This story doesn’t feel like a love story, but more like women’s fiction. It’s not so much about a love story but about a woman’s coming of age and maturing. Scarlett meets Paul at her work in a coffee barista shop and they are both smitten. Paul is gorgeous and a god in bed. After three months dating, he invites her to move in with him and she’s so in love that she goes for it, against her parent’s wishes. Once she moves in, things start to get wonky.
First, Paul told Scarlett that he’s twenty-nine years old. When Scarlett is surprised during her shower by this young man peeing at the toilet in the same bathroom, she screams bloody murder and Paul appears running. Turns out the young man is Paul’s son, which he had omitted to mention, and the young man is 17 years old. That meant that Paul lied about his age, and his age is thirty-four, not twenty-nine. I wrote off their relation at that moment, but not Scarlett, she stayed because she was committed to their union and she loved him and one doesn’t bail at the first obstacle, right? Wrong.
Next problem is that Paul drinks too much but he won’t accept it. Their relation starts to spiral down but I have to hand it to Scarlett, she’s a trooper and she wants to make a success of things. She befriends Paul’s son, Dev, and treats him like a younger brother. In fact, he’s seventeen to her twenty-four, so it does fit like a sibling relation. Even Scarlett’s parents take to Dev and treat him like another son. Scarlett and Dev join forces in dealing with Paul’s drinking. Once this situation is dealt with, another one arises. Really, poor Scarlett didn’t have a chance with this douchebag.
This is a novella, and at the end I learned that it serves as a sequel to a series. I was a little mystified because the book doesn’t go anywhere, not even a cliffhanger, so that explains why. The end of the story was totally predictable, but the story of itself was interesting and riveting. I liked the alcoholism trope and was not mistaken on Paul’s personality. He’s thrifty and flighty. Scarlett is a character to watch for, she’s loyal, persistent and loving. She was also generous, as she used her salary as barista to help beautify the flat where Paul and Dev lived, which looked quite dreary when she moved in. If Karma is real, I know she’s going to do great in the next book. I also hope to hear more about Dev because he was a great kid and he was devastated to lose Scarlett. The author wrote great characters, with all their complexities and hangups. The pace was great, snappy and never boring. And I loved all the British idioms, like spag bol. It was fun to read about other customs. Great read!