Wow… and when I say ‘wow’ I mean… WOW. After the author’s debut novel ‘Ask, tell’ got to my list of best books of 2017, I was wondering if that was just a fluke. Fortunately for us lesfic readers, now it’s confirmed: E.J. Noyes CAN write. Not only that, she can write different genres (‘Ask, tell’ was a military story / romance, this one is a traditional romance) with exactly the same competence.
This is the story of Isabelle, a rich stockbroker who has a one-night stand with Audrey, unaware that she is the new-hired pilot of Isabelle’s private jet. Having to meet each other almost every day, the plot focuses on how their relationship evolves. The book blurb might seem to describe a superficial romance between a rich woman and her f**k buddy/employee but nothing could be more remote. There are quite a few sex scenes, but they are justified within the plot as they showcase the evolution of their relationship. Additionally, they are all described tastefully.
Written in first person from Isabelle’s point of view, the reader gets into her headspace with all her insecurities, struggles and character traits. Alongside Isabelle, we discover Audrey’s personality, her life story and, most importantly, her feelings. The subplots and supporting characters add realism to the story, specially Isabelle’s mother who shows her daughter in a different light. Throughout the book, Ms. Noyes pushes us down a rollercoaster of emotions as we accompany Isabelle in her journey of self-discovery. In the process, we laugh, suffer and enjoy the ride.
Overall, a very easy 5 stars. Highly recommended if you like romances with a bit of substance and don’t mind a few (justified) sex scenes.
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.