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    4.5 Entertaining and Peanut Butter Glazed Stars

    Favorite Quotes: Maren and Will are making out in the corner like he’s just come back from war, and I quickly avert my eyes so I don’t see something I won’t be able to unsee. Maren’s bold, but I didn’t think an accountant would be so shameless at a family gathering. I guess Maren really does bring out a different side of him, as he claimed during their crazy romantic proposal last December. “Oh, Harvey, you know I like to get a look at the delivery boy. How am I going to rate him on my scale when you didn’t let me answer the door?” Grandma whines. “I even put on my red lips, my good Avon lipstick, because I knew he would be coming. What a waste.” I sit beside my mom and dad in the church basement, enjoying the weekly breakfast after mass. It’s been years since I’ve been here. Usually Luke and I spent Sunday mornings saying God in a very, very different way. That religious program I like is coming on in ten minutes. Figure it wouldn’t hurt to get some extra heaven points today after the lewd thoughts I was having about the preacher at Maren’s wedding. I laugh hysterically as the strippers parade down the aisle, their hips very loose—especially for their age. “I got them for a discount on the internet,” Grandma yells, clapping wildly as the bus driver just sits in horror. I laugh as Maren screams as the lead stripper props his leg on the seat in front of her, gyrating his hips wildly despite the fact he must be at least eighty. “No fair, I paid good money. Come this way, boys,” Grandma yells. My Review: The story began with the two main characters of Luke and Lila packing up and leaving their shared apartment after dissolved their relationship. They had drawn a line in the sand that each hoped the other would erase. Their game of chicken went too long and too far as neither would flinch or admit their rueful mistake or repentant their stance. The soulmates parted and avoided each other like a zombie-inducing plague, although each remained miserable and unable to disengage or fully move on. While the tone of the dual POV narrative was often angsty, the story was well balanced with humor and engaging observations, insights, and memories. I enjoyed the tale and adored all the character depictions in this book, each one was uniquely quirky and amusing. Grandma’s appearance was a guaranteed smirk sparkler to any scene. The premise was original, well-crafted, and relevant to the world we live in. Ms. Detwiler’s entertaining writing style and storylines are easy to follow, relatable, pleasantly appealing, and always include an enticing food element that pervasively tunnels through my cranium and wrecks my diet. Sigh, first she introduced me to Swedish Fish and now I feel compelled to run a Google search for local bakeries that provide peanut-butter glazed doughnuts. I am ruined.
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    Not your typical romance!

    I wasn't sure what to think about this book. It's unlike any other romance I've ever read before. It begins with the end of a relationship between the Hero and Heroine. The book is about them moving on with their lives...apart. And that's just the beginning! But, I kept an open mind, and kept on reading. Luke and Lila were happy together.....until they weren't. They decided they weren't good together, that they wanted different things from life, and split up. They each went their separate ways and tried to get on with their lives. But that was easier said than done. This book took everything that I expected from a romance and blew it out of the water. This book had none of the usual elements of a romance, but still managed to come out with a HEA. Right from the beginning, even when they were in the process of separating their lives from one another, I could tell they belonged together. There were so many emotions that went through me while reading this book, that it took a while to sort through them all: frustration, hurt, and finally, joy. Both Luke and Lila had many issues that they had to work through to be able to be together, but this book just drives home the point, true love conquers all, but only if you work at it!

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