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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...

Out of Practice by Carsen Taite

⭐⭐⭐★

Opposites attract – and how!

Abby Keane is a hardworking attorney who has just opened her own practice with two of her best friends, Grace Maldonado and Campbell Clark. When starting off on their own, the three friends had promised themselves and each other that they will no longer kill themselves for work and they will have vacations. Abby is the first one to benefit from this decision and she decides to pamper herself  to a week in a remote destination in a resort devoted to luxury flying first class both ways. Her idea is fruity alcoholic drinks with little umbrellas and catching up on her reading. Roxanne Daly, known as the Bride’s Best Friend, is a popular blogger about all things weddings and brides. The person covering honeymoon hotels can’t make it and at the last minute she is sent to do the article. Abby and Roxanne meet in the plane and hit it off immediately. They fall headlong into a vacation fling – which is more about sex than romance. When Abby returns home, her client and old friend is facing a crisis. His siblings have shut down their bridal dresses business behind his back with immediate effect. Brides are running amok over being cheated out of their dream dress for their special day. While Abby is trying to find a solution, it turn out that Roxanne, whose popularity has landed her a TV show, is leading the bride-brigade.

When the book started off, Abby seemed rather winsome, but as the story progressed, Roxanne outpaced Abby on the likeability chart. In fact, Taite tried too hard to establish Abby’s anti-marriage stand and Abby completely crashed and burned on being anything likeable in the very first scene with her mother (further exacerbated later too). Nothing was left of the character – except for the fact that someone like Roxanne liked her. We detected Melissa Brayden’s influence in some of the dialogues (particularly banter) and some character attributes (particularly in Roxanne). The most surprising thing in the book was the number of incorrect and misspelled words (brusk instead of brusque for instance).

On the whole this is a fairly okay light, fluffy read.  

⭐⭐⭐★

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