Going All The Way by Cynthia CookeGoing All The Way by Cynthia Cooke
Published February 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.

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After a failed marriage and quitting her high-pressure job, Carrie Steinhem is ready for uncomplicated fun. Love? Not what she’s looking for. She’d rather crash a wedding with her friends and find a hot hookup. The bride’s father is onto her, though. But just as her night out veers toward public embarrassment, a sizzling stranger sweeps in and claims Carrie as his date.

Potential hookup? Check. If she doesn’t get cold feet first.

Ryan Burton is on the fast track to a promotion…assuming he can avoid distractions and nail this new account. Except the woman he rescued at a friend’s wedding ends up not only being his new neighbor—she’s his client’s ex-wife. And his client has every intention of winning her back.

Carrie and Ryan would love to leave complicated alone, but when two people share a duplex and irresistible chemistry, temptation—and love—is right around the corner…

I received Going All The Way as an ARC via Netgalley, and was intrigued by the catchy synopsis and the nice cover. This book turned out to be your average romance novel, and for some reason, it did not exactly leave a mark with me.

Going All The Way is the story of Carrie Steinhem, divorcee and burnout victim, who moved back to her San Francisco hometown to live a stress-free life – which includes crashing wedding parties and making out with strangers in the janitor’s closet.

But soon, Carrie finds out that her new sexy neighbour Ryan Burton is actually the guy from the janitor’s closet, and that she’ll have to play dog-sitter for his drama queen of a dog. In other words: the complications that she tried to avoid at all costs are back in her life, and she isn’t quite sure whether she is up for the challenge.

I’m not really able to say what I didn’t like about this book, because looking back, it had romance, cuteness, fun moments (with and without the dog), and several layers of complications, including one small detail that makes the situation between the main characters quite complicated toward the last chapters of the book. So the basis of a good book was definitely there.

However, I was missing that connection between the two characters. I didn’t feel like I learned much about Carrie or Ryan, and the two didn’t seem as perfect a match as the author wanted them to be. They both overreacted a lot, and came across as quite aloof some times. I just couldn’t relate relate to their behaviour or reactions. Also the end of the book was a bit rushed (which was in stark contrast with the slow burn between the h/H) and a tad unrealistic or just too good to be true…

All in all, it was a nice read, but definitely not one that blew me off my feet, and even less so a book that I would consider re-reading…

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Overall: two-half-stars