Someone Like You
by Karen Rock
You can’t program love…or can you?
Kayleigh Renshaw has come up with the idea for a brilliant “compatibility app,” a new kind of matchmaking software. All she needs is a programmer to help her bring the idea to market…and she knows exactly who she wants. But Niall Walsh—a code whiz and her former best friend—has been avoiding her since he returned from Afghanistan. In spite of their history, and some sparks that go beyond friendship, he’s proving reluctant…. Is it her, or is something darker holding him back?
*Wholesome Romance, New York City , Internet Dating , Clean Romance , War Veteran , Wounded Hero
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
As soon as I hear of this book I knew I wanted to read it, not only is it written by Karen Rock, but the plot also sounded really interesting. Main character Kay is developing a compatibility app and I liked how the technology was incorporated into the story, at it’s core it’s still a romance story, but the app gave it a nice flavour.
From the first page I knew I was going to enjoy this book. I really like Karen’s writing style and I liked Kayleigh from the moment she stood up to her old boss and decided to make her own choices. She’s such a strong character, finally taking a chance and fighting for herself, I could easily relate to Kayleigh as I’ve been in sort of the same position before and also started my own company and I know the doubts that go along with it. I also liked Niall, there was one thing he kept a secret from Kayleigh almost the whole book and I just knew it was going to be an issue. I wish he would’ve told her earlier, but then there would’ve been less drama towards the end.
The romance was done well and believable. Kay and Niall where childhood friends and after some years apart they meet again. I have a soft spot for friend-to-lovers stories and I thought the trope was handled well in this book. Their romance was sweet, heartfelt and believable.
I also liked the side character, Karen really knows how to make you feel for the side characters and animals in her books as well. I loved the two cats that played a role into the story. My favourite side character was Josh, the misunderstood angry child of Beth and Chris. It was amazing to see him change and grow throughout this book and the scenes with Niall and Josh where really sweet and well written.
To conclude: I really enjoyed this book, the story was interesting and the pace matched the story. The main and side characters where well developed and I could easily relate to Kay. The romance was sweet and believable.
You can add Someone Like You to your to-read list on Goodreads.
I LOVE strong characters. If a character is too weak or never stands up for herself, I usually end up frustrated. I also have a soft spot for friends-to-lovers books, they’re just too cute. And besides, who better to fall in love with than someone you already get along with very well? Great review!
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There’s just something that I love about friends-to-lovers romances, they are so believeable. And indeed it’s great when the characters already know each other before falling in love.
I don’t read a lot of adult romances but this one sounds like my cup of tea! I love it when a romance develops from a friendship – I find those often have the best connection. And I love it when you know you’ll love a book right from the start! It sounds like it was very well written! Great review, Lola!
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Thanks Giselle :). I like reading some adult romances now and then and I am a big fan of Karen’s writing, I actually discovered her through her YA books, but her adults books are just as good. It was indeed well written and it was a great book from the beginning till end!
I’ve read a book with a similar premise of a dating/compatibility app, and I DID NOT like that book for various reasons. This book sounds like it takes the premise, and does something so much better with it. 🙂 I’ll keep my eyes out for this one. 😀
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I really liked the premise and what the author did with it. It was such an enjoyable story!
I love friends to lovers stories, strong heroins and cats, this should be a winner 🙂 Thanks for sharing !
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I hope you’ll pick it up. The author has a huge heart and loves her pets and that certainly translates into her books. The focus was on the romance, but there where also enough sub plots to keep it interesting.