Author: Josephine Traynor
Series: Time Series #1
Release date: February 25, 2017
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
I received this book from HEA Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Happy, single, divorcee.
Successful business woman.
Content on perving on the cute guy at the gym. At least until my best friend sets me up on an online dating site. Now, all I’m doing is blocking dick pictures.
Burned by bad breakup.
Going to kill my brother for not only setting up a profile on this online dating site but giving me this username.
Humiliating online profiles bring them together, while the universe tries try to keep them apart. Reluctant daters become determined lovers who will need to decide if they’re willing to fight for something they never wanted in the first place.
A Quarter to Twelve is the first book I’ve read by Josephine Traynor. She’s a fairly new author, this is only her second book. A Quarter to Twelve is a romantic comedy and tells the story of Ava and Patrick, both successful in business but not so lucky when it comes to love. Although some parts of the story are just funny, other parts have a deeper meaning. I really like it!
“Romance in books and movies, love it. Romance in my real life, usually a lot more complicated.”
After her husband walked out on her, Ava had to start over. She was left without a job and home, but she did very well for herself. She owns her apartment and her graphic design business is doing well, she even had to hire an assistant. But when it comes to dating, Ava meets frog after frog (and not the kind that changes into a prince after a kiss). With the help of meddling friend Charlotte, Ava sets up an account on a dating website and although she meets a few weird dudes first, TrickyRicky aka Patrick is different. When she meets him in real life, it just feels right.
“We hug each other for what feels like an eternity. His hold is soft but firm and feels oh so right. I’m sure my heart is beating so hard and fast that he can feel it against his chest.”
Patrick is the proud owner of his own restaurant, where he also works as the chef. When his parents died in his late teens, his carefree life was over. He took care of his younger brother Chris, managed to stay in school and keep paying the bills. Being so busy, Patrick didn’t have the time to mess around, and with his own restaurant he still can’t. His latest relation was a disaster, leaving him a bit emotional scarred. He isn’t looking for a date, but nosey Chris gets him on a dating site. The profile of JaneDoe123 aka Ava makes him laugh, and soon they talk on the phone. When he sees Ava for the first time for real, it just clicks.
“I open my eyes to see a mane of dark hair a few inches away from my face. Ava. My arm is under her neck, and my other hand is draped over her hip. I must still be dreaming. I want to pinch my arm, but I know I wouldn’t feel it.”
The first meetup of Ava and Patrick is a challenge, but when they finally see each other, they hit it off immediately. Due to her upbringing Ava has a lot of insecurities when it comes to her body, but Patrick isn’t too happy with his body either. Both have to learn to let go of the nasty opinions of other people, to love their bodies. The couple has a great chemistry, and to their surprise they act much bolder than normal. I love Patrick and Ava together.
I really like A Quarter to Twelve. I love the main couple and their meddling sidekicks. The whole leading up to the first meetup was funny, but in my opinion it could have been a bit shorter. I felt sorry for Ava and Patrick during that day, the author really made them work for it… Patrick and Ava are both realistic people with hopes, dreams and insecurities. What I have to say, I love that for once the hero of the story – a chef – doesn’t have the required six-pack most romance heroes have. Instead he looks like a real guy who enjoys the food he cooks.
“Even though the last month has been a whirlwind, I find myself at peace. I don’t know what the future holds, I just know it’s good stuff for both of us. For all of us.”
I’ve enjoyed A Quarter to Twelve, I give the story of Ava and Patrick 4 stars. I can’t wait for Four O’Clock!