Published March 1st, 2017
Print Length: 366 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction, Interracial Romance, Multicultural Romance, Single Women Fiction
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If you haven’t read a duology before I feel like it’s important for me to say that this book has an ending that acts as a hook for the next book, where the story will actually end.
The two main characters, Darby and Michael, meet each other at a wedding and decided to jump into a sexual relationship only with the added rule that if any of them uses the word “Snapdragon” the agreement would be over. The idea was that none of them should develop an emotional attachment to the other and they would stay good friends, but not every idea works as intended, right?
The writing was well-done. I have no complaints with grammar or anything of the like. The dialogue was good as well as the descriptions. Sometimes I feel like romances can be overly one or the other, but in this case was well balanced. It was a little slow to hook me though, but once it was done I was unable to stop reading.
When I reached the ending I was kind of shocked because I had forgotten that this was part of a duology. It wasn’t a sad ending but wasn’t a happy one either. I’ve considered it a mature ending, which I haven’t seen in a romance book EVER.
I would recommend this book to lovers of romance duologies more than anything and if you like to see how the two main characters built what I think would be a strong relationship, slowly.
Disclaimer: I got an Advance Reader Copy of this book through Hidden Gems.
About the Author
Kilby Blades is a 40-time-award-winning author of Romance and Women’s Fiction. Her debut novel, Snapdragon, was a HOLT Medallion finalist, a Publisher’s Weekly BookLife Prize Semi-Finalist, and an IPPY Award medalist. Kilby was honored with an RSJ Emma Award for Best Debut Author in 2018, and has been lauded by critics for “easing feminism and equality into her novels” (IndieReader) and “writing characters who complement each other like a fine wine does a good meal” (Publisher’s Weekly).
During her fifteen year career as a digital marketing executive, she moonlighted as a journalist, freelancing as a food, wine and travel writer and an entertainment columnist (and enjoying the related perks). She lived between Europe and New York for much of her twenties and has visited more than twenty-five countries. She still travels abroad at least two months a year, mostly to visit her happy place in South America—her getaway in the Andes Mountains.
On Fridays, Kilby goes to movie matinees alone, where she eats Chocolate Pocky and buttered popcorn and drinks blackberry mojitos. Every other day, she loves a good after-dinner walk and a mini-binge on Netflix. She is a feminist, a social-justice fighter, and above all else, a glutton for a good story.