After four years with her boyfriend, Cadie McCaffrey is thinking of ending things. Convinced Will doesn’t love her in the “forever” way she loves him, Cadie believes it’s time for her to let him go before life passes her by. When a misunderstanding leads to a mistake, leaving her hurt, disappointed, and full of regret, she finally sends him packing.
But for Will, the end of their relationship is only the beginning of his quest to figure out how to be the man Cadie wanted him to be. With the dubious guidance of his former pro-athlete work friends and tactics drawn from Cadie’s favorite romantic comedies, Will attempts to win her back. It’s a foolproof plan. What could possibly go wrong?
What I was expecting (based on the cover/blurb): a sweet, fluffy, quirky contemporary romance.
What I got: a complicated, honest, heartwarming contemporary romance.
Romance isn’t one of my favorite genres but when the opportunity to review this book came up, I couldn’t pass up the cute cover and a story that centered around classic rom-coms. Only, it isn’t really? Rom-coms are definitely integral to the story, but in an almost harmful way and I much prefer the real, human side of Wooing. If that makes any sense.
To put it another way, there was enough authentic emotion in this book to make me forgive the gushy, unrealistic romantic stuff.
I liked Cadie, as a heroine. I liked how she owned up to her mistakes, had a career/knew what she wanted from life, and was vulnerable and open in the moments where it counted. I struggle with showing my emotions so she was a bit of an inspiration in that regard. I didn’t like Will as much. He was kind of pushy? And a bit insensitive? But the last couple of chapters went a long way toward clearing up confusion around some of his actions, which was nice.
Overall, I think Wooing Cadie McCaffrey is pretty much the perfect romantic novel: a little serious, a little fun, and a very fast read. I don’t read the genre a lot but when I pick up a romance novel, I want it to be just like this. ❤
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.