SOMETHING WILDER by Christina Lauren

Growing up the daughter of notorious treasure hunter and absentee father Duke Wilder left Lily without much patience for the profession…or much money in the bank. But Lily is nothing if not resourceful, and now uses Duke’s coveted hand-drawn maps to guide tourists on fake treasure hunts through the red rock canyons of Utah. It pays the bills but doesn’t leave enough to fulfill her dream of buying back the beloved ranch her father sold years ago, and definitely not enough to deal with the sight of the man she once loved walking back into her life with a motley crew of friends ready to hit the trails. Frankly, Lily would like to take him out into the wilderness—and leave him there.

Leo Grady knew mirages were a thing in the desert, but they’d barely left civilization when the silhouette of his greatest regret comes into focus in the flickering light of the campfire. Ready to leave the past behind him, Leo wants nothing more than to reconnect with his first and only love. Unfortunately, Lily Wilder is all business, drawing a clear line in the sand: it’s never going to happen.

But when the trip goes horribly and hilariously wrong, the group wonders if maybe the legend of the hidden treasure wasn’t a gimmick after all. There’s a chance to right the wrongs—of Duke’s past and their own—but only if Leo and Lily can confront their history and work together. Alone under the stars in the isolated and dangerous mazes of the Canyonlands, Leo and Lily must decide whether they’ll risk their lives and hearts on the adventure of a lifetime.


Title : Something Wilder
Author : Christina Lauren
Format : Physical
Page Count : 366
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Publisher : Piatkus Books
Release Date : May 17, 2022

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★.5


Micky’s 3.5 star review

Headlines:
Romancing the stone vibe
Second chances in the desert
Riddles and challenges

This book was so utterly different to any Christina Lauren book I’ve read and I’ve read almost all of them and yet it had similarities in style. The author notes at the end explain these differences well. If you are aware of the 1980s/1990s films in the Romancing the Stone series or even Raiders of the Lost Ark, this book captures some of that kind of feel. There were some twists, unexpected happenings, chases, near-death experiences and of course romance. It made for an utterly fun read.

At the heart of this story was a bitter split between young lovers 10 years ago and their meeting again in the now. Lily and Leo were an interesting pair but I could totally see why they had originally fit together and also why they separated. I did cheer for them.

The side characters in this story were crucial, they were on a trail through the desert, guided by Lily (for fun…) but there was some nastiness plotting in the background. I did not expect a lot of where this story went. The romance was there but on the backburner and I guess I didn’t get the feels quite as much for this particular story, but I did enjoy the read overall.

Thank you to Piatkus books for the finished copy for review.

BY ANY OTHER NAME by Lauren Kate

From No.1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Kate comes the perfect New York-set, enemies-to-lovers romance, perfect for fans of Emily Henry, Kate Clayborn and Nora Ephron!

One summer to write the biggest love story of the year . . .
But will it be theirs?

Noa Calloway is THE bestselling author of sweeping love stories. Love stories that careful editor Lanie has shaped her life around. Noa’s writing makes her feel seen and understood like nothing else.

So she’s more than a little shocked to find out that her beloved, reclusive, author is actually Noah Ross – a distractingly handsome man – and not at all the glamorous middle-aged woman she’d imagined.

Even worse – Noah has writer’s block. With her job on the line, Lanie has to work with him to spark the crucial inspiration Noah needs to write his next heart-stopping romance.

Yet as they show each other all their favourite spots in New York City – Lanie can’t help but wonder if the man by her side, and the author that stole her heart, might actually not be so different after all . . .


Title : By Any Other Name
Author : Lauren Kate
Format : Physical
Page Count : 288
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Publisher : Piatkus
Release Date : March 1, 2022

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★.5


Micky’s 4.5 star review

Headlines:
Literally literary
Bloody lovely
Friends to more

I don’t want to give too much away about the plot of this book but if you avoid the blurb (and I recommend that you do), there’s a nice twist early on that sets a great context for this book. By Any Other Name was just such a warm and lovely read, low to zero on spice but full of connection and chemistry.

