big decision – trust me you will burst out laughing as to how this came about – he’s ready to find a WIFE. He’s decided he needs that in order to complete his life but now the issue is how does one find a wife??? As he discovers you need to first get a date with a woman that makes you want to keep seeing her in a romantic sense but with his reputation in town how can he be sure that people want him and not the man they’ve made up? He’s the subject of many rumors in town of which you’ll get to read about as his story unfolds but the real Max was someone that I identified with and loved. He’s so endearingly awkward that you will cheer for him to find his perfect woman and finding out that it is the same woman trying to help him adapt to dating was perfect. I loved how he recognized his faults and really was trying to put aside his OCD and other quirks in order to put himself out there but ultimately I loved how he learned how love should be able to handle his real self, quirks and all. He’s just *sigh* wonderfully real and I’m glad Shannon kept him true to all his oddities.
Tori was a tough one to crack. I loved her but found myself get frustrated with her inability to let the past go and embrace the man who loved her beyond belief. She’s so opposed to a committed relationship but Max wears her down. She’s so good at understanding what makes him tic and I loved the way she worked to manage his quirks without judging him for them. She manages to show him how much she loves and understands the real man just by being supportive. She’s so funny when they finally decide to work off the sexual tension between them and her jealousy as she sees him on a date (that she set up) made me crack up. She’s such a great friend to everyone but seeing her so stubbornly fight what she has with Max will make you want to shake sense in to her.
Overall this story had many moments that made me crack up and moments that made me tear up as we see two deserving people finally get what most people dream of.
I am so happy to have grabbed this while at RT in NOLA but even happier when Shannon signed one at BEA that Angela James gave to me at RAGT.