Olivia Dade (Piatkus)
From the blurb:
Alexander Woodroe has it all. Charm. Wealth. A starring role on the biggest show on TV. But the showrunners have wrecked his character, he’s hounded by old demons and his future remains uncertain. When all that reckless emotion explodes into a bar fight, the tabloids and public agree: his star is falling.
Enter Lauren, the former therapist hired to keep him in line. Compared to her previous work, watching over a handsome but impulsive actor shouldn’t be especially difficult. But the more time she spends with Alex, the harder it is to hold on to her professionalism, and her heart . . .
When another scandal lands him in major hot water, and costs Lauren her job, Alex becomes determined to keep his impossibly stubborn and extremely endearing minder in his life any way he can. On a road trip up the California coast together, he intends to show her exactly what a falling star will do to catch the woman he loves . . .
This was super cute. If you’re looking for a heartwarming romance, this is definitely one to go for. It did dip a little in the middle for me – a lot of the novel is the characters running through things in their minds and it takes a long time for the characters to realise what they feel for eachother. Definitely one for #slowburn fans. One thing I really did like is seeing how the characters grew emotionally – they both discover things about themselves and are really active in improving self-awareness which is something we all need to get better at to be honest. Of course, it was great to see a plus-size heroine, but I did notice that her belly is always described as ’round’ and it happens often, to the point where it feels like a little too much. I think it would be better if there were more varied descriptors so it didn’t feel so samey. Also, I did notice that the sex scenes were long and they talked a lot, I guess it goes well with their characters but it was a little cheesy at times. In all, I’d definitely recommend this to romance lovers!