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223 pages, Kindle Edition
First published November 19, 2018
First and foremost. I had an inkling that there was something off about this book.
"What were the chances she'd slide into a booth opposite a man who looks like he'd jumped straight out of her fantasies?
Smooth brown skin stretched over the angular features of his face."
So why am I seeing a white man on the cover? I'm not even being offensive but the male character read like a white man, so it makes sense if it hadn't been stated that he had smooth brown skin.
In my most honest opinion, it's as if the book was first written in a non-African nation before the author decided, why not change it to South-Africa, it's Africa but we can work it, because basically a few names of places where mentioned but nothing substantial enough to give me that feeling that it was South-Africa, and then I mean come on, not a single South-African name was in this book, all the names where English, where's the authenticity there? *Disclaimer I have never been to South-Africa so I don't know if I'm just being prickly.*
I was interested in this novel because I am a romance junkie. But this novel is such a slow burn and I felt it dragging in a lot of instances, a lot of instances that I felt were unnecessary because the pacing became too slow and the conversations dragging because a great amount of time was spent on detailing scenes that didn't have to be that long.
Despite all these issues, I found myself laughing at the female main character Angie's antics and all the cute moments but she and Ezra the main male character shared. I saw and felt the genuine feelings they shared for each other. Which was what made this book enjoyable, but honestly, this book still needs some serious adjustments.
She’d known him for all of a few hours and yet somehow, she steadied him. Despite the fact that she forced him to be honest—that she made him see things about himself he hadn’t before—she steadied him. Even though she put a spotlight on all the issues he wanted to avoid, preventing him from keeping them in the dark, she steadied him.
The silence that followed seemed heavy with what they weren’t saying, and he blurted out, ‘Why romance?’ She blinked. Adjusting to the abrupt change in topic, he thought.
‘Probably the happily-ever-afters.’ Her expression was pensive. ‘That I can control it.’
‘Oh. That’s not what I was expecting.’
She laughed softly. ‘Wouldn’t you hand out happily-ever-afters if you could?’
‘No, I meant being able to control it.’
‘Life is unpredictable,’ she replied after a pause. ‘I guess it’s appealing to me. The idea that I can give people happy endings when that’s not what happens in real life. Oh, no, wait,’ she said, her eyes wide, ‘that’s not what I meant.’