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Sparks Fly by Sarah Sanders

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Ice Cream Wars by A.E. Radley and Emma Sterner-Radley

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A short, fairly okay novella – this is meant to be an escapist romcom.

Cherry Hawkins, an ice cream aficionado has always wanted to have a profession which had something to do with ice cream. She studies business, manages to save up for a trike and starts off her own ice cream business: Cherry on Top. She’s allotted a space which happens to be opposite Juliana Martin-Sinclair’s snobbish gelato/sorbet/coffee shop, The Gelato Parlour. Juliana is immediately threatened and starts making and executing devious plans to chase the thoroughly cheerful and friendly Cherry away. However, Cherry comes out on top in each of the skirmishes, though she doesn’t see them as competitors at all. When Cherry has an accident, Juliana realises and regrets her behaviour and sets about making amends.

This is an okay filler-type read. Cherry is lovely, Juliana (despite her grandiose gestures in the latter half of the book) not so much. We didn’t feel the chemistry, really.

This wouldn’t be our go to choice but it’s not totally meh.

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Undone by Bryce Oakley

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Billie Rush is a singer and songwriter. Her band, The Shrikes, had a successful first album but two years thence, there’s no progress on the next one because her co-band-member-cum-co-songwriter, her sister, Domino has a writer’s block. Vero De Luca, daughter of a famous singer-star, Felix Lucas, has just quit her band, UltraViolet, and is about to launch her solo career. Billie is approached to co-write a song with Vero for Vero’s launch album. Billie is not sure she wants to do it, but finally agrees. Both the girls have reservations about the other and the going is not so great. Vero has a lot of ghosts haunting her from the past plus she is feeling undermined but lack of complete faith in her talent and abilities from her label. So she has a lot to get over and a lot to prove.

The premise of the book is very interesting. Most of it is also excellent. However, at some point the pacing gets a little off especially with regard to the feelings of the MCs for each other. Dom’s ‘protective’ behaviour is not at all understandable. Vero comes across as honest, vulnerable and an emotional person. Billie doesn’t exactly cover herself in glory as an understanding or supportive partner. Vero is really the only one working on that relationship.

On the whole, an okay read.

⭐⭐☆ 

Blurred Lines (Cops and Docs #1) by K.D. Williamson (Audiobook)

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Kelli McCabe, a detective, is shot on the job. She and her partner, Travis, are both hospitalised. Doctor Nora Whitmore is a surgeon in the hospital. Nora is a darn good doctor but suffers from extremely poor social skills. She is stand-offish at work and generally unpopular with her colleagues. Nora is the attending, so though she is not Kelli’s doctor, she has a couple of interactions with the laid-up-in-bed cop. Unexpectedly, Nora finds herself locking horns (verbally) with Kelli and behaving unprofessionally. However, Nora finds these interactions with Kelli more real than any other in her life and starts creating time to visit Kelli more often. The two develop a kind of friendship with oceans of sexual tension running beneath the flimsy façade.

Swearing, cockiness and bad behaviour are not exactly endearing qualities in lead character and Kelli was an immediate fail for us on these counts. Kudos to the voice artiste for getting the smug cockiness in her voice for Kelli spot-on. We did like Nora right from the start and liked the voice done for her too. The tones used for Nora were all soft and feminine. There are way, way too many threads in the story in lives of both, Nora and Kelli and we’d probably have skipped quite a few bits had we been reading this one instead of listening to it. Kelli does redeem herself somewhat by being there for Nora when Nora’s career is threatened, but again, smug cockiness is her undoing. The attraction and romance are built at a good pace and we really liked descriptions of Nora’s reactions to Kelli.

This is a fair read (umm, listen), on the whole. 

⭐⭐☆

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