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Delicate by Sarah Sanders

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Gosh! What a beautiful romance! Sports romance with the most gorgeous MCs. Valentina González was a promising tennis playe...

Finding Sky by Cass Sellars

⭐⭐☆

Plenty of tropes in this one: office romance; boss - employee; rich girl – poor girl; serial dater – relationship burnt therefore relationship shy.

Jess Ivan is the owner of Ivan Associates (IA), a company started by her father. The organisation has a mission of giving back to the community and doing good – an ideal that does not completely jell with outside partners and maybe even some employees. Skylar Addison is the new accounting manager in IA, a position she’d applied for thrice before she got called for an interview. Skylar is intelligent, dedicated and thorough. While going through the invoices she discovers that something doesn’t add up and follows that to find out what.

This is a middle-of-the-road romance with a lot of focus on the mad attraction between the MCs. Jess, unfortunately, comes across as spoilt, entitled and careless. In the beginning, Jess is involved with Whitney without feeling anything for her. So essentially Jess is leading Whitney on and using her for sex. Reason enough for us to dislike her instantly. Also, she just doesn’t seem to be either supportive or appreciative of Skylar’s work and efforts. When Skylar first brings up the discrepancies, Jess doesn’t seem to take it seriously enough. In fact, towards the second half of the book, when there is a conflict between the two and Skylar is explaining things she’s uncovered, all Jess can think of is the sexual attraction she is feeling for Skylar. That is not particularly appreciative of Skylar’s efforts or respect for her work. So Jess is quite a fail as a person and an MC. While their HEA seems questionable, the fact that Skylar has a not-so-great past makes it seem like they might last. Plus Skylar shows assertiveness in strong, positive ways. So she works as a MC you can root for.

We’d quite liked Unexpected Lightening by this author and were hoping for more of the great chemistry, sex and intrigue – but this one is more a miss than a hit.

⭐⭐☆

Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton

⭐⭐⭐⭐★

Sweetness, light, small village, great descriptions of the place, people and emotions – this is such a lovely, lovely book.

Poppy Jenkins is a happy soul (some adjectives used for her in the book: the most joyous person and the nicest human being) living her life in a small village in Wales. She owns and manages a café, looks after her sister and lives with her family including an easy-going father, a slightly flaky mother (who really isn’t all that flaky), terror of a grandmom and a teen sister. Poppy is happy in her world. And then Rosalyn Thorn returns. Poppy’s best friend during her growing up years, Rosie broke Poppy’s heart by inexplicably snatching away her friendship and being downright cruel to Poppy when they were sixteen. A reality Poppy has buried deep in her heart. When Rosalyn returns to the village, all sorts of emotions tumble around Poppy causing turbulence in her placid life.

Guileless, somewhat naïve, endearingly innocent and a right ray of sunshine – Poppy Jenkins is a totally loveable character. Cast darker, somewhat broody, Rosalyn Thorn is a perfect partner for Poppy. The chemistry, attraction and deep emotions between the two are beautifully captured. Their friendship is so real. Rosalyn’s behaviour at sixteen is quite awful, but completely believable. It can really happen that way.

The bad guys are so transparent that their acceptance by the village seems a little hard to digest. There are quite a few things that we can nit-pick about, but – oh, really…it doesn’t matter – because the book is just so lovely. 

⭐⭐⭐⭐★

Love at Sunset: Forever Safe Romance Series by Pixie Chica

⭐⭐⭐🟉

Short, sexy, entertaining insta-love/lust read.

Hard-working Veronica has been ordered a vacation. On the first evening of her forced vacation in a beach island paradise, Roni meets Lacey, a sexy bartender. Roni approaches and unabashedly hits on Lacey immediately. The relationship develops quickly and has minimum angst with HEA. SO basically ticks all boxes for a pleasurable, though forgettable, read which will take just a couple of hours.

We love how upfront Roni is. We love insta-love – and of course, we believe in it quite firmly. We love the sex scenes. So this one really worked for us on the level of being a pleasant filler.

⭐⭐⭐🟉

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