The main character of Laine was an editor for a publisher, involved in a big name romance writer. Everything about her job and personal life intersected. She had relationship complications and a pet tortoise…what more does a woman need?

The relationship connection in this book was a lovely build of true connection over time. I believed how they interacted on emails, texts and in real life. I loved them together and their potential for more. How the publishing world and books grounded the narrative brought an nice insight into the story.

Friends over email. Antagonists in person.

This was a low angst, just what I needed, kind of read. This one is perfect for a weekend or a day and honestly, I’d love to read more like this from Lauren Kate.

Stop gazing at his meet-cuticles.

Thank you to Piatkus Books, Little Brown UK for the review copy.

A SLICE OF HEAVEN by Sherryl Woods

Emotions run high when the Sweet Magnolias try to reunite a couple who was meant to be together in this classic from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods

When an eating disorder threatens the life of chef Dana Sue Sullivan’s teenage daughter, she has no choice but to bring Annie’s cheating dad back to Serenity, South Carolina. She tells herself and her friends it’s all about Annie, but the sad truth is she has a boatload of unresolved feelings of her own for Ronnie Sullivan.

From the moment Ronnie hits town, there’s no question about his intentions. He’s there for his daughter, to be sure, but he wants Dana Sue back, and every move he makes is designed to prove he’s a changed man. The one thing that’s never changed, though, are the sparks that fly whenever the two of them are in the same room.

Dana Sue can deny all she wants that Ronnie’s the only man for her, but not a single person in town is buying it. No matter the circumstances, Ronnie’s return is a sweet recipe for a new beginning.


Title : A Slice of Heaven
Author : Sherryl Woods
Series : The Sweet Magnolias #2
Format : eARC
Page Count : 396
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Publisher : Mills & Boon
Release Date : November 1, 2011

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★


Micky’s 4 star review

Headlines:
Second chance for divorcees
Parenting through teen trauma
Going the distance

This second book held far more appeal for me than book one. The book approach (as opposed to the TV series) seems to be particular character focus per book. This book was all about Dana Sue with just a little Maddie and Helen. It was interesting that Helen wasn’t painted in that gracious a light in this installment.

I loved Dana Sue and Ronnie and Dana Sue in the book was an improvement on her depiction in Season Two of the TV series. She was gentler while still being fierce, she had more integrity and I just liked her character. Ronnie was a treat, so aware of his past wrongs, humble, loving and truly determined to be the father and partner he should have been. This whole story arc was such satisfying reading.

Underpinning this whole story was something big going on for Annie that honestly was really scary initially. Parenting Annie through her struggles was a big and meaty issue.

Reading book two has given me the impetous to want to read on in this series when I wasn’t previously sure.

3.75 stars rounded up.

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the review copy.

*CW: eating disorder*

STEALING HOME by Sherryl Woods

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods returns readers to her world of strong friendships and heartfelt emotions in this classic Sweet Magnolias novel

Maddie Townsend might live in a town called Serenity, but there’s been nothing calm or peaceful about her life since her marriage broke up. This stay-at-home mom has no job skills, an out-of-control sixteen-year-old son, a talkative fourteen-year-old who’s suddenly gone silent, a six-year-old daughter whose heart is broken, an ex-husband whose younger girlfriend is expecting their baby and two best friends who think she’s somehow qualified to help them open a fitness spa for women.

But if Maddie is a tad on edge with all that on her plate, it’s nothing compared to the chaos that ensues when she discovers that her son’s baseball coach has feelings for her and the whole town disapproves. Maddie’s faced a lot of challenges lately with strength and resolve, but Cal Maddox may turn out to be more than she can handle.

Then again, he could just be the one man in all of South Carolina who can help her find serenity.


Title : Stealing Home
Author : Sherryl Woods
Series : The Sweet Magnolias #1
Format : eARC
Page Count : 377
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Publisher : Mills & Boon
Release Date : November 1, 2011

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★


Micky’s 3 star review

Headlines:
The netflix series is better
Cal and Maddie are sweet
Less sisterhood than I expected.

