Scent~A Review

When I begin reading a novel by Kris Bryant, there are a couple of things I know will occur. I know I will thoroughly enjoy the story, and I also know that Ms. Bryant will pull my heartstrings (and possibly make me cry). She has done this again with her latest novel, Scent.

This is a beautifully written contemporary romance about two women who live in Chicago. Nicole (Nico) Marshall is a successful businesswoman with a promising future career as an artist, but she’s had terrible luck in her past relationships. Then she meets Sophia Sweet on the L train, and suddenly the idea of a new relationship doesn’t seem so bad. Sophia is part owner of a struggling chocolatier shop called Sweet Stuff with past heartache in her life as well. An attraction builds on both sides as the two meet and get to know each other. There is just one problem. Sophia thinks that Nico is a lowly employee at the packaging company Nico actually partly owns, and Nico lets her continue to believe that. She wants Sophia to get to know her as a person, but will Sophia understand when she finds out the truth?

We can all see the mistake that Nico is making, and also where the angst is coming from in the tale, but that doesn’t really matter. This story is excellently written with wonderful characters that are easy to fall in love with. Nico and Sophia are written with depth and realism. They also grow and develop throughout the tale. This is truly a character driven story which is probably why I love it so much.

Reading this novel is like sitting down to a meal of all your favorite foods, with chocolate as the dessert of course. It will leave you happy and satisfied with a smile on your face when you finally close the book.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.


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