Review: Then Came You by Jeannie Moon

May Contain Spoilers

I decided to give Then Came You a spin because the hero is a former NFL player, and because Mia, the heroine, is raising her nephew, Ben. I really enjoyed this one until Mia’s mom dropped in for a visit and then it went off the rails for me. Her mother’s only purpose in the story was to cause grief for everyone else, and to make Mia feel like crap about herself. The drama felt so forced, and I don’t understand why nobody told her mother to take a hike. Like, right now, this instant, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Mia has just moved to Compass Cove with her ten year old nephew.  She has a job as a librarian at the local college, and while Mia is settling in, Ben is having disciple problems at his new school.  In steps Adam, the college football coach, to save the day. Adam recognizes that Ben needs to burn off his excess energy, and that he’s a talented athlete.  Mia and her mother decided that Ben will not ever participate in team sports, much to the boy’s dismay. After Adam blows into her life, Mia starts having second thoughts about the sports boycott, as well as other issues that have plagued her. Adam is attracted to her and accepts her just the way she is, even though Mia has spent her entire life listening to her mother tell her how overweight she is.

I had very mixed feelings about Adam. On the one hand, he’s very supportive and takes an interest in both Mia and Ben. But on the other, he is so selfish it’s almost painful. He self-destructed and ruined his football career, and he’s never had a steady relationship. When he and Mia start dating, despite Mia’s misgivings because he has a reputation, and he’s an athlete, he cancels a date, by text, long after the time he was supposed to pick her up. Hello!? A grown man doesn’t text a no-show to a woman he’s really, really interested in. At 38, Adam was old enough to have some common sense, and more importantly, some manners. A phone call would have prevented the conflict his seeming disinterest caused so early in their relationship.

I wish Mia’s mother had never put in an appearance. The conflict and drama she caused almost ruined the read for me. I enjoyed getting to know the residents of Compass Cove, and I’d like to revisit at another time.

Grade: 3 stars

Review copy provided by publisher

About the book

Mia DeAngelis knew it was time to make a change. Wanting to provide a better life for herself and her ten-year-old nephew, Ben, she took a chance and moved to the small town of Compass Cove, New York, on Long Island’s north shore. Now, the college librarian is adapting to a new job, a new town, and living with her feisty seventy-eight-year-old grandmother. Mia is determined to make it all work, hoping the coastal hamlet gives both her and Ben the sense of community, family and belonging they both want so much.
Adam Miller, a retired NFL quarterback, has come back to Compass Cove to start over after an injury puts an end to his high-octane life. Home never figured into his plans, but when the spectacular crash to earth forces the former superstar to return to his family, Adam must build a new life from the ashes of his old one. Settling into the small town routine proves to be a challenge, but his job coaching at Jennings College gives him a sense of purpose while keeping him connected to the game he loves.
It won’t be easy, but with the help of a few meddling family members, and a little bit of small town magic, these two lost hearts might find the love they so desperately crave.