Can he see past the physical and open himself to love? Learning to Love by Jennifer Wilck @JWilck #r
Title: Learning to Love (Serendipity Book 3)
Author: Jennifer Wilck
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Dina Jacobs is a single librarian who has never fit in due to her off-the-charts intelligence, frizzy hair and rounder-than-socially-acceptable figure. She left her past behind until she receives an invitation to her ten-year high school reunion, and all her insecurities return.
Adam Mandel is a single corporate attorney who just missed his third deadline at his father's law firm, the law firm where he is up for junior partner. With his reputation on the line, Adam needs all the help he can get to convince his father that he deserves the promotion.
When Dina and Adam run into each other on a deserted road, Dina thinks Mr. Flashypants can't possibly be interested in someone like her. Adam thinks Dina is just the person to help him improve his reputation. Lies and insecurities force them to take a look at themselves. Can they trust each other to look beyond the surface?
Dina is a whip-smart librarian who loves nothing more than spending an evening at home with a good book. When she gets a flat tire, an overly confident man tries to help her. Mr. Flashypants, as she calls him, doesn’t go away and in fact pops up when she least expects it. The more she’s around him, she higher her insecurities ramp up. Is he just pretending to date her to please his father or could this relationship be something more?
Adam works for his father’s law firm but after legal documents disappear and he becomes a piranha, his life falls apart. What he wants in life and what he is living are far apart. The only bright spot is the pretty librarian who occupies his thoughts far too often. She’s his exact opposite but maybe her blunt honesty is exactly what he needs. Can he see past the physical and open himself to love? Or will his childhood scars keep him from learning to love?
This is my first Jennifer Wilck book and I loved every minute of it. Her descriptive narration makes the characters and the scenery come alive. You feel for both Dina and Adam. Their slow-burning romance is worth all the angst and misunderstandings. It’s realistic while still tugging at the heartstrings.
My favorite parts had to be the faith-filled moments where she describes Dina’s love for Temple and her Jewish faith. I’m not Jewish but my spirit conjoined with Dina’s during those scenes. Beautiful without being overbearing.
If you’re a fan of realistic romances with all the feels, you’ll fall in love with Learning to Love. Highly recommend!
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in the hopes I'd review it.
Favorite Character/Quote: Dina. I connected with her right away. She’s bookish, honest and not model-thin. The more I read, the more I loved her. Every emotion she experienced, I went through as well. By the end of the book, I was sure I wanted her and I to be best friends.
My Rating: 5 stars
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When I was a little girl and couldn’t fall asleep, my mother would tell me to make up a story. Pretty soon, my head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Each character had a specific personality, a list of likes and dislikes, and sometimes, even a specific accent or dialect. Even as an adult, I think about the characters and stories at night before I fall asleep, or in the car on my way to or from one of my daughters’ numerous activities (hey, anything that will drown out their music is a good thing). One day, I started writing them down (it was either that or checking into the local mental hospital—the computer was way less scary) and now I'm a published author. My first book, A Heart of Little Faith, was just declared a Finalist in the Fiction: Romance category of the 2016 Best Book Awards. In the Moment was a 2018 Stiletto Finalist in mid-length novels. In the real world, I’m the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men I know. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, traveling and watching TV. I write stories that let me escape from reality. In my made-up world, the heroines are always smart, sassy and independent. The heroes are handsome and strong with just a touch of vulnerability. If I don’t like a character, I can delete him or her; if something doesn’t work, I can rewrite it. It’s very satisfying to be in control of at least one part of my life. My inspiration comes from watching the people around me and fantasizing about how I’d do things differently.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N