I love it when I haven’t read an author in awhile and then pick up one of their books in a series and am instantly reminded it has been too long. I started reading Falling For Max by Shannon Stacey and felt like I was coming home. When I scrolled through my Kindle app and found Falling For Max, I knew it was time to get back to the fun and romance that comes with one of Stacey’s books. This story features the mystery man of Whitford – Max and Tori, a relatively new resident to the community but still just as settled in as if she has lived there forever. Their romance is so different than the others in the series and I liked it. A lot.
Max has often been referred to growing up as an odd duck. He has his quirks about him, and has a secrecy that to his life that causes the town to wonder what he does for a living in his basement. Serial killer and porn star top the list of guesses. Max is like all of us though. We all have our own quirks and secrets and at the end of the day we all want to be loved. We also want to share our love with our best friend who makes us laugh. Max meets Tori. She sees Max’s first attempt at asking out a woman fail and decides she will befriend him and help him get a date. She is sincere from the beginning and truly makes his greatness shine. She doesn’t diminish the quirks, but helps him navigate the social awkwardness he feels. I love her for this. It is such a great story to read.
What makes Falling For Max so good to me is we get to watch a true friendship build from start to end. That friendship turns into something more but it’s not like the friends to lovers stories you read where people have been friends prior to the beginning of the story. Stacey does a marvelous job of playing each scene out just right and building the romance between Max and Tori. She took two people who seemed to be looking for two completely different things grow a friendship into love and respect. It felt so real that it could have been prefaced with “based on a true story.”
A bonus to any series is the presence of past heroes and heroines. Falling For Max has plenty of these for us to read about. This is another reason that that this book feels like coming home! Falling For Max is a wonderfully written story with an engaging romance, lovable characters, and a realness that inspired me as a reader. Please give it a read!
Title: Falling For Max
Author: Shannon Stacey
Category: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased from Amazon