Thursday, March 26, 2020

Review: The Break Up

Lara and Theo are meant to be. They just don’t know it yet…

Lara loves her job as a wedding planner. She gets to organise other people’s perfect days and make sure nothing ever goes wrong.

Theo loves his job as a jazz musician, working unpredictable hours and giving other people great nights out.

Lara knows she’s got high standards. But there’s nothing wrong with getting things right… so why has it stopped her finding Mr Right?

Theo knows people think he’s a bit scruffy, a bit too laid back. But there’s nothing wrong with setting your own pace… if only he could find someone who wanted to live life at his speed.

It’s okay, though. Lara gets to come home in the evening and have heart-to-hearts with her greedy grey cat Fluffy. And Theo can come home in the early hours and unwind with his loyal cat Satchmo.

What they don’t know is that it’s the same cat.

And when they find out – standing in the street in their pyjamas, both on the hunt for their lost pet – sparks of the wrong sort will fly…

My Review:

This book started out on a sad note when Lara finds out her boyfriend, Lucien, was cheating on her with her best friend.  But the book quickly turned around to a lot of positive changes took place in Lara’s life.

Lucien always put Lara down when she spoke of her dream career, so after the breakup, Lara decided to start her own business as a wedding planner.  On the night of the breakup, a stray cat started coming by Lara’s house.  Lara named the cat Fluffy.  But it turned out Fluffy was a neighborhood cat and Theo, a jazz musician who lived in Lara’s neighborhood, also claimed Fluffy as his cat, only naming him Satchmo.   The night Lara and Theo met, when Lara was looking for Fluffy/Satchmo, wasn’t a good first impression.  In fact, they ended up disliking each other immediately.   But as Lara and Theo found themselves working at the same weddings, they eventually began a friendship that soon grew into romance.  Because Fluffy/Satchmo was the one who brought Lara and Theo together, he remained the center of attention and was an important part of the story. 

This was a fun book to read, but it could be very emotional in parts.  I liked the author’s writing style.  She created believable characters with real life struggles and an interesting storyline.  I admired Lara’s strength and how she handled the breakup and moved on to live her dream.  I also enjoyed the relationship between Lara and Theo, through their ups and downs and misunderstandings, that eventually led to a happy ending.  This book is a good one for anyone who loves romance and cats. 

Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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