Ashley Croft (pseudonym for author Philippa Ashley) comes to the blog today with a story of sisters trying to move forward and find love in
The Love Solution
Sarah and Molly are sisters, and after their parents were killed in a car accident, Sarah changed her life plans to take care of and push her sister Molly to fulfill her potential. While the two are close and share most everything: they couldn’t be more different. Sarah is settled (mostly) with her EMT partner Niall, they’ve bought a house and her little craft business, making tiaras, is growing. She’s got a love for sparkle and glam, and her little ‘shed’ in their backyard has everything she wants. Until her partner is caught cheating – in her bed – and her life falls to pieces. Being pushed to sell the house, move on or alternately forget his straying – she’s in a tumult about it all, and isn’t sure from one moment to the next if she wants him back or wants him gone. Painfully.
Molly, on the other hand is a talented scientist with no real experience with relationships as she’s always put school and her career first. She’s in a bit of a conundrum with her boss, however, as she has a massive crush on him – and can’t see that he’s even remotely interested in returning the affection. And, career-wise, it could be suicidal – having a relationship fail while still having to be the ‘lead’ tech on their current project – one that works with hormones, pheromones and DNA to increase or provide attraction between two people. Nicknamed the Love Bug, the nasally-delivered serum is in testing – with plenty of kinks to work out in this top secret experiment.
So we have two love-challenged sisters – and while one is clearly immature about emotional life (Molly) she is also the one who has been the supporter and ear for her now devastated sister. With Sarah’s vacillation between wanting her relationship back and not – and a very interesting student starting to take her tiara-making class, she’s got a ton of decisions and uses her connection with Molly and Molly’s work to break every rule imaginable and get the potion. There were so many things right with this story – and then so many wrong. Emotional blackmail from Sarah, Molly’s near cavalier (although considered and carefully crafted) creation of a potion for Sarah – endangering the lab, her job and her boss, the mix ups, some laugh out loud moments and, sadly, a few too many characters and names to integrate into the story with plenty of ‘color’ but little substance. It was, however, a quick read and entertaining – even as I wanted to smack both Sarah and Molly about – screaming grow up and think first – but while I had issues with Molly’s actions, I think Sarah was more troubling and less mature in her expectations and lack of decisive actions. It’s not a story without trouble – but the laboratory and tandem cycle bits are interesting, Sarah’s partner Niall trying to be charming and ‘adorable’ when he was simply smarmy, and the adorable boss, Evan are worth the read in this told in two perspectives (Molly’s and Sarah’s) story.
Title: The Love Solutions
Author: Ashley Croft
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Science, Second Chance, Woman's Fiction
Published by: Avon Books UK
Published on: 15 August, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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It’s all in the chemistry…
Sisters Sarah and Molly are close, but they couldn’t be more different. Sarah runs a craft business and is obsessed with all things shiny and glam, whilst Molly is much more at home in her white coat and goggles, working in a science lab.
When Molly is put onto a new assignment, she’s over the moon. It’s a high-profile, top secret project – and she has a handsome new boss to ogle at when she’s not bending over a petri dish…
But when Sarah finds herself on the painful end of a disastrous break-up, no amount of Ben & Jerry’s or trashy rom-coms can cheer her up. She wants to take a more drastic approach to dealing with her heartbreak, and one that only her sister – and perhaps a sprinkle of science – can help with . . .
Will Sarah find love where she least expects it, or is it really all in the chemistry?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.