I don’t read a ton of contemporary romance, but in the summer they make for great poolside reads. There’s just something about sunshine and happiness that go together. Home Sweet Mess is a saccharine sweet love story that tackles some important issues around relationship trauma and the importance of healing.
Logan is your typical playboy who is looking for more in his fleeting relationships with women but never seems to find anyone worth his full attention. Enter Jeni, his best friend’s twin sister, she is new to Kansas City and he’s quickly enamored with her. They have a bristly meet-cute where Jeni, who has just been divorced and has given up on love, disdains him immediately. They’re thrown together when Jeni’s brother is diagnosed with cancer and needs their love and support. Slowly, Logan begins to chip away at the ice around her heart but Jeni is adamant they will never have anything between them but a “friends with benefits” situation. But, can he charm her and convince her that he is nothing like her ex-husband and is worth giving her heart over forever?
I found the characters quite likable, there were times where Logan’s enthusiasm bordered on too intense and maybe a bit overbearing but the author did a good job at explaining why and having Logan evolve throughout the story. Logan’s love for Jeni was certainly swoon-worthy, he had a way of saying everything a girl wants to hear with such vulnerability. I appreciated being in both of their heads and seeing the source of their conflicts and their arc of healing through the story. I think I would have liked a little more of Andrew’s cancer story, we got glimpses but I felt like there was some meat there that would have made its own great story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thanks to Kate Rock Book Tours for a copy of this novel. All opinions above are my own.
In this story Jeni and Logan have a bitter sports rivalry… could you ever date someone who cheered for a sports team you despise?