Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Review: Situationship by Marina Adair


About the Book



Kensington Publishing

Release Date
October 25, 2022

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In a witty modern twist on How Stella Got Her Groove Back, New York Times bestselling author Marina Adair blends the fun of falling in love with a thoughtful and heartfelt exploration of modern family dynamics when two former teenage crushes reunite unexpectedly for a second chance at love. Complicated and steamy, Situationship shines a light on romantic and family relationships that don’t easily fit into any box.

The sand and surf of California’s coastal Pacific Cove is the charming backdrop for New York Times bestselling author Marina Adair’s fun and sexy novel about getting back on track after life makes a sharp left turn—and finding you’ve arrived in just the right place to get back your mojo . . .

Teagan Bianchi has survived a road trip with rambunctious toddler twins and a large mutt named Garbage Disposal. She clings to a tattered scrap of hope that moving into her late grandmother’s house is the best way to repair her failing business—and the sad shreds of her life—after the man who promised her forever lost everything they had. But she’s barely arrived when she finds herself face to face with her teenage crush, now an irresistible man—who still happens to live next door . . .

Veterinarian Colin West is closer to being an empty nester than a soccer dad. His marriage lasted only long enough to give him his beloved daughter, and he has no regrets. But as she readies for college, Colin contemplates his own future—which is, of course, exactly when his past shows up, as gorgeous as ever, and twice as fascinating. But Teagan torpedoed his plans once before. Is he crazy to consider letting her into his life again? Is Teagan ready to admit what she’s really afraid of? Could this unexpected “situationship” be forever?

My Review

Teagan Bianchi is starting life over with her twin four year old daughters and their rescue dog, Garbage Disposal.  She heads to her late grandmother’s house in the hopes of resurrecting her bread shop. Teagan is determined to make it a success since her ex-husband lost everything they had.

Going home is never easy as Teagan quickly learns.  Her teenage sweetheart still lives next door, and her flighty sister has taken up residence in her home.  Teagan has her hands full.

Colin West is having problems of his own.  His teenage daughter is giving him all kinds of trouble while his boss at the veterinary clinic is, also, a huge problem.  Colin wonders about his future.  Then, Teagan moves back next door, and his life is totally thrown upside down.

This may have been my first Marina Adair book, but it won’t be my last.  I enjoyed Teagan and Colin’s journey and their second chance at romance.  There are some fun moments as well as some poignant ones.  I especially enjoyed the character growth of Teagan and her sister.  It was beautifully done and felt realistic to me.  It wasn't a sudden growth.  It was gradual and worked well.

The characters are well-developed.  They could easily be your next-door neighbor.  The situation the characters find themselves in is quite realistic.

I like to call this type of book a large slice of life.  Real people in real situations trying to keep their heads above water.  I can’t say this is necessarily a sweet romance because there are a couple of steamy scenes between Colin and Teagan.  Their sparks are definitely flying.

This is a heartwarming book with many emotions running through it.  It definitely touched my heart strings.

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. This sounds so good, Yvonne! Wonderful review. That cover is so beautiful. I need to check it out!

  2. This sounds absolutely wonderful and just the kind of book I love. And I adore that the dog's name is Garbage Disposal!


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