Review ~ Pillowtalk – Cassie Mae

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In a feel-good romance that will steal your heart, a charming small town brings together two people who could each use a fresh start—and it’s all thanks to a little pillowtalk.

Kennedy Walters used to be lucky in love—until tragedy struck. Now she’s come to the lakeside town of Lyra Valley to finally put the past behind her. But while Kennedy’s staying at a local B&B, she is shocked to find herself undeniably drawn to a sweet-talking hometown heartthrob. Kennedy isn’t sure if she’s ready to move on—and yet one look in Aaron Sheppard’s eyes makes her wish he’d make his move.

Aaron returned to Lyra Valley because he was fed up with the big city and everything he was missing: beautiful, down-to-earth girls like Kennedy. Turns out Aaron has more in common with Kennedy than he realized, and suddenly he wonders if he should give her a little space. But after a power outage strands them together, their innocent flirtation turns to intimate conversation. And over the course of a night that neither will ever forget, Aaron and Kennedy learn just how compatible they could be—if only they’d let themselves fall into each other’s arms.

Writing a romance where death plays a huge role is tough and I have to hand it to author Cassie Mae for doing such a great job of making it part of the story without, well harping on it. There are points in Pillowtalk when you just feel Kennedy’s pain, viscerally and I just wanted to wrap her in my arms and help her through it all.

But who needs me when you have Aaron and Lyra Valley?

They both came to town for different reasons but it turns out those reasons share a lot of similarities. The death of her boyfriend and his former best friend, Jared, brought them both back to the place where they both needed to heal and that part spoke to me on many levels. After a tragedy you sometimes just want to change your life up a bit, change from a fast-paced life to a much slower one or seek comfort from the people and places you would have run from before the tragedy.

As you might expect this story was filled with angst. This is a pretty angsty topic so there are no surprises there but it’s understandable. These two aren’t immature kids making a big deal out nothing, they have real life issues to deal with and sometimes that sh*t is hard. Kennedy is having a hard time letting go of Jared even though she needs to. At times I wondered if he was as great as she made him seem because people in general tend to turn everyone into angels after death, which maybe would have made her indecision a little more logical.

I do have a couple of quibbles. The first was the talking to the urn and all that…really? I do get grief but it seemed a little much but we all handle grief in our own ways so I let it pass.

But the constant guilt…yeah, no. Nope. Uh-huh. Yes they both has ties to Jared and that might make it a tad weird. Except Aaron hadn’t been in his life for years at his death, which was one of the things that brought him back home. And sure it had been a year and maybe that wasn’t enough time to move on…for some. But you like him and he likes you, let’s talk about the thing that binds us when we feel like it but let’s maybe not feel so guilty. All. The. Time.

It was annoying but I did enjoy Pillowtalk for the most part.

The story was well written and the characters were developed so I would definitely read Cassie Mae again…but maybe with less feels next time.

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