Unsuitable by Ainslie Paton: Review and Giveaway

October 17, 2014 Giveaway, Reviews 2 ★★★★★

I was provided with an advance reader copy by the author in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.

Unsuitable by Ainslie Paton: Review and GiveawayUnsuitable by Ainslie Paton
Published by Ainslie Paton on October 27, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: the author
Can they make trailblazing and homemaking fit, or is love just another gender stereotype?

Audrey broke the glass ceiling.
Reece swapped a blue collar for a pink collar job.

She’s a single mum by design. He’s a nanny by choice.
She gets passed over for promotion. He struggles to find a job.
She takes a chance on him. He’s worth more than he knows.

There’s an imbalance of power. There’s an age difference.
There’s a child whose favourite word is no.

Everything about them being together is unsuitable.

Except for love.

I love it when I read a story that plays with the established standards, but still manages to have that air of truth and authenticity about it.

Unsuitable, the upcoming release from Ainslie Paton, is one of those books. It’s a book that will make you laugh, make you cry, make you think. I am an unabashed fan of Ainslie’s work – I have been since the moment I opened my copy of Floored – and judging on what she has done here with Unsuitable, that fandom will continue long into the future.

Thanks to the fabulous Ainslie, I am lucky to have a couple of advance copies of Unsuitable to give away to one of the lovely readers of My Written Romance. I have two ePUBs and two MOBIs. All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of the page, and you are in the draw. I’ll notify the winners via the Facebook page on Thursday (October 23).

So, what did I think of Unsuitable?

Audrey and Reece, by traditional standards, aren’t suitable – for one another and the worlds they choose to inhabit. But they are both so passionate about what they do, I couldn’t help but want them to find that suitability.

I loved that the struggle for acceptance in their work and personal lives isn’t written in a comical or unrealistic fashion – you believe that theirs is real. Audrey and Reece, as well as a number of the supporting characters, have made choices in life that go against what is generally accepted of them, and I really believed in their stories.

The earlier parts of the story set up the characters, their decisions and motivations. As wonderful as this part is, the later part is where Unsuitable really blew me away. The connection between Audrey and Reece is electric, and I just wanted them to get themselves together for the happy ending they both so desperately deserved.

OK, I brought this up with Ainslie not long after I read Unsuitable – being the parent of a small yet benevolent tyrant, I love it when people get kids in fiction right. Ainslie has nailed it with her portrayal of Mia, Audrey’s daughter – the moods, the behaviours, the obsession with watching Peppa Pig end-on-end-on-end….. Mia is no Children of the Corn-style automaton, she reads as a regular and wonderfully normal three year old.

Unsuitable is unflinchingly real, emotionally rich and eminently readable. I just love Ainslie’s writing voice – and it is at full volume in this story.

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