Short and Sweet. A Great Quick Romance.
4 out of 5 stars
I hate calling a book a palate cleanser, but sometimes they end up being just that. It’s not that I needed a book to get a good OR a bad taste out of my mouth. Thankfully I’ve been pretty lucky to read almost exclusively books that I enjoy – and this was another one of those books. It was short and sweet and had me smiling throughout.
Both Erica and Catherine jumped off the page and had awesome chemistry. From that very first meeting, you could feel it and it bleed into every page. I liked the way that Keane dealt with the age gap aspects of the story. For the most part, they weren’t there, it came up as a “problem” really only in thoughts.
The family aspects of this were cute, especially on Erica’s side. Her aunt and her relationship was so cute and sweet. Erica’s entire journey (at least continuing it in a happy and healthy way) hinged on her aunt’s reaction to her telling her about Catherine. I’m glad that in this case, it was a positive reaction.
Overall, I thought that Keane did a good job covering the sort of not going to label myself, but still later in life realizing that there’s something more there. I think this can become cliche too quickly and I’m thrilled to read about characters that just want to be in love regardless of the label attached to it. Of course, throw in one of the best sapphic romance narrators in Lori Prince and you’ve got a fun and quick read that will put a smile on your face.
Twenty-seven-year-old Erica is happy with her uncomplicated life: She works in her aunt’s floral shop, she bakes in her free time, and she cherishes her small group of friends. Sure, she’s single, but Erica’s fine with it. As far as she’s concerned, not everybody gets a great love.
Then one day she delivers flowers to her aunt’s newest client, Catherine, a forty-year-old bridal shop owner, and Erica finds herself drawn to her. While the attraction initially catches her off guard – she’s never desired a woman before-she soon realizes that her crush is the real deal.
And Erica isn’t the only one experiencing sparks. Catherine feels them, too. But between their age difference, the need to remain professional, and both of their past experiences with love, both women are hesitant to make a move. Soon, however, it becomes obvious that they need to stop holding back and let their love bloom.
Contains mature themes.In Bloom by Allie Keane
Narrator: Lori Prince
Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
Published by Tantor Audio on February 25th 2020
Genres: Age Gap, LesFic/Sapphic Fiction
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