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Love on a Whim

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  373 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Six months out of law school, Rachel Pearce is completely disillusioned by her job hunt. Despite pounding the pavement with her Ivy League degree in hand, her job prospects are no brighter than the day she graduated. Then in a chance meeting with a former acquaintance, eccentric young millionaire Henry Walker, Rachel finds an unexpected opportunity: Henry is looking for a ...more
272 pages
Published July 15th 2015 by Covenant Communications (first published July 1st 2015)
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Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Enjoyed and stands alone but wish I'd know this was a companion/sequel to Before the Clock Strikes Thirty first as I would have read that first.
I liked both Henry & Rachel and enjoyed reading their story. Lots of laughs.

While I guess this could be considered "LDS fiction" I don't think there is anything in this that is specifically LDS and it is more implied that the characters are LDS simply because they don't drink or smoke. Nothing about it is preachy or religious. It is just a clean romance
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun, easy read that I completed in an afternoon. I loved the characters. I loved the situation, and I thought Henry's behind the scenes reasoning for hiring Rachel was perfect. I loved how Rachel's pride really came into call and she had to learn from it. The misreading of situations was perfectly real and I just enjoyed the book from beginning to end. I did remember wondering where it took place and when it finally stated where they were having to change my thinking a bit. I could ha ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this book...but I also felt like there wasn't anything deeper to it than what was on the surface. The story was cute, but I never really got into it. I think that was because a) the blurb gave me a different idea of Rachel's character, and b) I don't feel like I ever got into the characters' motivations.

So, now that I read the blurb, I realize that it never explicitly said this, but when I read it, I totally thought that Rachel, as a lawyer, would be the one who didn't want to do anythin
Katie W
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read the first book, Before the Clock Strikes Thirty, and really enjoyed it, so I couldn't wait for this one. Rachel knows what she wants after finishing law school--a nice, prestigious job and some money. A hit to the economy leaves her digging for change to make ends meet and her pride won't allow her to work just any old job--even a job offered by a former crush. Henry is tall, rich, and full of charm, but he's been burned before and a little leery of falling in love again.

I love Ms. Mace's
I loved this book!! It was such a fun, fast read which had me laughing out loud multiple times. Rachel Pearce is an attorney without a job. She's getting desperate for something when she runs into Henry Walker, an ex-boyfriend of her best friend, Shannon. He offers her a job and she's not interested until her situation becomes dire.

Once she starts working for Henry, she is given quirky tasks to complete, like mastering the copy machine, helping him with his book club and buying gourmet cookies
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
***4.5 stars***

This book was the perfect read for me right now. I love the combination of romance and comedy. There are comedic situations that put a grin on my face and kept me anticipating what could possible happen (or go wrong) next.

Rachel thinks she has her life figured out. She graduated from law school and thinks she should be on track to a productive career practicing law. Her dreams are not coming true and she is struggling to survive when she runs into Henry. He is a wealthy ex-boyfrie
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Okay. It took me till chapter 12 to realize that this was basically a wrap up/sequel to Before the Clock Strikes 30. Now, I can't really decide which book I liked better but I lean a little towards Clock. I was excited to be the first to read this at my work and still really enjoyed it. I liked Henry a lot and I liked having a heroine whose life wasn't perfect. When I read the back and first started getting into it I got a Two Weeks Notice (with Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock) vibe. Which is defi ...more
Heather Green
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I had high hopes for this one because I enjoyed the other books by this author. There were some humorous lines and situations. Henry was sweet and thoughtful. Shannon was a good friend, more like a sister. I enjoyed their relationship. It was good up until the last 30 pages or so. She was so upset about the blank papers in St. George (and rightly so), but then she was laughing about it with Henry in the next breath. I didn't get it. The arguments between them were confusing. I couldn't understan ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I love the cover for this book! It's so cute and it makes me want to eat cookies. Actually, I wanted to eat cookies throughout this whole book. One of these days I am going to get to the bakery spotlighted in this book because it is an actual place. How fantastic is that?!

