Happy Saturday and happy weekend! I am so grateful to see the arrival of this weekend. I am appreciative of the down time away from work and such small things like waking up with no alarm. I had a lovely start to my day today and hopefully it’s a sign of how the remainder of the weekend is going to go.
Thank you to @bookandtonic for this advanced copy of Twenty-One Nights in Paris by @leoniejmack in return for an honest review. Thank you also for having me on the Blog Tour for this lovely book. Twenty-One Nights in Paris was published on 6th October 2022 and you can get a copy here.
An heiress to a fortune, Ren’s home-from-home is the Ritz, while the handsome and brooding Sacha has grown up in Paris’s less salubrious suburbs. So when an accident brings them together, romance seems an unlikely outcome.
When Ren’s society engagement reaches a very public end, Irena’s over-protective grandmother wants her home in London. Ren needs an excuse to stay in Paris, and so after some persuasion, Sacha agrees to pose as her new boyfriend. But only for the twenty-one days Ren’s grandmother has allowed her to nurse her broken heart before heading home to face the music.
Over the course of three weeks, Ren realises the world outside her exclusive bubble is more beautiful than she could have imagined. While Sacha reluctantly begins to see the goodness of the woman behind the wealth. When their time is up, will Ren want to return to her gilded cage, and will Sacha be able to let go of the woman he’s been ‘pretending’ to fall in love with…
General Thoughts 🤔
This book was all of the loveliness and light heartedness that I was expecting and wanting it to be. It was a bit of a mix between meet cute, fake relationship and forbidden love which written down sounds like it could be a bit much, but I thought that it worked well. It was very easy to get carried away with Ren and Sacha’s relationship and want them to get their happy ending.
Ren and Sacha were quite naturally the main characters in the book, however there were plenty of other characters that I fell in love with along the way. I instantly liked Joseph and I really liked that he knew from the very beginning that this unlikely pairing was going to end in love. I didn’t take the same liking to Ren’s Grandmother. She was very hard faced and cold. Considering that Ren was all of the living family she had left, she wasn’t too concerned about her well being and feelings.
Sacha was so easy to love, it was completely understandable that Ren fell head over heels. He had all of the attractive traits of a rough around the edges Parisian man whilst maintaining a very sensitive and caring side of his personality. I didn’t think that I would like Ren at the very beginning as I didn’t think she would have the courage to follow her own heart. However she grew in strength as the story progressed and I ended up feeling quite proud of her by the end.
Writing Style ✍️
I liked that the story was uncomplicated, easy to read and I was able to switch my brain off and indulge in the romance. I can sometimes find romance books a little frustrating as they can be unrealistic. I’m not saying that everything in this book felt like real life, but it was definitely a dreamy tale that I was able to get behind without feeling super cringey.
Having read the acknowledgements, I understand that the author has spent some time living in Paris and it certainly showed through her writing. The scene setting of the different areas of Paris was great and made me feel transported to all the different places Ren and Sacha found themselves exploring.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖
I’ve not read a Leonie Mack book before, but after reading this one, I think I’ll definitely reach for another the next time I want to feel all the mushy feels. I’m really grateful to be included on the blog tour for this heart warming book. The timing couldn’t be better for me as I am off to Paris next weekend so this story did a fantastic job of setting all of my dreamy, happy ending expectations. If you’re in the mood to be romantically swept off your feet in Paris, then definitely cuddle up with this book and live Ren and Sacha’s dreamy romance through the pages.
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