Saturday, 25 November 2017

Heart Note by Cassandra O'Leary + Giveaway

Heart Note by Cassandra O'Leary
Self published on the 6th November 2017.

How I got this book:
Received a review copy via Rachel's Random Resources

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Love is like a fine perfume. The top note draws you in, an instant attraction, but the Heart Note is the true essence. Like true love – a great perfume should be a woman’s perfect match.

At least, that’s what perfume counter manager, Lily Lucas, tells her customers in one of Australia’s largest department stores. 

It’s almost Christmas, the store is bedecked with baubles and Lily has about eleventy billion gifts to wrap and sell. She and her team of spritzer chicks are glamorous, professional and hoping they don’t have to wear the hideous red onesies and reindeer antlers the store manager has in mind.

The high point of Lily’s work life is Christos Cyriakos, ex-cop, security guard, possible Greek god. He's a mystery box she’d love to unwrap. But can she trust him?

All Lily wants for Christmas is to kiss Christos (and more), catch a band of thieves running amok in the store, and live happily ever after. Is that too much to wish for?

The first of a new 'Spritzer Chicks' romantic comedy series, Heart Note is set in a cosmetics and perfumery department in busy run up to Christmas. Romance fiction isn't my usual fare, but I enjoyed reading this fun novella. Lily is an engaging character with whom I could easily empathise - especially when she turns into the clumsiest of oafs whenever the gorgeous Christos is near! I enjoyed the interactions and gossip between the shop floor girls too. O'Leary cleverly evokes the madness of the season for retail workers - as I remember only too well! The days get hotter as Christmas draws closer, both in reality because Australian Christmasses are mid-summer and metaphorically for Lily as she starts to realise that Christos might actually be just as attracted to her as she is to him!

Because this is a novella-length story, I did feel that some aspects of the tale were too rushed to do them justice. I thought the crime mystery aspect could have been more fully explained and Uncle Ben is too interesting a character for such a brief cameo. However, as a feel good Christmas read, Heart Note is funny and charming with a great seasonal atmosphere. Perfect for reading with a mulled wine or three!

Meet the author:
Cassandra O’Leary is a romance and women’s fiction writer, communications specialist, avid reader, film and TV fangirl and admirer of pretty, shiny things. 

In 2015, Cassandra won the We Heart New Talent contest run by Avon Books/HarperCollins UK. Her debut novel, Girl on a Plane, was released in July 2016. Cassandra was also a 2015 finalist in the Lone Star writing contest, Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America, and a 2014 finalist in the First Kiss contest, Romance Writers of Australia.

Cassandra is a mother of two gorgeous, high-energy mini ninjas and wife to a spunky superhero. Living in Melbourne, Australia, she’s also travelled the world. If you want to send her to Italy or Spain on any food or wine tasting ‘research’ trips, that would be splendiferous. 

Proud member of Romance Writers of Australia, Romance Writers of America, Melbourne Romance Writers Guild and Writers Victoria. 

Author links: 
Goodreads ~ Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter

And now for the Giveaway!
There are five ebook copies of Heart Note up for grabs. The giveaway is open internationally until the 2nd of December.

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