Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Review of Don't Start Now by Tara September

Welcome to the book tour for Don't Start Now by Tara September! Today I'm sharing a review with you here and an excerpt over at Candrel's Crafts, Cooks, and Characters. Check it all out!

Don't Start Now
By Tara September
Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 182 Pages
March 1, 2021

“If you don’t wanna see me dancing with somebody, don’t show up … don’t start caring about me now.”

What can go wrong being stuck on a cruise ship with your ex and entering into a fake relationship with a sexy coworker? It might not be the Titanic, thank goodness, but Eve Richard’s heart is sinking by the minute and love is definitely going down.

Pulitzer-prize-winning war journalist turned small-town newspaperman, Adam Seager, has given up a lot for his work, country, and family, but not this time. He knows what he wants, and it’s his coworker, Eve. Her smile is the brightest part of his day and a daily reminder that more adventures are yet to come. When they are both assigned a travel feature on board a new cruise ship, it’s the perfect opportunity to let his feelings set sail.

Eve will never date another coworker or writer again. Been there, done that. Time to pursue her own writing dreams, even if it means bunking with the infuriating and complicated Adam Seager. So what if the butterflies he sets off in her belly can rival the waves outside their cabin. She intends to keep things strictly professional … that is, as much as they can be while also pretending to be a couple. Their relationship might be fake, but the pull to get to know more of him is real. Her reporter’s gut says there is more to uncover than meets the eye. But what will happen when they are back on dry land?

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**My thoughts**
Adam is a Pulitzer prize-winning writer who now works for the local newspaper for some unknown reason. Eve is a travel writer who dreams of making it big some day. And then the two of them get paired up to do a his-n-her series about a cruise.

You know what's going to happen on a cruise. Love is going to be in the air and they will be powerless to ignore it. Of course, stupid ex-fiances can also help nudge things along.

I liked the idea of two writers getting paired off on this writing adventure. They're going to have a lot in common and be teaching each other a lot. I think I was actually surprised at how quickly Adam went after Eve. You could tell that there had been perhaps a smidge of a mutual interest before, but he really came out with guns a-blazing. I think he's triggered by jealous when Eve's ex appears, but then he overcompensates. I almost found his persistence a little off-putting at times.

Nevertheless, the cruise was an entertaining story. There is a bit of conflict that happens when they get off the boat that felt a bit rushed to me. But questions that arose during the cruise were answered.

Overall, it was an enjoyable enough read.

Thank you to the author and Prism Book Tours for fulfilling my review request. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Tara September is a multi-award-winning contemporary romance author living in Southwest Florida. Tara holds a master's degree in journalism from New York University. Previously, she was the Communications Manager at WWE and a PR Manager for The Walt Disney Company.

Fueled by an IV of green tea and Prosecco, Tara is finally writing the happily ever after tales she's been dreaming about. Proud mom to twins and four cats, she also blogs over at When Tara Met Blog @tarametblog, a lifestyle and parenting blog of 16 years.

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