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A prominent figure amongst New York City’s fashion elite, Elena Vega is a successful businesswoman and single mother to an adorable three-year-old son, Lucas. Her love life, however, is lacking, as those closest to her keep pointing out.
At the persistent urging of her closest friend, Elena reluctantly agrees to a string of blind dates if she can find a suitable babysitter
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Paperback and Ebook, 368 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by Ylva Publishing (first published September 2nd 2015)
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Diane Wallace
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
'Ylva-Publishing ARC provided in exchange for a honest review'

In this warm and my second winning novel by KL Hughes that is complex,smart,genuinely moving story and a feel-good book that celebrates lots of small emotional moments and small changes that makes one big life. After her(Elena)reactions and choices to begin dating having not done it for years because of her son(Lucas),now she is refresh and her forthright vision has return on what kind of relationship she deems appropriate for her thr
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Sprinkles
I didn't realize I needed book until I realized I needed this book. I'm not quite sure what held me back from reading it initially. Maybe because I was aware of its fanfic origins and I didn't want to picture the women from a show (not that I watch that one, anyway haha). But, K.L. Hughes illustrates her characters in a way that I can paint my own mental picture.

Back to my need. I NEEDED THIS. Has anyone been on social media lately? Rhetorical question, but HOLY COW, THE WORLD IS A MESS. This bo
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Kara
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Popcorn Love” is a sweet, lighthearted romantic comedy that is lots of fun to listen to!

MC Elena’s best friend Vivian decides it’s time, after four years of not dating, for 28yo Elena to find a babysitter and start dating. Vivian and 3yo Lucas quickly decide that MC Allison isn’t only the perfect babysitter, she’s the perfect match for Elena!

The first 40% of the book is very cute as Elena hires 22yo Allison, and they begin a habit of talking about the truly terrible blind dates that Vivian has
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Megzz
Oct 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: vanilla, boring
Bleh... that's a 2.5.

Sorry for not being more eloquent. But BLEH. This one was too much on the cheesy side for me.

It's an okay story, really, with sweet enough moments. The first third of the book is entertaining enough. But gather together all the cliché things you've read or seen in romantic stories, add to that all the stereotypical illustrations of society you've encountered and you've got yourself a very BLEH love story. Not the most interesting or original representation of reality if you
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Jan
Elena is a 200-year-old vampire and single mom who finds love and passion with her 15-year-old babysitter Allison. Together, they raise Elena's super cute toddler Steven Universe. Okay, then I realized this book wasn't a vampire/Steven Universe fanfic, but instead a SwanQueen fanfic. Either way, it does explained some of the clunky dialogue and awkward character development.
lov2laf
For fan fiction, this was very good. As a published book, it's still good, but I don't know why certain aspects weren't cut(?!). This could be so much better with a few more trims here and there.

The writing is definitely strong and the story line is entertaining. There's some good humor and the dialogue is excellent, minus the complaints I'll mention later in this review. The book hit on some of the tropes I've seen in the lesfic genre, namely beautiful leads with one rich and one raised in fost
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Book Worm
I listened to the audio book and I must now proclaim myself a fan of this narrator. The voices, especially Lucas' tiny toddler's voice, were done so distinctive, I found myself absolutely riveted.
Of course there is the awkward "dear" that other reviewers before me have already pointed out and it did age Elena beyond her years. At times she did positively sound grandmotherly. But sometimes when you listen it is good to have very distinct voices and speech patterns, thus it endeared her to me, ma
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Luce
3.5 Stars for a reread. I didn’t give a written review the first time I read it, so I’ll add one now.

I decided to reread this book because I’m looking forward to the author’s newest book The Art of Us which will be available soon.

I’ve upgraded this book 1/2 a star for the re-read. The problems I had with this book prevents me from rounding up to 4 Stars. Still I enjoyed it more this time around. This book is about a 27 year old, wealthy Latino executive, Elena who hires a 22 yr old college stu
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Endlesscribbles
Audiobook version is just as wonderful as the ebook.
Loved this book and am hoping for a squeal to see how and where these wonderful characters end up.
Heinerway
I really loved this sweet, sweet sugary romance. Sometimes you need stories like this one, and it seems I needed it now. My only issue with this fantastic book was the age of Elena. I don't know why, but I kept thinking she was in her thirties.
~ * K E L L I E * ~
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
I really enjoyed Popcorn Love. It's what I'd dub a 'fluffy romance' - perfect for a weekend read :-) Elena and Allison had great chemistry and Lucas (Elena's son) was a little cutie!

My only qualm, Elena's character appeared much older than her reported 27 years. The constant use of "dear" made her seem at least a decade or two older than what she actually was.

All in all, a great way to spend a few hours on the weekend.

4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars
Tara
I liked it, but wouldn't say I loved it. Elena's mannerisms and way of speaking were so stilted and awkward and yet also precise that I had a hard time seeing her as a character. Thankfully someone pointed out in the comments of another review that this started out as a fanfic, so that makes a lot more sense, but this needed another editorial pass to even that out. I liked the premise and every other character worked so well for me, but Elena was too major a character for me to be able to ignore ...more
Netty
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, great-sex
Fantastic, none of the usual frustration which you find in most lesbian romance books thank god because that really does irritate the s**t out of me.....
The main characters were funny sexy and interesting it's just a really feel great romance, The sex scenes were very well done, let's have some more please, I highly recommend miss Hughes books, Fracture was great but this one is even better.......
Amanda
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesbian-fiction
I read this book in 2015 and loved it. I recently purchased the audiobook on Audible and enjoyed it just as much. I typically only buy audiobooks of books I have read and could read over and over again. I think both the ebook and the audiobook are worth purchasing.
Kathryn
Overused phrases: "She cleared her throat." (89 times)
"She scratched the back of her neck" (50 times)
MJS
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I haven't read anything by this author before, but the blurb drew me in so I gave it a try, and I'm glad I did. It's a lovely story that's pretty much a straight through romance, there's no real conflict (which also means the blessed absence of the usual contrived break up and make up that's standard in lesfic). The leads spend a lot of time together and get to know each other, and the supporting characters are fun.

