Sunday, August 17, 2014

#84 : What If It's Love? by Alix Nichols : A Review



BOOK TITLE: What if it’s love?

ISBN: B00L3J9Y72

AUTHOR: Alix Nichols

GENRE: Fiction - Romance

NUMBER OF PAGES: 244

FORMAT: Digital

SERIES / STANDALONE: Series (Bistro La Boheme Series #1)

REVIEW BY: Shree Janani

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK:  Review copy as a part of NjKinny Book tour

SUMMARY : 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...
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WHAT IF IT’S LOVE? is the first book in the “Bistro La Bohème” series.

Is the “Bistro La Bohème” series for you?

If you’ve enjoyed “Amelie” and “Friends” and like smart heroines, sexy heroes, witty dialogue and heart-stopping romance, then give this series a try. It will delight you with an unforgettable cast of imperfect and charming young men and women who work or frequent an ordinary yet special Parisian café. They fall in love, cope with heartbreak and chase their dreams with a passion that makes them endearing even when in the wrong.

Welcome to the Bistro La Bohème! Take a seat by the window, order your café crème and lose yourself in these deeply romantic and heart-warming tales of love, friendship and finding out where you belong. The books are interconnected, with a recurring setting and characters. But each story is self-contained, and you can read it as a stand-alone.

REVIEW:

The idea of Paris, open café and a love story seemed so enchanting when I signed up for this review. As a matter of fact I hadn’t even “gotten over” the splendid Woody Allen movie “Mid Night in Paris” while this book came up for review. The beautiful cobbled streets of Paris combined with a slight drizzle felt so exhilarating.  Sadly the book didn’t work any such magic on me.

Our protagonist,Leena, a super-rich language student arrives in Paris after a heartbreak, looking for love. Paris, the city known famously to work its magic on people hoping to find love does work its magic on Lena as well. She does find love in Rob only to lose him for his secret which leaves Leena exhausted emotionally. She bounces back to find love again.

The story was well written and had all the ingredients for that perfect love story.  But unfortunately for me it lacked a little something for me. Paris in this story didn’t quite make an impact like Woody Allen’s movie did.  I felt the streets of Paris could have been described a wee bit better.  

Other thing that sort of ticked me off is this on and off romance between Rob and Leena. Leena was almost this woman who would fall in love at the drop of hat.

In short, it’s a light read.

VERDICT: Not bad. But definitely not for hardcore romance lovers.


RATING: 3.5 on 5

Note : This review was first posted in Readers' Muse


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