Book Review, Romance Review

Review: One Spring Break by Sophie Stevens

Flat ass. Chubby cheeks. Whore.

Pre-med student Rosie Magee has been called every slur imaginable by her obnoxious roommate, a foul-tempered fellow who drops food on the floor and poops wherever he pleases. If the insult thrower didn’t have scarlet feathers and a beak capable of shearing fingers, she’d happily kick him out. But her roommate, a macaw named Baby, belongs to her snotty sister, Maria, and according to their mother, if the siblings want room and board, they’re stuck together until graduation. After scrimping and saving, Rosie has finally tucked away enough money to escape her boyfriend-stealing sister and her evil, yellow-eyed minion for spring break.

Wholesome. Good guy. Boy next door.

Engineering student Erik Snider didn’t believe good guys finish last until his girlfriend had a one-night stand with a local thespian. She wants to reconcile, but Erik can’t forgive a betrayal so deep. When he learns she’s moved on while he’s still mourning their relationship, his roommate hatches a plan for revenge—Eric will ask out the prettiest girl on campus, Maria Magee, and take her to the spring formal his ex will be attending. Though not the vengeful type, Erik is desperate enough to agree in hopes a date with a gorgeous girl will help him heal. But pretty girls have agendas of their own. If he wants an evening with Maria, he’ll have to take care of her demanding macaw for one spring break.

When Baby escapes Erik’s care, Rosie ditches her vacation to help him find her sister’s bird. As they fight off parrot-hungry hawks and navigate trees with flimsy branches, they form a bond that might just verge on love. But nothing comes easily for Rosie. With a man-stealing sister who lives to torment her and her best friend Tulsa, who tore apart Erik’s relationship, happily-ever-after will be anything but smooth sailing.

One spring break brought them together.

An insolent bird…

A hateful sister…

A best friend with secrets…

Will tear them apart.

This author is new to me so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I’m happy to report that I loved everything about this story. Conniving sisters, hidden secrets, friends who aren’t what they appear to be, this story had everything. I liked Rosie and Erik immediately so it was easy to root for this couple but there are a lot of obstacles in their way, not the least of which is a very rude bird.

Maria and Tulsa are intriguing characters that play crucial parts so this wasn’t just about Erik and Rosie, it’s so much more. I enjoyed the depth of the characters and the nuances Rosie juggled trying to make everyone happy. This is a real rollercoaster but I absolutely love the ending. I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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