This fire has finally ignited.
Slow Burn by Danielle Norman is LIVE!!!
Paris changed me.
Not the city.
The girl. The woman. The center of my world.
From the first time we held hands on the school bus, to our first kiss, we carefully moved toward one thing.
The day that I’d ask her to be mine.
How was I to know that she thought friends couldn’t be lovers?
I’ll prove her wrong.
When her world turns upside down, I’ll be there.
When she’s feeling lost, I’ll be there.
After all, a spark can smolder for years before it begins to burn.
~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~
Before becoming a romance writer, Danielle was a body double for Heidi Klum and a backup singer for Adele. Now, she spends her days trying to play keep away from Theo James, who won’t stop calling her or asking her out.
And all of this happens before she wakes up and faces reality where in fact she is a 50-something mom with grown kids. She’s been married longer than Theo’s been alive, and she now gets her kicks riding a Harley.
As far as her body, she can thank Ben & Jerry’s for that, as well as gravity and vodka. But she says that she could never be Adele’s backup since she never stops saying the F-word long enough to actually sing.
Danielle writes about kickass women with even better shoes and the men that try to tame them (silly, silly men).
~CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR~
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So again, this one was a bit of a mixed bag for me. I just don’t think this series is really my jam.
However, let us start with the positives…
— Paris was a WAY more likable heroine than London for sure.
— It had some good relationship angst.
— It was funny in parts.
— I do enjoy this author’s way fo writing.
— It was a quick and fast-paced read.
— The epilogue was sweet.
What didn’t work…
— Neither Paris or Asher acted like 29-year olds. Especially Asher, who out of the blue decided to lay his true feelings on Paris, and when she had doubts and didn’t immediately jump into his arms, he acted like a butthurt child for a good portion of the book.
— The timeline. Again, this goes back to their ages. I didn’t understand why it took Asher until they are 29-years old to tell Paris he wanted more? Yes, I get he went off to college, etc., but it legit made NO sense to me why he would have waited that long if like he claimed “he had always loved her”.
— Following that, one of the reasons I don’t go all “ga-ga” over friends to lovers books was especially highlighted in this book. How am I supposed to take Asher’s proclamation that he has ALWAYS loved Paris, going so far as to (HIGHLIGHT TEXT FOR SPOILER) buy an engagement ring for her before he even tells her he loves her as more than a friend but he had slept with OW and Paris has slept with OM. Their past sex lives aren’t mentioned at all, but it was clear neither were virgins from the single sex scene.
— I wish the author had toned down the proclamations a bit and skipped the whole engagement ring thing. Naturally, I don’t expect 29-year-old virgins, but I can’t fully buy into the “I’ve always only wanted you” if he was sticking it in OW. Because then I think *no you didn’t ALWAYS just want her* *lol* That is super picky me talking though, and most readers won’t care.
— Last, I didn’t care how Ellie was used to hurt Paris, and this goes back to both Asher and Paris acting like 20-year-olds, not 29-year-olds. That situation should have been cleared up right from the start with a mature conversation.
So a bit of a mixed bag. As I mentioned, I think I am calling it a day on this series. I am intrigued about Reid, but Holland seems a bit too over the top for me. So I will just keep my eyes peeled to see what this author has up her sleeve after this series is wrapped up.