Can't Help Loving You by Eve Kasey

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March 29th 2022
adult, contemporary, romance


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10 years ago, they meet, when Maddox followed a beautiful girl into the book shop. They spend one magical day together and then went their separate way.

Now they meet again. Only she is engaged to his new friend. The feeling is strong as ever and attraction is undeniable, but none can't do anything about it.

10 years ago Maddox was lost. Meeting Ava and later the death of his father has inspired him to be true to himself. Now he is thriving. 

The opposite has happened to Ava. She lost parts of herself and feels trapped. She is engaged to a man she use to love, but now feels distance from, but can't leave him cause he is still recovering. She is frustrated with the principal and guidance counsellor and the school she is teaching and looks defeated.

Just a little of Maddox in her life, bring that spark back. And with it more complication.

It's a beautiful, slow-burn romance, that made me feel all the feels. It's romance, heartbreaking, but oh so romantic. :)

The start of the book is fantastic, I was in love with both characters after just a few pages. I didn't like the ending so much, but it was still good. What was the best part, was the dialogue between Maddox and his sunshine girl. He is the ultimate book boyfriend <3


What happens when you meet the boy of your dreams in a bookstore?

You pretend you’re not leaving for college in the morning, and instead spend the night falling hard for his blue eyes, dimples, and creative soul – even if Maddox is a poetry hater.

You pretend you don’t get that tattoo in his honor.

You spend the next ten years telling yourself that a corner of your heart isn’t taken by a boy from your past.

When you see those blue eyes again, you pretend you don’t feel seen—awake—for the first time in a decade.

You remind yourself that you said yes to a man you didn’t want to marry, and now you’re stuck.

You tell yourself that this is the life you wanted.

But it isn’t. Not anymore.


What happens when you run into the woman you haven’t stopped thinking about for a decade? The wild-haired, free-spirited sunshine girl from your past?

You pretend she’s not at that brewery with her fiancé, your new friend. Leo. The man who can make or break your design career.

You pretend neither of you see that Leo is keeping secrets and close to breaking.

You pretend you don’t know how miserable Ava is with her life, how she only lights up when you’re around.

You tell yourself you don’t ache for the one woman you can’t have.

But you do. You want her as badly as she wants freedom, and the time has come to stop pretending.

about the author

Eve Kasey started composing stories in childhood, both in her head and with an electric typewriter loaded with pink paper. She writes for a design firm by day and reads independently published romance novels by night.

Eve writes contemporary romance that balances sweetness and steam while aiming to teach readers something new. Her books are where nerdy meets dirty. She believes romance novels can be a platform to portray healthy relationships and attitudes towards sex.

Eve lives in Washington state with her very stylish husband and two children.

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happy reading,

Received the ARC from Xpresso Book Tours, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. Thanks for hosting today, Anie! I'm glad you enjoyed it even if the ending wasn't your favorite. It sounds very character driven! :)

  2. Thanks so much for reading and reviewing! I'm glad you enjoyed Maddox and his sunshine girl :-)


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