Thank you to Fiona Cole and the team at Valentine PR for the advance reader copy of Blame it on the Champagne, the first installment in the Blame it on the Alcohol series.
I am so excited that Fiona Cole is back! And with a fabulous new world of new stories with new characters. Who does not love one of those marriages of convenience tropes? We all know a set up like that is in good hands with Fiona’s storytelling.
Check out the Goodreads synopsis…
“There’s only one thing to do when you wake up, married to your brand new boss, whom you hate but can’t resist: You blame the champagne.
I blame the bubbles for my wild night with a masked stranger.
Who cares if it’s nothing this good girl would normally do–with a man that turns out to be my horrible boss?
Who cares that I’m promised to someone else?
I blame the alcohol for agreeing to marry him.
As long as my new husband keeps his mouth shut, I can survive five years of our little arrangement. It’s too late for anything else.
But our impromptu wedding leads to so much more than I bargained for. His dirty promises warm me. His kisses make me lightheaded. His respect slips past my best defenses. The hate turns to friendship, and makes me dream of more. He’s like the most dangerous kind of champagne.
That’s why I blame him for making me fall in love with him.
But when I find out our marriage was nothing more than revenge, what’s to blame for my broken heart?”
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: Nico and Vera are the main characters of this story. Vera has grown up under the thumb of her father, and the story opens with her being forced into an arranged marriage. She wants more out of life, asks to do things like work for the family shipping company. Her father forbids her from doing so and she is forced to seek employment elsewhere. This brings Nico into the story, he is Vera’s new boss. Nico is hard-working and cutthroat. Probably the most alpha guy Fiona has ever introduced. Nova and Raelynn are Vera’s best friends, they were awesome and I have a sneaking suspicion their stories will be the next ones in this series. We already got a tease of Nova and it looks a wee bit taboo and I am so excited.
- Pacing: I was surprised how much of the story was leading up to the wedding rather than a post-wedding. When I first read the title I perceived it to be more of a gets a little too tipsy one night and wakes up married the next day. The story is a little more calculated than that. There is a lot more back story that really allows for you to care about these characters and understand why Vera and Nico choose to get married. They both have their own selfish reasons, that I would rather not explicitly spoil it for you.
- Romance: This romance had so many tropes that we all know and love. enemies to lovers, a marriage of convenience, boss-employee and office romance. Nico and Vera had such great tension and their first scene romantic scene together was explosive. Super angsty, yet still emotional a Fiona Cole specialty! After growing up with such controlling men it was so refreshing to see Vera with someone ready to treat her with the respect she deserves.
Blame it on the Champagne receives five out of five stars.
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