Book Review: Say Hello, Kiss Goodbye by Jacquelyn Middleton.

This is the first book I've read by Jacquelyn Middleton and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you so much Jacquelyn for sending me a copy, I've not been able to put it down these past few days!!! 

The Blurb.


Leia Scott has sworn off love. Fresh from a messy, public divorce from her hockey player ex, the twenty-six-year-old fashion designer temporarily trades New York for London to heal and embrace her freedom. Her vow? To protect her heart, steer clear of relationships, and say yes to flings without strings. She throws herself into designing upcycled dresses and exploring London with her sister. But Leia's carefully curated plan encounters a flirty complication with an irresistible British accent.

Wealthy, charming, and devastatingly attractive, Tarquin Balfour is tired of meaningless hookups and dates that go nowhere. For years, he has played the bon viveur with reckless abandon, throwing decadent parties, sleeping with a parade of women, and diving into extreme sports around the globe. But now the young property developer wants more. He craves love and commitment, to prove his kind heart matters more than the abundance of zeroes attached to his bank balance. Struggling with undiagnosed depression, Tarquin worries he'll never find The One…until he meets his princess, a fashion designer named Leia.

Afraid of falling in love and fearful of being alone, Leia and Tarquin enter into an entanglement that threatens to hurt them both.

My Review.

Straight off the bat I loved Leia. There was something about her that made her easy to connect with, so I instantly warmed to her. She felt real in the way she spoke and how she acted which made me want to get to know her more. I loved that she was a talented designer too. Reading about the fashion industry and her upcycling dresses had me wanting to get crafty and may also have had me dreaming of wearing fancy, glamourous dresses on a red carpet, or just something cool and quirky for a trip round the shops. She could do it all! I liked that she came across down to earth and friendly, but how she was also learning not to take crap from people. She knew how to ask for what she wanted, but she was kind and not rude. Those elements of her personality were important to me and kept me turning the page. 

The bond Leia shared with her sister Sarah was another bonus about this book. I loved how close they were even when they weren't in the same country as each other. I know how difficult that can be from experience and think Jacquelyn captured it so well. They were always talking and were there for each other through thick and thin, which I could totally relate to. There were a lot of Skype calls and Voxer messages travelling across the pond when we lived in America...a lot!!! 

Then of course there was Tarquin. There was a lot to love about Tarquin. He had so many attributes that could have made him cocky and not nice, but he was the kindest person, who really was so genuine. Sometimes I worried myself that he was too good to be true, but he was legit. It was refreshing to read about a guy who looks and sounds like this suave sophisticated business man, but who loves Star Wars, nerdy things, taking care of himself and who has a vulnerable side too. It's hard to fully put into words, but he was everything rolled in to one and another thing that was refreshing was the fact that usually in stories his "type" are the guys who are smarmy and mean, so to show off someone who is successful, rich and gorgeous in a good light, made for a nice change!

Leia and Tarquin's journey is one of a lot of ups and downs. I loved their highs and hated seeing them at the lows, but without spoiling too much, they figured it out in the end. How? Why? With who? You'll have to read it to find out!

'Say Hello, Kiss Goodbye,' is a fun, heartfelt, raw, exciting and sexy story that will keep you hooked. While not a Christmas book, there is some festive fun for you to enjoy under twinkling fairy lights with a mug of hot chocolate this Christmas! 

Happy Reading!

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