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If I could, this is one of those books that I would probably give 3.5 stars. I picked it up on Amazon, because the reviews were pretty good, and all seemed to agree that it was a fun, light romance, which sounded perfect for what I was wanting in the moment. I will have to agree, that is a light romance, and a fairly quick read. I enjoyed the premise of Kennedy, a (formerly) wealthy young woman who escapes to Florida to start over after her famous hockey player fiancé is exposed in an infidelity scandal. I felt like the growing pains Kennedy experiences as she strikes out on her own in a new place with a new job and a new apartment grabbed my attention and made me sympathetic to what she was going though. I don't know how realistic it is for her to get the second job she applies for (with no work experience), the first apartment she looks at (and moves in the same day), and finds all the furniture she needs at the first store she comes to, but I suppose these things COULD happen. I also really enjoyed David, Kennedy's new Florida love interest. He is a hunky cop who invites her out on a date after eating at the diner where she waitresses. He is sweet, caring, and considerate, and all I could think about when I was reading about him was, how come this guy is still single? Finally, I really enjoyed some of the supporting characters, including Jesica and Carlos, Kennedy's neighbors in the apartment complex. Some things I was not so crazy about were Kennedy's indecision about her loser ex-fiance. She left him, should she have stayed? She's moved on to David, she still has feelings for her ex. She's falling in love with David, should she marry her ex tomorrow (seriously)? The way the relationship is described is not really abusive, but the way that Kennedy relates to her ex is almost what you see with battered women, who constantly make excuses for the poor choices of their significant others. I mean come on, the guy cheated on you with eight or nine different women, and you are considering taking him back just because you had a fight with your new boyfriend, and your ex thinks you should get back together? Maybe I am biased against weaker heroines, but I like my heroines to have at least some self-respect. At the same time, I was a bit frustrated with David's reaction to Kennedy's big reveal about her past. Yes, one could reasonably expect that someone who is in a relationship with you is focusing only on you. However, when you have only been dating for a few weeks, and when the other person has just gotten out of a multiple year engagement, it seems unrealistic to expect that person to be so seriously involved with you so quickly. All in all, it was an enjoyable read. Not one hundred percent realistic, but we don't usually read these books for realism, do we? If you are looking for a light romance with likable characters and don't care too much about realism, this is the book for you.