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Review: Holly Freakin' Hughes by Kelsey Kingsley

Holly Freakin' Hughes Holly Freakin' Hughes by Kelsey Kingsley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I first saw the cover of this book, I must admit that I was a bit thrown off and had no idea wht to expect. However, after thoroughly enjoying this story, I found the cover to be quite apropos. I can easily picture Brandon with his coffee and Holly with her tea.

So what's this story about?

Holly was in her early 30s, had found some success as a teen advice columnist, and lived with her boyfriend of 5 years, Stephen. And then her life fell apart. Thinking that Stephen was about to propose, he surprised her as he announced that he was gay and in love with someone else. Ouch!

Brandon was in his late 30s and after being with his girlfriend for 10+ years, he proposed. He also happened to land a lucrative publishing deal and his career had skyrocketed. His life fell apart because his fiancee was jealous of his success and ended up leaving him. Damn!

These two literally meet by accident and although there is a strong mutual attraction, Brandon fears being burned again and has sworn off relationships, thereby leaving Holly in friend-zone purgatory. I found that the author did a fantastic job of building up to their eventual love story and there was plenty of humor, friendship, and romance along the way. The connection, chemistry, and overall tension was realistically explored and made these characters even easier to like.

For a debut book, I feel that Kelsey Kingsley knocked it right out of the park!

Release Date: August 1, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: Dual - 1st person
Heat: 3 out of 5
Type: Standalone

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