What it’s about:
“What lies beneath my veiled perfection is the ugly truth—my truth, my reality, my destiny.”
Vivian Graham has an acceptance letter into Harvard, a badass tattoo, loyal friends, ties to marijuana, a penchant for Dunkin’ Donuts, and her pesky V-card.
Everyday she takes the Red Line to her job at The Green Pot in Boston while her friends enter the coveted, black iron gates to higher learning. The ramifications from a tragic accident have put her life on hold while time marches on for everyone around her.
After graduating from Harvard Law, Boston native, Oliver Konrad, moves to Portland to start his career and his life. Three years later, after a horrific discovery, he returns home to trade in his three-piece suit for leather work boots and his suburban home for a condo in Cambridge.
All he brought back to the East Coast was an aversion to pillows and secrets he keeps hidden behind a mysterious locked door. Oliver’s days are predictable and his nights are lonely until he meets Vivian on the subway. Her long raven hair, green eyes, and mile-long legs are achingly sexy, but the way she “innocently” fingers and licks her Boston Kreme doughnut can only be described in two words—complete torture.
When their paths cross at every turn, laughter is abundant, friendship is easy, and love is unintentional. However, their future seems improbable.
*This book contains adult situations and explicit content, 17+
Idle Bloom by Jewel E. Ann is a new adult romance. This fabulous, moving story is told in dual POV. Both main characters are interesting and complex. They have an air of mystery about them, as you know something big has happened in the past. The past is revealed in bits and pieces as each is forced to deal with the horrific events that shaped their lives.
“Lost is a state of mind. You’ll find yourself when you acknowledge you’re exactly where you need to be in this moment.” –Vivian
Vivian Graham thinks of Oliver Konrad as her visual indulgence when she ogles him on the morning commute train through Boston. He and his handsome player-of-a-brother, Chance, are working as landscapers and handymen even though Oliver is meant to be doing something else with his career. Their great upbringing in a loving, open family has shaped them into kind, thoughtful and courteous men.
Vivian’s svelte body, emerald eyes, and long raven hair make her delicious to look at, however, she has no time for dating nonsense. She has plans, and those plans include getting her business degree from Harvard and then taking over the world of commerce. Even though her past has left her damaged, she remains hopeful and optimistic.
“I hope every day you take each other’s breath away. I hope every kiss feels like the first but ends like the last. I hope you always see the best versions of yourselves reflected in each other’s eyes. But mostly, I hope you wake up every morning next to each other because there’s no place in this world you’d rather be, instead of having nowhere else to go. May you always be each other’s home.” –Vivian
The secondary characters were fully developed and instrumental to the story. I adored Oliver’s parents and Vivian’s friends Alex and Sean. Vivian’s parents seemed like a throwback to the 1950s, but overall well-meaning parents. Vivian’s best friend from childhood, Kai, is the kind of self-centered person who sucks your battery dry. For the life of me, I cannot fathom why Vivian remained friends with him.
I loved Oliver and Vivian together. Their banter is pithy and funny. They’d be hilarious at a dinner party! Their chemistry is over the top. Was there angst? Yes. At times it was believable, and other times it seemed to require a bit of a stretch of the imagination. Once these two kids gave up the idea of “not dating”, their antics together are quintessential rom-com, and their intimacy is hot, hot, hot erotica.
The unconventional HEA is perfect for these two characters. Their lives will no longer be defined by their past. Their choices will not be defined by societal expectations. Their devotion to one another will defy gravity as they lift one another up over and over again.
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