Plot: Although this charming romance follows the typical romance plot structure, the storyline stands out from the usual with a fresh, fun setting; a thoroughly engaging heroine; and a sweet, sexy, and strong connection between the lovers.
Prose: The seamless prose—including funny, realistic dialogue between the main couple—flows easily from start to finish. One particular highlight: Psychological information about the heroine’s emotional struggle avoids becoming too technical and its ease-of-execution adds depth to the story. The love scenes are passionate and sweet, never cliched or gratuitous.
Originality: Romance fans will adore this sweet and tender love story that expertly explores an emotionally damaged woman’s rebirth through love. The well-matched main couple and the storyline rise above the tropes of the genre with genuine humor, charm, and emotional resonance.
Character/Execution: The heroine is the star of the story—a fully realized woman whose growth from emotionally damaged recluse to strong, healed romantic partner is compelling and triumphant. The hero is equally engaging and perfectly complements the heroine with his flawed-yet-chivalrous personality that avoids the alpha-male cliche. The supporting characters are rich and contribute greatly to the overall narrative.
Date Submitted: July 10, 2020