Cherry Blossom Boutique by Brooke Adams
|Cherry Blossom Boutique by Brooke Adams|
|Category: Women's Fiction|
|Reviewer: Sue Magee|
|Summary: A feel-good story with plenty of sex. A fun read.|
|Buy? Maybe||Borrow? Maybe|
|Pages: 104||Date: November 2020|
|Publisher: Troubador Publishing|
Thirty-one-year old Liberty Rossini has had her shop, the Cherry Blossom Boutique, for just six months when she's nominated for - and wins - the Retail Best Newcomer Award. She's delighted and the two people she's brought with her to the event couldn't be more pleased. Sonja, her mother, is an ex-model and Brazilian: you can see where Liberty got her looks from. Jessica's thirty-four and Liberty's best friend: they've known each other since university and Liberty adores Jessica's husband, Charles and their four-year-old daughter, Ava. Life would be perfect for Liberty if it wasn't for one thing: she misses having a man in her life.
Two years ago - and after a three-year relationship - Daniel dumped her by text. He runs a small building company but doesn't seem to have a lot of ambition, something which is alien to Liberty. There was an added problem in that Daniel was also a heavy drinker. You might think that Liberty's well out of the relationship but Daniel had a sexual charisma that Liberty still finds hard to resist.
A new man comes into Liberty's life. He's Tom Anderson, a good-looking silversmith in his late thirties. There's a definite spark between them but the relationship is thrown off course when Daniel makes an unexpected re-entry into Liberty's life. Will Liberty be able to resist Daniel - and can she put him behind her sufficiently to make the relationship with Tom work?
I got cross with Liberty on occasions: just tell Daniel to get lost was what I wanted to shout but then most women have had that bad boy that they just can't resist in their lives and Liberty cannot resist Daniel. Tom Anderson's a one-woman man and he likes his women to have the same principles: he's not that long out of a divorce which happened because his wife had an affair with the man he thought was his best friend and business partner.
We've encountered author Brooke Adams before when I read her debut novella. I was impressed by the way that Admas developed her characters well in eighty pages and she's done the same thing again. If I had to be picky, I'd say that she can be over-reliant on descriptions of clothes, food and decoration to build her characters: I'd like to see her be more adventurous and make more use of her obvious story-telling talents.
It's a feel-good story that wraps itself around you and gives you a good cuddle. There's plenty of sex and it's better than most fictional sexual encounters in a story that's simple, but well-told. I'd like to thank the publisher for sending a copy to the Bookbag.
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