I Loved These Grumpy Babies: One Day to Fall by Therese Beharrie

Wednesday, August 14, 2019


by Therese Beharrie
Series: One Day to Forever #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: August 12th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2
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One Day to Fall was another incredible and emotionally-satisfying love story from one of my favorite authors. I always seem to say this about Therese Beharrie's books, but damn can this woman get me attached to the characters and their one-day romances so fast. You can't even tell that One Day to Fall takes place in one day because there is so much going on in terms of events and character growths. Truly, this was an exceptional book and I'm going to want all of you to pick it up.

I've never made any attempt at hiding my love for grumpy heroines. Sophia, the heroine of One Day to Fall, was grumpy x10,000. Boy, did I love this woman beyond comprehension. She was angry at her family, sad at her circumstances, and fairly lonely. As her sister, Angie (from A Wedding One Christmas), goes into labor, she is dragged to the hospital where she is confronted with the resentment she has towards Angie, her youngest sister, and her mother. Angie left home a few years back after the death of their father, leaving Sophia behind to take care of the family. For most of the book, Sophia is grappling with the grudge she has towards them as well as the obvious love and loyalty she has for them. She has never openly expressed her feelings about the situation, but she does eventually, and let me tell you, that scene just about punched me in the heart. It was beautifully written and absolutely heart-wrenching, which is really no surprise because if you've read Therese Beharrie then you know that she is the queen of emotional scenes. My heart 100% belonged to Sophia in this book. I sympathized with her and watching her go through this journey of emotional growth to come to terms with her feels was gratifying in every way. Of course, this doesn't happen on the first page. She tries to run away which is when she bumps into and clashes with a fellow grump outside the hospital.

This fellow grump is Parker, who is quite possibly my favorite hero from the author. He may have been a grump, but what a wonderfully soft-hearted and sweet man he was. I loved that he was so open with his feelings. Parker had his own issues that he was dealing with. His mother is suffering from Alzheimer's disease and his father decides to make a re-appearance in their lives. The poor guy had a lot on his plate and dealing with a grumpy, rude woman is not what he needs ... or so he thinks! When these two begin to bond over the course of them running away from their problems - my goodness, the energy between them! It is hard to nail romances that develop over a day. They can easily come across as unrealistic, but Therese Beharrie is a master of words, and she took utmost care at making Sophia and Parker's relationship a real one. Along with them, the reader goes on a rewarding emotional journey. By the end, you will have laughed, wept, and swooned with them. Sophia and Parker's chemistry was nothing short of combustible. They could not have complemented each other better. What I've always loved about this author's books is how much the characters communicate with each other about everything and anything. I think that's the primary reason why it's so easy to entertain the idea that falling in love in a single day is not implausible. Besides the many moments of Sophia and Parker being open with each other, I loved all of the super cute and romantic moments peppered throughout the story. I thought they brought about humor and lightness to One Day to Fall.

I've said everything that I wanted to say about this stunning book. It's so good, you all. Please do yourself a favor and pick up One Day to Fall or anything by Therese Beharrie really! You won't regret it!

Have you read anything from Therese Beharrie? Who are some of your favorite grumpy heroines?
Let me know in the comments below!

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