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If The Boot Fits – Rebekah Weatherspoon [NetGalley ARC Review]

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Title: If The Boot Fits

Author: Rebekah Weatherspoon

Audience: Contemporary Adult Romance

Released: October 27, 2020

Synopsis: From award-winning author Rebekah Weatherspoon comes a thoroughly modern take on the timeless tale of a struggling Cinderella who finds her prince charming at the eleventh hour—and the adventure that ensues the morning after . . .

Working as the personal assistant to one of Hollywood’s cruelest divas has left Amanda Queen more determined than ever to sell her screenplay and gain her independence. In the meantime, she’ll settle for a temporary escape. When her employer is felled by the flu on Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, Amanda gets her glam on, struts out the door, and parties with the glitterati. But she never expects to come face to face—and closer than close—with one of the hottest stars in the game . . .

Following up his first Oscar win with a steamy after-hours romp with an enigmatic woman seems like the perfect way for actor Sam Pleasant to celebrate—until she suddenly disappears. Worse, she’s vanished with the wrong swag bag: the one containing his Oscar statue, leaving Sam even more intrigued about the beauty’s identity—and wondering if a repeat performance of their amazing night is in the stars. And when a second chance encounter happens, only a trip to Sam’s family ranch—and revealing the whole, not-always-glamorous, truth about themselves—will give them a chance to turn one magical night into forever . . . 

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I have a lot of thoughts on this book, and I was surprised when I requested it. I gave the first one two stars and had a lot of issues with the book. This one was just the opposite, I could not get enough. I devoured this book in about a day, and I want the second one. Perhaps the first one was just a one off because this one was stunning. I loved every moment, and this is the type of content I love from the author. I thought this book was so great, and I enjoyed it much more than the first.

What did I love about this book? It did not force the romance. Sam and Amanda meet and hook up right away. But they are not suddenly in love. I appreciated this. I was excited they were going to build up to being together, but there was nothing forced about their connection. It began as sex and it started to grow. They both knew they liked each other, but they had to decide how the relationship was going to form. Sam is an actor and his family has money. He is the one with status, and he knows this. Even then, he still does his best to be kind to Amanda and respect what she wants. She hates her job as a personal assistant, and she is ashamed to tell him what she really does. Even though she does lie to him, I thought it did not hinder their relationship. I guess I just super love them as a couple and was pleased to see them end up together.

There were the characters from the first book and the family connections are still there. I love the grandma. She is awesome. You did get to see the couple from the first book, but I hated them so I did not really care about that part. Mostly it was great to see the other brother and members of the family. It would be great to see this series keep going since this second book proved it gets better. There is more chemistry, growth, and connection. I loved Sam and Amanda equally. Every moment was fabulous as a reader, all the way up to the happy ending.

Even though there was a little drama, I was happy how it was handled. I was worried this was going to be a larger issue and ruin the book for me. However, it was more like just a small nuisance and they handled it well. I did not like the person Amanda worked for, and I am so glad it ended the way it did for her. Truly, this book was more about realizing feelings and going with what you think is right, which I really enjoyed. I found this romance well paced and great to read. Weatherspoon writes some great Black romance, and I look forward to the next book in the series soon.

A huge thank you to NetGalley and Kensington for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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