The Way You Love Me by Miranda Liasson
Series: Angel Falls
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 29th, 2019
ARC from the publisher
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The Way You Love Me is the second book in Miranda Liasson’s Angel Falls series, and while you could read this book as a stand-alone, I loved it so much that I immediately worked my way backward and started listening to the first. And I’m enjoying that one immensely; if you like series, especially when they’re set in a small town, I don’t think it would hurt to go badk to the beginning and soak up more of Angel Falls.
Gabby Langdon grew up in the small town of Angel Falls, and she feels as though she’s never quite been able to find her footing in life. She has her career as a lawyer, but she’s constantly embarking on new adventures to find her passion. It’s not until she comes across a box of her mother’s things and stumbles onto some writing that she thinks she may have found it. So she signs up for a writing class at a local college to explore her calling. As it turns out, her hot new professor seems to call to her just as much as the words she can’t wait to get down onto the page. Cade Marshall moves back to Angel Falls after his marriage and career fall apart. He’s hoping to find some fulfillment in teaching writing at the local college, and an immediate run-in with one of his students certainly makes things interesting. Gabby and Cade had chemistry from their very first meeting – which I loved. They just seemed to get under each other’s skin no matter what they were doing or where they were, and neither could forget about the other. But when Gabby comes to the rescue when Cade’s daughter is having a public meltdown, he starts to see Gabby in a new light.
If you enjoy a slow burn romance, you’ll enjoy this book. Both characters are attracted to each other quickly, but it takes them a while to find their way together. I loved the progression of their relationship; there was a lot more to each of them than the other thought, and I so enjoyed seeing them discover those things. Gabby had so many talents; she just couldn’t see them, and Cade was struggling to be the best father for his daughter that he could be. But he had his doubts as to whether or not he was doing a good job. I like that they were having similar feelings about different things, and that they saw the good in each other that they couldn’t see in themselves. Gabby came from a large, close-knit family, and I really enjoyed reading about them. She was particularly close to her aging Nona, and the relationship between the two of them and the way it was tearing Gabby up was especially poignant to read about. Also, there is a story brewing between Gabby’s brother and one of her best friend’s, and I am all in for that. I cannot wait to find out what’s going to happen there! And I loved the town of Angel Falls and the legend that went with it. I will say that small town romance, in theory, is something I love. But most of the time it’s executed in a way that leaves a bad taste in mouth. I want the town’s people to be nosey because they care, not just because they want to know what’s going on. And I don’t want them to be too meddlesome, because then they are more annoying than entertaining. This author managed to write a town that was perfect for my taste, and I just can’t wait to read more about these people.
The only frustration I had with this story was something that happened with Gabby and Cade near the end. They both did things to meddle in each other’s lives, but when it came to Cade (when in my opinion his offense was the lesser of the two,) he was the one left grovelling. I hate it when it’s up to the man to try and put things back together when his offense seems so blown out of proportion.
Having said that, I really adored The Way You Love Me, and as I mentioned, I’ve already gotten the first one from my library and am halfway through it. This is a small town that I am so invested in, and I want to read all the stories!
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