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This was really fun, had a thread of klutzy meet-cute throughout that I really got a chuckle out of, and the inclusion of a dash of the paranormal—our heroines are watched over by the women in their lives who loved them and have since passed on—was right up my alley.
Zane is confident, secure, meticulous. She's a wealthy woman from a wealthy family who is a lawyer and knows she has to be 110% to measure up to her role. She likes to keep things clear and predictable: including the supermodels she dates, knowing full well they're mostly in it for the connections and networking she can offer as a member of the elites.
Aislin is a wee Irish hurricane. She's a veterinarian, and her life is generally more-or-less chaos. Her family is incredibly loud, but down-to-earth and super-caring, and if it wasn't for them, she'd never have made it though the loss of her previous love, Shannon. That it's time for Aislin to potentially move on hasn't really occurred to her, but with some preternatural help from Shannon, Aislin's grandmother, and Zane's mother, a nudge puts the two women on a collision course.
And boy do they collide.
The will-they, won't-they of Meet Me in the Middle is relentless. Aislin doesn't trust well. Zane doesn't compromise well. They both are quick to temper and have many assumptions about each other to work through. Honestly, at one point I wanted to smack each of them. Okay, at least at one point. But they're fun, the cast of characters (and especially animals) around them was a joy, and I liked the scheming ex as a hurdle, too. Their characters made sense, even as they made me want to screech at them.
I listened to this on audiobook, and for the most part it was decent. There were a couple of odd pronunciations (literally a couple: poultice and mistrial) where I had to stop and make the book jump back thirty seconds. Pull-tease? Mystery-al? Other than that, it was good, characterizations were on, and the variation in voice performance never held any confusions over who was speaking, which I love.
What did you love best about Meet Me in the Middle?
A really good book from start to finish. The only thing this needs is a sequel, which I sincerely hope is in the works. A series would be even better. }:-)