I’m going to do a pros/cons review here, pitching the book versus the TV series. I know no-one asked for this, but that’s what you’re getting! Let me just say firstly, that I enjoy the TV series immensely, its easy and cheesy but I’m so drawn to the three women who feature.

The book
Maddie is at the helm and she’s an amazing MC but Dana Sue and Helen are not that prominent and I love them hard. I’m hoping the series pans out to include them more. Bill was (shocker) a little more self aware in the book, sometimes contrite but still hella frustrating and annoying. Noreen was similar. I was pleased the dialogue didn’t have the constant God-cheese.

I loved Cal and Maddie’s build until it turned into a sprint and towards the end everything just developed too fast for me, especially that surprise at the end, which was a no-no. Family vibes were strong throughout the book and I do feel all soft-spotted over the kids in this book.

The TV series
In contrast, the TV series decided not to rush Maddie and Cal which was the best decision ever. Bill and Noreen are like splinters all over your body, riling the watcher every moment. I have to say the book found more balance for that aspect.

The sisterhood in the TV series is strong and for me, that’s one of the greatest pulls. I love more detail on Helen and Dana-Sue. The biggest drawback of the TV series is the constant Christian platitudes, they make my teeth hurt.

Overall, this series is worth your time. Whether you want to read first or binge TV is your choice. At the moment the TV series is winning for me, but the book also compliments nicely.

LOVE AND OTHER DISASTERS by Anita Kelly

The first openly nonbinary contestant on America’s favorite cooking show falls for their clumsy competitor in this delicious romantic comedy debut “that is both fantastically fun and crack your heart wide open vulnerable.” (Rosie Danan, author of The Roommate)

Recently divorced and on the verge of bankruptcy, Dahlia Woodson is ready to reinvent herself on the popular reality competition show Chef’s Special. Too bad the first memorable move she makes is falling flat on her face, sending fish tacos flying—not quite the fresh start she was hoping for. Still, she’s focused on winning, until she meets someone she might want a future with more than she needs the prize money.

After announcing their pronouns on national television, London Parker has enough on their mind without worrying about the klutzy competitor stationed in front of them. They’re there to prove the trolls—including a fellow contestant and their dad—wrong, and falling in love was never part of the plan.

As London and Dahlia get closer, reality starts to fall away. Goodbye, guilt about divorce, anxiety about uncertain futures, and stress from transphobia. Hello, hilarious shenanigans on set, wedding crashing, and spontaneous dips into the Pacific. But as the finale draws near, Dahlia and London’s steamy relationship starts to feel the heat both in and outside the kitchen—and they must figure out if they have the right ingredients for a happily ever after.


Title : Love And Other Disasters
Author : Anita Kelly
Format : eARC
Page Count : 384
Genre : Contemporary Romance/LGBTQIAP+
Publisher : Headline Eternal
Release Date : January 18, 2022

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★


Micky’s 3 star review

Headlines:
Great characterisation
Finding the real
Sweetness

I requested this book for the non-binary MC and for me, that element and the romantic connection was the thing I enjoyed most about this book. London was a grumpy, serious then often sweet character. Delilah was wildly flamoyant with anxious tendencies which made for an interesting mix as a couple.

The context of the cooking show had me somewhat disinterested and that’s probably because I’ve read a few this year, so I just wasn’t ready for another. I didn’t feel like we saw a great depth to the other characters in the story but Delilah and London were strong.

It was interesting seeing London and Delilah throw off their baggage, previous lives and find some new reality, I welcomed those parts. Overall this was enjoyable but it didn’t blow me away.

Please check out queer reviewers on this title.

Thank you to Headline Eternal for the review copy.

A MINI SPORTS ROMANCE FESTIVAL

January often brings tones of blue-ness to the scene and books slumps are rife post-Christmas. What more could we need than a bit of romance, a bit of spice and add in some sports.

Micky here. I indulged in an unplanned sports romance re-read fest recently because my brain needed comfort with complete and utter attention-grabbing reads. Sports romance is a sub-genre I particularly love and I lean on old favourites as I can’t say that I’m up to date with more recent releases in this sub genre.

