Review: Every Yesterday by Nancy Naigle

Every Yesterday
Series: Boot Creek

Author: Nancy Naigle
Publication Date: August 30, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received this book from Amazon Publishing via Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆


Megan Howard used to be a successful painter—but that was a long time ago. These days she’s struggling to move forward, convinced her heart is permanently broken after her last relationship and grief stricken over the loss of her father. Clinging to memories of happier times, she holds tight to her father’s most cherished possession: a 1958 DeSoto Adventurer. Though she needs the money, she’ll never sell it—even loaning the prized automobile to her best friend on the day of her wedding stirs up painful memories.

Avowed bachelor and car collector Noah Black has never seen a car he can live without…or a woman he can live with. Reluctant to see his best friend condemned to matrimony, he flies to Boot Creek from California to be the best man in the wedding. But after discovering that the gorgeous maid of honor owns the car of his dreams, Noah makes a pricey bet that he’ll add the DeSoto to his collection, no matter what it takes.

Despite their determination to stay single, Noah and Megan soon find they can’t resist each other. His attention turns from getting the car to getting the girl, and thanks to Noah, Megan can imagine a life in the present. But when the truth about Noah’s wager comes to light, will it threaten to throw Megan’s new perspective into reverse?

Being a contemporary romance fan I’ve seen Nancy Naigle’s books around, but hadn’t had the chance to read one before Every Yesterday. I’m really happy I got the chance to read it. It was a classic, well written contemporary romance novel. The small town North Carolina setting was inviting and cute. I enjoyed the dual points of view and the unique conflict between the characters.

The thing that prevented me from giving Every Yesterday 5 stars was the actual characters. They weren’t horrible, but I just didn’t connect with them. Megan’s anti-love stance was a little off-putting. It’s not that I didn’t like that she was anti-love, it was just the way she came across. I can’t even explain it. I think maybe it would have helped knowing the reasoning behind her stance earlier on in the novel. Maybe then her words and actions would have been easier to identify with.

I had a bigger problem with Noah. His whole approach to the car thing made him seem super sleazy. Those moments were so repulsive that I had a hard time enjoying the good parts of his personality. I just couldn’t get past it. I think I would have loved the way Noah and Megan connected otherwise. They had some really special moments that could have been amazing had I loved the people involved.

Overall, Every Yesterday was a cute contemporary read. I just wished I would have fallen in love with the characters as much as I fell in love with the setting and plot.

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