by Anne Calhoun
Who’s on top?
Matchmaker and stationery shop owner Matilda Davies brings people together. For those on her list, Tilda will find the man or woman of their dreams—whether it’s for an hour or a lifetime. But due to a painful past, the British expat has never put her own name on the list. Instead, she limits herself to emotionless and commitment-free hookups. Then she meets Daniel, who wants not just her body, but also her heart…
Daniel Logan hides the soul of a poet under the suit and tie of an FBI agent. Specializing in financial crimes, he pieces together stories of greed and ensures justice is done. He plays by the rules—until he meets Tilda. He’s drawn in by her passion as well as her mysteriousness. Daniel knows that no matter her secrets, he’s the perfect match for Tilda. But even pleasure doesn’t come with a guarantee…
The List, while not necessarily a unique story line, was definitely unique in the way that it was written. Told from dual POV's, I was so happy to be able to get inside both characters heads while they were going through such a pivotal point in their relationship.
The story starts off with Daniel and his wife, Tilda, in a marriage counselors office because Tilda thinks they need to get divorced. After leaving the counselors office Daniel decides to go back to where it all began so he can reflect on their relationship and figure out where they went wrong... Which gives us the opportunity to experience their relationship in a very different way.
The relationship between Daniel and Tilda isn't all sunshine and rainbows and I absolutely love the different perspective we're given. As a married woman, I know how hard it can be at times and it was definitely nice to see the more raw, emotional side that's not usually talked about in romance novels.
Character wise I wasn't particularly in love with either one of them but I didn't dislike them either. Daniel was a great guy who knew what he wanted and fought for it the best way he knew how. Tilda, for the most part, was a mess but once we got towards the big reveal and got to understand her more I totally got why she was the way she was. Did Daniel deserve to be treated the way she treated him half the time? No... But, on the other hand, is she really to blame since he's the one who stuck around?!
I'm not gonna lie... I did find myself getting bored and I skimmed a few chapters in the middle but once we got back to the present I was hooked. I couldn't wait to see how Tilda handled everything that was thrown at her, how Daniel handled all the changes that Tilda was going through, and whether or not they ended up together in the end.
While it wasn't my favorite read of the year, I'm definitely glad that I stuck it out. And if you enjoy a more serious romance with plenty of ups and downs, you should definitely check out The List.
Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of The List in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.