Hello dear friends!
I am back again with another blog tour book review! This time we have an adult romance that is not only incredibly cute, but also keeps you guessing as to who the mystery hero is on the other side of the screen – The Meeting Point. It is fun, it is exciting, and it is full of twists! Thank you so much to Dave from TheWriteReads, Head of Zeus publishing, and Olivia Lara for this opportunity.
Title: The Meeting Point
Author: Olivia Lara
Genre: Adult, Romance
Publisher: Aria Fiction
Publication Date: 2nd September 2021
Synopsis: What if the Lift driver who finds your cheating boyfriend’s phone holds the directions to true love?
‘Who are you and why do you have my boyfriend’s phone?’
‘He left it in my car. You must be the blonde in the red dress? I’m the Lift driver who dropped you two off earlier.’
And with these words, the life of the brunette and t-shirt-wearing Maya Maas is turned upside down. Having planned to surprise her boyfriend, she finds herself single and stranded in an unknown city on her birthday.
So when the mystery driver rescues Maya with the suggestion that she cheers herself up at a nearby beach town, she jumps at the chance to get things back on track. She wasn’t expecting a personalized itinerary or the easy companionship that comes from opening up to a stranger via text, let alone the possibility it might grow into something more…
I mean, considering that it only took me two nights to read and finish this book, I think that’s a pretty good indication that the reading experience was a good one. I loved Maya’s voice and the little truths of adulthood that were sprinkled across the novel that was conveyed through her struggles. It’s one of the best parts of the book, in my opinion.
I think that her journey as a writer is one that many can relate to, and it’s often a mix of self-doubt, perseverance, and mental fortitude. It’s tough to put yourself out there and rely on someone else’s opinion in order to get your foot through that door – it’s something that I myself didn’t really enjoy when looking for my first job once I finished university, and it’s something that I think of a lot when it comes to my career as a writer.
So to read a book that encapsulates the writer’s experience of finding the strength to choose herself and follow her heart, and not her head (or to put it bluntly – what she was settling on) was so heart-warming and inspirational.
I also liked how her story had many twists and turns – you think it’s going one way, but after a few chapters, it’s going a completely different way, which you see the most in her romance with Max. It’s completely unexpected, and it means more to both Maya and Max than they ever thought it could mean. However, it allowed both main characters to grow as people, so it all worked out well in the end.
I was dying to find out who Max was – and I’m not going to lie, I called it. However, I had to keep on reading to find out if I was right! And boy, was I! The tension and anticipation killed me, but also kept me reading, which I loved. It wasn’t too obvious, and the little surprise twists throughout kept things interesting.
Maya’s and Ethan’s relationship was complicated, but grew to be something so lovely, and I really enjoyed reading about that experience. I also loved her sisterly relationship with Celine, Ethan’s sister.
The town of Carmel by the Sea sounds amazing, and I would love to visit a place just like it one day. The townspeople were also well-rounded and added to the pleasantness of the town, and made it more realistic and wholesome as a setting.
Overall, it was such a great story, and it was just what I needed to read.
Do you like to read romances? Do you have any favourite romance books or tropes? Let me know in the comments below!
Written by: Alexia DeBono
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