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    A fun uplifting story

    What a lovely light and uplifting book. I loved the characters, I loved how Del could only be herself and how she grew over the challenge, how she didn't play games to try to win and how she pushed herself to live outside of her comfort zone. I loved Lex And Lila both down to earth real people following their hopes and dreams as Del was doing. I even liked the less likeable characters, they all played their part in shaping the story. I am not a perfume wearer at all, and I've never really given much thought to what goes into making that perfect perfume, I loved the descriptions that Rebecca used to describe the emotions and feelings of the scents, I could almost imagine I was there smelling them myself. I will definitely be looking at reading some more of Rebecca Raisin's books. Thanks to NetGalley and HQ Digital for a copy in return for an honest review.
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    Utterly Charming Book

    Combine Paris, Romance and Perfume along with a competition and you have a n utterly charming read. I fell in love with this story when Del landed in Paris, literally bumped into a handsome stranger and from there the adventure began. I especially loved Sebastien with his good looks and charm he is a perfect male specimen. Del is on a mission to break away from her small town and be independent form her twin sister Jen. The perfume contest with Paris as a backdrop should be the perfect opportunity but with all of the antics of the other contestants and the complex art of perfume making may just be a bit too much. The sights, the drama of the contest and the budding romance between Del and Sebastien had me hooked and I devoured, practically inhaled this in one sitting. I loved the contest aspect of the book and all of the complexity involved in making perfume had me amazed at how much actually goes into creating a fragrance. Del is an honest, lovable, smart as a whip and sometimes clumsy lead character. The tension between Del and Sebastien had me wanting to just get them together already! If you enjoy an honest to goodness romance with charm and a beautiful setting then you are in for a treat.
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    Mixing Love

    Initially I thought I was going to really dislike this book as it does take a while to really suck you in. Once I was around 50 pages in I found that I was becoming more and more absorbed by Del's story and was racing through the pages. Although this is basically a love story, and a rather cliched obvious one the setting is evoked well (I now feel I've been to Paris) and the background of the competition works well - although, it's obvious that Del will get to the Grand Finale or else there wouldn't be much of a book. The supporting cast are well drawn and I particularly enjoyed the character of Lex. Although, I did feel that he was a bit of a mole planted there by the perfume house to report back on how the contestants were behaving behind the scenes as it were. Sadly this theory didn't pan out but I still think it would have made a nice twist. Clementine and Lila are also quite strong characters within the book although a little two dimensional i their niche of, respectively, femme fatale and mouse. There are little nods to previous books as we visit Once Upon A Time and also Anouk's Antique Shop. It was nice to drop in on old characters and locations, however briefly. There is, of course, plenty of information about the blending of perfume and it can become a little wearying in places as you get whole sentences that are nothing more than a list of ingredients. I have still given this 4 Stars as I did enjoy the story very much despite having some major niggles with what appeared to be filler. I now know why the publication date was pushed back again and again (yes, it was on my shopping list for an inordinate amount of time); it simply wasn't ready for publication and I do feel like it was compromised slightly to finally get the book out. Sadly, this makes me wonder if we will see any further novels from Ms Raisin as it seems clear that she had issues fulfilling her Publishing Contract with this one.
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