Friday, September 12, 2014

Book Review: What If It's Love? by Alix Nichols

What If It's Love? 

Alix Nichols
Pub July 16th 2014 
by CreateSpace 
ARC for Review 

Can a Paris bistro heal a broken heart?

Charm, wit and poignancy abound in this gripping contemporary romance.

Introverted heiress Lena moves to Paris to nurse old wounds reopened by her neglectful boyfriend. Enter Rob, a charismatic and handsome Frenchman who waits tables at La Bohème -- a café on Lena’s street -- and has big dreams.

He makes her laugh and forget her insecurities. She stirs something infinitely tender in his soul. Before they know it, they’ve fallen for each other, even though both had good reasons to fight the budding love.

But their passionate romance is cut short when she discovers his dirty secret... 


Out of Sight is Not Out of Mind

Hm let me start off by saying this is going to be a tricky one…This was a lovely read, well written and kept my interest throughout. Unfortunately something felt a little flat. It was told in the third person and the flow and pacing was good but connecting with the characters was a little bit difficult for me. Having said that the novel was smart, the characters were light and full of wit. What if it’s Love played out like a movie  but it didn’t feel real.

Lena is a very independent astute woman but her character was a bit ironic for me. She loved poetry that to me should indicate a passionate person but she was meek and often ran from troublesome situations. I am happy to report that she seems to face her demons by the end and come to terms with the ugly parts of reality. Rob was handsome and driven but to me his character was missing a certain dimension. He was as intelligent as they come but he was withdrawn. Even his interactions with his family seemed cold. Together they awoke feelings neither knew existed. I could relate to the time they spent apart as being painful, but didn’t feel it. This is where it gets sticky…Though I thought the emotion was flat the story was intriguing and all and all I enjoyed the read.

  Nichols descriptions and poetry placement were what made this book an all and all good read. Like I mentioned earlier, this plays out like a movie. The characters experiences in varying city’s made me picture the scene’s as though they were being projected onto an actual screen versus just playing out in my mind’s eye. There were a couple of instances where I would’ve liked to have seen a different outcome. Some of the characters story lines didn’t play out all the way and there were a couple of instances were side plots stopped without a conclusion. Lena and Rob play a game of cat and mouse throughout the story that was interesting but there were some times I wanted to shake these two.

I recommend this for people who are looking for a light read that is entertaining. The ending is an HEA and can be read as a stand alone but is part of a series. I could see these two making another appearance so I wouldn’t be surprised to find out there is more drama to come. This may not have been just right for me but it may be right up your alley. All I can say with certainty is, the sure fire way to know is for you to pick it up and give it a shot.

  My Rating
3.0 Geneva, Thesis, Spy, IT, Vacation, Kiss, Amanda, Mat, Blue Hair, Father, Step Mother, Mother, Translations, Husband, Admission, Depression, Paris, Flat, Confessions, Love at Last filled stars. Pick this up for a lazy Sunday by the fireplace.

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  1. I've got this on my TBR pile for review. Sounds like I'll definitely enjoy this one. Paris is one of the cities I would love to visit one day.

  2. So glad Peggy! You'll have to let me know what you think :)

  3. One character can make or break a book. Hmmm


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