Erryn reviews ‘Something About You’ by Jea Hawkins. This book was released by the author on October 20, 2016, and is 269 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Lori Pince and released on December 11, 2017. The audiobook is 5 hrs and 28 mins long.
Why I read this book:. I really enjoy this author and narrator.
Love happens when you least expect it. Dre’s life falls into a nice, predictable rhythm and that’s the way she likes it. But when an adorable, fashionable 20-something bursts into Dre’s flower shop to cancel her wedding order after her fiance’s change of heart, Dre finds a distraught young woman on her hands. She doesn’t have the heart to shove her out of the shop, so she takes her out for sympathy and tea. The idea of befriending this woman who is clearly her opposite, however, is the last thing on Dre’s mind. Kelsey feels awful for canceling the order, but she’s sincere when she tells Dre she wants to be friends. When she offers to make up the loss by using Dre’s services for a major project at work, Kelsey sees a chance to get to know the woman who represents the life she’s always wanted for herself. And as Kelsey gets closer to Dre, she proves to her that they aren’t so different. Will Dre take a chance and break out of her comfortable routine to find love in an unexpected place? And will Kelsey finally embrace the life she’s always dreamed about? Or will this budding flower of romance be cut short before it blooms?
We all form snap impressions of the people we meet. Kelsey’s impression of Dre is a slightly older woman whose generosity knows no bounds. She offers Kelsey a port in the horrible storm the young woman is enduring – after having been dumped by her fiancé a mere week before the wedding. Dre is the florist, and could charge Kelsey for the cancellation, but she’s an empathetic person who sees someone hurting and not only waives the charges, but takes the young woman out for a chocolate croissant.
Dre’s first impression of Kelsey is of a younger blonde bombshell party girl. She’s wearing the current fashions and is clearly trend-savvy. She’s beautiful, even through her tears. And nothing like the sensible Dre. Somehow, though, over tea, Dre gets to see more of the real Kelsey and when the woman comes with a business proposition, Dre takes the chance. The physical attraction is real, for her anyway. And opposites might attract, but why would a woman like Kelsey want someone like Dre? (For the record, thirty-two is not over the hill – I was surprised the author made Dre that young and then stuck her with a staid and dyed-in-the-wool personality.)
The chemistry between the women is palpable and they begin a relationship. I was cheering them all the way because Dre needed some vitality in her life and Kelsey needed a solid friend who wasn’t just a party girl obsessed with butt-stuff (which I guess is a thing…).
I enjoyed this book for its simplicity and yet its heartfelt emotions. I rooted for the women to succeed in their relationship. I embraced the dark moment because I was sure they would come out the other side. I rejoiced in their happiness because they deserved to be together. All in all, it was a wonderful book. I’ve come to expect as much from Jea Hawkins and I was not disappointed.
Lori Prince is the narrator for this book and she did another solid performance. This duo works well together and I’ve enjoyed all their books, especially As Long as Love Lasts. Can’t wait for the next book.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
Jea writes sweet and spicy contemporary lesbian romance. If love conquers all, then she’d like to think her heroines can rule the world one day. Personal addictions include autumn, cozy sweaters, hot chocolate, and the Sims 3.