Tag: smart romance stories

One Week in Paris by Roya Carmen

RUBYprintCOVERfinal2Book: One Week in Paris

Series: One Week #3

Author: Roya Carmen

Release date: 21 February 2019

Main characters: Kayla Wilson, a yogi who is struggling to remain zen; Oscar Cohen, her roommate and friends with benefits who might not be as casual about Kayla as she believes.

Plot: Kayla Wilson has come a long way since her difficult childhood. Now a successful masseuse and yoga teacher, she has a crew of great friends and life is good.

When her mother announces that she’s getting married, things look like they couldn’t get any better. That is until her future stepfather’s offspring and heir apparent Matt, turns out to be her teenage bully and childhood nemesis.

Reeling from this development and determined not to fall back into her old insecurities, Kayla hatches a plan to stop the wedding. With her friend Corrie and more-than-friend Oscar by her side she can’t lose herself. Can she? Or will she discover that what she’s actually been looking for was under her nose all along?

Why you should read it: I really enjoyed this third instalment in the series. A lot! Kayla was complicated – adorable and she’s overcome a lot to get to where she is. She’s also obtuse, a little selfish and at times petulant. I adored all of her – she felt real to me. I could relate to her insecurities upon seeing Matt again.

It was quite a refreshing change for the hero to be desperate to get the heroine’s attention, rather than vice versa. Oscar is gentle, not an alpha, but he holds his own and makes his boundaries pretty clear, and he’s funny. He was super cute! The chemistry between the pair had me fanning myself throughout. Their mutual acts of making the other person jealous were super hot!

What you may not like: not sure – I really enjoyed this tale. There was a pretty elaborate plan to stop the wedding and that may or may not float your boat. But I enjoyed it for the humour and the very palpable sexual tension between the main characters!

Rating: 5/5 for an entertaining and really sexy read. It’ll make you want to head to Paris for sure!

Blog tour: The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry

img_0100Book: The Gravity of Us

Series: Elements #4

Author: Brittainy C. Cherry

Release date: 13 April 2017

Main characters: Lucille Palmer, free-spirited florist trying to keep her family together. Graham Russell, successful yet socially inept author, about to crash into Lucy’s world.

“Being around you does something strange to me, something that hasn’t happened in such a long time.”

“What happens?” He took my hand in his then led it to his chest, and his next words came out in a whisper. “My heart begins to beat again.”

Plot: When Lucy’s mother died, she told her to look after her sisters Mari and Lyric. Lucy took the request to heart and nursed her sister Mari back to health following a long illness and continued to reach out to Lyric, despite Lyric’s disdain for her and her cold nature. Despite a turbulent couple of years, Lucy and Mari are a good team and life finds some degree of normality. Until she meets Graham.

Graham Russell is a successful author. He enjoys a comfortable life without excessive emotions. His relationship with his wife is convenient and business-like. When she ups and leaves, Graham is left with a mountain of responsibility and a whole lot of emotions he isn’t able to cope with. His chance meeting with Lucy leads to a whole set of complications he could never have foreseen. His heart is locked up tight but Lucy may be the only one with the key…

Why you should read it: Oh my goodness. If my blurb above was a bit vague, it’s because I didn’t want to spoil anything for you. This story is so good and packed full of emotion and insight that I couldn’t really do it justice in the plot summary. How I loved these complex and spirited characters. Lucy is a saint! A good person through and through who puts up with a lot of crap from others because she loves them. Graham. Graham is tough – almost robotic when we first meet him. His reasons are more than valid and having his point of view really helps the reader understand his motivations and his experiences. His story is a sad one, but the possibility for a happier future keeps you rooting for him throughout.

What you may not like: There are some nasty characters in this book! Like, really horrible! I felt indignant on Lucy’s behalf. She shows kindness and gets kicked in the teeth repeatedly. I wanted to throw my kindle at the wall at times, but thankfully Brittainy doesn’t drag out the hard times. She always gives her characters some trials before getting to the ‘good stuff’.

Rating: 5/5 for a very sensitive, heart wrenching and intelligent read. I loved it and it made me want to punch somebody and hug somebody in equal measure! And my God, that cover *bites fist.*