HAPPY DAY HUMP DAY! Let me tell you, the week of a holiday is crap for work, I forgot how equally crappy the first full week back was! A bright spot to this crappy week though are some of these amazing releases. Katia is one of my favs. I am so sad I didn’t get to read this for the blog but will definitely pick it up the second I have a spare moment!
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Glass Half Full
Publication date: January 8th 2020
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance
You win some, you lose some.
Back at home with half a college degree after the fiasco of the century sent her packing, it’s safe to say that Renee Nyobé is losing some. She’s a hot mess, and not the cute kind. No, if hot messes had categories, hers would be ‘littering the stairs of the metro station with your sweaty underwear because you were too busy rushing to the job interview you’re already late for to zip up your yoga bag.’
A job—any job—is just what she needs to get her life back on track, and it might as well be at Montreal’s most famous dive bar, Taverne Toulouse.
Dylan Trottard is winning some. As Taverne Toulouse’s new manager, he’s got one rule for himself: don’t screw up. Following that rule gets a lot harder when the woman he’s spent the past three years trying to forget starts working behind the bar.
They were never supposed to want each other, and they sure as hell aren’t supposed to want each other now. She’s the girl that got away before he even had her, and he’s the guy she didn’t think would ever give her a second glance.
Now they can’t keep their eyes off one another, and the stakes are even higher than before. There’s a lot to lose, but as the pull between them gets harder and harder to ignore, Renee and Dylan start asking how much winning is worth.
Glass Half Full is part of the Barflies series, a set of standalone romantic comedies that chronicle the lives and loves of the staff at a Montreal dive bar.
“I always wondered something,” she continues when it’s clear I can’t speak. “That night, did you…Were you…Did you want to kiss me?”
I wanted to do more than kiss her. I wanted to breathe her in. I wanted to inhale her.
“It would have been a bad idea,” I manage to get out through my clenched jaw. She’s staring up at me through those damn eyelashes, and all I can think about is her mouth, her neck, that inch of her gorgeous bare shoulders I can see before they meet with the edge of her coat.
“I’m glad you didn’t.”
Everything grinds to a halt.
Shit, shit, shit.
“I’m glad you didn’t,” she repeats, “because I wasn’t ready for you to kiss me then, not like I am now.”
This is BY FAR one of my favorite books so far this year!!! Katia’s writing is so truly amazing. I feel like I really need to use a Thesaurus, because it’s all I keep saying about this book (wink wink), but it’s so true! I LOVE how lyrical and full of heart her writing is. It’s just so deep. You can tell that she, herself, is a true poet with how she wrote this book. And, for that matter, all of the books before this. From song lyrics to slam poems, she’s just so creative! I made a comparison yesterday to her and Kennedy Ryan. These two have such a special way to expressing themselves in writing. It’s lyrical, it’s powerful, it’s truthful and deeply profound.
For those of us who have been following Katia for a long time, we’ve truly fallen in love with Monroe and Taverne Toulouse, so I was super excited for another character to get their turn. Dylan is someone who I really stared to love as a character and I was super pumped to see him get his promotion. Then, add in Renee. On man, that was the surprise of the century for these two to see each other again!!
When we were introduced to Renee I was really curious about her, and the new got to see her reaction to Dylan my stomach started getting some serious butterflies!! The way that Katia was able to express, in words, the reaction, was phenomenal! I don’t think I’ve ever been able to express a reaction like that and I’ve felt it! The chemistry between these two was so out of this world. Then we also got some major inside depth into Dylan. From his beginning of shift “Radio” sessions to his serious doubts about himself. It was just very profound. I can’t even say deep, because it was on a totally different level, so profound is as close as we get.
The love between these two was everything. The amount of growth that Dylan and Taverne Toulouse was able to give Renee was so powerful. But, just like anything, there’s always a downfall. Katia gave us the perfect rollercoaster with this story. We got the happiest of highs and we really got to experience the major doubt and sadness all within the same book. Oh man and the hard topics that Katia wrote about. She’s one of the best at this. This story has hard topics of overcoming an incriminating past and some deep anxieties. The way Katia wove those topics into her story was pretty magical. She has this amazing way of pulling something that people deal with (including myself) and helping people with her writing. She’s written on more than one topic I can relate to, and it’s like a breath of fresh air!
As you can see, I completely adored this book. I’m so sad that I didn’t get to read it sooner, and I can’t wait for the next one!
Katia Rose is not much of a Pina Colada person, but she does like getting caught in the rain. She prefers her romance served steamy with a side of smart, and is a sucker for quirky characters. A habit of jetting off to distant countries means she’s rarely in one place for very long, but she calls the frigid northland that is Canada home.