#Review ~~ The Boy with the Bookstore
Max Boyson looks good…from a distance. But up close and personal, the tattooed hottie Joelle Prima has been crushing on for the past year and half has turned into the prime example of why you shouldn’t judge a book by his delectable cover.
When she first learned about the massive renovation to the building they share, Joelle imagined that temporarily combining her Filipino bakery with Max’s neighboring bookstore would be the perfect opening chapter to their happily ever after. In her fantasies they fed each other bibingka and pandesal while discussing Jane Austen and cooing over her pet hamster, Pumpkin. Reality, however…is quite different. Her gallant prince turned out to be a stubborn toad who snaps at her in front of customers, dries his sweaty gym clothes in her oven, and routinely helps himself to the yummy pastries in her display case without asking.
But beneath Max’s grumpy glares, Joelle senses a rising heat—and a softening heart. And when they discover the real reason for the renovation, they’ll have to put both their business senses and their feelings for each other to the test.
Louisa’s 4 Blush Review
The Boy with the Bookstore could be considered a enemies to lovers’ romance, but I don’t think Max and Joelle were ever enemies. There has always been a spark between these two, and it’s just never the right time. During the book, they are definitely on the outs but never enemies.
Joelle, the bakery owner who’s the business next to Max’s bookstore, is a great girl. She gave up her dream to help her family and Max, who has worked his whole life to succeed. He might be seen as a bad boy -he’s tatted up and has a prickly demeanor, but he’s really a good guy!
They are put into a big space and have to share the space, and it’s not all they hoped it would be! I enjoyed the push and pull – some serious angst was definitely present in this book!
Both these characters were multi-dimensional – there was so much more to them than meets the eye. I enjoyed learning about them while reading and seeing them grow as people and as a couple!