I’ve got some recs from my little impromtu sports-romanceathon and then some other sports romance I’d also rec. I’d love to hear from you about some more recent releases that you’d rec to me. Spice levels on a scale of 1-5 (but this is subjective).


First up, Real & Mine by Katy Evans. I lived the life of underground fighting with Remington ‘Riptide’ Tate and Brooke, his sport’s therapist and more. These were first published in 2013 and I’ve read them a number of times. They are super spicy and super alpha if that’s your bag. In truth, I don’t go for these types anymore but I will forever love these two. This is a six book series, with the first three focused on the same couple and later books are companions. Spice level : 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️
Content warnings for violence and mental illness

Next in my sports-romanceathon were Ride & Crash by Harper Dallas. These books are set in an elite snowboarding world with interconnected couples in each book. These stories are all push and pull, chemistry, a little drama and completely unputdownable. They’re also in Kindle Unlimited. There’s a third book to come in the Wild Sequence series and although it’s been a while, I can’t wait for more from Harper Dallas.
Spice level : 🌶️🌶️🌶️


Now to some much-loved sports romance recommendations from Hollis and I:

The Keeper by Jillian Liota (YA) – female football (soccer) — 🌶️
Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu (NA) – LGBTQIAP+ hockey — 🌶️
The Wall of Winnipeg & Me by Mariana Zapata – American football — 🌶️🌶️
Kulti by Mariana Zapata – football (soccer) — 🌶️🌶️
Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez (YA) – female football (soccer) — 🌶️🌶️
From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata – ice skating — 🌶️🌶️
The Best Thing by Mariana Zapata – rugby — 🌶️🌶️
Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan – basketball — 🌶️🌶️🌶️
Wrecking Ball by P Dangelico – American football — 🌶️🌶️🌶️
Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid – LGBTQIAP+ hockey — 🌶️🌶️🌶️
The Year We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen (NA) – hockey — 🌶️🌶️🌶️
Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy – LGBTQIAP+ hockey — 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️
The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan – American football — 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️


So now we need your help. Update us on the more recent sports romances that you’ve loved, please and thank you! Tell us what your favourites are and if we share any.

JINGLE ALL THE WAY by Debbie Macomber

A young workaholic avoiding home for the holidays discovers that you can’t run away from who you are–a heartfelt Christmas novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

Everly Lancaster always dreamed of leaving her hometown in rural Illinois. Now she helps run a burgeoning startup in Chicago, where her professional goals leave little time for friends…or a vacation.

When a massive snowstorm hits, Everly’s mother urges her to come home for Christmas, but she hesitates to return to the life she’s worked so hard to escape. Searching for other holiday plans, Everly tasks her assistant with booking her a cruise–the perfect getaway. Embarking on a weeklong tour of the Amazon guided by charming naturalist Asher Adams, Everly slowly but surely begins to realize that relationships are more important than work–and just might decide to journey home just in time for Christmas Day.

Debbie Macomber’s signature wintry warmth shines in this holiday delight.


Title : Jingle All The Way
Author : Debbie Macomber
Format : Paperback
Page Count : 235
Genre : Christmas Romance
Publisher : Sphere Books
Release Date : October 13, 2020

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ .5


Micky’s 2.5 star review

Headlines:
Don’t be fooled by that snowy scene
Emotionally naive characters
Odd plot

So, colour me surprised when the story quickly left snowy Chicago for the Amazon and a non-luxury and outward bound cruise for all things rainforest and creature. It immediately lost its christmassy feels and although it did come full circle in the end, this was rather disconcerting.

The characters Everly and Asher were well matched in that they both seemed emotionally 13 rather than their late 20’s with hardly a decent relationship in their past between them. Insta-declarations were all over the place. If that’s your cuppa, this story might work better for you.

Readers need to stow their realism as Everly got into an excessive amount of scrapes and Asher was there to rescue, always. I didn’t buy into this couple and I didn’t feel this chemistry. This was easy reading, even if it was eye-roll inducing.

