Falling For Ready To Fall
In the end, everyone leaves. At least, that's been John Day's experience. So, sure, he's all for having a good time when it comes to the ladies, and, heck, you could even say he's dating, but, long-term? Nah, not him. When Diane Watson comes from off-island to spend some time at the cabin next door to John, well, he's just being neighborly, making sure that she has everything that she needs. Soon enough, though, John is just as interested in seeing Diane smile, knowing more about her, spending time with her, and, well, just, her.
I discovered Daisy Prescott's books a little later, so am just meeting and loving the Wingmen of Whidbey Island, Washington. Daisy has created a quirky but loveable community of people that are steadfast in their sense of community and a little bit kooky at times, and I thoroughly enjoy them all.
John is just fine living life the way that he is. He's got his job, he's got his aunt and uncle, and he's got his buddies, plus he's making his adolescent dreams come true by dating his high school crush. What's not to like? When Diane, escaping to Whidbey in the midst of a less-than-friendly divorce, shows up, John does what any good Whidbeyite would do, and takes her under his wing to make sure that she has everything that she needs to live on the island.
One of the things that I like most about this, and others of Daisy's books, is that things develop over time. Neither John nor Diane is looking at the other as potential dating material (no, that's all Tom Donely, and he's a hoot!), and, while there are glimmers of attraction along the way, Daisy takes the time to develop a friendship between them. I thoroughly enjoyed their interactions, their banter, and seeing both of them open up as they became more comfortable with each other. The friends-to-lovers trope is one of my favorites, and Daisy does it humorously and well.
READY TO FALL is 4.5 stars worth of sweet, sexy, redemptive, lumberjacky loveliness, and I just adored it. The icing on the cake, so to speak, is the short epilogue-like addition of TAKE THE CAKE AND RUN, and was the perfect way to end John's and Diane's story. Daisy's stories have become some of my favorites, and, if you haven't read her WINGMEN books yet, you're missing out. Grab these books and settle in, because you're going to love them.