Synopsis – Goodreads
Take one heartbroken Chicago girl
Literary editor Antonia Harper had it all—the career, the man, the future. That was then. Now Antonia is jobless, alone and at a crossroads. What better time to travel the world? A solo honeymoon on the Emerald Isle will be like hitting the reset button. No distractions, no drama.
Add some luck o’ the Irish
Aiden Byrnes may be a literature professor, but words fail him when he meets the woman staying in the cottage next door. Tully Cross is meant to be a sleepy little village, and he’s meant to be on a working holiday—not a vacation, and most definitely not with his beautiful neighbor.
And you get some mighty good craic
They say laughter is the best medicine—and as it turns out, superhot sex isn’t so bad either. Antonia and Aiden’s spark quickly grows into what could be something special, if they’re willing to take the leap. Ending up an ocean apart is unthinkable, and when real life comes calling, there’s no ignoring that leap anymore…
Just a warning, this review will most likely be me just gushing and gushing and gushing. So if you’re nauseated by the end of it, you’ve been forewarned.
The Great: Everyone say it with me RELATABLE CHARACTERS! If you didn’t know, I’m a huge fan of character-driven stories, especially when I get to fall in love, like and everything in between with these characters. Charish Reid definitely didn’t disappoint. Written from love interests, Antonia Harper & Aiden Byrnes’ point of views, it was easy to fall in love with both of them as the story progressed.
Antonia and her sister Octavia, (strong names amirite?) definitely stole the show. Their banter reminded me of the crazy conversations I’ve had with my own sisters. Conversations laced with love, sarcasm and humor.
What really stood out to me were those scene’s where Antonia realizes that she was the only black person in the different cities and towns of Ireland she visited. One of the hardest things about being a black person who loves to travel, is that when planning a trip to a country in 70 – 85% of the world, there’s an instant hyper-aware of your blackness in a negative way. (a discussion post regarding this topic will be posted soon) There’s an extra layer of research that goes into planning a vacation or fun trip that often fills me with anxiety. But I love that in a lot of ways, Antonia addressed it internally then sort of brushed it off and held her crown high. I also appreciated no one in Ireland seemed to care that she was different, at least not in a negative way.
I loved that in more ways than one I could see myself in a main character. As a writer, a traveler, a working professional but also just as a human being who struggles with certain insecurities, she was me and I was her and it felt, for lack of a better word, great.
Also, the romance was excellent! Aiden. Hot steaming cup of Irish Whiskey that he is takes the whole cake 😉I enjoyed every second of their scenes together. Especially the steamy parts lol
The Good: Reid’s writing style is outstanding. She submerges you completely into her story almost effortlessly. Literally. I meant to finish one chapter and ended up finishing the entire book.
The pace was also great, spending just the right amount of time through each stage of the book.
And lastly, the character development; although predictable in some ways, was also done extremely well. The Antonia and Aiden you meet at the start of the book are definitely not the same people at the end.
Overall, I am a huge fan of this book. I knew I’d love it from the first page and I’m glad I wasn’t disappointed.
I recommend this book to fans of romance, interracial relationships, lots and lots—okay not lots but epic steamy scenes and everything in between. I mean just WOW! (remember I warned you)
Publication Date: September 30, 2019
Author: Charish Reid
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Special thanks to the author, Charish Reid for sending me an E-ARC of The Write Escape in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this ARC did not affect my rating or review!
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