With The Accidental Encore, Christy Hayes continues to prove why I would read Tax Code if she wrote it! This story is sweet & charming but also very real in its plot and the emotions that evoke from the characters & for the readers. It's about loss, misunderstandings, forgiveness, love, acceptance and deals with how Craig & Allie find their way to friendship, then love.
After a first meeting that is less than desirable, Craig & Allie have a strong dislike for one another. When circumstances, beyond their control, continue to put them in each other's path, it gets harder and harder to push their feelings of attraction aside. When they both try to deny the attraction, the animosity between them grows.
After ending a very bad relationship, Allie is determined to get back in the dating scene. She refuses to let the insecurities and heartbreak, caused by her previous fiance, play a role in her life. She wants to love, to find that all encompassing connection with someone. So when, date after date, she can't find even one person that sparks her interest, she begins to wonder if that person even exists.
Craig has also suffered heartbreak in a relationship, but he feels at fault. Refusing to repeat the supposed mistakes of the past, he shuts down. The only relationship he allows himself is with his brother and niece. He never realizes how lonely he has become until his niece's piano teacher awakens feelings he's tried to never have again.
I loved Craig & Allie together! From their acerbic first meetings, I was left wondering how they would find their way to each other. The path that Ms. Hayes had them travel was beautiful, realistic & had just enough suspense to keep me turning the page. Their feelings were tangible - indecision, joy, triumph, anger, betrayal, forgiveness, acceptance and finally love. For me, that is the mark of a great book, when as a reader, I feel everything the characters are feeling as if I were in the book myself - perfection!
If there is one author that you should read this year, it's Christy Hayes. It doesn't matter which book, they are all phenomenal! Once you do, I'll happily accept your "Thanks Alyssa for the amazing recommendation! I loved it."