Contemporary Romance

ARC Review: Say Hello, Kiss Goodbye – Jacquelyn Middleton

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Synopsis

WILL HER FLING BECOME HIS FOREVER?

Leia Scott has sworn off love. Fresh from a messy, public divorce from her hockey player ex, the twenty-six-year-old fashion designer temporarily trades New York for London to heal and embrace her freedom. Her vow? To protect her heart, steer clear of relationships, and say yes to flings without strings. She throws herself into designing upcycled dresses and exploring London with her sister. But Leia’s carefully curated plan encounters a flirty complication with an irresistible British accent.

Wealthy, charming, and devastatingly attractive, Tarquin Balfour is tired of meaningless hookups and dates that go nowhere. For years, he has played the bon viveur with reckless abandon, throwing decadent parties, sleeping with a parade of women, and diving into extreme sports around the globe. But now the young property developer wants more. He craves love and commitment, to prove his kind heart matters more than the abundance of zeroes attached to his bank balance. Struggling with undiagnosed depression, Tarquin worries he’ll never find The One…until he meets his princess, a fashion designer named Leia.

Afraid of falling in love and fearful of being alone, Leia and Tarquin enter into an entanglement that threatens to hurt them both.

From the award-winning author of UNTIL THE LAST STAR FADES, comes a sexy story of love, second chances, gratitude, and finding beauty in the broken and the forgotten.

Review

Say Hello, Kiss Goodbye is the first book I’ve read by Jacquelyn Middleton and definitely won’t be the last. Featuring many beautiful aspects of London, it tells the story of Tarquin and Leia, and is riddled with hilarious, sweet and emotional moments.

Tarquin is unlucky in love and looking to settle down with the One. Leia, also unlucky in love, is a recently divorced fashion designer, currently visiting her sister abroad for the holidays. She s wary after her last relationship disaster and isn’t looking to engage in any further entanglements. However, fate has other plans in the form of a very cute meet-cute at Ikea during a power outage. This meet-cute sets the tone for the story and right from the very first chapter, I knew I was going to enjoy the balance of Tarquin’s quirks and Leia’s cynicism.

I’m not usually a huge fan of second chance romances and lots of back-and-forth amongst the main characters, but I felt that the author was able to weave this story in a way that made each twist and turn entertaining throughout. I also don’t typically read many books where the hero is the character beaming with positivity (outwardly, as he still battled his own internal negative feelings) so that was very refreshing. He’s a bit of a cinnamon roll and I loved that! Leia was also very relatable in the way she dealt with her poorly-ended previous relationship. She really had to work to overcome her issues in order to grow and become her best self.

Overall, I really enjoyed many aspects of this story. I think Jacquelyn Middleton is a great storyteller and I found myself hooked into wanting to know more about many of the side characters (many of whom feature in other books within the series!). Say Hello, Kiss Goodbye is part of an interconnected series but each book can be read as a standalone which is perfect if you’re like me and haven’t read any of Middleton’s previous books but want to give this one a go!

Disclaimer: Thank you to the author and Grey’s Promotions for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

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