‘Right here, right now’ is the story of Lacey, a control freak accountant who finds peace in the predictability of numbers and Alicia, her new office neighbour whose motto is to live in the moment. As expected, their opposite personalities initially collide but their neighbourly relationship suddenly changes into friendship and the possibility of something more. Will Lacey’s control obsession and Alicia’s fear of commitment get in their way?
In my opinion, this book could be divided in two: before and after April 15th, the deadline to submit tax returns in America. Written in first person from Lacey’s point of view, the first half feels like a chronicle describing the life of an accountant during tax season. For me, it was a bit of a tedious read. I get that the author wanted to convey that it is an extremely busy period for a tax consultant and to show some of Lacey’s OCD traits but I think that less could have been more or at least, the plot would have improved if the clients were more interesting. Having said that, in the book’s fictional post tax season, the story starts to pick up in pace and interest. Unfortunately, I don’t think that both parts are balanced properly as the end seems a bit rushed. Some scenes from Chapter Eleven onwards and Lacey’s relationship with her dog show snippets of the talent that the author’s fans know and appreciate, but for me it wasn’t enough to rate it beyond average.
Overall, an ok read. 3.5 stars.
ARC provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.