Hello readers! This was third book by Belinda Missen I read and I’m excited to share review of Accidentally In Love as a part of blog tour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Many thanks to Rachel for tour invite and publisher and author for providing review copy via NetGalley. Check out the book details and my review in this post.
Accidentally In Love by Belinda Missen
Publication Date: September 11th 2020
Publisher: HQ Digital
Genre: Rom Com
Don’t miss the new laugh-out-loud rom com from the author of One Week ’Til Christmas!
Perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Rosie Walsh and Josie Silver.
In the space of a week, Katharine Patterson has quit her job, decided to move back home, and broken up with the guy she thought was the one.
No big deal.
Because Katharine has a plan. She’s going to open her own art gallery, just like she’s always wanted. What she’s not going to do is worry about boyfriends.
Then she meets Kit, a handsome and talented local artist. He might be the most stubborn person Katharine has ever met. He might also make her feel like no one ever has before.
And Katharine might be about to fall accidentally in love…
Books I read by the same author:
- One Week ‘Til Christmas
- An Impossible Thing Called Love
Accidentally In Love was heart-warming romcom that revolved around Katharine’s idea of her own art gallery and how her life changed in space of a week. It was about dream, life, struggle, friendship, family, love, and drama.
Writing was flowless, emotive and gripping from the beginning. It was written in first narrative from Katharine’s perspective in her fun and refreshing voice. Plot was interesting with real life situations and relatable characters. There were lot of emotions in the book. I laughed, worried, felt angry, smug, and sad along with characters.
It started with, Katharine’s life going downhill and fast. After quitting job when she didn’t got promotion she deserved, heartbroken on finding out she was not important to man she was with for 9 months, she left London and returns to her hometown, Sheffield, with a dream of opening her own art gallery. Last thing she needed was another man in her life. But then her dad set up surprise meeting with Kit- the famous, handsome and amazing local artist. Well, that didn’t turn out as good as any of them thought. Her father put two same kind of person in the same room, of course, it was going to push other away. It was interesting to see how their hate was going to turn into love and how Katharine’s idea of her own gallery was going to take shape.
Characters were great. I liked all side characters. Family dynamic was amazing. Adam was lovely, caring, wise, and supportive brother. I loved how he helped Katharine even though his life was not smooth and shiny. I loved conversations between him and Katharine. Katharine’s dad was cool. I like how he set up her and Kit’s meeting and it was great to read his relationship with Fiona and his children. Fiona was quirky, fun, logical, and the best step-mom I read in books. Lainey, Katherine’s best friend, was great and supportive most of the time but I didn’t like how things changed with her upcoming wedding and Katharine’s move out of city and specially what happened between them just before climax.
Katharine was great throughout the book. She was 35 yrs old curator at art gallery. She was career oriented, passionate, caring, and compassionate person. I liked the way she quit her job and how she started working on her dream of opening her own gallery withing a week. She was more than capable but needed a boost from her friends and relatives and once she started working on it, she knew what she was doing and how she wanted it. Kit accused her of going after famous artists and big things but I don’t agree with him and I don’t she needed to apologise for it. I agree she needed to give a chance to new artist but the way Kit was saying was wrong. What I loved more about her was she saw her faults accepted it and tried to make it right.
Kit was famous and talented local artist but he was rude. He had air of mystery and I was curious to know his story and why he stopped exhibiting her art in gallery but whatever the reason was, I didn’t like how he treated Katharine and making her feel less and low even after what has gone through. I’m glad he came around after some time and treated her right once they cleared their differences.
Romance was lovely. At first both couldn’t stand each other’s presence. They argued and fought, Kit making Katherine feel less (I easily sided with Katharine all the time) and there was lot of drama and banter that was fun to read. Once they got over their differences and chatted without trying to prove something to other, things became sweet and lovely. Some scenes were adorable. It was sad to see how things fell apart but I liked how Katharine handled things after that.
Climax was dramatic. I was expecting this surprising entry just when everything was going nice and smooth but not in such big gesture. Characters’ actions and reactions were dramatic but I liked how Katharine’s family supported her and how things turned out at the end.
Why 4 stars–
My small complaint is the real conversation or the actual romance started at around 60% of the book. The end was good but it felt rushed, so much was wrapped in last 5 % of the book, I felt there should be more. One more chapter or an epilogue would have done the trick.
Overall, Accidentally In Love was lovely and emotive romance with hate-to-love arc, interesting characters, and entertaining banter.
Author and sometimes foodie, Belinda is a ridiculous romantic who met her husband after being set up by a friend two states away.
Residing in country Victoria, surrounded by books, cat-fur, and half-eaten cake, Belinda divides her days between writing rom-coms, baking, and indulging her love of comic books.
Purchase Link – books2read.com/AccidentallyInLoveBM
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