I received this book via the publisher Avon. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.All the Feels by Olivia Dade
Series: Spoiler Alert #2
Published by Avon on 2021-11-16
Length: 416 pages
Reviewing eARC from the publisher Avon
Reading Challenges: #NGEW2022, 2022 Beat the Backlist, COYER 2022
Following Spoiler Alert, Olivia Dade returns with another utterly charming romantic comedy about a devil-may-care actor—who actually cares more than anyone knows—and the no-nonsense woman hired to keep him in line.
"An absolutely witty, swoon worthy behind the scenes romp! Delightful from beginning to end!"--Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin'
Alexander Woodroe has it all. Charm. Sex appeal. Wealth. Fame. A starring role as Cupid on TV’s biggest show, Gods of the Gates. But the showrunners have wrecked his character, he's dogged by old demons, and his post-show future remains uncertain. When all that reckless emotion explodes into a bar fight, the tabloids and public agree: his star is falling.
Enter Lauren Clegg, the former ER therapist hired to keep him in line. Compared to her previous work, watching over handsome but impulsive Alex shouldn’t be especially difficult. But the more time they spend together, the harder it gets to keep her professional remove and her heart intact, especially when she discovers the reasons behind his recklessness…not to mention his Cupid fanfiction habit.
When another scandal lands Alex in major hot water and costs Lauren her job, she’ll have to choose between protecting him and offering him what he really wants—her. But he’s determined to keep his improbably short, impossibly stubborn, and extremely endearing minder in his life any way he can. And on a road trip up the California coast together, he intends to show her exactly what a falling star will do to catch the woman he loves: anything at all.
All the Feels by Olivia Dade is the follow up novel to Spoiler Alert and features a new couple and one of my favorite characters from the book, Alex Woodroe. I read this one back in March, but am just now getting a chance to share my thoughts on the book. I devoured it in just a few days. The humor, the romance, and the emotional upheaval it wreaked on my heart is unparalleled. I fell in love with Alex and empathized with Lauren as a fellow curvy girl. Fans of heartfelt romantic comedies are sure to be pleased with this one.
We first met Alex in Spoiler Alert as the self-proclaimed best friend of Marcus. He’s known as a playboy, charming and oozing sex appeal. However there is a side to Alex that few see. He’s caring, empathetic, and loves deeply. What truly endeared him to me is his ADHD. Dade does a fantastic job of writing a true to life character with Alex: his struggles with ADHD, how his mind jumps from one thing to the next in no real order, how easily he becomes frustrated, and how he can be slightly obsessive with protecting his loved ones (related to a traumatic childhood experience that drives a lot of what his character does).
Lauren is slightly harder to like, but easy for me to empathize with. She’s an ER therapist, loves what she does and is very good at it. BUT she’s hit burnout. Too many long hours and not enough time to decompress has left her with few options. She’s resigned from her job and trying to decide what to do next in her life when her cousin (who is a douche canoe) offers her a job babysitting Alex who has gotten himself in hot water after a bar fight. Lauren feels she has no choice but to accept (been there!). I love her dynamic with Alex. It doesn’t take her long to figure out that Alex has his own demons, and she takes it upon herself to help him exorcise them.
Overall, I loved All the Feels. As the title suggests, it gave me all the feels from laughing to crying to heartwarming to heartbreak. I loved returning to the same world as Spoiler Alert as well. The cast of characters are familiar, and we get to see them through a new set of eyes. I loved the dual perspective as it helped me like Alex (not sure if I would’ve if I’d only had Lauren’s perspective). Highly recommend for fans of romance.
I did enjoy Spoiler Alert, so I’ll have to try this one next! Thanks for sharing this great review! Instead of the pop up post below, here’s a link to my recent review of Spoiler Alert! https://lisalovesliterature.bookblog.io/2022/12/08/l-l-l-little-reviews-44-december-2022-part-one/