Book Review: The First Time We Met by Jo Lovett

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The First Time We Met , is the debut release and contemporary romance book by Jo Lovett. Check out the book review from romance book blogger, She Reads Romance Books.

The First Time We Met
by Jo Lovett

Category: Contemporary Romance
Tags: Star Crossed Lovers
Published November 2020

Rating: ★★

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Do you believe in love at first sight? I love that question which is posed in The First Time We Met.

Honestly the book synopsis totally caught me eye on this one since Lovett is not someone I’ve read before given this is her debut novel.

Izzy never believed in love at first sight until she ran into Sam. She asked him out, only to discover it was his wedding day. Gah! Can you imagine?

But what if fate has you reconnecting with this person time and time again? Could this initial connection actually turn into something more?

I was honestly loving this book in Part one. If you’re OK with instalove, then you’ll totally fall for the meet cute between Izzy and Sam only to be just as devastated as her when she discovers he’s getting married.

The build up to this tension, disappointment and what is to come was really fantastic.

Unfortunately, everything after just went downhill for me.

Of course I anticipated time jumping in the story, but the remainder of the book was just a lot of repetition of Sam never stepping up for his kids or truly confiding in Izzy and Izzy just waffling between her choices.

The same dilemmas were discussed over and over and I honestly just started skimming to get to a new aspect of the story which never really came.

I found both characters lacking – Izzy was just willing to settle and Sam just didn’t have much of a spine.

I hung in there to get the happily ever after but that too was underwhelming.

While I think we are bound to see great books from Lovett in the future as I think she is a very good writer, this story just fell short for me.

Thank you to Netgalley for the advanced reader copy. All opinions are my own.

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