This book is lighthearted and fun. I enjoyed the interactions between Rachel and Henry- the banter and the little zing pinging back and forth. Rachel thinks she knows Henry and she does to some degree but not entirely. Henry is
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sweet story of a crush getting a second chance to make a first impression. Loved rachel pierce character. Her spunk, her humor, her playfulness was refreshing.
It was very real like to watch Henry try to open up his heart to accept another someone"in after being hurt.
Dec 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Cute Mormon Fiction. Nothing particularly wrong with it, but nothing deep or new. A fun, fluffy read. Nothing life changing. Completely clean.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had a hard time deciding between four stars or five for this one - I was thinking 5, because I enjoyed the plot, the characters, the writing style, the humor & occasional bouts of whimsy, and the realistic portrayal of how hard it can be to communicate clearly and to "read" others' behaviors. Then, I was thinking 4 stars, since this is a light, "fluffy" book. In the end I decided on 5, because I realize that I had no other choice after having just finished hunting down and buying every other b ...more
Leslie Books and Socks Rock
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I bought 'Love on A Whim' on a whim ;) and am pleasantly surprised! I do feel the falling in love with a millionaire/first date storyline a bit overplayed but what kept me interested was all the humor. I loved Henry and Rachel together. I felt her best friend's "problem" was a little odd and not really important or fitting. I especially loved when they visited her Great Aunt and her dog. You will not be disappointed with this book. I also kept picturing Henry as Benedict Cumberbatch which makes ...more
Jessica Liza
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book! In fact, I haven't read a book in a while where I was actually really disappointed it was over. This one was just good. A few quirks here and there that I didn't like - but overall, something I will read again for sure. I also REALLY like this author. Of the kinds of books I usually read (the clean romance), she has entered my top five now! ...more
Bart Andersen
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this was another fun, romantic romp, full of humor about a woman who "Seems to have it all" but when life "Starts giving her lemons" She eventually will find out what makes life "Truly Sweet"!!!

Aubrey Mace does it again!!! Her situational Humor is infectious!!! Loved it!!! Can't wait to read more of her work!!!
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: deseret-book
This was pretty silly. All the bantering back and forth between Rachael and Henry was crazy fun to read but a little daunting after a while. But by the end, I was happy with the way it ended. Shannon not telling Nathan about the baby was like a broken record - just get it done I kept thinking!! But if you want a silly, light-hearted, romance and easy read, this is the book for you.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't get enough of Aubrey Mace's writing! I love that she continued "Before The Clock Strikes Thirty" with Rachel's life now in "Love on a Whim." Her characters are loveable and fun! And Aubrey Mace is downright hilarious! I hope that she writes many more books! ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A woman who is a lawyer can't get a job and is offered a secretary job by an ex-boyfriend of her best friend and that's how the story begins. It all changes from there and at times gets deep and most of the time is on the surface, but it was a nice, fun, clean story and I enjoyed it. ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a fun book about an underemployed woman who finds herself without a job, and reluctantly agrees to be a secretary for an old "friend". As their boss- employee connection grows into something deeper, will it turn out to be heartache.... or the perfect match? ...more
Kim McCoy
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one was a cute sequel to When the Clock Strikes Thirty. I loved reading about Rachel and Henry’s relationship, although I kept waiting for him to tell her more about his childhood. I was frustrated that Shannon took so long to tell Nathan her news. That part dragged out for me.
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds-fiction
Cute story! One of those that you know where it's going, but the journey is fun! ...more
Anna Field
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a sweet and funny and CLEAN love story! Reminded me a bit of how my love story played out. Loved loved loved it!!
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
fun book
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thinking they're helping each other, Rachel and Henry can't fight the sparks! ...more
Dorry Lou
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
A typical girl - boy falling in love
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Rachel has graduated from law school but can't find a job in her field. She finally ends up taking a secretarial position with Henry, the guy who totally crashed Shannon and Nathan's wedding. Of course there is conflict from many directions and they have to see if they can have a relationship.

I was thrilled to hear more about Rachel and Henry because that's pretty much the only thing from the first book I wanted more of. Mace dropped enough hints that I wanted to see how they'd turn out together
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book totally hit the spot for me! I can't really put my finger on why I enjoyed it so much, but I devoured it.

I suppose I can start with the outside and work my way in. I think the cover is super cute. I'm not sure that it really tells much about the story, but I guess the two main characters run into each other in a bakery, so maybe that's the inspiration. Whatever the reason, I think it's cute and it would catch my eye on a shelf.

And now to the guts of it. This wasn't really your typical
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Before reading the book: I am going to give this author another try. [I read book 1 in this series and it was two-stars--I did not know this was book 2 in a series until I read it. I probably would not have even started reading it had I known since I was not really taken by book 1.] Maybe this will end up being a case of "two strikes, you're out."

After reading the book: Well, I wouldn't exactly call this a strike out for the author as in my never reading another thing she writes. However, I woul
Jul 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: lds-fiction, romance
This is a companion book to Before the Clock Strikes 30, but I was several chapters into the story before I made the connection! It is well done so you don't have to read them both, but will enjoy the subtleties more if you read them both.
Rachel is six months out of law school and STILL looking for a job. She doesn't want any job, she really wants a job practicing law. When it looks like that won't be happening before she is homeless, she reluctantly accepts a job offer from her best friends ex.
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