The Peach and the Poppy by Caesar J.M. Kauftheil

The Peach and the Poppy by Caesar J.M. Kauftheil
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Contemporary, GLBT
Length: Full Length (180 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

After an unpleasant breakup with her girlfriend, Poppy goes on a solo trip to Paris. Her first morning out she encounters a beautiful stranger, but it proves to be the only good part of the day. Though she tries to appreciate the beautiful city she’s come to escape in for a time, Poppy can’t help but feel something is lacking.

When her best friend suggests what she needs is a fling to clear away her ex for good, Poppy approaches the beautiful woman from before to be her tour guide for the duration of her vacation, but as the trip draws all too quickly to an end, Poppy realizes that in seeking a cure for heartache, she may instead have just made the problem worse…

Anything can happen during a vacation.

There’s something to be said for a romance that develops slowly. I appreciated how slowly this part of the plot unfolded. The main character developed her crush quickly, but her reasons for feeling that way were reasonable and genuine. Instant infatuations work best for me as a reader when the characters involved in them seem to be aware of how much time has actually passed and that they don’t yet know everything about each other. This tale fulfilled every single one of these requirements. That made it really easy for me to hope that Rochelle and Poppy would end up together.

The flashbacks to Poppy’s earlier relationships were interesting, but they happened so frequently that they distracted my attention from the main plot. They also made me wonder why the author was spending so much time showing the reader what happened in the past. It would have been helpful to have more clues about why these flashbacks were so important to what was currently going on in the main character’s life.

All of the French food in this story sounded amazing. Including small details like what a real croissant should taste like or how the portion sizes of certain dishes differ from what someone in the United States would probably expect to see on their plate was a good decision. Not only did it make me hungry, it made it really easy to immerse myself in what Poppy was experiencing.

The Peach and the Poppy is a good choice for anyone who is in the mood for a modern romance novel that just might sweep them off their feet.

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