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5 stars for this California dream
I just loved this book. I’ve always wanted to go to Cali and I got to go there in this debut book in the Kismet series. Evelyn Monroe is that warrior goddess in all of us; the one who has all these big hopes and dreams and isn’t gonna let any one, especially a man, stand in her way of them...that is until sexy, too good to be true, southern gentleman, Noah Stewart literally charges into her life.
Firefighter hottie alert, ladies, this man is smokkkkiin’. (Yes, that’s a word!)
These two meet at a bar as Noah pulls Eve from one danger, right into another- his tempting arms. And man, is his aloofness to how gorgeous he is SUCH a turn-on, damn...
Noah is a dreamboat with his good looks and irresistible charm, but as quickly as he took her world by storm, Eve’s best friend, Gwen (who is a total cock-block at times) just as suddenly pulls her out of La-La land and back to reality as she literally drags her out of the bar, WITHOUT Noah’s number… OMG! UGHH!! NO….See, Gwen has a habit of being kinda self-absorbed at times, and tends to rain on Eve’s parade. Buuuttt, Gwen’s been through hell--losing her sister--and she’s kinda hard when it comes to Noah and Eve. She doesn’t trust Noah and wants Eve to pursue her dreams and not let some smooth-talking Mr. Right (who’s probably Mr. Wrong) deter her BFF from reaching her goals. She’s all eyes on the prize…and I respected her for wanting the best for her friend, even if she sometimes makes wrong decisions herself.
Anyway, back to Eve and Noah… So, as fate would have it, Noah and Eve get a second chance to meet up. Who’s BFFs with Eve’s brother’s BFF and co-worker, Rex? Ding ding ding! Noah!! They have no idea they are in the same place, Eve’s parents house for a dinner party, until boom, they see each other again the next day. All thanks to the love gods and goddesses above- Ahhh, romance.
Noah and Eve’s magnetism is undeniable to everyone, including them, and both waste no time indulging in what the heavens have sanctified as “All systems go.”
There’s just one problem- Noah is from Kentucky and was on his way back there until he met Evelyn. But he’s chosen to stay- for her. Now the only question that remains is- Is she willing to do the same for him? Will she risk her dreams for true love?
Evelyn was a lovable MC with real world problems. She was level-head, goal-oriented, sweet and funny and her family and their antics were endearing too.
Noah is so sweet and swoony, I loved him right away, especially when he shows up with three roses on her doorstep for “each day he hasn’t been able to be with her.” Oh my heart! He’s such a romantic.
Rex was funny and suave and Gwen was a good BFF despite her own flaws.
I loved the realism here. A love story with angst and indecision. Thus, the title. It begs the question- why do we have to choose between love and dreams? But as you ladies know, most times, we can’t have both- or can we?
If you enjoy a good story with a twist (and cliffhanger type) ending then give this one a try. Let Evelyn Monroe’s characters sweep you off your feet, anger you and then break your heart. It’s worth it, I promise ;-)
Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series
Shanna enjoys a good book that thrills, chills, and warms her heart...this one did ;-)