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Review: Hairpin Curves by Elia Winters (2020)

Heat Factor: It’s a slow and scorching burn

Character Chemistry: It comes on slow and then BAM

Plot: Megan and Scarlett were BEST friends but had a falling out. When their old friend begs them to attend her wedding in Quebec, they agree to pool resources in order to roadtrip there. And boom goes the dynamite.

Overall: This book had me up until 2 am and I wasn’t even mad about it.

Normally when I stay up too late reading a book, there’s at least a kidnapping or an old-fashioned terrible misunderstanding, but in this case I felt like I was walking along a path and the author was just dropping little treats as I read, and the treats were getting increasingly more mouth watering, and then I COULDN’T stop reading because what if the next treat was as good as I hoped it would be? 

So basically our friends Megan and Scarlett have this huge mysterious falling out and probably wouldn’t have ever gotten into the same building let alone the same car, but their friend is getting married and neither Megan nor Scarlett can pull this trip off alone. So they plan out a trip and start out stepping on each other’s toes and being snarky, and gradually, SO gradually, they start to slip up and tenderly support one another. And then things get spicy, and surprising, and it’s so hard to tell how this whole thing is going to pan out. 

I felt like both Megan and Scarlett were likeable and understandable, and so I found that the plot was a perfect unfolding of these two people trying to figure out who they were separately and together. I loved that there were these tiny heartfelt glimmers of “yes!” that just seemed to snowball until they kind of had to face facts. 

There’s no real dramatic cliffhangers here and no dramatic shows of undying loyalty. But when you’re done you’ll think you just saw two of your real-life friends realize they were perfect for each other, and you’ll be sad it’s over.

I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. We disclose this in accordance with 16 CFR §255.

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