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    Charismatic 5-yr old carries the story

    ** Provided by Author via Promotion in Exchange for an Honest Review. ** -- MY THOUGHTS > Judging a Book by it's Cover: Cute. Man walking along the beach with a young girl on his shoulders. Soft, subdued colors. Nothing too bold to catch the eye. Synopsis sounds enjoyable. Looking Deeper: Third person alternating POVs with no truly clear distinction. Each chapter is cutely labeled with a "rule". Dare I say that Cece is the star of this book? She steals every scene she's in and is so adorable in doing so. Rick / Max is a fairly solid lead male with conflicting priorities and confused wants versus needs. Maggie is fighting hard to become more independent as a single mom while completing culinary school and working a new job in a new city all while being threatened by her ex-husband. Together, the lead characters begin to develop a love / hate relationship at a snail's pace; however, Cece demands his love and adoration from the get-go - while giving it freely and in full force and he's unwittingly powerless against her exuberant charms. There are a handful of key secondary characters that help to bolster the plot with a fuller quality. The interaction and dialogue usually feels natural, with only a few slightly awkward areas. Because Rick and Maggie continue to fight their attraction to one another and miss a lot of opportunities to openly communicate by holding too tight to reservations, the plot delivery leaves the flow feeling a bit sluggish even though the writing style is good. There are many self-imposed conflicts and only a few led by outside forces. The conflicts are all eventually resolved with minimal predictability. The conclusion is clean and solid. The story also includes Bonus Material that could be considered an extended epilogue that spans over 15 years, providing glimpses into the futures of Cece, Rick and Maggie. The sex content is virtually non-existent, only getting to any real sexual encounter at approximately ninety percent. ---------------------------------------------------------- Heat Level: 3 ~ Score: 4.0 ~ Stars: 4 ----------------------------------------------------------
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    Unlikely Allies

    Koen takes the notion and gives it a unique & intricate twist. The in depth look at the characters’ emotions really makes this story what it is. She made me feel & believe. The chapter titles set the scene, while also providing insight into the characters themselves. I did find that it took me a bit to get into the author’s writing style, but once I did, I worked. The believable chemistry between the main characters wasn’t always a positive thing for them but was definitely refreshing. It definitely added to the story without being over the top. I really appreciated how well developed the child was. And the fact that she was loveable without being ‘perfect.’ It was so much fun. As a whole, this was a refreshing, enjoyable read that definitely had lots of sweet moments. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
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