Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: No Strings Attached
SERIES: The Pink Bean Series #1
AUTHOR: Harper Bliss
PUBLISHER: Ladylit Publishing
LENGTH: 64,000 words
RELEASE DATE: July 14, 2016
It’s never too late to find the right person… and yourself along the way.
Micky Ferro has lived her entire life according to other people’s expectations. She married a man, had two children, and became a dutiful stay-at-home mom in suburban Sydney. Until she realized, with a little help from her best friend, that her picture-perfect life wasn’t making her happy.
On the first anniversary of her divorce, Micky decides it’s time for the next step in her journey and gets a job at her neighborhood coffeeshop, The Pink Bean. Becoming a barista sparks a big change in Micky’s daily routine, but could loud-spoken American customer Robin do the same for her love life?
I have read and enjoyed many books by Harper, I couldn’t tell you my favorite, until now. No Strings Attached jumped to the top of the list. The story is told in third person, past tense and from Micky’s point-of-view. Which allowed me to become closely acquainted with her.
The story telling is so vivid, so realistic, I’m sure many, many readers will find themselves able to relate to the struggles, Micky, a woman in her forties, has to deal with coming out later in life. Not only to her two teenage children, but to her ex who she’s still on friendly terms with, her mother, and everyone else who is important to her.
The teenagers added a layer of depth to the story but by no means overwhelmed it. The coffee shop setting and cast of characters were wonderful. Amber is the type of best friend everyone needs. I adored her.
Micky’s first lesbian encounter, with a woman who insisted on a ‘no strings attached’ hook-up, had my inner lesbian purring in erotic bliss. For most of the story I didn’t know if these two would get past their individual hang-ups so to speak. My one quibble would be that I never really got to know Robin, yet at the same time, I realize it wasn’t her story. I did like how the story showed no matter how set in their ways a person might be, love can win out.
The ending left me satisfied and wanting more at the same time. I can’t wait to see who features in book two. I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a well penned, emotional, heart-warming story.