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Darling read! I had been in a slump for a bit and this light and sheer read was just the book to get me back into reading. I loved Ella and Callum are darling characters!

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I was really routing for Ella and Callum. They both had so much to overcome from their own pasts and seeing them together was just delightful!

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Fun story - a few more twists and turns than I expected. Easy to sink in to on an autumnal day and read it in one go!

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This was a excellent ready by Kathy Jay. You will want to continue reading to find out what happens next! She keeps you intrigued that you can't stop reading.

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wow! this book was incredible! i am so thankful to netgalley for letting me read this one early! what an absolute treat! please pick this up when it is available to the public!!

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I really did enjoy this story and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves reading happy every after stories.

The story is set in Cornwall where Ella and Callum where they have a chance meeting as they are both there for different weddings. They both have very different lives including attending 2 very different weddings with one having a theme you couldn’t have guessed. Will the weddings go ahead due to different reasons? Only one way to find out…..

While I had never heard of the author before I was looking forward to trying this book as it sounded interesting. I was disappointed as it was a lovely story and has a mix of different characters with different background stories. The author does include a resource page with some helpful websites in the UK as it does cover topics like bereavement, people been burn out and domestic violence.

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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC!

Unfortunately this one wasn’t a winner for me. Both main characters are super annoying and their actions go beyond mere convenient romcom plot devices to pure insanity. They flip flop constantly and change their minds so rapidly you can’t believe they are even slightly realistic people.

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Thank you to the publisher for the ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The cover was adorable, and the description sounded fun, so I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, it really let me down.

Callum and Elle are honestly two of the most annoying characters I've read. The amount of times they go back and forth on should we or shouldn't we (sometimes multiple times in just the space of a few minutes) is incredibly frustrating. In every single scene together, they both flip flop on how they feel over and over again.

On the final day (not including the one year later scene), Elle pushes Callum to stay with her permanently, despite the fact that the night before they specifically agreed to one night only and the understanding that it wouldn't be a relationship. Instead, the first words out of her mouth are basically, I lied, I want a relationship. When he is surprised, she kicks him out. Then in the space of a few hours, Callum does a complete 180, decides not to move to China, decides he's in love with Elle and proposes???

The side characters were equally extreme - Saffie runs away the day of her wedding, distraught about her sister, but a two minute conversation later and she says she's over it and ready to move on. Elle's dad has been an absentee father her entire life, and then suddenly writes her a song, wants to spend time with her and sets up a trust fund for her. Drake is supposed to be this crazy actor who's rude to everyone, and suddenly he is the nicest person ever. Nothing about this book felt put together.

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This was sweet but at times felt overly descriptive and flat - I didn't feel I gelled with the characters.

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I went into this book thinking it’d be one of those light, air romance books with the usual forced proximity trope. However, this book surprised me! It took the forced proximity trope to a different level as well as had a lot more depth than a usual light romance. The characters had complex feelings and backgrounds — it definitely told a realistic story with realistic characters compared to the easy going, happy going characters and story that I’m used to with this trope.

I think this book could’ve had maybe one less “fallout”, but overall I liked it.

Forced proximity, found family, somewhat spicy.

Overall:
4 stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Spice: 🌶️🌶️

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When Ella arrives in Cornwall for a wedding, the last thing she expects is to find that her hotel room has been double booked. Forced to share a crumbling cottage with a complete stranger, it's her worst nightmare. But as the wedding draws closer she realises that she might have just fallen for him..

Callum is doing a good job of keeping everyone at arms length. He doesn't want to risk losing someone close to him again. But when he's forced to share a cottage with Ella he finds he's unable to resist her...

The result is two people who want to love each other but are afraid to. The setting in Cornwall is beautiful and the other characters are brilliant!

I was rooting for Callum and Ella to overcome their fears and their pasts to be together!

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This was such a fun book. I really enjoyed it. Was a lovely read. Super easy flow and a good story. I loved the hotel room mix up it’s an different take on a sweet love story

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This story was certainly an enjoyable read. The primary love story is painfully beautiful, and incredibly realistic and is an interesting take on the forced proximity/one bed trope.

Ella is a unique FMC. She wasn't born into fame, but learned later in life that she did, in fact, hail from celebrity. But, after spending a few years as a successful actress, she decides to pursue a life away from the glitz and the glam. She's certainly not a stranger to heartbreak and loss, so it's only natural that she's wary of love.

Enter Callum, one of the most complicated MMCs you'll ever encounter. Having experienced something incredibly painful in his recent past, we also learn that he is no stranger to loss and hasn't been for most of his life.

The sparks between Ella and Callum are instantaneous. Even during their first encounter, there's an underlying tension that neither of them can deny. Thanks to a mix-up in the bookings system, they end up having to share a dilapidated cottage in beautiful Porthkara.

Because of their shared chemistry, neither of them is immune to their proximity to the other. Ella is the first to acknowledge how she feels about Callum. He follows soon after. They're both confused by their deep feelings for the other, despite the fact that they barely know each other.

I loved that Callum wasn't perfect. He made so many mistakes throughout the course of the story, and it was all because of his need for self-preservation. As for Ella, she made her own share of mistakes. But, her character arc is what the writer should be most proud of. Her growth seems subtle and gradual, but the reality is that none of it happens until she decides to be brave and let people in again. In fact, her returning to the life that she ran away from is the most significant part of the story.

You can't help but root for these two characters from the onset of the story. Their story is heart-wrenching, but you also know that they're going to get their HEA, albeit not as soon as you'd want them to.

4.3 ⭐️

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This was absolutely delightful! The plot was well-paced and captivating from start to finish. The characters were charming and witty. I highly recommend this fun and quick read!

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I’ve been looking to acquire a cute romance like this one. I love a good wedding themed novel and the ox up of the names is a cute touch. I can’t wait to share my full review and thoughts upon completion. I think this would make a great book club pick or possibly be turned into a cute movie.

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Thanks to Harper Collins UK One More Chapter and NetGalley for my copy. Here's my honest review from the heart.

We are following Callum and Ella after a hotel room mix. We get the two points from both characters throughout the book.

I've enjoyed getting to know both of these and can't pick a favourite. It's a brilliant, cosy read with some fun hiccups in between and that slow-burning spark of a budding relationship.

For Callum, after just a loss, feel for him and how certain events have triggered him.

I like how we have a small time change. This works for this book and keeps it very promising.

The ending made me smile. This book is just perfection.

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Ella Swift and Callum Smith, both in town for different weddings, experience a hotel room mix-up that leads them to share a cottage in Porthkara instead of their expected luxury hotel suites. Forced to be reluctant roommates due to a storm surge, they find that more than just the weather is changing. By the time the sun rises on a new day, their futures have been forever altered.

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Unpopular opinion.

This book was not for me. The premise was more interesting than the actual story.

I had a hard time connecting with the characters, they felt flat/two-dimensional.

The actual hotel room mix-up was a bit daft. Yes I know, it's just the plot device to get the MCs to a remote cottage that they have to share and fall in love. Still I expected a bit more elaborate mix-up rather than pure slapstick.

The writing was sometimes wordy descriptions (like tea and coffee making down to the details) and at times I thought I was reading a script.

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