Review: With a Hitch by RC Boldt


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR.

“Can I just stay here for a moment longer without this being weird? Because I think we could both use a really great hug right now.” 
He answers me by drawing his arms tighter and releases a barely audible breath. “You're good for me soul, you know that?” 
I snuggle against him contentedly, and whisper softly, “Likewise.” 
Unfortunately, there's no denying the fact that once I find him a perfect match, our dynamic will change. I'll be back to square one. 
Solo again.

I've read every single one of RC Boldt's books, and it was in April of last year that I named Ditched my favorite RC Boldt read and it was one of my top favorites for 2018. Nearly a year later, it pains me to admit that Ditched has been replaced by none other than its companion novel, With a Hitch. This is Darcy Cole and Dax Kendrick's story, both of whom were supporting characters in Ditched as the foster sister slash best friend of Ivy Hayes and the teammate slash best friend of Becket Jones, respectively. If you've never read that book, I highly recommend you check it out for the simple reason that it's one of RC Boldt's best AND it's a personal all-time favorite of mine. You do NOT necessarily have to read it to fully enjoy With a Hitch but Ivy and Becket and other recurring characters do play a part in Darcy and Dax's evolving relationship, so no worries whether you decide to read it or not. But read it!

Darcy Cole would do anything for her sister, but she may have been tempted to refuse when the favor involved finding the perfect match for her brother-in-law's best friend. After all, matchmaking is Darcy's business and Hitched is a business that's flourishing, but how do you find the ideal woman for a man like Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver and all-around good guy Dax Kendrick? Dax is a unicorn--the sort of man that doesn't seem to have any unforgivable flaws and surprises Darcy each time she discovers something new about him. In the process of Darcy getting to know Dax, he learns more about the woman he met on the day of his best friend's wedding two years ago. Darcy is nothing like the women he's ever dated, but she's as fascinating as she is beautiful. They soon become the closest of friends, and her friendship means the world to Dax. He can't risk losing it even as he's losing his heart to his matchmaker finding him the future Mrs. Kendrick. Darcy couldn't possibly feel the same way. Right?

This book was EVERYTHING! I smiled, I giggled, and I laughed; but I also teared up and felt frustrated and wanted Darcy and Dax to just talk things out so that they could get to their happily-ever-after already. Clearly, I was seriously invested in these two, but I mean, come on! How could I not become emotionally invested in them? Dax and Darcy had me from the get-go, and there was nothing in my head and my heart for the three hours it took me to read their story but this book. I'd also like to note that this wasn't "just" a romance. This was also a story about family--the kind that you're fortunate enough to be born into and be a part of for the rest of your life and the kind that you create for yourself along with the people you meet and become important parts of your life's journey. This book also tackled the side story of sexual harassment, and I appreciated and admired the sensitivity but seriousness that RC Boldt employed in making it a part of Darcy and Dax's overall story. I know Kyler Watson's book is up next, but my fingers are crossed that a few other supporting characters will get their happy endings as well, i.e. Tank, Myers, and Leif. For now, allow me to give my new favorite With a Hitch a much deserved five-plus stars. ♥ 

Release Date: 21 March 2019

Date Read: 21 March 2019

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