Wednesday, August 8, 2018

BLOG TOUR & BOOK REVIEW for "The Right Fit" by Daphne Dubois

The Right Fit 
by Daphne Dubois
Publication date: April 12th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
She’s sworn off love, he’s sworn off sex, but together they’ll score the goal of a lifetime. 
When Maxine Nicholls discovers her fiancé is cheating, she turns to fast food and nighttime soap operas, but her sister has a plan — unbridled rebound sex with a stranger. 
As one of Toronto’s hottest players, Antony Laurent tallies scores on and off the ice, but when the chiseled defense man hits a slump, rumors of a trade to the minor league send him to ambush a managers meeting at a posh club. 
That night a chance encounter ends up as an unforgettable evening of passion. But Maxine and Antony are about to discover a game of casual hook ups can lead to something neither one of them thought they deserved — the right fit.

~BOOK REVIEW for "The Right Fit"~

****(4) out of 5 Stars!

This was a charming contemporary romance tale of an unlikely couple falling in love, totally against both their better judgement.  Maxine doesn’t want a relationship because of a recent painful break-up that she can’t seem to get past, and Antony has been on a self-imposed sabbatical from sex in hopes to somehow improve his hockey performance. 

Maxine is an amazing character who I really admired and enjoyed.  EXCEPT for the endless times that she complained about her size and whined about her loser ex-boyfriend, even just to herself.  (Seriously, I wanted to jump into the story and throw away the box in the closet myself a few times!)  That Antony helped her overcome many of those hang-ups, simply by truly loving and enjoying her, was one of my favorite things about him.    

I wasn’t entirely sold on Antony – at first.  Just as the author obviously intends, I thought he was simply another lying jerk who comes off as a cheating spouse.  His true story, however, was much more complicated than the assumption.  That situation certainly made him a much more sympathetic character.  Okay, and his sexy accent didn't hurt either!   ;-)  

The peripheral characters were great!  I absolutely loved Stuart, Carmine, and (late in the game) Kayla.  All of them were delightful, witty, personable and fun.  Max’s siblings were a enjoyable lot too, as were (some of) Antony’s teammates.  Marc was a total jerk (albeit understandably so to some extent), who I just wanted to throttle through most of the story.  Thankfully, he too finally seemed to get a clue and be a decent guy. 

The meet-cute between Maxine and Antony was great!  And the way they kept being running into each other (both by accident and design) seemed to bring a bit of kismet to their involvement with each other.  That neither of them was looking for anything, but both totally fell in love with the other, was wonderful.

There were a few things that I didn't like about the story.  In addition to Maxine's whining, I thought the revelation to her of Antony's status was pretty dumb.  Why any rational adult would possibly think that would be the way to explain it to her was beyond me.  The couple of other items that irked me (Max's introduction to Marc, Carmen's ending) were just plot items that I didn't personally like, but at least they made sense and contributed to the storyline.

Of course, there was drama and conflict in Maxine & Antony's lives (some necessary and some decidedly less so) that ultimately invaded their relationship, but thankfully it was resolved in the end and they were allowed their happy ending.  This is definitely a book that I recommend as a good, light, romantic read.  I even hope there might be some follow-up to the story, possibly by way of tales about other members of their group.  

Author Bio:
Daphne Dubois writes contemporary romance and believes the right book at the right time can make all the difference. When she's not putting her characters in compromising positions (ahem), she works as a registered nurse. A member of the Writer's Federation of Nova Scotia, she lives in Eastern Canada, the most romantic place in the world. 
You can also find her writing for teens as B.R. Myers. 
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2 comments:

  1. Great review, Jen! This sounds like a character driven and well written romance story!

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  2. i love the cover, so pretty!! this sounds really good

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