July 8, 2016 by thequotedpage
Juniper Smoke by Sadia Ash
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 5 red hearts
In an age of casual hook-ups, can love survive the test of time?
Juniper and Kyle meet when she is dangling forty feet from a museum scaffolding.
Juniper Mills is a straitlaced but sassy curator at a History Museum. Raised by her mother to hate men, she worries she’ll die a frigid scholar in a musty house with an army of cats and a lake of books.
Kyle Paxton is an intense and intimidating inventor of a successful micro camera from San Francisco. He schedules dating like his work—with robotic precision. This helps him cope with the dark memories of his ex-girlfriend, who still haunts him. Not looking for love, he only hooks up with Amazonian models.
When he joins the museum board, Juniper falls for him. She wants him, but knows it’s going to be as hard as catching the ocean in a teacup. Juniper becomes Kyle’s obsession, but the tragic secrets of his past cloud his feelings.
Juniper manages to knock Kyle’s world off its axis and their galaxies collide in this very unfairy tale. But can they overcome their differences and stop a hateful and vindictive person from tearing them apart?
Juniper Smoke is a smoking hot read with fun twists, dark secrets and edge-of-your-seat drama. Nothing is as it seems and no one behaves as you would expect.
Juniper Smoke is a debut novel that really hits you in the feels! I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. The characters are real, fleshed out people that anyone can relate to, in some way or other.
I loved the two main characters, Juniper and Kyle, and their individual stories and their romance, but I also loved the secondary characters just as much. A lot of times, secondary characters aren’t fleshed out and are one dimensional backdrops in the story, but not here. And I love Cypress!
This is not a fluffy romance novel (not that there’s anything wrong with that!), but a beautifully written, emotional journey of love, acceptance, heartbreak and truth. I highly recommend grabbing a copy of this book, whether you’re a fan of romance novels or not! Absolutely amazing debut.
**I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review**