Erin Spencer and Emma Sable come to the blog with their debut offering
The Yes Factor
I’ve read a couple of titles recently which focused on characters learning to say “Yes” even when, in every other situation, they’d opt out. This is the first that is told in alternate POV form, with one’s challenge to the other becomes a growth and learning experience for them both. At different points in their lives, Bex and Liv are supportive of one another and an example of a solid friendship. While Bex is divorced and spends most of her time playing chauffeur to her teen daughter, she’s uninterested in dating or another relationship – she just hasn’t the time or the interest. But, Liv’s ‘perfect’ marriage has just dissolved, and she’s determined that even with her own life being in tumult, Bex is more than deserving of a new man and new outlook.
Thus begins the Yes Factor. Taking on the ‘say yes when you want to say no’ isn’t always the perfect way to shake up a life, but it does open you up to possibilities and potentials. Although this was ostensibly about getting Bex out of a rut, and give Liv some downtime to focus on helping someone else rather than deal with all of her own questions and regrets – there are secrets and regrets and issues worked through – in each separate point of view, although the interactions between the two is clearly a friendship and supportive, even as both are getting a bit of ‘help’.
Dialogue is witty and clever, often feeling very natural and apropos, and there are moments that are so disastrous (or put on) to seem ridiculously forced, but the general goodwill that readers get from both characters, their supportive friendship and even the flow of the story carries forward through the moments that don’t quite work. The balance of the voices and inclusion of the friendship moments – as well as the growth make this feel much more like a women’s fiction with romance-like moments rather than a straight full-on romantic comedy, but easily will please readers searching for either in a lighter and easy to enjoy read.
Title: The Yes Factor
Author: Emma Sable, Erin Spencer
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Friendship, Romantic Elements, Second Chance
Published by: Self-Published
Published on: 30 June, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 6 Hours: 51 minutes
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Liv just wants her best friend Bex to find love. Bex just wants to stay in bed with Outlander.
With 40 right around the corner, divorced single mom Bex is too busy being a chauffeur for her teenage daughter to bother swiping for dates. Her best friend Liv, who is married to the supposedly perfect man, swoops in from London on a mission to get Bex out of her own bed and in to someone else's. Liv pushes Bex into a week-long whirlwind of dates, awkward kisses and missed connections.
What could possibly go wrong when Bex agrees to Liv's harebrained scheme of saying Yes to every possible suitor? And why is Liv so intent on fixing Bex's love life, or lack thereof? Just what do you find out when all of your no's turn into The Yes Factor?
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.