Review: There’s Something About Molly by Christina Hovland

☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆ 

About the Book:

Molly Princeton hasn’t met the right guy. Yes, she’s a dating coach, but she’s also a single mom with a rocky relationship history. She may be able to help others find love, but she doesn’t really need it in her life. Happiness doesn’t require falling in love. Winning a matchmaker competition, however, requires being part of a couple. And darn it, she needs to win this one. That’s when she sets her sights on Gavin Frank–the one man she would absolutely never fall in love with.

Gavin is her nemesis, her best friend’s ex, and yeah, okay, he’s sexy as sin. He’s also off-limits. But she’s out of other options. Plus, Gavin could use a fake relationship to keep his meddling mother from setting up blind dates with every available woman in the Mile High City. There’s no way he’d fall for Molly. None. Nada.

The two quickly learn there’s a thin line between hate and love, and she finds herself tipping onto the wrong side. For the first time, she doesn’t have all the answers. What the heck is she supposed to do next? Lucky for her, Gavin realizes there’s something about Molly he can’t resist…

Each book in the Mommy Wars series is a STANDALONE.



My Thoughts:

Author Christina Hovland’s latest novel, There’s Something About Molly, is a hilarious addition to her series of loosely-tied, standalone romantic comedies. Each book in this series features moms—some are single, some are married, and all are working hard to juggle family, home, and work. Ms. Hovland reflects back the lives of most of her readers, adds humor and a splash of romance for relatable, realistic characters and stories.

Molly is a relationship coach. She enters a matchmaking competition not knowing that to win she will need a boyfriend, and that sets up the premise for this fake-boyfriend romance trope. A dating coach who is single isn’t all that odd in the world of romantic fiction, but some backstory on her reticence to being in a relationship would have added a little depth to this otherwise delightful story. It was satisfying to see the character growth throughout the story arc. Fake boyfriend, Gavin, is a recycled secondary character from a prior book. In There’s Something About Molly, Gavin battles the reputation he created and tries to show friends, family and Molly that he is redeemable. The secondary characters add a lot to this story in terms of humor and relationship support. 

Molly and Gavin’s journey is a fun, flirty read about the bumpy road to a HEA. The interactions with Molly’s children were funny, and Molly and Gavin’s relationship felt organic in its growth. I truly enjoy how author Hovland can turn a realistic romance story into a light, breezy romantic comedy. 

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About the Author: USA Today Bestselling 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, and the sweetest dogs around.
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