Sarah Bowen’s life is nothing like she thought it’d be ten years ago. She runs a successful lifestyle boutique with her two best friends, she’s the makeup artist to one of country’s hottest bands, and she’s in love with a womanising heartthrob who doesn’t give her the time of day. After years of pining after Lex Ryan, she decides it’s finally her turn, even if it might ruin everything she’s worked for…Lex Ryan is the sexy Irish lead guitarist for the hottest country band in the States. He’s known as a serial dater, a commitment-phobe, a player who prefers one-night stands. His wild heart has zero plans of settling down—not even with the band’s makeup artist, Sarah Bowen. He’s vowed to keep his heart from falling for her. Until the band travels to Ireland where his past suddenly crashes into his present. They say wild hearts can’t be tamed. They never said they can’t be broken. The Makeup Artist is the second book in the Coffee Book Series. It’s a standalone novel, but the author suggests reading Coffee Girl first because of returning characters.
This is the perfect follow up book to Coffee Girl. Lex and Sarah, both featured in the first book as side characters, are the main leads in this story. Sarah had a huge crush on Lex in Coffee Girl but sadly it was unrequited, or so she thought…. Theirs is a complicated relationship and there are lots of twists and turns along the way. There is one plot twist in particular which had me reeling and wondering where on earth it would take them next.
All of the characters really find a way into your heart. Lex is a beautiful, but broken man with lots of issues and back history. Sarah is so sweet and caring and constantly smiling, hence her nickname, ‘Sunshine’. Some of the other characters from Coffee Girl are also present in this story and we also get to see a little insight into the progression of the relationship of Kiki and Tate. TJ is just as hilarious and the banter and antics between Sarah, Kiki and TJ are hysterical. There are some gorgeous moments, Lex singing “Ain’t no sunshine when you’re gone” to Sarah was so heart-wrenchingly beautiful and then there are the more humorous scenes such as the gummy bears one on the plane, which was laugh out loud moment.
I love this author’s writing style, it flows beautifully and is so easy to read. She really can bring characters to life and I fell in love with each and every one. She adds just the right balance of romance, drama and humour, sprinkled with a little bit of steaminess – basically encapsulating everything a romance reader wants to read. The epilogue is amazing, it’s so sweet and heartwarming. This is absolutely the perfect light, summer read.
I understand there is another book in the pipeline called The Social Hour, which follows Kiki’s brother. I eagerly await it’s release. Thank you to Netgalley and the author for the eARC of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.
Publisher: Independently published
Date Published: 31.03.20
I hope you enjoyed this review, stay safe and happy reading.