Max Crawford has reached the point in life where he’s starting to think about settling down. Unfortunately, he’s always been a little awkward when it comes to social interactions, and working from home doesn’t help. He spends so much time alone, painting beautiful, historically accurate model trains that half of Whitford has begun to joke that he may be a serial killer. Not exactly prime husband material.
Tori Burns has found happiness in Maine, thanks in large part to her shifts at the Trailside Diner. She likes the work, and she loves the local gossip. When shy, geeky Max Crawford becomes a regular, she’s intrigued. When she finds out he’s in the market for a wife, she’s fascinated…and determined to help.
Molding Max into every woman’s dream turns out to be much easier than expected. But has Tori’s plan worked a little too well? As she turns his comfortable life all sorts of upside down, she’ll have to find a way to show just how she’s fallen for him…the real him.
I have been waiting for Max’s book since we were first introduced to the mysterious resident of Whitford, Maine in All He Ever Dreamed. Anyone who finds amusement in letting the town believe he’s a possible serial killer (or porn star) is awesome to me. Falling for Max definitely lived up to my expectations for Max, and then some.
I have a huge crush on Max. Besides his good looks, he’s such an endearing character. My heart ached for him when he had moments of insecurity. But he never let it get the best of him, and I adored that. I’m an “odd duck” myself, so I am all too familiar with that pang of self consciousness and the anxiety over awkward moments. The best trait Max has is his humor. He’s aware of the rumors that circulate around about him, and he’s willing to have some fun with it.
Tori was hard to relate to. I enjoyed the friendship that developed between Max and Tori and the tension built up perfectly. I do think they were a good match as a couple and balanced each other out, but Tori alone…eh. I know she had a good reason for her feelings, but at 27 years old, it seemed a little immature.
Overall, the story was great. It started off slow, but quickly picked up and it became nearly impossible to put the book down. There were plenty of swoon-worthy moments, as well as comedic and heartbreaking times. I love small town series because previous characters always make appearances and we get to see how their lives are progressing. I’m a bit sad that Max’s book is over. I do hope there will be more books to come from the town of Whitford, so I can catch up with my favorite guy.