Monday, February 8, 2021

Review ~ GRAY HAIR DON'T CARE by Karen Booth

Gray Hair Don’t Care (Never Too Late, #1)
by: Karen Booth
Series: Never Too Late
Genre: Contemporary Seasoned Romance/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: February 8, 2021
Publisher: Karen Booth
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Everything went wrong. And then she went gray.

At 47, newly divorced makeup artist Lela Bennett is dreading her next steps. Dating. Meeting people. Not letting herself go. But then she runs into Donovan James and tries something different—sleeping with her sexy crush from college. Unfortunately, in a post-orgasm stupor, Lela confesses she was in love with Donovan all those years ago. He responds by leaving while she sleeps. The next morning, her gray hairs are practically taunting her. She knows she has to get it together. Forget men. Embrace her age. Own her gray.

Donovan James is a marketing genius, but his ex-wives will tell you—nothing freaks him out like feelings. Three years after his one-night stand with Lela, he’s focused on his daughter’s lifestyle company, but unprepared to meet the face of the beauty division. It’s Lela. With stunning silver locks and new confidence, she’s no longer swayed by his charms. When business starts booming, the universe seems intent on throwing them together time and again. And suddenly, two people convinced that romance was behind them are wondering if love could be what’s next.

Gray Hair Don’t Care is one of those books I would love to wax poetically about. But words are eluding me. Karen Booth has written a story with Gen X women in mind. This is a third chance romance (didn't know those existed) between two college friends. While the romance is there and you are invested in the characters and what happens with them, for me, the romance was secondary. The romance wasn’t what had me losing myself in the story. Lela the 47/50-year-old heroine is who had me enamored. I found her to be empowering and someone I just want to know and have in my corner.

Donovan James and Lela Bennett were best friends in college. In fact, he was her college crush. The two even had a one-night stand in college. Eventually, the two stuck to just being friends until Donovan married someone else. Fast forward 26 years and these two divorcees run into each other again. Once again, they take a chance and fall into bed again. Just like before, Lela wakes up to find that Donovan has snuck off in the middle of the night.

47-year-old Lela is done. This recent divorcee is ready to make some changes. After noticing a few of her gray hairs sparkling in the morning light, she decides she is tired of hiding her sparkle. Lela decides to go all gray. She even decides to make a change in her working life. She's going to open her own business and create a line of beauty products for women over forty.

Three years later, destiny brings these two back together in the form of a working partnership. Lela seems to know who she is and what she wants out of life. Donovan now has to rise to the occasion and be the man who is worthy of her. Yes, I have heroine worship. Lela says she doesn’t have everything figured out. Maybe she doesn’t, but she carries herself with grace and she isn’t afraid to be herself.

I’m probably looking at Gray Hair Don't Care differently from other people. It’s classified as a romantic comedy. Yeah, there are some comedy moments. There are also life moments. I found the story real and relatable, with a touch of what could be. I hope to have Lela’s confidence when I’m 50-years-old. In my opinion, this is a book for the ages. It’s one I think every woman should read.

~ Favorite Quotes ~

“Love is not blind. It sees everything.”

“Don’t put someone on a pedestal they don’t want to be on.”

“Good old fashioned emotional labor. As a woman, you’ll do a whole bunch of it in your life. Just make sure you get the men around you to understand it’s their job to do some, too.”

“Sometimes, you have to find your way.”

“I’m just a work in progress. Like everyone else.”

“Sometimes we do stupid things to protect the people we love from things we think they can’t handle.”

**Received a copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.**

Rating: 4.5

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Karen Booth is a Midwestern girl transplanted in the South, raised on 80s music and repeated readings of Forever by Judy Blume. She writes steamy contemporary romance and women's fiction. When she isn't creating fictional hunky men and the women who test them, she's listening to music with her kids, honing her Southern cooking skills or sweet-talking her astoundingly supportive husband into whipping up a batch of cocktails.

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds really good. I like reading about older couples. I can relate to them more.


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