Check out our review of Just My Type by Falon Ballard. A standalone contemporary romance set in LA. This is a second chance, office romance!
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just my type by falon ballard Book Review
Lana Parker has been in one relationship after another pretty much since she was fourteen. So when her boyfriend of four years dumps her on the night she thought he was going to propose, Lana and everyone around her sees it as an opportunity to find herself. Her very single self. Should be easy, right? Enter Seth Carson, Lana’s first love. He’s back in her life and at her workplace, and it’s hard to deny that their past is strictly in their past. As the competition between them heats up, so do their feelings. But both Lana and Seth will have to decide what is more important – their hearts or their careers. It took me all of three pages to know I was going to love Lana. Ballard infuses her with personality right from the very beginning, and that tenacity and emotion carries her through the entire book. As a character, I found Lana to be very easy to understand; she’s a serial dater who hates being single, she feels stuck in her current role at work, and she makes so many nerdy, Marvel references. It’s hard not to like her. But it’s hard not to like her ex, Seth, too. He enters the picture as Enemy #1, the one who broke Lana’s heart all those years ago. But as the competition between them rolls out, it’s hard to ignore the little hints that Seth isn’t the big, bad heartbreaker that Lana pictures. As the plot progresses, it’s hard not to root for them to find love with each other again. I love a good second-chance romance, and this one came across as being especially drama-free compared to other romances I’ve read. Ballard did an excellent job at building the tension and history between Seth and Lana without resorting to big blow ups or public scenes. I loved the quiet competition between them; in order to win, they had to be better than the other but also better than their past selves.
With seemingly opposite end goals – Lana had to learn to not immediately jump headfirst into a new relationship, and Seth had to learn how to put the one night stands behind him and commit – most of their challenges were cause for internal struggle more than anything else. Of course, once we get through the misunderstandings and miscommunication, both main characters do find their happily ever after. I loved the antics both characters got up to, but the action would’ve been nothing without such well done, relatable characters. Seth, with his self-sacrificing love, was the perfect person for Lana, and I loved them both individually and as a unit. Whether fighting or making up, Lana and Seth made Just My Type a fun and entertaining second-chance romance.