Our Favorite Songs – Book Review

Title: Our Favorite Songs
Author: Anita Kelly
Series/Number: Moonlighters #2
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Age: Adult
Publication Date: September 1, 2021
Publisher: Anita Kelly
Themes: Greif, Parental Death, Animal Death, Gay MC, Bi MC, Alcohol Consumption, Enemies to Lovers

Synopsis:

Restless and disillusioned with his life, Aiden McCarstle is ready for a night out at The Moonlight Café with his best friend Penelope: one night to not think about how much he hates grad school, to watch queer people make fools of themselves singing karaoke. A simple, reliable escape.

But when it’s not Penelope who walks through the door at Moonie’s, but the high school nemesis Aiden hasn’t seen in five years—well, things get a little more complicated.

For Kai Andrews, moving back home after his mother’s death has been harder and lonelier than he anticipated. And running into McCarstle again? That had certainly never been in his plans. But he deserves a night out, away from the responsibilities and grief that have been weighing him down. Sure, it appears McCarstle still hates his guts, for reasons Kai has never quite understood. But maybe, with a decent dose of pop music and Moonie’s magic, Kai can finally, finally make Aiden smile. Just this once. Just for tonight.

As a surprising, intimate night at Moonie’s brings Aiden and Kai closer together, a winter storm moves in. And what was meant to be a simple night out turns into over 24 hours of being snowed in together. Through confessions, memories, and games of Boggle, Aiden and Kai have to figure out if this unexpected second chance at connection was merely a temporary interlude—or if they can each come out better on the other side of the storm.

Second chance romances really seem like my jam. I have been enjoying all the ones I read and this is no different. It was really interesting to watch these two guys, who were not really friends in high school, rediscover each other as adults. That visceral reaction you have when you see someone from high school again, that you didn’t stay in touch with, really hit hard in this. It felt so authentic in that fear of what people knew about you before and who you are now.

I really liked seeing these sort of enemies to lovers trope play out. It was interesting seeing how both Aiden and Kai had very different approaches to their interactions to each other and hanging out for an evening. They both had very different thoughts about each other and it was evident in how they acted toward each other.

I also liked again that Kelly wrote Aidan and Kai as messy in their own ways. It also makes a story feel more real when the characters are dealing with things that can’t easily be fixed and they aren’t perfect. There was a lot there that made me want to talk some sense into the characters, but it also made sense for their characters to behave that way, based on all the things they were struggling with.

Overall I really loved this book and I think you should read it if you like high school acquaintances meeting again, characters being messy and trying to be better in the end.

Rating: 5/5 stars

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