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Popcorn Love

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,746 ratings  ·  176 reviews
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
Paperback and Ebook, 368 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by Ylva Publishing (first published September 2nd 2015)
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carmstein The ff was originally named the same as the book.
Alisé Yes :) there are some changes though. For example, she changed the names of characters due to some legal stuffs.

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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
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
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
Jude in the Stars
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book I read by this author, after The Art of Us, which I absolutely loved, and I was wondering whether it would be as fantastic. Though I did not enjoy it as much, it's still a very nice read. It was a bit long for me at times, and I thought Allison was a little obnoxious sometimes but I was nevertheless rooting for her (as if there were any doubt of a HEA) because she and Elena were so different and yet so good for each other. The novel is well-written, with a lightness of he ...more
Kicking off my 2019 reviews with a feel good book full of rainbows, unicorns, fluff and popcorn.

I read this years ago and remembered it as a very lighthearted book that is virtually angst free with some hilarious moments. This time around proved no different. I laughed out loud several times at the clumsiness that is Allison Sawyer and the small group of meddling and entertaining secondary characters.

The one thing that bothered me the most however is Elena's age. 27 seems really young to be the
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
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. ...more
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
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lesbian-romance
This is my second experience with a KL Hughes novel and I'm completely in. First I listened to The Art of Us, a lengthy, angsty, heart wrenching love story that I was totally smitten by, and now this very enjoyable slow burn romance between two people who appear completely mismatched, but absolutely work.
Elena Vega is a wildly successful New York fashion mogul at the tender age of 27 and has a three year old son Lucas. Her life has focused on her career, son and family with no attention to a pe
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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
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
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the idea of this book, but the dialogue kept pulling me out of it, specifically all the 'dears.'
I kept picturing a 70 year old woman instead of a 28 year old. One or two 'dears?' Maybe. But there had to be 20+ uses. And Elena not using contractions, ever, was also jarring.
The writing was great though, so I'm definitely going to keep reading this author's books.
This one was just a miss for me.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: f-f-romance
3.5 stars
This was my first experience reading something by KL Hughes and although this book comes highly rated, it didn’t do much for me. The story didn’t wow or excite me in any way. The forced drama that’s usually thrown in to lesfics was thankfully absent, however the romance by itself wasn’t enough to hold my attention for long. Due to this, it took me a long time to finish the book. I don’t know, it just wasn’t exciting.

The romance was sweet, but just mediocre. My favorite part of the stor
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.
Overused phrases: "She cleared her throat." (89 times)
"She scratched the back of her neck" (50 times)
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cheesy romance? Why not?
Why read a romance book and not expect it being a little cheesy? That's a good thing right?
Unoriginal? Well if some of the people writing reviews here have more "original" plot for stories then bring me the book and I'll read it and tell you. Sure, there is a basic idea about the storyline. Mother with a kid not sure of her sexuality? Well I've already read Braydens Heart block, why should I read this? It's because every writer is original in his own way. This isn't some
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
~ * 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
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. ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I kept meaning to read Popcorn Love by K.L. Hughes, but for some reason, I didn’t get the book until now. I am really glad I finally got this story to read and review.
Popcorn Love is an absolute joy to read; a sweet and very satisfying love story that is well written and engaging. K.L. Hughes is an excellent author, and it shows in this book. The characters are well drawn, both the main characters and the secondary ones. In fact, the story is so much better because of her secondary characters. I
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
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.
Loek Krancher
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

Despite differences, love is always capable of finding a way to bloom. In this story they seem to have nothing in common. One born in a loving family and the other grew up lonely. When these two opposites meet, the immediate attraction is quite passionate and breathtaking. I loved following their budding relationship and I liked how they show their vulnerability and their love. Both main characters are easy to love and rooting for. A beautiful and sweet romance with plenty of humor and
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
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.
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to IanWAA by: Kara
I really enjoyed this one. Lucas narration was absolutely adorable.
One thing that bothered me a bit (view spoiler)
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
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
May 29, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
This book had an interesting blurb. Unfortunately, I simply wasn't enticed to finish it even after reaching halfway through. Maybe this is just me, but I find it weird that Elena, at 27, addresses someone using "dear" and refers to Allison as "the young woman," knowing the babysitter is only 5 years younger than her. Filing this one under DNF.

Edit: I didn't realize this was a SwanQueen fanfic when I read it. Nonetheless, the dialogues put me off, so my previous opinion still stands.
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.
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KL Hughes is an American poet and fiction author writing in multiple genres. Growing up in a small town of just over 1500 people, she spent much of her time inventing various ways to entertain herself as well as others. Whether it was through vocal performances of original children’s songs or theatrical re-enactments of books, movies, and actual events, Hughes showcased her extensive imagination a ...more

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