Saturday, July 22, 2023

Ticket to You by Florence Fields: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

Ophelia Brooks and Adam Abrams are both journalists, but that’s where their similarities seemingly end.

Ophelia writes for a fashion magazine; Adam writes for an outdoors magazine. She loves beautiful gowns and haute couture; he likes puffy coats and Vibram-soled shoes. She’s bubbly and outgoing; he’s broody and composed.

Adam and Ophelia’s paths collide during a disastrous set-up that leaves behind a ruined Dior dress and two bruised egos. Ophelia swears she never wants to lay eyes on Adam again, but fate has other plans when their publishing company faces mass layoffs.

With her life hanging in the balance, Ophelia reluctantly relies on Adam to save her career. She joins him on a week-long work trip in Europe complete with picturesque scenery and adrenaline-rich interviews. Throughout their journey, the two of them find they have more in common than they ever imagined, but every trip must come to an end eventually.

I’m in the business of making people feel good through lovable characters, swoony heroes, and happily ever afters.

I started my writing journey as a playwright in my parent’s living room, directing my fellow preschool peers in a fresh retelling of Cinderella. It received rave reviews. Now, I write witty and fresh contemporary romance that’s guaranteed to make you smile.

I always love finding new to me authors, but I must admit there's also sometimes a bit of nervousness that comes with that to, not knowing what to expect. This is especially true with debut authors, when I can't even look back at their previous work and reviews to determine if it's something that would be up my alley. But when I read the synopsis for Ticket to You, I was intrigued and had to give it a shot... and I'm so glad that I did! With a debut like this, it has me looking forward to seeing what she does next! 

Right from the start, I was drawn into this fast-paced story. It definitely had some good enemies to love vibes early on, which led to some fun back and forth. From their disastrous meet-cute to that first kiss, I enjoyed every single second. The travel aspect of the story was really fun, and the story overall definitely had a 2000s RomCom feel to it--- in the very best way possible. 

Ticket to You is a closed-door romance. There are a couple of fade-to-black scenes where we know more happens, but nothing beyond kissing is described on the pages. There is some language throughout the story, but nothing major (no f-word, etc). 

Overall, I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more from the author in the future. Fans of Sarah Adams' are sure to want to check this one out for themselves. 


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