My hand held electric fan is a shadow of its former self.
Warning – this book review contains a lot of 🔥 and ❤️ emojis, CAPITALS and exclamation marks. Obviously I have tried to keep my cool and my emotions in check whilst writing this review *sigh*
This book by Zoe Allison sent the temperature soaring here in Wales. 🔥
At about 20% through on my kindle I had to turn on my fan as the male lead, Damon, was making me feel warm. By 60% in I was flushed and sat with my face turned into my exhausted electric fan (which was on full blast). Damon is so 🔥 Don’t get me started on what sort of state I was in at 75%.
This one should be on your TBR list (and high up too) if you are in need of some intense romance and you have access to a powerful electric fan!
Second Chance at First Love
Eva Mathers is a successful woman, except for when it comes to matters of the heart. When she returns home to Yorkshire as a pending divorcee, she realises her childhood friend and first love Damon Evans is also newly single. It’s a pity he’s never noticed her romantically and had no idea that she was in love with him at school. But at least they can support each other as friends again.
Damon is attempting to adjust to life sharing the kids with his ex. His reconnection with Eva is strong, but she was always too good for him and made her indifference clear after they drifted apart during their younger years. In any case, she still seems to be hung up on her charismatic ex-husband. Eva is hiding things from Damon, secrets from her past. He wants to be there for her, so why can’t she let him in?
Eva is dealing with trauma, but she won’t confide in her loved ones. Can Damon help her break down her walls before it’s too late and they miss their second chance at first love?
Here’s my review:
This book took me to NEW romance reading heights. Have not read a 🔥❤️ romance like this one for quite awhile.
My favourite trope is second chance love so from the start when Eva met up again with her old school crush, Damon, I was HOOKED!
Zoe Allison writes this trope so well. The cheeky banter early on in this book between Eva and Damon is brilliant. They were exactly how I wanted them to be – joking about their school days and playfully teasing each other. Cheeky banter is a big tick for me in romance books.
I was captivated by these two school friends who had recently bumped into each other again. I loved their school history – how she had a crush on him and never thought he would be interested. Both had recently emerged from painful past relationships and both needed to mend their damaged hearts. All this was another big tick for me.
I have such a fictional crush on Damon now. My goodness he did things to me with his cheekiness, his mid-thigh navy swim shorts, his fashion sense and the love he had for his kids, Adele and Sam from his previous marriage.
It didn’t take long for my attention to be totally Damon focused especially when he joins Eva in a jacuzzi at the gym. Oh, Lord here come the emojis again 🔥🔥 *whispers ‘must stay in control of my emotions and not cover this review in 🔥*
Good supporting cast of minor characters. I loved the two mothers, Meena and Lily who did some cracking meddling to get Eva and Damon together.
With this book you also get the added bonus of a school reunion, old school friend gossip and a lot of romantic miscommunication – all big ticks for me!
*Wipes brow* All the stars possible on the online book review sites for me with this book. I went to bed (after a late night finishing it) with a smile and a naughty twinkle in my eye.
Meanwhile in hand held fan world…
Think my fan and I need to go lie down in a darkened room with a cold compress on my forehead.
Zoe lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. A medic by day, she
started writing in her spare time as a means to counter burn out and found that this was a
balm for the soul.
She is a fan of the romantic genre and its ‘happy ever after’ ethos. A sharp contrast to what she can, at times, see in her day job. Zoe is keen for the female lead in romantic fiction to disabuse stereotypes and walk on an equal footing with her male counterparts. She prefers male leads
who do not display signs of toxic masculinity and believes that positive masculinity is
much more attractive to women and healthier for men.
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