I received this book for free from BEA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Falling for Max by Shannon Stacey
Series: The Kowalskis #9
Published by Harlequin on 07/29/2014
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance
Max Crawford has reached the point in life where he's starting to think about settling down. Unfortunately, he's always been a little awkward when it comes to social interactions, and working from home doesn't help. He spends so much time alone, painting beautiful, historically accurate model trains that half of Whitford has begun to joke that he may be a serial killer. Not exactly prime husband material.
Tori Burns has found happiness in Maine, thanks in large part to her shifts at the Trailside Diner. She likes the work, and she loves the local gossip. When shy, geeky Max Crawford becomes a regular, she's intrigued. When she finds out he's in the market for a wife, she's fascinated…and determined to help.
Molding Max into every woman's dream turns out to be much easier than expected. But has Tori's plan worked a little too well? As she turns his comfortable life all sorts of upside down, she'll have to find a way to show just how she's fallen for him…the real him.
So far, this year has been all about adult romance novels for me. I’m still reading young adult and middle-grade books of various genres, but I’m just so enjoying reading these adult romances. I even picked up quite a few while I was at BEA, including Falling for Max by Shannon Stacey, the ninth book in the Kowalski Family series. I wanted to love Falling for Max, and although I liked it, I felt like something was missing.
Tori works part-time at the Whitford diner, and is also a book cover designer that she does from home. She’s very social, and a very nice person, but she is also determined to not get married after witnessing the destruction of her parents’ marriage a few years ago. Max is extremely introverted, and he can be very awkward in social situations. Max decides he wants to get married, and Tori offers to help Max be more comfortable going on dates. And . . . you can guess what happens next.
Both main characters, Tori and Max, were really interesting and likable characters, but even so, I found this story a little bland. I did find Max to be a more interesting character than Tori. He’s kind of quirky, and he has a odd career, and I could relate to his social awkwardness to a point. Tori was a fleshed out character, but I just didn’t find her as interesting.
As much as I liked Tori and Max, and wanted them to get together, I just found this story a little dry. I think there was a bit more telling, and less showing, especially the first half of the book. It was never difficult to put the book down. It’s not terrible at all, but it wasn’t particularly compelling, either.
However, Max reminded me a lot of Don from The Rosie Project, and although they definitely aren’t the same character, and they each have their own, different, issues, but there were definitely similarities. So, although I wasn’t madly in love with Falling for Max, it was a fun and enjoyable read. Not one that will stick in my memory, but I’m glad I spent the time reading it.