To Get to the Other Side

Alcove. Dec. 2022. 336. ISBN 9781639101382. pap. $16.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
DEBUT Why does a scrawny, limping, bedraggled chicken cross the road? To find a softhearted savior. At least, that’s what Chick-Chick found when Trixie rescued her from the busy traffic of downtown Chicago. Trixie is determined to keep Chick-Chick, but mounting vet bills and a no-pets landlord force her to find a new place to live. Meanwhile, Bear’s meddling sisters have posted a “roommate wanted” notice on his behalf, and when Trixie shows up to see the space he just can’t say no. Both Bear and Trixie avoid relationships due to past emotional abuse. Can a sick chicken bring the two together, despite their determination to stay on their own sides of the road?
VERDICT This gentle contemporary romance has a unique close-proximity story line. Unfortunately, the writing style is primarily exposition and fails to draw in readers. Bear and Trixie are quirky and likable, but they remain flat characters and their interactions lack chemistry. Overall, the premise promises more than the novel is able to deliver.
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