Under the Cherry Blossoms

Under the Cherry Blossoms by Amali Rose
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Under the Cherry Blossoms

Fleurs d’Amour Novella Book 1

Amali Rose

Release Date: November 2, 2017

Skye Emery believes in true love.
 
A romantic idealist, she believes wholeheartedly that everyone will get their happy ending. Everyone except her, that is.
 
After drowning in the devastation left behind by a cheating father, keeping men at arm’s length and finding solace in a dirty book and a pint of ice cream is a safer option. However, in the aftermath of a night that ends with a cheap wine buzz and the afterglow of a solo orgasm, Skye decides to dip her toes into the world of online dating.
 
Enter Ben Mackinnon, the sexy reformed manwhore with a complicated past of his own and a killer online presence Skye just can’t ignore.
 
Ben overwhelms her with his perfect mix of sweet sincerity and dirty talking dominance. He pursues Skye with a determination she didn’t know she craved and when they stumble upon a childhood memory that connects them, Skye’s walls begin to tumble down.
 
Skye wants to believe that all men aren’t carbon copies her father, but when Ben’s past resurfaces she’s torn between running to protect her heart, or fighting for the only relationship she has ever invested in.

Amount of sex 4 / 5
How explicit 4.5 / 5
Story 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5

Under the Cherry Blossoms is in danger of being too sweet a story about finding love. Skye is a young woman who doesn’t trust men after her father cheated on her mother and married his secretary (a cliche the author acknowledges). Persuaded by her friends, she enters the internet dating world and finds Ben (thankfully instead of a lot of dick-pics she fears). Ben is a nice guy without being ironic or too-good-to-be-true. He has a sexy side and clearly is into Skye. However, when trouble strikes the relationship, Skye has to confront her challenges with trusting men and finds Ben also struggles with trust issues.

So is it too sweet?  There was certainly danger, but Amali Rose pulls off a meet-cute without being overly sweet (thank goodness – I like my sweet in chocolate not stories)  I really enjoyed Under the Cherry Blossoms. It flowed easily and quickly. I really enjoyed the text dialogue – especially the fun sexting, it was a nice way to keep the story moving and give an insight to the characters. This is a very quick read and at one point I wondered if there was going to be any conflict or obstacle for this couple to overcome, but the author delivered in a unique way. It was sexy and fun with a lot of sweetness that wasn’t overly saccharine tasting.

I look forward to more from Amali Rose!

 
 
Amali Rose is a self-confessed bookworm whose love affair with the written word began as a child, with The Magic Faraway Tree. As she grew older, her tastes evolved until one day she found her way into the wonderful indie community and discovered her passion for romance with a side of smut.

When not reading or writing, Amali enjoys baking, yoga, cheesy pop music, Netflix marathons and she believes strongly that pink, puppies and chocolate make the world a better place!
 
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Rating Report
Amount of sex
4 / 5
How explicit
4.5 / 5
Story
4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5