ARC Review- Making Room for You by MaryAnn Clarke

Hello lovelies! Hope you are all doing well. This is the first book I have read this year and I loved it! I received an Advanced Review Copy on Reedsy Discovery (you can find the same review there).

Title: Making Room for you

Author: MaryAnn Clarke

Synopsis: From an award-winning author, comes Making Room for You, an inspiring, heart-warming enemies-to-lovers romantic fiction tale. Gifted architect Alexa Jenner has a strategic plan for architectural stardom and the ultimate goal of an independent practice. She vitally needs a prestigious new project, but her boss and mentor-with-benefits stands in the way.Bruce Koczynski has success in spades, living a life of leisure after selling his software company for millions. But money can’t buy the thing he was deprived of as a child, and desires most. When crisis obliges them to play house, a few weeks in each other’s company disrupts their carefully constructed plans. 

Rating: 4/5 stars

Though, at first, the book appears to be a classic take on the enemies-to-lovers trope (my favourite trope by the way); it was so much more. I cannot believe how well the author conveyed all of the characters’ emotions and struggles. The writing style was profound and pulled at my heartstrings more than I can describe. This book has so many things going for it: how Alexa’s and Bruce’s chemistry evolves, their relationship with the children and their emotional and professional growth. The reader (just like the characters) is not the same after reading this story.

The plot was very solid and there was a little too much description for my taste but it was not gratuitous in any way (it’s just my particular taste.) I liked how slowly the romance between the characters blossomed, it made it more believable and realistic and I found myself screaming into my pillow out of frustration. This book was a rollercoaster of emotions and I enjoyed every feeling, every page and every word. I have to add that the plot reminded me of the movie Life as We Know It (dir. by Greg Berlanti) starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel. If you enjoyed the movie you will love this book!

I liked how Alexa’s passion for architecture was shown. I am very unfamiliar with the topic but the way it was handled made me more interested in the shapes and beauty of architectural works. That’s how you can tell a book is well-written: it makes you question your own opinions and puts things into perspective; it makes you enjoy your own reality so much more. Talking about Alexa’s career, it made me think how I appreciated the fact that the book highlighted and shed light on sexism in the workplace and how women are belittled and manipulated. It was very refreshing to read about. That’s why I really enjoyed how Alexa was power-driven and focused on her work but I particularly cherished her character development. She was still the headstrong, independent woman she was at the beginning of the book but she embraced all of what she was; she embraced her femininity and her caring self. Her epiphany by the end of the book was truly beautiful to read about.

However, my absolute favourite character has to be Bruce. He is the best male character ever. I loved his growth and the way he became more confident. I loved how he overcame his fear and allowed himself to love and be loved. I was pleased by how he “adjusted” into his new life and how caring he was with the children; he was the best father-figure ever. His misadventures made me laugh and he was so endearing. 

I will leave this review with one of my favourite quotes from the book:

“Bruce’s mind drifted to the ways people protected themselves from the things they feared the most, and often hurt themselves in the process. Protected themselves by building defensive walls around their hearts. (…) But loving and being loved meant you were vulnerable. That’s just the way it was.”

A must-read!

Thank you for reading and let’s chat in the comments! 🙂

Karla xx

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