I won’t be recommending this Christmas read that is low on Christmas feels and was underdeveloped in terms of plot and characterisation.

Thank you to Sphere Books for the review copy.

BOOK TO SCREEN ADAPTATIONS WE WANT : CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE EDITION

We’ve spoken a lot about books we would love to see adapted to film or series but this time let’s get more specific. With the long-awaited release of The Hating Game movie finally out (in CAN/US but not yet for the poor UK folks), it’s got us here at A Take from Two Cities wondering : what other contemporary romance** novels would you love to see adapted to the big or small screen?
** don’t worry, we have more romance-centric lists in mind!

Also, we know it goes without saying but, if you haven’t read any of these? We highly recommend.

Now, finally, to the good stuff.


In no particular order, Micky would love to see..

Seven Days in June by Tia Williams would fit the film market so perfectly.
The Grip series by Kennedy Ryan would be perfect for TV, this timeline needs episodes, please.
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood is definite film territory we think.
Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren would also be perfect for a film — just don’t forget to pack the tissues.
Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis. This adaptation could go either way. The timeline in this book would totally work for a series but it could be encapsulated in a film, too.


Also in no particular order, Hollis would love to see..

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang is sexy, diverse, and being that it’s a gender swapped Pretty Woman how could this not succeed on screen? Big or small, I’ll take it either way.
Melt for You by J.T. Geissinger would be the perfect kind of brain and eye candy film; a modern day wallflower with the (Scottish!) bad boy next door helping her to love herself and win the man she thinks she wants? Please and thank you.
Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne has a cheeky and fun narrative voice that would be perfect for film. And don’t even get me started on the meet cutes between the socialite and the stern divorce attorney. This is top tier opposites attract rom-com greatness.
The London Celebrities series by Lucy Parker would make for a great mini series with all the interconnected couples. Set against the west end of London, featuring a variety of tropes, very reality-based despite the fame and circumstances, this would be brilliant. If only the BBC would take my calls.
And, lastly (for now!), there’s the Forbidden Hearts series by Alisha Rai. This is another that that would be brilliant in mini series form. The series kicks off with feuding families, hate to love, later we have a bit of an angsty taboo connection, grief, plenty of representation throughout, and more.


What’s the first contemporary romance book that comes to mind when it comes to adaptations you’ve love to see made? And what sub-genre of romance would you like to see us dream about next?

Also, bonus question, have you seen The Hating Game yet? What did you think?

LOVE STORIES: A NOVELLA COLLECTION by Samantha Young

A collection of contemporary romance novellas from New York Times Bestselling Author Samantha Young. This volume includes novellas previously only available exclusively to newsletter subscribers. They have now been collated into this romantic collection of modern love stories. Includes:

The Forbidden Christmas Gift:
It’s Christmas at Shaw’s Department store in Edinburgh! Reid Shaw should feel nothing but gratified by his success. But he’s not satisfied because the sexy Scot wants forbidden fruit for Christmas: Evan Munro. Reid’s Evan’s boss. He’s thirteen years older than her.
Oh … and she’s his best friend’s little sister.

New Year’s Eve:
After Ryan drunkenly kisses the object of her crush, Joe—her sister’s father-in-law— at his son’s birthday party, all she wants to do is avoid Joe for the rest of eternity. But when they find themselves stranded alone together on New Year’s Eve, Ryan discovers Joe most definitely doesn’t want to avoid Ryan…

Loving Valentine:
Micah Green has loved Valentine Fairchild for over ten years; ever since they were kids brought together by Micah’s difficult family life. Too many outside factors have gotten in their way, pushing them further apart over the years. But Micah, no matter how hard he tries, can’t forget her. When he finds a way to see her again, he realizes he’s wasted too much time loving Valentine from afar. Now he just has to convince her to let go of their past so they can move on with their future. Together.

