First up, apologies to Ink Slinger PR for the fact that I *may* have forgotten about writing this book review which is why it is so ridiculously late…
I was involved in the cover reveal for Fortunate Encounters by Caterina Passarelli, so I was really excited about receiving an ARC to review. Juliette is a young, single school teacher who has had some epically bad dates and extreme bad luck in romance. She shows up at the next date she has planned, only to promptly seat herself at the wrong table with the wrong man. After this first encounter, they begin to bump into each other everywhere they go (of course, this is a fiction novel after all, and it would be pretty boring if they had to actively seek each other out after that). The new love interest Clark is not one for relationships and suggests a friends-with-benefits situation instead. I’m sure it doesn’t surprise you in the slightest that problems occur when real feelings start to arise.
This was sort of sweet and a light-hearted read that I flew through. It was one of those that I was good at the time, but I never thought about the second I finished it and moved onto something else. In fact, it hasn’t even really crossed my mind until it came to writing this review. That has its good and bad points, I guess. Bad, because no one wants to write a forgettable book I would think, but also good if you are looking for something to pass the time. Things like this are always very welcome during the university semester between my much heavier reads for classes.
My issue was that I found the character of Juliette to be pretty weak. She is described as frumpy and cardigan-loving, with her cat and lack of dating skills. Clark is the total opposite, well dressed, cocky, and seemingly interested in sex and sex alone. Both felt a little bit stereotyped and came up a little flat, and I never really got to care about either of them.
I think I preferred the premise to the book more than the actual book itself, and the bunny aspect never showed up until much later than I expected it to – so much so that I was beginning to wonder if I had imagined reading that in the summary and had to go back and check.
Full of clichés and not much suspense or surprise, I’m a little sad to say that I didn’t enjoy this quite as much as I hoped to. That said, I don’t think it should be called a ‘bad’ book, because there still were definitely parts that I thoroughly enjoyed.
While I won’t be rushing to re-read it, I was left satisfied with the distraction from the stress of fourth year university work.