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Book Review – Modern Love by Beau North (with giveaway)

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Modern Love by Beau North
Expected Publication: July 11, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
193 pages
Format: eARC
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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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“Love at first sight wasn’t meant for millennials,” thinks Alice Aberdeen: art student, recovering addict, David Bowie enthusiast. Alice is among the recently dumped and only wants to keep her nose to the grindstone until she finishes her degree. Her sister has other ideas and sets her up with new-in-town Will Murphy–tall, dark, and aloof. To say it wasn’t an instant attraction is an understatement: He finds her abrasive, with her sharp tongue and don’t-screw-with-me attitude. She thinks he’s excessively reserved, too damn serious. But the more time Alice spends with Will, the more their slow burn begins to thaw her heart. A man of two worlds, half-Irish, half-Indian, Will feels at home with Alice. He soon realizes her tough shell is hiding extensive scar tissue–from her addiction and recovery to her spectacularly bad ex-girlfriend to the loss of her mother. Modern Love isn’t a story about love at first sight but learning to love yourself before being able to see the one you love.


After reading Kelly Oram’s Happily Ever After, I expected that it would take a lot of convincing for the next romance story for me to enjoy it, let alone love it. But surprise, surprise! Modern Love did just that, and it was as early as its first chapter. It’s just amazing when an unsuspecting book surprises you, isn’t it?

This was my first time reading a story from Beau North so I don’t have any idea what to expect. And the moment I read the first page, I instantly know that I love her. I love her writing style. It reminds me of what writing styles I usually like. I don’t really know how to say or describe what that style is, I just know when I read one. The way she weaves the story, the words used, everything.

Modern Love is just a short story that you can read in just one sitting. It started with Allie’s POV and every chapter she’s exchanging POV with Will. Well, it was actually at first until he skipped his turn once or twice. I also find it cute when his chapter is only 1 or two sentences long lol. I dunno, I just find it quite adorable haha.

The story’s plot wasn’t actually new to me so I can’t help but give two thumbs up to the author for being able to successfully catch my attention. The scenes between the main characters were so romantic that I can’t help but grin like an idiot. Allie and Will’s story didn’t start on the right footing so they’re like cat and dog in the first few chapters and have been bad mouthing each other, especially Allie to Will. I’m always up for love and hate romance and I enjoy reading how they tear up each other and Modern Love didn’t disappoint me at all. It was even quite funny especially on the part where Will heard what Allie’s been thinking about him. Man! That was embarrassing, and I’m really impressed with Allie at that time, haha. She didn’t run away like what I expected her to do, because if I was in her shoes, I’d already run with my tail between my legs lol.

The thing that kept me from giving this story a perfect 5-star rating was because of how the main characters handled the conflict, well, I was particularly annoyed with Will. I’m just not ok with how he handled himself after witnessing Allie kissing her ex. Yep, sorry for dropping that spoiler on you, don’t worry, that’ll be the last. (I hope?) But thinking about it, I guess  it’s natural though? I just, like duh? Why can’t they just talk it over ya know? And not rush into things and do something worse. Well, at least he learned his lesson. It was just stupid. Well, we all have that moment when we do stupid things and Will just had his. And besides, Allie’s description of him and how he affected her is just too much and I’m really affected haha. So eventually, my annoyance with him faded, well, not totally but I can cope with that. *wink

What I also love about this story is that it didn’t just focus on love and relationship but also talks about other important factors like family and recovery. I specifically love the part where Allie finally acknowledges her stepmother and called her mom. That’s just too touching.

What can I say about the character? Well, I don’t have anything bad to say about Allie. All she did and what she felt was justifiable. I do have my share of girl crushes and all and some other things and with the year we are in, that’s totally normal to some. I also love that after she experienced before, she was able to conquer it with the help of her family, especially to her sister Emma. I could kill to have someone like her as a sister for sure.

