Stand Alone Reviews

“Dear Aaron” by Mariana Zapata

This book is one of those love stories that you start one afternoon and find yourself still reading well after midnight. It’s about two lonely people looking for connection. One is in the army stationed overseas, the other stateside and through writing to each other, they build strong foundations of a relationship without physically meeting. It’s written so well, that you are along for the ride as they discover each other.


This story builds up so well, and I found myself considering (I refrained, barely) skipping forward because I was desperate for them to move forward and for them to realise what they have.

There are parts of this book that will make you cry, but more that will make you laugh out loud. Both characters are honest, relatable and far from typical the personality types you see in many romance novels.

Read this book, you won’t regret it. Learn more at Mariana’s website.

“From Paris to Forever”  by Savannah Blaize

IMG_3807I’ve just finished reading “From Paris to forever” by Savannah Blaize. Being up front, I know Savannah through Romance Writers of Australia but my review is honest, and I promise I am not blowing smoke up her….you know what.  This is not what I normally read but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this sweet romance, and I absolutely recommend it.

This is a sweet romance that takes twists and turns as Todd and Chloe create challenges between them, then solve them. It’s emotional, with Chloe having to overcome a series of traumatic and harsh life events. Todd on the other hand, gives the appearance of having it all squared away, hiding his vulnerability that is beautiful once you see it.

I’ve lived in Melbourne, and this book captures this amazing city through Savannah’s talented descriptions of the surroundings, the cuisine and the life of this beloved city.

This book is worth the time, and will put a smile on your face, and love in your heart.

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