Yes & I Love You by Roni Loren

Monday, March 8, 2021

by Roni Loren
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: March 2nd 2021
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷1/2

Roni Loren is one of my favorite romance authors and while I was a little nervous that Yes & I Love You would be more on women's fiction than romance based on the choice of cover, I was still looking forward to reading the book. This is a book that starts off strongly but falters just a bit towards the end, but because Roni Loren's writing is engaging, it's easy to just sink into the story and not be too bothered. 

The central focus of this book is Hollyn, the main character, who has Tourette's Syndrome and anxiety that has made socializing very hard for her. Though I cannot speak for the Tourrette's representation in this book (if I'm being honest, I knew nothing of the details of this condition), to an outsider, it felt like it was portrayed pretty honestly and with a lot of care. I really really liked Hollyn and her journey in this book. She really takes control of her life with the help of her therapist to push herself outside of her comfort zone. I imagine that it takes a lot of courage with someone with severe anxiety to leave the safety of their small town and to move to a brand new city. She secretly also writes reviews on the New Orleans nightlife, a job that has allowed her to be witty, funny, and sassy without her ticks and anxiety being an obstacle. As I said, I found Hollyn to be endearing and I was rooting for her happiness. 

Her love interest, Jasper, wasn't as likable as Hollyn, in my opinion. My feelings for him were all over the place. There were times when I enjoyed his personality and his gentleness towards Hollyn, but at other times I was a little frustrated at him - after reading the book, I did wonder if this was a deliberate choice on the author's part to highlight his ADHD, but I can't confirm. This is 100% the romance reader in me saying this, but he needed to work a bit harder to prove to me that he deserved Hollyn. He is not a bad or problematic man, but simply someone who needed frequent reality checks. I also can't say that I was into the improv thing Jasper wanted to make a career out of. It just seems like such an unstable career path and that just stresses me out. 

I will say though that the two had incredible chemistry together. They are fiery hot together. I really enjoyed the sex scenes in Yes & I Love You because they were an outlet for Hollyn to really experiment with her desires and be comfortable asking for what she wanted. Jasper was great in that regard because he listened to her and her needs and focused entirely on her pleasure. I've been bemoaning the lack of high heat in many traditionally published romance novels lately, so I was very pleasantly surprised by how steamy this book was. I mean their first sex scene was a scorcher and there's also a scene involving 69ing! I was here for all of it!

What took the rating down for me in Yes & I Love You are the conflicts the couples face. I'm more okay with third-act breakups in romance novels than some readers, but I despise when they involve exes, and this is sadly one of those cases. Everything did resolve itself in the end and ultimately, I did leave this book feeling like this was a good romance novel.

If you're a fan of Roni Loren, you are certainly going to enjoy Yes & I Love You. This is the first book in her new series and the next book will feature one of Hollyn's new friends, who is a true-crime podcaster. I look forward to seeing her fall in love.

CWs: Tourette's syndrome, anxiety, ADHD, mention of the foster care system

Relationship disclosure: Roni Loren & I are mutuals on social media.

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