Author: Kilby Blades
Series: Gilded Love #1
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary, Contemporary romance
Format: eBook, Novel
I’m not normally a fan of romances that don’t contain their happily ever after in the one book. I mean, I read them as a sense of escapism so the whole happily ever after bit is kind of important to that. However, there is something about Snapdragon that made me appreciate the time and place for such a split narrative. That, and I didn’t actually realise until about halfway through that Michael and Darby’s relationship is told in two books.
I love how this story starts with Darby being frustrated with the assumptions her old friends were making. Not every woman wants children, a family, and a husband. But, as Darby does recognise throughout, everyone wants companionship (but that’s another story). It’s fantastic how as this story unfolds, it’s emphasised that Darby’s choices still focus on work. She is incredibly and admirably driven; at moments I was actually so deeply hooked into this story because I wanted to know what happened next in her professional life.
Michael is a very yummy male lead. The sex scenes are just a little (alright a lot) bit toe curling. But I get the feeling that there is so much more to him than hasten revealed. I can’t wait to find out more in Chrysalis. After all, so many things about Michael’s personality and life are only revealed to Darby right towards the end. But it definitely feels like he is enough to go up against the Big Bad that is Darby’s father in the next part of their story.
Honestly, this romance kind of has it all. It has the steaminess of a really good, late night read. Then there’s two great characters, one of which is a woman who is phenomenally career driven in a field that is not only fascinating, but so damn important. Finally, there’s all sorts of mysteries thrown up. Not just by Michael’s inability to share with Darby, but her past with her father. And now there’s all so much political, romantic and social potential ready to unfurl in Chrysalis.
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