Good morning, bookpups🐾 It’s time for another romance series (and one of my new favorite auto-buy authors)! Unravel You by Diana A. Hicks is the perfect melding of hot billionaire boys and a sweet, Atlanta summer, sure to melt any girl’s heart. It’s definitely a fairytale for the books.
QOTD: Do you have any auto-buy authors?
I read the first book in the Cole Brothers series back in November 2019 and absolutely fell in love, placing Diana A. Hicks on my shortlist of auto-buy authors. A few others include Lindzee Armstrong, Melissa Foster, and Sarah J. Maas.
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🐾Many thanks to the author, Diana A. Hicks, and Xpresso Book Tours for my complimentary copy. This in no way influenced my review.🐾
I absolutely fell into this book right away and, though it’s easy to read as a standalone, I really wish I had read Love Over Lattes first because it tells the story of how Valentina and Derek fell in love. Unravel You is the story of what happens after they fall in love and get engaged. Still, a beautiful love story, just not the beginning.
This book was so character-driven and I loved it! One of my favorites was Annabelle. She’s a genuinely good person. I also enjoyed the character interactions and none of them really seemed too far-fetched. You have the crazy ex-wife, Bridget, who has a gambling problem and just needs money (or maybe she still loves Derek and wants him to dump Valentina?). Then you have Alex, the sociopath ex-boyfriend who gets off on making Valentina feel worthless and hurting her. The two of them are definitely a pair and I wanted nothing more than to see them get their just karma.
Oh, and Derek’s brothers 💕 What a family! You don’t really get to know the brothers in Unravel You, so I’m really glad each book in the series focuses on a different brother.
As for the plot …
There was a point about halfway through this book where everything seemed to wrap-up really well. I almost thought the book was over (except my Kindle kept nagging me that I was only 50% of the way through). But then a new plot started and we were off again! Once I got to the end of the story, it all felt like one book. At the time, however, it really seemed broken into two separate stories.
And then there’s Valentina. What a woman. Even though she’s clearly afraid of Alex in the beginning (nightmares and all), she doesn’t play the damsel in distress. So many female leads fall into that trap, almost naturally, but when Max (her son)’s life is in jeopardy, she steps up to the plate and does what needs to be done. No hesitation. That’s a strong mama.
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