Aug 162012

The Coffee Shop by Lauren Hunter
Source: Review copy from publisher
Links: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads, Author’s website

If Derrick thought experiencing alternate timelines and glimpses into the future was strange, then he had no idea it was about to get a whole lot more strange.

When Derrick Sloane meets Annie Maddock and falls madly in love, he believes he’s met the girl of his dreams. Only he then awakes to discover she is exactly that…nothing more than a dream. Disheartened, he goes to the first coffee shop he can find. There he meets Annie. She is at the same table, reading the same book, and he fast realizes his dream has shown him his own future. But when a misstep alters that perfect future he tries to fix it, every attempt only making it worse.

Dreaming the future can be a nightmare when you see what’s coming…and can’t do anything to change it.

This is a sweet and funny romance. With a male point-of-view, this story offers a unique and refreshing twist on a romance.

The story is told mostly through dialogue, which can be tricky. For the most part, the dialogue was done really well. The banter was witty, the flow was smooth, and the language used was very natural. It seemed like dialogue that you would overhear in the real world. My only complaint was that it was easy to lose track of who was talking because there wasn’t much “he said” “she said” filler.

The alternate timeline scenarios lent an interesting angle to the story. I will admit that sometimes when Derrick was explaining things to Brian I got a bit lost in the circular talks, but other than that it was fairly easy to follow.

4 stars

Challenges read for:

The Canadian Book Challenge 6

2012 Ebook Challenge

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