Ember in the Heart:
When Ember Bonet overhears her sister’s fiancé’s best friend uttering rude remarks about the Bonet sisters at the engagement party, she instantly dismisses him as a pretentious man-child. Then said man-child, Foster Darwin, moves into the house next door along with his five-year-old daughter, making him hard to ignore.
Foster can’t believe his best friend, Colt, omitted to tell him the spinsterish Bonet sisters live in the house next door to his new home. Problem is, Ember Bonet is anything but spinsterish. From the moment they met, Foster has fought an overwhelming attraction to her. An attraction he has no time for. Not only is he determined to prioritize his daughter Georgie, he can’t fail his own father again. And Edward Darwin has made it clear that Foster must settle down with the right woman. Unfortunately, his family’s idea of ‘right’ isn’t the sexy massage therapist next door who’s eleven years his senior.
Determined to keep her distance from Foster, Ember fails when it becomes clear he and Georgie need support in their new life together. But proximity to one another is too great a temptation, and physical chemistry soon turns into so much more. If only Ember could get over their age difference and Foster his family pride…


Title : Love Stories: A Novella Collection
Author : Samantha Young
Format : eARC
Page Count : 315
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Publisher : Self
Release Date : December 6, 2021

Reviewer :  Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ 


Micky’s 4 star review

This book of four delicious bites just fitted my mood. Each story was rich despite the brevity of the pages; I definitely had some favourites. Christmas touched at least three of the stories but they weren’t overtly Christmassy which works just fine for me. Each couple knew one another at least a bit already but no one could describe these couples as friends at the start. We also got a couple of age-difference stories.

Each book had a slice of steam and more. If that’s your bag, you can’t go wrong here. I’m putting my seperate ratings below for each novella, with a few individual thoughts.

The Forbidden Christmas Gift – 4 stars. Probably my favourite and this one had a strong office romance vibe.

New Year’s Eve – 4 stars. Joe was a babe and I loved this one too. Snowy cabin vibes were rolling alongside an older man.

Loving Valentine – 3.5 stars. This was a lesson in love-patience and these teens to adults were sweet and then adult-ish, if you get my vibe!

Ember In The Heart – 3 stars. I struggled a bit with the tool that was Foster in this story, redemption occured but he wound me up. That said, major props for the older woman trope here.

Thank you to the author for the early review copy.

THE LOVE HYPOTHESIS by Ali Hazelwood

When a fake relationship between scientists meets the irresistible force of attraction, it throws one woman’s carefully calculated theories on love into chaos.

As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive on her way to a happily ever after was always going to be tough, scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting woman, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.

That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when he agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire and Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support (and his unyielding abs), their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion.

Olive soon discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.


Title : The Love Hypothesis
Author : Ali Hazelwood
Format : Paperback
Page Count : 384
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Publisher : Piatkus
Release Date : September 27, 2021

Reviewer :  Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 


Micky’s 5 star review

Headlines:
Awkward equals awesome
Tentative growing feelings
Consumed every word

I inhaled every word of this book as best I could over 24 hours with a work day in the middle, but if I could have done, I would have read this front to back without a break. It really was unputdownable.

This contemporary romance set in academia and around PhD programmes in STEM was so much fun for me because so much of it resonated, even though my PhD programme didn’t have so much excitement. The life of an academic was so true to life, the pressures, the pedanticness, the politics and good bits too. There were a lot of funny details that were all so real to me, jokes that hit the funny bone. I loved seeing this world in the background of a fantastic story with engaging characters.

…but academia was a lawless land.

These two, Olive and Adam were all quirk and awkwarness. From that kiss on the cover, to the uncomfortable realisation of feelings, was brilliantly writtten with endearing characterisation. Adam the ass of a supervisor, brought a genuine and honest side of himself to Olive from the beginning. Olive was a sometimes chaotic and always committed student, who was in the fake relationship for the sugar.

The plot was interesting in every moment, even through the uncomfortable themes that arose. I didn’t want the story to end but I appreciated the smiles that crossed my face when reading. Also did I mention the heat? Yeah, that was great.

Thank you Piatkus for the review copy of this now firm 2021 favourite.

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