All the Feels

Avon. (Spoiler Alert, Bk. 2). Oct. 2021. 416p. ISBN 9780063005587. pap. $15.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
A totally stressed-out and exhausted Lauren has quit her demanding job and flown to Spain to relax and recover. In Spain, she makes the mistake of visiting her cousin RJ on the set of his wildly popular TV series Gods of the Gates and gets badgered into babysitting the show’s star, Alex, an incredibly hot actor with impulse control issues. Alex isn’t thrilled either: no one asked why he got into that recent public bar fight before they stuck him with a minder, an irksome sourpuss with no sense of humor. The only thing worse than being babysat by Lauren would be further damaging his career by refusing RJ’s order—or so Alex thinks. He and Lauren seem like total opposites, but soon their chemistry is undeniable. Dade’s charming, sexy contemporary romance (a sequel to Spoiler Alert) will be hard to put down. Alex and Lauren are likable, well-developed characters with emotional depth and relatable backstories that deal with body positivity, mental health, and abuse. While these heavy topics are major plotlines, they enhance rather than overshadow the friends-to-lovers / opposites-attract romance. The writing is excellent, with witty, banter-filled dialogue.
VERDICT Highly recommended for public libraries.
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