Sophie Bigelow is a mathematical genius who believes in straight talk and clear communication. The gameplay of modern dating is at best annoying and at worst a waste of time, but she’s itchy to lose her virginity. Thus, a hookup is on the cards and the handsome lobsterman propping up the bar she’s just walked into will suit her just fine.
Of course, the handsome lobsterman is quite happy to oblige. Cain Jordan’s life is spent bouncing between lobster boat and barstool and he’s quite content with that. His POV tells us in the first chapter that he knows he’s an alcoholic and he has no intention of changing that fact.
Cain is intrigued by Sophie – she’s not his type by far, but there’s something about her matter of fact manner of speaking that catches his interest. They head to his house for a night of fun, which both assume will end the relationship. Instead, they can’t seem to get each other off of their minds.
In terms of tropes, we have virgin heroine & hookup-to-true-love, with a good measure of angst as a side dish. There’s a lot to love about this book and Ms. McCarthy’s sparkling dialogue is at the top of that list. She has a gift for drawing you into people’s lives immediately and that gift wallpapers over some of the cracks in this plot. While Cain’s drinking is addressed, it’s not anywhere near as resolved as this social worker would like it to be, for example, in order for me to fully buy into the HFN/HEA, and there’s some undulating family drama that she’s setting up for resolution in book two that I would have preferred a little bit more time unpacking in book one.
However, despite those reservations, this is a hot book that is easy to get lost in. The two have a lot of sex and Sophie’s style of communication is rare among heroines, both of which mean that this book will stick in my mind for a while. And if I’m being completely honest, if Ms. McCarthy’s goal with this structure was to get me to read book two… mission accomplished, ma’am.