Author: Amy Lea
The Influencer, #2
Romance-novel connoisseur Tara Chen has had her heart broken ten times by ten different men–all of whom dumped her because of her “stage-five clinger” tendencies. Nevertheless, Tara is determined to find The One. The only problem? Classic meet-cutes are dead thanks to modern dating apps. So Tara decides to revisit her exes in hopes of securing her very own trope-worthy second-chance romance.
Boston firefighter Trevor Metcalfe will be the first to rush into a burning building but the last to rush into a relationship. Love just isn’t his thing. When his new roommate Tara enlists him to help her reconnect with her exes, he reluctantly agrees. But Tara’s journey is leading him to discover his own new chapter.
The more time they spend together, the more Tara realizes Trevor seems to be the only one who appreciates her authentic, dramatic self. To claim their happily-ever-after, can Tara and Trevor read between the lines of their growing connection?
“Exes & O’s” by Amy Lea is the second book in the Influencer series. I have the Set On You book review as well if you want to get a recap of the first book.
This book touches on Tara, who was Crystal’s sister in the first book Set On You. After her failed engagement a year later, Tara is trying to pick up the pieces. She moved out of her sister’s apartment and into her apartment with Trevor. Trevor is a firefighter playboy who doesn’t commit to relationships. Total opposites in their thoughts on love.
Tara is a nurse by day and a bookstagrammer by night. She is what you consider a hopeless romantic. Clinging to the day that she will hopelessly fall in love just like the romance novels she reads all the time.
With the idea from her grandmother, Tara decided to pursue all her old exes. Like her romance novels. To give their romance a second chance. But she strikes each person off her list, Tara starts to question if it is her that drove them away.
Worried that it could be her, she starts dragging Trevor along her dates so she wouldn’t screw it up like the previous time. But as they meet up for those dates, Tara and Trevor both start getting to know one another.
Creating a friendship that seemed unlikely as they both open up to one another.
The connection and friendship between Tara and Trevor, when they are roommates, are sweet.
I am starting to crave a more dramatic ending since the male MC is a fireman. Something along the lines of saving the MC from a burning building or something. A reader can hope.
Exes & O’s is a slllloooowwwww burn for sure, which I truly enjoyed. This is a relationship built on friendship which is one of my favorite tropes. There were trust issues that needed to be dealt with and having the courage to embrace the feelings that some would say is too much.
Tara loves fiercely in this, and it can be off puttish at first, but once you get to know Tara and see her embrace that part of her. Then you come to endear it as well.
This is one of those series that I am excited for the next one to come out.