Rachel knew exactly what turning thirty would be like. She had a plan, after all. First college, then a climb up the professional ladder. Love, marriage, children. All of it was on the schedule. The cheap Hollywood apartment wasn’t on the list. Neither was the string of heartbreaks. Or the effect her mother’s cancer had on her career. It’s hard to stay practical and on point when everything takes a left turn.
Enter Sebastian, the nerd across the street. The boy she defended when he couldn’t defend himself. The best friend she promised she’d marry if life didn’t go according to plan. Not only is he successful, confident, and gorgeous, but he also still has their handwritten marriage contract. No one goes through with childhood wedding pacts.
That’s crazy. But their families might just be crazy enough to rent a hall and set a date. All Rachel and Sebastian have to do is fall in love.
What can I say: I like nerds. So of course I wanted to read about Sebastian, being the nerdy boy who was bullied and about Rachel, the feisty neighborhood girl, who stood up for him. And it was a sweet read. Sebastian cleared up pretty well, and became a successful business man. Rachel however, didn’t get to realize her perfect planning of moving up the career ladder, finding a husband and getting 2.5 kids.
Partly, because she put her life on hold to take care of her mother, when she got breast cancer. But now, when the big 3-0 is approaching, she runs into Sebastian again. And he reminders her of the marriage pact they made fourteen years ago: when both were still single at thirty, they would marry each other. And although Seb and Rachel are not really planning to follow up on that contract, their families seem to think they will. Rachel certainly isn’t planning on it, until she discovers that her mother’s cancer has likely returned. Placing her mother’s happiness above hers, she asks Sebastian to go through with the wedding. And while Sebastian had always had a crush on Rachel, that is no hard decision.
But when the date is closing in: can they keep up the charade? Or were their parents right? And should they marry regardless? When exes turn up and the parents start acting strange: what will happen next? Find out for yourself in this wonderful read of CD Reiss. Four out of five stars from me and a special thank you to Netgalley for providing the arc.
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Published: July 2019
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