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Breathless by Sarah Sanders

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Short, sweet and sexy – we loved this book. Lara is a movie star whose career has crashed and burnt. She is in the throes o...

30 Dates in 30 Days by Elle Spencer

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We love light-hearted romcoms with a side of drama and Spencer’s books mostly fit this groove nicely. This one is no exception. It has an entertaining premise – racing against time (35th birthday being round the corner) to find The One, in a month via thirty dates and thirty days.

Veronica Welch, a habitual achiever, is a hardworking lawyer. She’s been so intent on her career that by the time she’s reaching 35, she has no love life. Her mother and assistant, Bea, take matters in their hands and put her on a dating site. Bea convinces Veronica to go through a month of dating and takes the onus of setting up the dates and shortlisting the women. Veronica agrees and the venue is a quaint, rustic bar close to their office. The bar is owned by Charlotte Monaghan whose mother is seriously unwell, so her cousin Rachel, a much sought after wedding and celebrity photographer, pitches in to bartend as much as possible. Rakish Rachel has sworn off love and has a maximum-three-dates rule that she lives by.

We started off thinking that with the profile of the character, Veronica would be a closed, arrogant ice queen but she is quite delightful. She’s warm, vulnerable, funny and fearless about taking risks. Rachel, on the other hand – we couldn’t quite feel for her despite the dramatic reason for her closedness. Honestly, we cannot fathom how Veronica continues to interact with, feel attracted to and have feeling for Rachel despite the way Rachel rejects her more than once. But the book is engaging enough to suspend disbelief and go with the flow.

The return of Madison and Ana from The Road to Madison was nice in their first appearance but forced later. It was not quite needed and didn’t add in any way.

This is a great choice for a light-hearted weekend romance read.

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