The only quibble I had was Elena's character, she's written far older than she's
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Arn
3.5 stars. A decent comfort read, no large conflicts, no angst, just a lot of humor, cuddles and love.

One star off for the dialogue at the beginning of the book with all the "dear" and "like", almost dropped it because of that but I'm glad I didn't.

I just wish the book actually delved into the issues presented - social class difference, having a relationship with a kid in the mix, problems with being in and coming out of the foster system, etc. It was all just glossed over for warm fuzzies. Bu
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Ali
Oct 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Unpopular opinion here: this book was tedious, and I found myself skipping through whole chunks of it. And tellingly, that skipping didn't result in me missing any of the story; there's a lot of mind-numbing "funny banter" that I think is supposed to make us believe in this nonsensical love story.

Elena is a terribly-written character who speaks like a robot, though a robot would probably have more personality. Allison fares better, but it's just too much to ask of a reader to stay in a long stor
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Fia
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really loved it but the thing that bothered me, as many readers already said, was the way Elena talked. The constant use of "dear" for example.

She was supposed to be 27 years old. I'm 27. I don't talk like that. None of my friends talks like that. No one I know talks like that. It was just not realistic.

But I loved Allison, Lucas and their relationship.

Also I think Allison was pretty funny.
Ashley Reid
I loved this book. I did occasionally find myself casually swapping the names back to the original fanfiction form though, mostly because of how much Elena says 'dear'. That is not something that any 27 year old I know says, and I kept associating it with Regina from OUAT.

This was a great fluffy romance book, I loved it and couldn't put it down.
Lucky Luc
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Boy did I need this book! There is so much sadness and heartache in our country right now that I completely lost myself in this book. Elena and Allison’s journey to each other was just so pure and beautiful, even if Vivian gave their relationship a clever little push. There was no forced angst and I was quite happy with the frequent communication between Elena and Allison so we did not have to wade through a contrived misunderstanding to drive an unnecessary wedge between them. Coupled with the ...more
Alena
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, queer
I really liked the start of this book, but at some point it just started to drag.

I would say it is about twice the length of the average lesfic novel, and I can't figure out why because the actual plot is really thin.

In addition, I had issues with the dialogue (who talks like this?), and some character-specific things. For example, I'm sure Elena's mother was supposed to be funny, but I really found her kind of unbearable.

I guess the fanfic element comes into play here. Turning fanfic into novel
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Amy
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I couldn't put it down. I was up until 2am this morning reading it. The story just flows and I really liked the characters. This was the first book I've read from this author and it won't be the last. Great read!!
Kate G
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Considering the summary, I'm not surprised by the quality. For the price, I expected better - but this is a former Swanqueen fic, and looking between it and the original, I'd just read the original. The author has tried to hunt down copies of the original and remove them from cyberspace, but nothing's ever erased.

Comparing the original fic and the 'refurbished' publication, maybe sixty percent is the same. Whether she's Regina or Elena, it screams OUAT. There's no attempt to disguise it and apar
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poppp
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
I expected a lot from this book, but I don't think it measured up. Not sure if it's because I read a great book right before it. Anyway, I liked it enough but not thrilled and all. Light read, no "real" conflicts, really.
Heidi
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Got as an audio book. The narrator trying to make the voices different, made the main character Elena’s voice kind of mechanical and was at time off putting, but the story was good. I loved the kid!! Lucas was Sweet and funny and his relationship with Allison and his mother was great. I laughed out loud a few times in this one.
Darya
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fanfiction
This book is very good as a fanfic, it's totally one of the best one i've ever read on SwanQueen, so thanks to the author very much for it. And I give it 5 stars for this and this only.
But it's too weak for being an independent book. Plot twists are predictable and superficial, characters are stereotyped and honestly not very well written. Like Elena is basically Regina Mills, she's not really out of character, but author seems to forget that her Elena is about 10 years younger than Once Upon A
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Kath
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A sweet funny romance, loved it.
Maria
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Popcorn Love is beyond adorable.

That said, I think stories like these are lacking in the LGBTQA+ community. Usually, one has to go through hell to find something resembling a happy ending. There are nasty breakups involved, nasty families that don't approve of their choices, or even the death of a partner that couldn't stand the bullies. Also, most of the stories available, or at least the ones with an easy access, are about younger characters, high school students that have yet to sexually def
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Margaret
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: l-words
Oh I do so love it when authors take the risk to write an out and out romance - no hiding behind humour (although, don't get me wrong, I do love me a romantic comedy), no mysterious or supernatural elements to help keep the storyline kicking along, no false angst for the characters to rail against. Just two characters falling for each other in all their imperfect glory. It's deceptively hard to do, and so wonderful for hopeless romantics like me when it is. And Popcorn Love is romance done just ...more
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