Hi there! Since I’ve promised to be active again, I’ll try to post my latest book reviews. This is a book I stumbled upon while I wanted to read something that wasn’t too simple nor too dramatic. It’s the first time I read the author, Melonie Johnson, and I was pleasently surprised that her book was just what I needed to get out of my reading slump.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Year: 2019
Part of a series?: Yes, but it’s a standalone
DEFINITELY, MAYBE…OR LOVE, ACTUALLY?
English professor Bonnie Blythe expects her life to play out like her favorite novels, especially now that her long-term boyfriend has finally proposed. So when a shocking discovery leads Bonnie to end her engagement, she decides to close the book on love. But the plot thickens when a brand-new character enters the scene—and quickens Bonnie’s heart.
With his brilliant blue eyes, sexy accent, and irresistible charm, Theo Wharton is like a romantic hero straight out of a Jane Austen novel. When fate places Bonnie in England for a summer—conveniently close to Theo—she realizes a hot friends-with-benefits fling is exactly what she needs to start a fresh chapter. Just as Bonnie begins to believe she’s falling in love, an eye-opening revelation into Theo’s life makes Bonnie feel like she’s wandered into one of her favorite books. Will Bonnie have the courage to risk her heart and turn the page with the dashing Brit to find her true happy ending after all?
t’s my first time reading this author like I said, and I was thrilled to be finally read something by her, as I’m a big fan of books with British characters. Well, I was happy I indulged in this book because I found the characters relatable.
The main protagonist is Bonnie, an American English teacher who loves teaching and tea, books, and many things connected to literature and writing. At the beginning of the book she discovers her boyfriend has a lover and they break up. This is devastating, of course, but luckily for Bonnie there’s a certain Brit that is in town coincidentially when all this happens. Theo is a gentleman who is in Chicago for business. He and Bonnie have already met each other in the previous book, I gather from the info Bonnie provides (the POV is in 3rd person). Apparently they were already allured by the other from there, and now that Bonnie is finally single, Theo could make a move. But he doesn’t.
Theo comes from royalty although he isn’t a real royal, so he knows how to treat women and be kind to them. I liked that every time he was around Bonnie, he let her know that whatever he proposed her to do, she would be OK with it and choose if she wanted it to happen or not. He respected her decision and didn’t impose anything on her, which is a change, since many male book protagonists nowadays tend to do as they please with female heroines. Theo was too respectful towards Bonnie and I liked that she was happy about this but that she also tells him that it’s OK if he’s not always a “gentleman” and helps her getting out of cars and things like that.
This book was in 3rd person. While I sometimes hate 3rd person POV, it suited the book because it allowed the writer not to lose herself in petty details that usually go inside the characters’ minds when the POV is in 1st person. The characters were likeable and relatable, and not annoying at all. The pace wasn’t fast and it made it seem things more realistic, which I appreciate because I don’t like when the characters jump on each other too soon or fall in love too quickly.
I’ll surely read this author in the future, because I like her style and characters.
RATING: 4.5/5 stars