Happy Wednesday my lovelies! Our world is still in chaos and “normal” still feels an awfully long way off, but we have coffee, we have chocolate, and—best of all—we have romance novels.
This week’s book review is Coffee Girl by Sophie Sinclair. A new to me author. Now, I don’t know about you, but reading a new author is SO much like dating for me. There are nerves as I open the book and a few jitters as I get to the first page. There is a period of getting to know the voice and rhythm of the author, just like finding out the favorite color or movie of a prospective love interest. Sometimes it works and you end the evening with a kiss and plans for a second date… or book.
Coffee Girl is written in first person present tense. Now I am probably going to get a basket full of tomatoes thrown at me here, but I’ll admit that this is NOT my favorite. I enjoy either first or third person writing, but present tense loses me a lot of times. In the case of Coffee Girl, however, Ms. Sinclair manages to write it in a way that is seamless and manages to pull me deep into the lives of the characters to the point I lose myself in the words and ignore everything else.
Kiki Forbes has is ROUGH in the first few chapters of the book. She loses her job as a stylist for a magazine and is thrown into financial peril… especially considering the fact that she lives in a region that is *pricey* even for a studio apartment. So it isn’t long before Kiki is actually willing to take the job as a Dress Barn associate. Not at all what she was looking for.
As things get tighter for her, she has two job opportunities in front of her:
- Be a nanny for her Facebook perfect sister or,
- An assistant to a stylist (i.e. a glorified coffee girl) for country music’s sexiest man alive
Neither is what she is looking for, but Kiki has to take something and working for her snarky sister seems like more torture than she’s willing to endure at this point after all she’s been through. So instead she packs her bags and moves from Cali to Nashville (hello culture shock!) and the world of Tatum Reed.
Now as for Tatum, from the outside his life is pretty darn close to perfect. My man has a skyrocketing country music career and an idyllic relationship with a fellow singer that fans would kill for… or so that is what his publicist wants everyone to believe. In reality their relationship ended several months prior, but since their fans have put them on a mile high pedestal, all the managers and PR specialists involved have suggested they save face and pretend they are still together…
At least long enough to snag a coveted country music award.
Coffee Girl is a light-hearted romance with low angst and a great choice for a relaxing read in a bubble bath with a glass of wine and a square of the good chocolate (you know the kind I mean) to put the cherry on the top of the decadent self-care sundae.