Title: Yes & I Love You
Series: Say Everything #1
Author: Roni Loren
Release Date: March 2, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Everyone knows Miz Poppy, the vibrant reviewer whose commentary brightens the New Orleans nightlife. But no one knows Hollyn, the real face behind the media star…or the fear that keeps her isolated. When her boss tells her she needs to add video to her blog or lose her job, she’s forced to rely on an unexpected source to help her face her fears.
When aspiring actor Jasper Deares finds out the shy woman who orders coffee every day is actually Miz Poppy, he realizes he has a golden opportunity to get the media attention his acting career needs. All he has to do is help Hollyn come out of her shell…and through their growing connection, finally find her voice.
I have to be honest and say I was a little intimidated when I first picked this book up. I have read so many fantastic reviews from other bloggers that I love following. I haven’t read one review for this one that wasn’t gushing on this book. And well, the pressure was on. But, I couldn’t not pick it up because of that. Chances are I’d love it, too, but there’s always that rare exception.
Those fears were quickly laid to rest. My heart immediately went out to Hollyn. She has Tourettes and extreme anxiety. And then there’s Jasper and his ADHD self, who’s had a pretty rough childhood growing up in the foster care system and having so many people tell him to give up on his dreams.
Hollyn starts out being too scared to so much as speak to anyone. But it’s so fun watching her slowly come out of her shell. Especially when she’s brave enough to ask for a little friends with benefits type situation from Jasper, which turns into a fake dating scenario. The chemistry between these two is off the charts. But I was here for every second of it. I often get so annoyed with sex scenes in books because they feel like they were just added in because it was required or something. That was soooo not the case with this book. Every scene felt right and natural. And my gosh, one of the HOTTEST scenes took place over an ABC improv game that about had me panting before any actual sexual parts took place. It was so good!!
And speaking of improv, watching Jasper with his improv group was just so much fun and definitely brought on some laugh out loud moments. It had me missing Whose Line Is It Anyway, which brought on so many laughs back in the day. I still remember watching the episode where they had Richard Simmons on as a guest, and I laughed so hard I was crying and could hardly breathe. Not to get you too excited because this book wasn’t funny like that, but it still gave me those warm, funny vibes, and it left me feeling nostalgic.
The book did have a little bit of a triangle with Hollyn’s ex and current best friend, Cal. But, it left me feeling hopeful for Cal instead of sad for him, and I really hope Roni gives him his own book soon! I am excited to see that Andi is getting her story told, though. Andi is the fun friend that forces her way into Hollyn’s life, and you just can’t help but love her for it.
I’ll have to be honest and say that there was a moment I was scared I was going to have to hate Jasper as he inevitably screws up (which was very disappointing after he had me swooning when he revealed he had feelings for her). But, after his grand gesture there was just no way. He had me right back in the palm of his hand.
In the end, there’s just no way I couldn’t pull for Jasper and Hollyn. Hollyn and her bravery and overcomer attitude. Jasper and his unrelenting support, patience, and honesty. And the way they both can’t help but fall for the other at the same speed. They just felt right together, and they were the perfect complement to each other. This book just gave me all the warm fuzzies. 5 Stars!
*Review Note: Please check out trigger warnings elsewhere if you have triggers. I tend to overlook adding them in my reviews.*
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