Hi! Welcome back to Bookworm Express on ScribblerAlliance. After the nail-biting suspense novels I’ve been reading lately, I decided to read something sweet and fluffy for a change this week.
Thanks to platforms like instafreebie, tons of free books are available for our reading pleasure. On such one haul, I received a free copy of Working Vacation by Annabelle Love. And that, my dear bookworms, is what I have chosen to review for you today.
Have you ever been so stressed out that your brain seems to short-circuit every time an employee makes a mistake? Have you been so on the edge that you sent a grown man crying for the fear of your wrath? That’s what life is for graphic mogul and workaholic Bernadette. With work being the only love of her life, she spends more hours in her office than at home. That’s when her best friend, Emily, decides to recruit the help of an agency specializing on relaxing luxurious vacations for the rich.
Enter Tyson Andrews, one of the most successful marketers in the very same agency. He’s handsome, charming, quite affluent, and the man Bernadette has had a crush on since their school days.
Soon this chance meeting turns into a whirlwind romance where you’ll find our central characters learn to attain that work to personal life balance, i.e. a working vacation. Of course it’s entirely a different question of whether, when all is said and done, it’ll remain just a business trip or morph into a personal one.
Time for my review. First off the positives: if you’ve followed my reading habits in the previous Bookworm Express posts, you’d know that I love a strong female character. Bernadette fits the criteria perfectly. The way she handles herself when faced with Tyson’s ex made me like her even more. Another positive is the friendship between Emily and Bernadette. That’s the kind of friendship we should be looking for, people. Your best friend should be ready to punch you in the face when you’re being foolish and then pull you back up to help you stand up for what’s best for you. The third positive is the sweetness of the romance in this book. What can I say? I love a second chance romance.
However, this book did have its negatives. One of the major issues I had with this book was the plot line, or lack thereof. I would have loved more of their back story to make it more of a love story than a lust story. With a novella, I expected a more of a complete story than a short story. Another thing I hate to point out was the steamy scenes, more specifically the first steamy scene. It felt like there should be more of an understanding between our heroes before they decide to engage in horizontal tango.
All that being said, I did get what I asked for with this one. The book gave me a fluffy and steamy vacation from suspense of the last few I’ve read which is exactly why I picked it. So in Anne’s scale, this story gets 3.5 stars out of 5 because I’d really have loved a little deeper plot development.
If you are looking for a sweet reprieve from reality, this book is for you. It’s a short, stand-alone friends-to-lovers novella with zero cheating and a guaranteed HEA, not to mention a delightfully sexy read. So if that is your poison, dear reader, give it a go.
That’s all for this week. We hope to bring you new book reviews on Bookworm Express every Saturday from here on out. So if there’s any book you want us to review, let us know in your comments.
Until next time.
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