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Aprille Legacy

I'm a self-published author from South Australia. My first book, Soul Fire, is a YA fantasy romance.

Shut Up & Kiss Me

Shut Up & Kiss Me - Claire C. Riley, Madeline Sheehan There is without a doubt that these are two very good authors working well together. The story is fluid and uncomplicated, with a good strong standard of writing.

I'll get the bad stuff out of the way first. Please keep in mind I don't often read pure romance, so take this with a grain of salt.

First, I hate the phrase 'you're not like other girls'. It immediately puts down other women and I think I've made my stance about girl-on-girl hate very clear by now. I know how it was meant to come across here, but it still grated on me.
Second, it was all a bit cliche. Of course he's wealthy AF. It had a tad of a FSOG feel to it (I know I know, hold back the hellfire please), just in terms of the small town girl, meets a billionaire, is unaccostomed to his lifestyle. To be honest, it wasn't that bad. The characters themselves were very strong and escaped their cookie cutter molds early on.

I DID NOT see the ending coming, and to be honest, I got very worried. I've read 'Thicker Than Blood', also by these authors, and know just how ruthless they can be with their characters. They also don't shy away from the gore, which added a very unique slant to the story.

These writers write female friendships very well, and I loved the scenes between Mila and Nikki. They sounded adorable, and I could relate to their friendship very well. Nikki was also incredibly brave, and I'm glad she didn't fall by the wayside, but her character felt secure in the hands of these authors.

All in all, I enjoyed this more than most romances. I like this pairing of authors, and will continue to seek out their work.