Love at the Electric (A Port Bristol Novel Book 1)

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 10 Oct 2019

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I have some conflicted feelings about this book. On the one hand, I really liked that the characters were a little older than what I read in most books. I believe Sam is written as 35, and Lillian is just referred to as "almost forty." I haven't read a lot of books with older characters, so I really liked that! I also really enjoyed that the two had a shared bond over B horror movies. That was really neat. There were just other things about this novel that made me really grind my teeth.

I like a forbidden relationship, so I liked the idea that Lillian really CANNOT have a relationship with Sam. Although, reading this we know that is going to happen. I just felt like it took WAY too long for them to actually do anything about it. I was starting to get annoyed with how much they danced around it so much. 

I also didn't understand the stuff with Lillian's past relationship with Richard. It almost felt like it was referencing a different book. I felt like it didn't really do much to this story and was unnecessary. Like it almost felt like two different books. 

I also didn't like that once Sam and Lillian get together, the author didn't want to leave them there. There was a lot of miscommunication and overreactions that I don't think really made sense from Lillian. It really just annoyed me mostly. 

This book was just okay for me, and there is definitely a HEA, but the way it gets there kind of annoyed me.

*I received a review copy of this book. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.
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"Sex on a stick versus prison-deserving soap on a rope..."

Slow start, slow build, slow burn...quick, tidy, ending. Not exactly how I typically enjoy my stories but I have to say, this one turned out to be quite cute.

Lillian Walker and Sam Owens have chemistry right from the very start, except it takes forever for them to realize it. So much so, Lillian entertains an old flame, and Sam...well, Sam is on a break.

Told in the third-person perspective, Love at the Electric is a story of old heartbreaks, old rivals, geeks-in-hiding, and double lives. Couple that with cheesy-scary holiday movies at an old theater in a sleepy Maine town, and you have a perfect little holiday second-chance romance.

While I can't say I loved the story, I do admit I did actually enjoy it. It felt like it took forever for the book to actually start, but when it did, it kept me turning pages and left me with a warm fuzzy feeling. All I need is a cozy blanket and a good zombie flick and I'm set!

**3.25 Vintage Geekery, Stars**
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This was a very enjoyable romance. The loved the small town aspect of it and the characters were just delightful! If you enjoy fun and relatable characters and a great small town feel (and Christmas romance), then you need to check out this book!
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I really loved the premise of this book and was so excited to start it. After an off putting first chapter I settled in and hoped to be swept away by two people connecting when they shouldn't during a shared love of bad cinema. That hope quickly turned to boredom.  There was no chemistry between the two main characters and the development of their relationship seemed over shadowed by a slew of quirky details and wooden secondary characters. I did love the descriptions of the holiday horror movies that they went see and almost wish they existed so that I could watch them (even though I am a big chicken). Everything seemed to drag on for too long as I did not care about most aspects of the plot. From Lillian's ex to all of the business woes. This book just wasn't what I was expecting and what it turned out to be was not for me. 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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***I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Jenn Hughes and Soul Mate Publishing ***

Love at the Electric, by Jenn Hughes, is book 1 in the Port Bristol series. I read book 2 first, and I think it would have helped to read this one first because it explains the antagonism between Sam and his enemy Preston. And speaking of Preston, he’s Lillian’s boss, and she signed a contract prohibiting her from, among other things, having anything to do with Sam, the owner of a rival software company. Lillian doesn’t expect it to be a problem. She’s still getting over her first love Richard, who happens to work for Sam. When she meets Richard for dinner one night, Sam’s there, and he can’t keep his eyes off of her. They strike up a friendship at the local movie theater that specializes in showing Christmas-themed horror movies during the holiday season. Sam has 2 separate sides to his personality, the womanizing, software mogul and the gaming nerd. It isn’t until Lillian enters his life that he realizes his public persona isn’t making him happy. There are a dozen reasons why they shouldn’t be together, but neither can find it in them to care.

This book had a horrible start. Too many useless details were introduced and I was bored. The only character I actually liked was Lillian, and even she made me frustrated at times. I hated Richard. I didn’t understand why Lillian agreed to help him or how pretending to date him so he could win back his wife was going to bring her the closure she wanted. She was too intelligent to do something like that. I did fall in love with Lillian though. In her confident, take-charge moments she was a force to be reckoned with. In her self-doubting moments, I rallied behind her and sometimes got mad at her for not seeing how awesome she was. And yes, I fell in love with Sam too. I adored getting to know the real Sam when he let his guard down. The chemistry between Sam and Lillian was undeniable, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching them fight their attraction, accept their feelings and work to get what they wanted.

I was somewhat indifferent to all of the Preston nonsense. The past event that led them to their mutual hatred was interesting, but Preston seemed incredibly immature, to the point that I had trouble imagining him as the successful CEO of anything except sucking his thumb. The character provided some drama to the plot, I’m just not sure whether it enriched it or took away from it.
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Love at the Electric is the first book in a series that takes place in Port Bristol. I read the second book in the series first and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I was expecting to enjoy this book too. While I enjoyed Sam and Lillian’s relationship, I couldn’t really relate to the ideas of horror Christmas movies or gaming. I’m hoping that a third book in the series (if there is one) might be seem more relatable to me.
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The story of Sam and Lillian, who bond over a shared love of horror films, and end up with late night meetings at the Electric cinema.
They need to keep apart, as Lillian works for a rival firm, but they can't seem to keep apart. 
As Lillian gets to know Sam, she learns that there is more to him than meets the eye, but is he enough to give up her career for?
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This was interesting but I just couldn't connect with the characters. I appreciated that they were interesting characters but video games hold zero appeal for me and that played a part in the plot. There was a lot of pseudo-horror christmas movies and I just could not get into it. The characters were fairly well-developed but it just wasn't my type of story. I wouldn't read another by this author, honestly unless I was sure it didn't involve video games.
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