Sleepover by Serena Bell

Thursday, November 8, 2018


by Serena Bell
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: November 13th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

I have only read a few books by Serena Bell, but she is without a doubt an auto-read author for me now. She writes straightforward and wholesome romance novels that are just the perfect mood lifters. Sleepover was a sweet and charming story that I found myself inhaling.

I especially loved that it featured a couple that tried their hand at love for the second time. That's not exactly a trope that you see a lot in romance and I imagine isn't a trope that every author can master. Both Sawyer and Elle were previously married to other people. Sawyer loved his wife, Lucy, dearly but she, unfortunately, passed due to an illness. Elle thought she was in a happy relationship only to find out that her husband had been cheating on her with his high school girlfriend. The relationship dynamic in Sleepover could easily have been convoluted and dramatic given that Sawyer was always going to love his wife and they both had children, but Serena Bell handled it like a pro. It's actually kind of an inspiring and lovely message that finding love after one's significant other passes away isn't such a bad thing and that falling in love a second time is possible. Kudos to Bell for writing this book! Both Sawyer and Elle were endearing protagonists. These were two very normal people who were dealing with their single-parent status and trying to provide the best life for their kids. They were both kind and genuine people who deserved to have their happily-ever-afters together. I loved how big of a role Jonah and Madden, Sawyer and Elle's sons, also played in Sleepover. The two formed a fast bond with each other and it was sweet to see their friendship develop.

As you can imagine, the romance between Sawyer and Elle didn't immediately happen. There was some hesitance on Sawyer's part as he had vowed to not love another woman again, and on Elle's side too as she didn't want to be second-best to anyone. What's great about the romance in Sleepover though was how much Sawyer and Elle shared with each other. They were open and honest and were not afraid to share their true feelings with each other. This was a couple that slowly got to know each other emotionally and in the process learned to let go of the past and live in the present. The romance was just the sweetest, but as with Serena Bell's previous books, the chemistry was all-consuming. The foreplay between these two had me fanning myself. It's seriously hot, folks! Sleepover also had a great secondary cast in the form of an elderly neighborly who probably shipped Elle and Sawyer more than anyone, and Sawyer's brother, who I think will find love next!

If you believe in second chances and love a feel-good romance, Sleepover SHOULD be on your TBR! It has something for everyone, in my opinion! :)

Have you read any second chance romances like this one?
Let me know in the comments below!

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