Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT #ContemporaryRomance ART & SOUL by Claire Huston @ClaraVal

Today’s team review is from Jessie, she blogs here https://behindthewillows.com

#RBRT Review Team

Jessie has been reading Art & Soul by Claire Huston

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The main character of this book, Becky, is of those people that has their finger on the pulse of the world around them. One that can plan and deftly manipulate situations around them, pick up on subtle nuances that others miss and act before anyone else realizes there may even be a problem. A master mind.

In my past readings I have found master minds to be either criminal in nature or Holmesian. Never have I found a master mind to be a single parent, working as a life coach and when those jobs run dry working in the background at the fanciest weddings to make sure everything runs smoothly. But Becky makes it work. In fact she makes everything work.

But, alas, like all masterminds, sleuth, criminal and otherwise, she has her own blind spot. And, as I’m sure you could guess from the title and cover alone, it’s her personal love life. And that is what makes the book a sweet romance that is just a little different than any other I have I read.

Would I recommend it? Also she eats a lot of cake.

(That means yes!)

 

Book description

There’s no problem Becky Watson can’t fix. Except her own love life…

Struggling single mother Becky Watson longs to revive her career as a life-fixer, working miracles to solve her clients’ problems, no matter how big or small. Since the birth of her two-year-old son she has been stuck preventing wedding fiascos for the richest and rudest residents of the Comptons, a charming, leafy area of southern England known for its artistic heritage.

So when semi-reclusive local artist Charlie Handren reluctantly hires Becky to fix his six-year creative slump, she’s delighted to set him up with a come-back exhibition and Rachel Stone, the woman of his dreams.

Though they get off to a rocky start, Becky and Charlie soon become close. But as the beautiful Rachel becomes Charlie’s muse, Becky is forced to wonder: will giving Charlie everything he wants mean giving up her own happily ever after?

A heart-warming, uplifting romance served with a generous slice of cake.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Of Passionate #Contemporary #Romance SEARCHING FOR LOVE by @Melissa_Foster #TuesdayBookBlog

Searching for Love (The Bradens & Montgomerys: Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls, #6; The Bradens #27; Love in Bloom #67)Searching for Love by Melissa Foster

4.5 stars

Searching For Love is a ‘second chance’ contemporary romance. Easily a stand-alone story, this is also part of the wider Bradens & Montgomerys: Pleasant Hill – Oak Falls series.

This is the tale of Carly and Zev, childhood sweethearts and young adventurers. They shared so many firsts and looked destined to stay together forever, but a tragedy blew them apart.

Carly is now a chocolatier, while Zev is a deep sea treasure hunter. They meet again at a family wedding and the connection they once had is rekindled. After the wedding, they spend one glorious week reawakening their hopes and dreams until each returns to their new normal lives. Will they ever be together again?

The story features a dashing modern day buccaneer, sexy hot romance and delicious chocolates, together with some wonderful secondary characters who will, no doubt, be writing their own romantic stories soon. The details about finding and claiming the rights to sunken treasure were very interesting as was the assortment of chocolate creations in Carly’s shop.

Carly had two quite different characteristics: she is an organised and orderly person with a wild, adventurous side.  It was good to see them both and how each tested her desires and life choices. Zev was devoted and determined and I enjoyed reading about all the ways he tried to protect Carly even when they were still at school.

Recommended to those who like modern-day sexy romance, in a believable setting with inspiring characters.

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Book Blub:

Zev Braden and Carly Dylan were childhood best friends, co-explorers, and first loves. Their close-knit families were sure they were destined to marry—until a devastating tragedy struck, breaking the two lovers apart. Over the next decade Zev, a nomadic treasure hunter, rarely returned to his hometown, and Carly became a chocolatier and built a whole new life across the country. When a chance encounter brings them back into each other’s lives, can they find the true love that once existed, or will shattered dreams and broken hearts prevail? Find out in Searching for Love, a deliciously sexy, funny, and emotional second-chance romance.

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Love in Bloom novels feature alpha male heroes and smart, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy contemporary romance and women’s fiction.

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