Practice Makes Perfect

Dell. May 2023. 352p. ISBN 9780593500804. pap. $17. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Annie Walker, widely considered to be a shy, perfect angel, is ready to find the One. The problem is that her angelic behaviors are viewed by would-be suitors as either boring or strange. What she needs is a tutor—someone who can walk her through the entire dating process and help get her over her own anxiety and other people’s misconceptions. Enter Will Griffin, bodyguard to Annie’s future sister-in-law, who has returned to town ahead of the upcoming wedding. Will prefers the no-commitments dating lifestyle after having a front-row seat to his parent’s dysfunction. But dating advice? That might be a bridge too far. Reluctantly, though, he agrees to be Annie’s dating coach and isn’t surprised when things start to get steamy. It’s realizing there’s a way to love that isn’t destructive that brings the real shock. And Annie starts to see the void she’s been feeling isn’t because she needs to settle down, but rather because she needs to learn to live.
VERDICT Adams (When in Rome) returns to Rome, Kentucky, with a pair of endearing characters, each stuck in the rut of their past, who need each other to see a different future.
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