Review: Rachel, Out of Office by Christina Hovland

☆☆➹⁀☆ 4.5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

Single mom Rachel Gibson seriously needs a break. Between an absent ex-husband, rowdy twin boys, and running her own work-from-home business, her candle isn’t just burning at both ends, it’s a full-blown puddle of wax. She’s the go-to girl for other entrepreneurs, handling all the tasks they dread. Social media posts? She’s got it. Website updates? She’s on it. Light bookkeeping? She loves it.

Thank goodness Rachel’s about to get a reprieve, as her former in-laws plan to whisk her boys away for a summer of fun at the family lake house. But when her ex backs out at the last minute

she finds herself in a pickle. Even though she’s drowning in to-dos, she’s horrible at saying no—especially when it comes to providing some stability for her kids.

Once Rachel arrives at the lake house, she struggles to keep up with work and balance the demands of family, all the while fending off pesky new feelings for her ex-brother-in-law. Which makes her wonder…is falling for her ex-husband’s brother just one more messy complication added to the dumpster fire of her life? Or is anything possible when she’s out of office…? 



My Thoughts:

Rachel, Out of Office is an over-the-top cute romantic comedy.  It’s a sweet romance with a bit of heat.  The book features a single mom of twins, a pushy, ex-mother-in-law, and a trio of handsome brothers.

I couldn’t help but root for Rachel.  She’s got her hands full with eight-year-old twin boys and an ex-husband who keeps missing the mark when it comes to his kids. I identified with her super organization skills, and I loved her network of girlfriends. If you’re a mom, you’re going to love Rachel and relate to the pressure she puts on herself to do it all. Ex-husband Gavin is not financially a deadbeat, but he is frequently a no-show in his boys’ lives.  Thankfully, his brothers Dave and Travis are devoted to their nephews. 

The pace was very enjoyable and allowed for thorough character development.  Thankfully, there is no real angst, but there is some family drama given the unconventional romance in the story.  The family dynamic—especially as it pertains to the matriarch (ex-MIL)—is great. Evelyn’s passive-aggressive commentary about her cat’s feelings is hilarious!  I loved highly-relatable Rachel and her friends, and I fell hard for Travis.  However, what really made this book for me was the realism.  The characters and plot are organic and authentic.  

What some might consider almost a taboo romance, is made into an acceptable, unconventional romance by author Christina Hovland.  I enjoyed the book, but found the humor to be more smirk-worth rather than laugh-out-loud. Perhaps, the situations hit a little too close to home for me. Rachel, Out of Office provided many smiles and brought back memories (both fond and stressful) of trying to do it all and just wanting someone to make me a really good margarita.

Purchase links:


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About the Author: Christina Hovland lives her own version of a fairy tale: an artisan chocolatier by day and romance writer by night. Born in Colorado, Christina received a degree in journalism from Colorado State University. Before opening her chocolate company, Christina’s career spanned from the television newsroom to managing an award-winning public relations firm. She’s a recovering overachiever and perfectionist with a love of cupcakes and dinner she doesn’t have to cook herself. A 2017 Golden Heart® finalist, she lives in Colorado with her first-boyfriend-turned-husband, four children, the sweetest dog around, and now Chloe, the wonder pup.

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