Should I still talk about Will? Haha. Well, in the start of this story, he was introduced as this hot guy who can pass as an underwear model and is totally perfect, like spotless perfect. I’m used to heroes like that, but what I’m not used to is that he’s a silent type. Well, not totally, but kind of. That kind of good looking fella always ends up a cassanova or a playboy to most romance stories. When I learned more about his life, about his feelings and relationship with his family, I was surprised. You will never anticipate that with a handsome face like that he also has a problem fitting in. I’m still not cool with what he did when the conflict came up, but atleast he was able to redeem himself and I guess that was enough.

So far, the only thing I don’t like about this story was what Will did, but it wasn’t enough to tear your hair off ofcourse. It’s just a mild stupidity on his part. *wink.

If you want a refreshing romance story with some wit, then Modern Love by Beau North might be perfect for you.

*The giveaway is open internationally and ends on July 1st, so you’ve got lots of time to join *wink


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  • Beau North June 21, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Thank you, Vanessa, for that review! So glad you liked it (even if Will was a bit of an arse there in the middle) And good luck to all the contestants!

    • Vanessa June 21, 2017 at 10:41 pm

      Atleast Will is yummy hehe. Thanks for writing such an amazing book Beau and letting me read and review it and for having this awesome giveaway. Good luck for everyone 😉

  • Mary Kirkland June 21, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    It’s always nice when a book wins you over right away. This sounds really good. Thanks for the great review.

    • Vanessa June 21, 2017 at 11:31 pm

      Yes, that’s absolutely right Mary. It’s just amazing how a book can do to you. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  • Karen June 22, 2017 at 2:46 am

    I hope he at least gave good grovel lol

    it sounds adorable though and I love the cover.

    For What It’s Worth

    • Vanessa June 22, 2017 at 11:06 am

      Only a little, but he’s actually the first one who gave in and reconcile with the girl 😉

      Yes, I love the cover too

  • kindlemom1 June 22, 2017 at 4:30 am

    So happy that you ended up liking this so much, Oram is a hard one to follow after sometimes isn’t she?

    • Vanessa June 22, 2017 at 11:07 am

      Hehe, yeah. But it’s great that I enjoyed this one 😉

  • LilyElement June 22, 2017 at 5:17 am

    🙂 sounds good

  • [email protected] addicted 2 reading June 22, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Glad you enjoyed this one. I never heard of the author before.

    • Vanessa June 22, 2017 at 11:07 am

      Thanks Nadene 🙂

  • Carole's Random Life June 22, 2017 at 9:36 am

    This one is new to me but I think it sounds great. I like well done shorter pieces from time to time. Great review!

    • Vanessa June 22, 2017 at 11:08 am

      It really is great Carole, I didn’t even noticed it only has 193 pages because it felt longer than that 🙂

  • C.A. Pepe June 22, 2017 at 10:22 am

    I loved this book too. Thanks for the great review.

    • Vanessa June 22, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Hi-5 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!

    • Vanessa June 23, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Yay! Hi-5. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Sophia Rose June 22, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Just recently finished this one myself so loved comparing your thoughts to mine. Yeah, they definitely got started all wrong and they both tended to jump to conclusions. I loved that there was a wonderful group of side plots around the romance, too.

    Great review, Vanessa!

    • Vanessa June 22, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      Hehe, yeah they are. So glad all worked out well. Thanks for stopping by Sophia Rose 🙂

  • Cindy Servatt June 22, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    I have not read this author before but I am putting this on my wishlist. Thanks for this great review Vanessa!

    • Vanessa June 22, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      Yay! Can’t wait for you to read this story Cindy 🙂

  • Vanessa June 22, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    You’re welcome Geybie. I hope you’ll get the chance to read one of her books too someday 🙂

  • Kristin June 23, 2017 at 12:45 am

    This author is new to me but it sounds like she wrote a solid story. It’s so hard to write something completely original plot wise but it speaks volumes when an author is able to take something that’s been done before and still keep the reader interested.

    • Vanessa June 23, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Absolutely. And I’m pretty sure you will enjoy this too Kristin 🙂


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