Sophie Reviews: Dating in Retrospect by Lila Lee Hunter

Title: Dating in Retrospect
Author: Lila Lee Hunter
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 107
Characters: Clay Keller, Aaron Grant
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 1.5


Giving the commencement speech at his alma mater doesn’t fit Clay Keller’s meticulous schedule. As Chief Executive Officer of Travel Mogul—the largest travel connoisseur company on the West Coast—he has no time to get back in touch with his country roots. He left fifteen years ago without a second look, but a medical scare makes him change his mind about the speech and brings him face-to-face with his only regret.

Time always moves slower in Southeastern Iowa, and Aaron Grant loves it. He’s added solar farms to the Grant Lanes portfolio and has been teaching at the local university for a decade. The last thing he needs is to have his tenure application compromised by the return of his ex-boyfriend. If he had known who the commencement speaker would be, he would never have volunteered to be the administration liaison.

A proposal—to date for a year—will help them discover that time changes a person, even when everything else stays the same.

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I was anxious to read this book. I simply loved the cover art and the blurb was catchy and intriguing. I mean, who doesn’t love a story where the heroes reconnect? I’m sorry to say, Love in Retrospect was a big disappointment for me and I struggled to finish reading it.

I’m going to keep this one short because I didn’t care for this book. It’s hard for me to get behind characters that I do not like. Pretty much from the first moment we meet Clay and his douchbaggery attitude made me cringe. I didn’t like his arrogance and I hated the way he pushed himself onto Aaron, who made it CLEARLY obvious that he did NOT want Clay to manhandle him. This continues throughout the story and between the stilted banter and the sheer dislike I had for Clay, I never got on board with this couple.

Aaron is more likable but I didn’t think he was well developed. Though the story had potential, in my opinion it fell short and I struggled to finish reading it. I’m sorry I didn’t like it because the author has potential to be a good storyteller and I’ll probably try another book of hers, but I didn’t care for this one. There will be other people who will most likely like this book. They’ll like the characters the story they told, but unfortunately I wasn’t one of them.

Reviewed By: Sophie

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