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Love, From A to Z by Robin Alexander

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Robin Alexander books are like a carefully hoarded treat that we dip into when we feel rather deserving. Though this one was...

Keep Tahoe Blue (Tahoe Series #1) by Nicole Pyland



⭐⭐☆



Kellan Cobb, a vet in San Francisco needs some me-time to get a handle on herself. She was in a relationship with Keira which didn’t quite work out because she thought they were serious and Keira felt they made better friends. Keira is now in a relationship with Emma and since Kellan and Keira belong to the same group of friends, they end up hanging out together and Kellan cannot handle her ex’s relationship. So Kellan goes off by herself to Tahoe for a couple of weeks. Reese Lee, a kindergarten teacher in Tahoe volunteers at the visitor’s centre and has a penchant for picking up tourists for brief flings, and that is exactly her intention when she first sees Kellan.

Initially we loved that the two MCs could really talk to each other. They were self-aware and willing to talk about stuff instead of bottling things up. But then as the book progressed, we vigorously disliked Reese so much that we couldn’t appreciate the romance or chemistry in the book at all. We found Reese a user and worse, feeling an emotional entitlement to her bad behaviour being excused and indulged in because she happens to have a medical condition. We disliked her behaviour with her twin sister, Remy. We hated her treatment of Morgan. We found her mostly only taking from Kellan; so much so that when the two discuss about making a long distance relationship between them work, it was mostly centred around Kellan coming to Tahoe with minimal effort from Reese.

In fact, at one point in the book, Reese’s life is in danger. We knew we were reading a romance and knew how it was going to turn out but we were actively wishing that Reese would die and let the nicer characters – people who were able and willing to love beyond themselves – find each other and get together.

So clearly, this book didn’t work for us. However, we can understand the appeal it can hold for most readers of romance because it does have good pacing, a character who knows to love (Kellan) and sweet moments in addition to building chemistry and good sex scenes.

⭐⭐☆

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