Review: Since September – Allison Martine

My rating: 4.5/5 stars

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Olivia has been down the isle already (regrettably) and has no interest in planning another wedding. She never planned on falling for Adam who proposed way quicker than anyone would have guessed. When Adam suggests getting their mothers to plan the wedding to encourage them to support the sudden decision, Olivia agrees. But maybe they should have eloped after all?…

My thoughts

Since September is the second novel in the Bourbon Books series. I reviewed the first novel in the series back in July (find my review for Dibs here) and fell in love with the characters. I was thrilled when Allison reached out to me to ask if I wanted a copy of the second novel in the series in exchange for an honest review.

This novel flowed so seamlessly from Dibs that I could not tell I had read them months apart. Allison does a great job of adding details from the first novel without it feeling repetitive. As a reader you are gently reminded of the events and it really added to my enjoyment of the novel. At no point was I confused as it was so well recapped.

I honestly did not think after Dibs that I could love Olivia and Adam any more. Both characters are so well written that they feel real and this continued in Since September. I would even argue that Olivia becomes even more likeable in this novel. Adam was the same lovable character and a true Prince Charming. I really felt the development in their relationship in this novel and it made it a joy to read. Together they grew as characters and almost grew into their relationship. Adam’s intensity counterbalanced Olivia’s overthinking perfectly and I loved reading them finding their middle-ground.

All of the characters from Dibs appear in this novel in some way or another and it was like being greeted by old friends. The Bourbon Books are so character driven that you really feel like you know them well which made it so great to read more about them. What I particularly liked in this novel was that there was also a focus on the other characters, it wasn’t all about Olivia and Adam. The other characters all had their moments and I particularly loved the details added in about the side romances and their developments.

The language in Since September flowed so well and it made it such an easy read. One thing I love in novels is the author using the title somewhere in the book. Although it is something I like seeing, sometimes it can be done in ways that are obvious or tacky, however Allison did this effortlessly and it just added an extra layer of enjoyment for me.

Since September is the perfect rom-com to warm you in this cold weather. If you still haven’t read the first in the Bourbon Books series, Dibs, then what are you waiting for?

I would recommend this series to rom-com and romance lovers. The books are such a good length that they will definitely get you out of a reading slump. The characters are brilliantly written and I hope you love them just as much as I do.

Do you have a suggestion for the next book to add to my bookshelf? Let me know in comments.  

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