Love at First
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i found myself much more invested in will and his backstory, and i would have loved to see more of that. actually, i would have had will and nora meet when they were teenagers. i think that would have he ...more
I love reading thrillers to bend my nerves and I love reading feel good romcoms to heal those poor nerves after the destruction those thrillers have made!
And this book is definitely the best cure to calm my nerves, making me sing aloud and rehearse my danc ...more
A sweet and gentle frenemies to lovers story about love, community, grief and fate
Sixteen years ago Will Sterling almost met the girl of his dreams, outside his estranged uncle's building. Now a doctor, Will unexpectedly inherits his uncle's apartment, and plans to renovate it and rent it out.
Nora Clarke, is living in her beloved grandmother's apartment, working remotely for a digital design and marketing agency for sustainability focused brands. Nora is fiercely protective of the buil ...more
What I love so much about Clayborn is how quiet her books are even as they yell in your face, in your heart, in your soul. I might even have to call it the Quincy effect. You might end up a mess from the experience but you love it anyway (I swear this'll make sense to people wh ...more
Such a quintessential Clayborn novel in many ways, and now that she’s written a handful, it’s pretty easy to note her unique stylistic features and themes. I sunk effortlessly into the world she creates here from the first pages and felt comforted by her vision of a world as it could or should be, complete with a community of people who love and support each other as much as the main couple. At times I will admit that I felt that I was waiting for more romantic emotional discord or “angst” an ...more
LOVE AT FIRST is fine, but I also don’t feel the “OMG, this is a life-transforming romance novel and I want to yell at everyone to read it” buzz I usually get from KC’s work. Maybe it’s unfair that my ridiculously high expectations made this an overall okay/forgettable read after a couple days.
So this next bit is minor in the grand scheme of things, but I do want to discuss it (just because it’s minor doesn’t mean it’s not interesting o ...more
I don't want to spoil it, but I just think it's perfect and beautiful and I cried at the end, and this book is basically the platonic ideal of a romance for me. SO MANY FEELINGS. This book would be a great into to the genre for someone looking to dive in, but it also reminded this die hard romance fan of why I love the genre.
It's beautiful and perfect and I know I'm just gushi ...more
Love at First reminded me of all the romantic touches I've loved in so many different forms of media. From the perfect rhyme in a sonnet, to Romeo falling head over heels at the first sight of Juliet, the Darcy hand flex in 2005's P&P, I highlighted th ...more
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Kate Clayborn’s Love Lettering was the first of hers that I have read and I loved it, so I thought, of course I’m also going to love her next one. And I did like it. Kate Clayborn has a really good and easy to read style that will have you rooting for the couple. What I didn’t like here, or liked less, was Will.
Or rather, Will in the context of the plot at the start, I guess.
You see, contemporary enemies (although not really, let’s go rivals, maybe that ...more
Love at first is a romance between Nora, a young woman who considers her neighbors like her family. They all know each other and do not like a change of habits. And that change comes in the form of Will, a nephew who recently inherited his uncle's apartment. The only time he met his uncle was when his mother came to talk to him when Will was a teenager. Back then, he saw a girl he still hasn't forgotten... He left before saying hello to her but years later, he'll be able to have a prope ...more
So smart, subtle, feminist Kate Clayborn was a bad choice. I should have gone with Hotel New Hampshire. I was reluctant. Begrudging. I ...more
I was a bit hesitant while reading the prologue. I wasn’t sure where we wer ...more
DNFed at 50%
(ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher as an exchange for my honest review)
I really wished I enjoyed this book more so I didn't have to DNF it. I usually DNF books at around the 30% mark but since this is an ARC, I tried my best to like it more. I pushed myself to read more even if I'm slowly losing interest. To try harder just because I owe it to the publisher and the author. But, there's just no point torturing myself reading a book I have no time for anymor ...more
The most popular guess would be "Love at First Sight". This would be wrong; it is more like love at first sound, when Will was a teenager and hears Nora as his life is about to be upheaved. Then it might be "Love at first light", when Nora and Will first meet again after more than a decade after he inherits the apartment in the same building at hers and talks to her at 4am from their respective balconies. "Love at first fight"? They are enemies at first because he wants ...more
Nora is the president of her building’s board. Will has inherited an apartment from an uncle he never knew. Will wants to turn his unit into a rental, but Nora tries to show him that this building is really a family. The building does not make his renovation easy.
Will is tightly wound due to his past. He is afraid to let go and let someone in. Nora is not open to newcomers because she wants to protect her found fa ...more
Once again Kate has written this super sweet book that just makes me swoonsh and go "awww" in many parts. Will and Nora were great! From the prologue where we see a young Will who doesn't even see Nora but falls for her laugh, I think I was hooked.
Then they meet again, sixteen years later, and he realizes it's balcony girl! Things soon take a turn because Will is branded the enemy since he's gotten their apartment building from his uncle, who le ...more
Love at First was all kinds of cute and adorable. In it, you will meet Nora and Will. Now these two met two times in their life. Once, when they were both around 16 years old but it was way too dark out in order to make them see it was actually them or not. The second time around? Well, they were a bit older and are sort of rivals.
I wouldn't necessarily put this under enemies to lovers kind of romance. More like a second c ...more
Clayborn has such a unique writing style. I appreciate how we are able to truly get into the character's heads that she creates.
This plot started with a view of a fifteen year old boy's point of view. We see a small snippet into this adolescent before we dive fully into the present. Sixteen years later we find Will is an adult, but we ...more
This is the first Kate Clayborn book I am reading and I have to say I really enjoyed it and I’m considering reading some more! I read about one or two contemporary romances each year, one is always by a good friend and favourite author, so I now know where to look for a second!
This whole story started sixteen years ago, when a fifteen year old Will Sterling, kind of saw, but mostly heard the girl of his dreams. It was a brief encounter, as he stood beneath her apartment. Th ...more
Kate Clayborn is a new author to me. I stumbled upon her books earlier this year when I needed a break from all the troubles of 2020. I have to say that I am a huge fan. Her books have characters with real issues. Of course, it's a romance novel, but it just feels like a good story. She doesn't dwell on the sex, but rather on growing the relationship of the characters, which makes it more believable and a great read.
Will is 15 when he falls in love with a girl's laugh. It lights him up in ...more
Nora and Will; Will and Nora. There's so much between these two, so many emotions, and I was right there with them the whole way.
Nora and Will have a somewhat of a similar past growing up. She with parents who were too busy, spending her summer with her Nonna; he with parents who couldn't be bothered with him. The difference was, Nora and Nonna and the tenants where Nonna lived, like a family of their own ...more