adult | contemporary | romance
Summary: Note to self: don’t sleep with your flatmate after a curry and three bottles of wine… especially if he’s secretly in love with you and wants you to meet his mum.
Cat Parsons is on the run. She doesn’t do relationships. After ten years of singlehood even the hint of the ‘L’ word is enough to get Cat packing her bags and booking herself onto a two-week holiday.
A European bus tour feels like a stroke of genius to dodge awkward conversations at home. But little does Cat realise that the first stop will be Paris, the city of love itself.
Joined by new friends, Cat has got two weeks, eight countries and a hell of a lot of wine ahead of her. As they discover hidden treasures and the camaraderie of life on the road, will Cat find a new way of looking at love?
This advanced copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.
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Hi everyone! I’m sorry I’ve been absent for the week but work has kicked my ass. Gotta get used to going back to the 8-5 life and dealing with traffic. But I have a post for today and it’s a review!
Chick lit is not my usual go-to genre but I was in a mood and it paid off. This was an amazingly enjoyable story that left me dreaming of traveling through Europe and craving food.
I will say that for a chick-lit, I was expecting the romance to be more on the nose? But the romance took a more predominant spotlight until the second part of the book. For the first half we see Cat befriending her bus buddies and running from landmark to landmark in Europe, eating and drinking wine until they fall on their beds. I will admit that this was my favorite part of the book, everything is described in such a beautiful way that it made me want to say “fuck it” and book a flight and tour through Europe.
The friendship displayed between the bus buddies was something that I treasured, everyone was very supportive regarding each other’s circumstances. All the characters were relatable and well written, my only concern is how can Jean-Luc be so perfect? Like, c’mon this man has got to have a flaw!
Also, throughout the book we see Cat undermining her reason to escape to the tour because she doesn’t think it is as bad as the other’s reason to be on the tour and that just gets annoying after a while. By the end I felt like she was throwing a pity party for herself because of this. I like that she was emphatetic but this happened so often that it just… I don’t know, it was bothersome.
Now while the romance kicks in until the second half, it really caught my attention. During the moments where Cat and Jean-Luc are together I was sure to forget the bus buddies even existed; Cat would mention Lou and I would snap out of it like Huh, there are other characters in this book. Overall, I really liked the relationship between the two of them and I want a Jean-Luc for myself, please.
That Night in Paris is the second book on the Holiday Romance series. And there is no need to read it before this one, they are not connected plotwise. The first book (One Summer in Santorini) was actually inspired by the author’s real-life love story!