I received the book, What if it’s love? by Alix Nichols as a review copy from Njkinny Tours and Promotions, thank you Nikita for the same. WHAT IF IT’S LOVE? is the first book in the “Bistro La Bohème” series.
Can a Paris bistro heal a broken heart?
Charm, wit and poignancy abound in this gripping contemporary romance.
Introverted heiress Lena moves to Paris to nurse old wounds reopened by her neglectful boyfriend. Enter Rob, a charismatic and handsome Frenchman who waits tables at La Bohème — a café on Lena’s street — and has big dreams.
He makes her laugh and forget her insecurities. She stirs something infinitely tender in his soul. Before they know it, they’ve fallen for each other, even though both had good reasons to fight the budding love.
But their passionate romance is cut short when she discovers his dirty secret…
Lena Malakhov, 23, the only daughter of the rich Russian oligarch, Anton Malakhov. She is pursuing her studies in Geneva and is writing her thesis to finish her degree when she decides to go to Paris to complete her thesis, and is upset when her boyfriend, Gerhard, who she thought would ask her to stay back, shows no reaction to her leaving Geneva for Paris. She has majored in translation theory and practice but prefers practice. She has a heart condition which worries her father. Her parents are divorced and her father keeps tabs on her right from booking her ticket, her cab as well as her rented accommodation in Paris. She loves to read and translate poems of the Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva.
Robert Dumont’s life is exactly what he wanted it to be. He is studying to finish his degree in business in Paris and has been working as a waiter for six years at La Bohème, a trendy Parisian café to pay his fees because his parents are not happy with his decision to study as they wanted him to look after their family farm and also because he does not want to accept any help from them. His grandfather supports him in his decision but cannot support him financially. He wants to make his Grandfather proud and prove to his parents that his choice was right despite their disapproval. Amanda and Matt are his best friends.
One day, while Rob is waiting tables, an old stranger approaches him at the café with a proposal to spy on Lena and give him information about her father and he would pay him for the same. He takes it up and tries to make polite conversation with her. She does not know him and identifies him as ‘The Adonis’. Communication becomes easy between them and one day, he introduces himself and apologises for not doing so earlier. They become friends and feeling guilty, he confesses to her about the spying job and she stops all contact with him. He calls off the agreement, and they continue as friends, until one day she hears him on the phone speaking to his ‘employer’. She runs away.
This is a beautiful story, quick paced and the flow is good. I liked the author’s idea of starting each chapter with a poem by Marina Tsvetaeva is unique. The characters have been beautifully developed and are very real and familiar. The secondary characters were given equal importance. The cover is beautiful and made it easy for me to visualize the Bistro where Lena would spend most of her time. The scenes have been written so well that I could actually feel like I was watching a movie and the whole story was being enacted infront of me. The author has done a thorough research of Paris and its surrounding places and also Russia. Personally, I never thought that Lena’s heart was broken. And the end, it was beautiful.
Book Source: Njkinny
Alix Nichols is an avid reader of chick lit, romance and fantasy, caffeine addict and a badge-wearing Mr. Darcy / Colin Firth fan. She lives and works in Paris, France. When not writing, she reads romance (what else?) and spends time with her family.
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