The Girl Most Likely To by Susan Donovan
Why this one: I’ve read her books in the past and except for one, I’ve quite enjoyed her books, though the last one, a reread, was a DNF. But I put that down more to the mood I was in since the first time I read it, I gave it a 4
Steam Level: Warm
Blurb: Kat Cavanaugh was sixteen when she hitchhiked out of Persuasion,
My Thoughts: This is a bad news/good news kind of review.
First the bad news
Sadly, this book had a big strike against it going it. I don’t like stories with a secret baby plot; where the mother deliberately keeps the news from the hero that he is a father. If the father is a jerk, that’s one thing, but if the father is the hero and is a decent guy, this drives me nuts and it’s a long climb up for the heroine who has selfishly deprived her child of part of his or her parentage. If I hadn’t like the authors previous books, I wouldn’t even have read this book.
Now the good news
I liked this one enough not to want to throw it against the wall. Now that may not sound like much but it really is since it is such a hot button for me. While I hated what Kat did to both Riley and Adrian, her son, I didn’t hate her. I could understand, considering her childhood; her wacko father, her spineless mother and being dumped by her best friend and the father of her baby to run away and stay away for a while.
But I didn’t understand her keeping her son away from his father when she knew he was a good guy.
I loved the deep friendship that developed into love between Riley and Kat when they were young. I loved that he was so protective of her from early on. He made a stupid move when he deserted her without a fuller explanation but I thought she was wrong to punish him so severely for it and rob her son.
I liked that
I loved Riley. I thought he was a great hero and he was the reason I kept reading.
I got a kick out of his psycho ex-girl friend.
And if this isn’t a big hot button with other readers as it is with me, I think they will probably quite enjoy this book.
Grade: 3.5 out of 5