I want to say that Loving Nate is the story of Leah falling in love with Nathan Moore, but I feel like it is more Leah’s personal journey than anything else. Leah is an independent, ambitious, educated woman who meets Nate on her first day at a new job. Nate is the “perfect” guy and Leah falls for him. After all, he is a smooth operator.
At its heart, this book is about the process of falling in love. To take things a step further, it explores why it’s important to have expectations in relationships. We are to expect any mate of ours to treat us a certain way. And then we have to learn when to let go.
Leah is head-over-heels in love and things in her life start to become affected by her relationship. She isolates herself from her friends and loses herself in the process. She loves hard, which I think a lot of us do and that’s what drew me into the story. It was a very realistic story and I know many “Leahs.”
Nate is like an angel in disguise. On the surface, he has everything together: attractive, intelligent, charming… but as they say “all that glitters isn’t gold.” Soon, he starts disappearing. While reading, I was actually wondering why I would even root for the two together, and by the end I didn’t. This isn’t your average romance with the happily-ever-after. It was a real account of relationships. Sometimes we have to make hard decisions and Leah needed to make them quickly.
This book had me switching from yelling at the characters to tearing up with Leah. It was hard to get into at first, but it picked up. The drama that unfolded and the emotional turmoil pulled me into it. At some points, I did feel that I needed more detail but I did enjoy the book overall. I especially appreciated the alternate endings. I prefer Alternate ending #1. I won’t give anything away, but it made me feel good that Leah finally got it.
-Reviewed by Leslie