The Meeting Point
Author: Olivia Lara
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Fiction
Release Date: September 2nd 2021
Buy the Book (affiliate link): Amazon UK
I’m back with another blog tour! I have been loving reading all of these amazing books recently for The Write Reads blog tours and I also finished my BBNYA extracts ready for round two voting the other day. It’s all very exciting and I can’t wait to see which ones get through to the next round. It’s been so nice posting on my blog a lot this week and I’m hoping to keep it up in the next coming weeks too.
Thank you The Write Reads, the publisher and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review and a spot on the blog tour.
What if the Lift driver who finds your cheating boyfriend’s phone holds the directions to true love?
‘Who are you and why do you have my boyfriend’s phone?’
‘He left it in my car. You must be the blonde in the red dress? I’m the Lift driver who dropped you two off earlier.’
And with these words, the life of the brunette and t-shirt wearing Maya Maas is turned upside down. Having planned to surprise her boyfriend, she finds herself single and stranded in an unknown city on her birthday.
So when the mystery driver rescues Maya with the suggestion that she cheers herself up at a nearby beach town, she jumps at the chance to get things back on track. She wasn’t expecting a personalised itinerary or the easy companionship that comes from opening up to a stranger via text, let alone the possibility it might grow into something more…
The Meeting Point is one of the best drama-filled, adorable romances I’ve read in a long time. Everything from the sweet plotline, lovable characters and cute Californian town kept me absorbed from start to finish. I can’t count how many times I laughed, smiled and even blushed throughout this book, it truly ticks all the boxes.
I fell in love with the story as soon as that first text was sent. I knew I was in for a ride of fluffy romance, drama, back and forth banter and wanting to shout, ‘WHAT ARE YOU DOING!’ at Maya. I signed up for this and it’s exactly what I got and more. It is such an enchanting story about love and friendship, set in a charming town, that you easily get pulled into. I’ve never been to California but I can easily imagine the beautiful beaches, the houses, cafes and understand why Maya loved it so much.
The story is told from Maya’s point of view and we can see how romance and love is a big thing in her life. I love how creative her mind is, how she turns everything into its own little love story. Although at times I wanted to shake her by the shoulders, I thought she was just the most lovely character and it’s great that we get to know her so well. She grew a lot throughout the book a sense of happiness at her becoming more comfortable in her surroundings and what she wanted.
Ethan is another great character and I adored him. He brought so much charm and humour to the book including his banter with Maya that I couldn’t help but smile at. His twin sister, Celine is one of my favourite characters because although she is going through a lot, she tried to stay upbeat and bubbly. There are many other characters that we meet along the way that make the story just that bit more entertaining and make Maya who she is at the end.
Although the storyline of finding Max is a bit predictable, it didn’t take away from the story at all. In fact, I got even more hooked when I knew who it was. I couldn’t read fast or get enough of the countless romantic gestures
Overall, The Meeting Point is a beautiful and captivating story of two strangers who fall in love unexpectedly. You don’t want to miss the immense amount of chemistry and angst that make this love story what it is. It’s a really easy and quick read and I highly recommend it if you are looking for something cute and fun!
About the Author
As a child, Olivia not-so-quietly ‘observed’ (AKA bothered with countless questions) her grandfather — who worked for the biggest publishing house in Romania — edit hundreds of books. And when he wasn’t editing, he read. Everything, all the time. Just like her father, who wrote short sci-fi stories, and was set on building the largest library she’d ever seen and her mother who’s never found without a book…wherever she goes. Her love for words came naturally, and after studying marketing, communications & photography, Olivia worked as a journalist for a newspaper and news television network in Romania.
An unapologetic citizen of the world, she spent a few years in Greece, Sweden, France, before settling in sunny California with her photographer husband and young daughter, where she works in marketing and writes. Oh, and let’s not forget the ever-growing menagerie that completes the family: Pumpkin, the Maine Coon mix, three black cats and a siamese kitten.
Buy the Book (affiliate link): Amazon
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