Merrick & Evie’s Slow Burn Is About Two Broken Hearts Finding Love & Manifesting A Happy Ending!
Commenté aux États-Unis 🇺🇸 le 11 juillet 2022
Their Workplace Romance Has A Few Laughs & The Couple Has Great Chemistry. Grandma Kitty Is A Hoot.
The story opens in the mid- to late-summer in New York.
Doctor Everly Vaughn, twenty-nine, is still living down her wedding day six months later. She and Christian had dated for three and a half years before that infamous day. They met at Emory University in Atlanta, where Evie earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology. They had moved to New York together while they both worked at his family’s pharmaceutical company – Christian to get some experience before taking over in the Atlanta office, and Evie to complete an internship. Evie was all too happy to make the move, which brought her closer to her older sister Greer and her brother-in-law Ben. Having family nearby softened the blow of that day, but losing her job, her apartment, her best friend, and her groom on her wedding day was a hard loss to bounce back from. It was particularly difficult to live it down when her humiliation became an instant viral internet sensation.
Evie hadn’t seen the disaster coming. As a clinical psychologist, perhaps she should have, but their relationship gave her no cause for concern. Christian was steady and reliable until he wasn’t. The lack of emotional ups and downs gave Evie the sense of safety she needed in a relationship. Her mother was a victim of domestic violence, and Evie had grown up living in fear. Her mother finally left her father for good, but it was not without the kindness and assistance of others. Evie was inspired by that help and decided to pay it forward in her own way as an adult. She supports the cause of victims when she can. Her career as a therapist is one such way for her to help others by helping them work through their issues.
After taking six months off of work and out of sight of the paparazzi, allowing the story to die off, Evie needs to get her life back in order, which begins by getting a job. Her late grandmother’s long-time best friend and neighbor, Kitty, has become a close friend, and she promises to help get Evie an interview at her grandson’s firm. Evie is not quite qualified for the position, but she will pursue any lead she can get.
Merrick Crawford, thirty-two, is a workaholic with commitment issues. He is confident and charming but also dismissive and unapproachable. He is hard to read and unpredictable. At times he is admittedly inappropriate, but he can talk his way out of anything. He has no shortage of beautiful women vying for his attention, but relationships are hard to come by for someone that works the kind of hours he does. He founded Crawford Investments just three years out of Princeton. His investment firm is the highest-performing firm three years running now, which means he only hires the best. But the board is grumbling about the recent lawsuits from a handful of disgruntled employees, none of which were up to par. His employees all have the choice to leave if they cannot perform as expected; the lawsuits are just drama. Nevertheless, it means that he must now hire a therapist to address the stress level in the company. The idea does not sit well with Merrick for a variety of reasons. And forcing his employees to attend a one-hour therapy session each month seems like a waste of their valuable time. He is tempted to sabotage the effort by choosing the least qualified candidate for the job.
When Merrick and Evie first cross paths, neither knows they are about to sit through an interview together. Their embarrassing first encounter leads to a most unusual interview, and Evie is an unusual candidate. Least qualified for the position, she yet stands out from the crowd in her no-nonsense attitude. She is feisty and funny, and she definitely has Merrick’s attention. Once she joins the firm, however, both try to focus on work. Merrick finds himself lost in thought all too often when Evie is nearby, and he is sometimes too obvious in his admiration of her. He knows the attraction goes two ways, so he has a hard time holding back.
Evie’s recent breakup makes her vulnerable, and Merrick knows a thing or two about that. It has been three years since he lost Amelia. After six years together, he thought he knew his fiancée, but he was wrong. Despite his growing feelings and deep attraction to Evie, Merrick might never take the leap with Evie and put his heart at risk again if not for the interference of his matchmaking grandmother, Kitty, whose advice is to manifest your own happiness.
Merrick and Evie’s story is a slow burn about two broken hearts finding love and manifesting their happy ending. Evie’s story dominates in the earlier part of the story, and her humiliation is complete. Merrick is more of a mystery. He seems confident and put together, but the question marks about him keep adding up. His story sneaks up on you, much like his grief sneaks up on him. His behavior is a little over-the-top and dramatic, but in the end, it works out.
There are a few issues that merit mention. First, although Merrick and Evie are supposed to have this unquenchable passion for one another, their story is often more serious in tone, slowly progressing. Their story is good but slow-moving, not quite living up to that desperate passion that they taut. Next, there are some timeline issues with the story. Some of it takes a while to piece together. There are some time references within chapter twenty-six that do not make sense as written. The story primarily takes place during the summer, over the course of roughly one to two months, and as it reads, it puts the story in November and December. This passage had me frustrated, reading and rereading it while I did the mental math. In the epilogue, Abbey is portrayed more so as a toddler, when in fact, one year later she would be roughly three or four months old. Finally, there are a few issues – such as the lawsuit, the model neighbor, and the real estate search – that initially seem important but which fade into the background, feeling forgotten. Some are revisited, but not with the vigor I expected.
Merrick and Evie’s workplace romance is a heartbreaker. There are a few laughs along their journey, and the couple has great chemistry. Merrick seems controlled and in charge, but he masks his pain well. His grandmother Kitty is a hoot. She has a lot of character and adds levity to the story. The story is nicely written. The plot is somewhat complex and slow to unfold. The characters are carefully crafted and authentic. The story is written in first person. The POV alternates between Merrick and Evie. I rate this book 4.5 stars.
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