I received The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky by Summer Heacock through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, and I give it 4/5 stars.
Having sex wasn't a big priority while Kat Carmichael's successful cupcake shop was taking off. But when she realizes that it's been nearly two years since she and her boyfriend, Ryan, have been intimate, she makes a pact to break her dry spell-and cure her vaginismus, a muscular condition that can make sex physically impossible.
Out of guilt, Kat calls for a break in her relationship with Ryan, so that he can see other people while she attempts to fix the issue on her own. She throws herself into physical therapy, but soon discovers her solo mission is more complicated than she anticipated. Fortunately, Ben Cleary, the shop's best (looking) customer, is also a physical therapist, and volunteers to help out.
As time goes on, however, the boundaries Ben and Kat have set between friendship and love quickly become blurred, leaving her more confused than ever about what to hang on to and what to let go. (Goodreads)
Let's get right down to it. Here's what I liked about The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky:
It's a story I've literally NEVER read before. Kat has vaginismus and a whole list of stressors that comes before her sex life. She's an independent, quirky, strong woman, who deals with something many vagina-having people have gone through while also dealing with a relationship on a plateau and a thriving business.
Ben is pretty freaking adorable and he does this thing that makes me respect and approve of him (HE ASKS FOR CONSENT TO DO, LIKE, EVERYTHING AND IT'S BEAUTIFUL).
The ladies at the cupcake shop are also really fun and I loved seeing the dynamics between them as they all try to help Kat with her "problem."
While the relationship with Ryan had me cringing and screaming and also feeling so sad, it felt so real (to a certain point, which I can't discuss because of spoilers) and overall, I believed it.
Here are the things I didn't like:
There's a lot of repetition of things we already know, particularly in the beginning of the book. I felt as if the book could do with one more clean sweep for things like: is this being too heavy-handed for the readers?
Lastly, there were a few instances of insensitive words like crazy, etc. that are used in daily conversations by a lot of people who don't mean anything ill by them, but...still.
The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky by Summer Heacock will be published July 25, 2017.