(I voluntarily reviewed an eARC of the book on For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
The thing about blogging that I love the most is the fact that I get a chance to find some amazing new authors and their backlists which my never ending TBR might groan at; but yay for never going out of things to read :D
Case in Point – Avery Flynn; an author I had never heard of; but the current book’s blurb had me intrigued and interested right from the start! Being an awkward, weird and quirky girl myself, I am all for heroines who embody the same quirks in them – that pretty much makes it a fun and relatable read!
Tess, our heroine is a veritable queen of social awkward – ness and the queen of facts – her quirks aren’t loved by many, so she has a lifetime of getting used to being lonely. Her growing up years were of the lonely sort, mostly cause her mother used to drop her off at her relatives for weeks at times, so she became used to being invisible, just so she wouldn’t be considered a burden.
Cole, on the other hand, a professional hockey player (or a Thor lookalike, like Tess calls him!) is a little bit obsessed with having everything in order – it has a calming effect on him; the same plays used in every game, the same on - off girlfriend from high school and a set future schedule that he knows he will accomplish. He doesn’t really do well with change.
Tess and Cole are veritable opposites of each other, but a wedding where Cole’s ex is on a date with another, leads to some very fun times, between Tess and Cole – something neither of expect to last beyond that one night.
But life has a way of laughing at set plans; and that’s exactly what happens with Tess and Cole; when a surprise pregnancy and leaky plumbing throws obstacles in their grand plans of just co – parenting this surprise baby. Living together makes for an interesting plot – it’s hilarious when two opposites come together, but its also heart warming to see them both grow, ‘not just individually, but also together, even with their own insecurities played havoc with their emotions.
Awk –Weird is the book that encompasses WHY communication is important in any relationship – yet somehow the author made this more of an emotional read, and one that I definitely enjoyed. Avery Flynn is an author whose works I will definitely be picking blurb unseen; cause that’s how much I adored Awk – Weird; not to mention the sneak peak of the next book we got at the end of this eARC!
Awk-weird has that unique brand of witty fun and sweet romance that is speciality of Avery Flynn. My face was hurting from grinning and smiling like a lunatic. My heart was hurting in the best way with the insane chemistry and beautiful passionate moments. Nothing is comparable to this carefree, happy and content feelings after reading the feel good yet intense romance from Avery Flynn.
Cole and Tess are as opposite in personality as possible. Tess is the shy and reservd florist who throws out absolutely random trivia in nervous ans awkward situations. And that happens a lot. Cole is the star player of Ice Knights who is charming, gorgeous, confident and has his life mapped to every tiny details. Just like each corner of his home. So when a drunken wedding hook up , an accidental pregnancy and a plumbing disaster force them to co habit together , it is complete chaos.
I love everything about this couple. This is a slow burn extraordinaire romance. Where they give in to their bone deep pull one step and then take ten steps back by denying their feelings. Tess makes Cole feel that change is necessary and not always evil. And Cole makes Tess at home that has been missing from her life since childhood. But heart is a stupid and stubborn organ. So they have this very exciting, mesmerizing and intoxicating dance where they kind of do everything except admitting their love. The journey was hilarious and full of so many laugh out loud moments. Think about every kind of humor and you will have it. Including healthy dose of sarcasm. The journey had gut wrenching and soul wrecking moments where I wanted to hit someone. The whole bittersweet, heartbreaking and glorious process of falling in love was portrayed so beautifully. And I loved getting reunited with some of my old favorites from the Hartigan family and Ice Knight family! Friends make everything better and easy.
Avery Flynn's writing is so free flowing and flawless that it will get right to your heart. If romance is an escape, Awk-weird is an all expense paid trip to Hawaii.