Author: Jewel E. Ann
Published: December 1st 2014
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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"What lies beneath my veiled perfection is the ugly truth—my truth, my reality, my destiny."
Vivian Graham has an acceptance letter into Harvard, a badass tattoo, loyal friends, ties to marijuana, a penchant for Dunkin’ Donuts, and her pesky V-card.
Everyday she takes the Red Line to her job at The Green Pot in Boston while her friends enter the coveted, black iron gates to higher learning. The ramifications from a tragic accident have put her life on hold while time marches on for everyone around her.
After graduating from Harvard Law, Boston native, Oliver Konrad, moves to Portland to start his career and his life. Three years later, after a horrific discovery, he returns home to trade in his three-piece suit for leather work boots and his suburban home for a condo in Cambridge.
All he brought back to the East Coast was an aversion to pillows and secrets he keeps hidden behind a mysterious locked door. Oliver’s days are predictable and his nights are lonely until he meets Vivian on the subway. Her long raven hair, green eyes, and mile-long legs are achingly sexy, but the way she "innocently" fingers and licks her Boston Kreme doughnut can only be described in two words—complete torture.
When their paths cross at every turn, laughter is abundant, friendship is easy, and love is unintentional. However, their future seems improbable.
After being completely blown away by Only Trick, I was very excited to get my hands on another book by Jewel E. Ann. I was drawn in quickly to the story of Vivian and Oliver and couldn't wait to see what was in store for them.
Vivian and Oliver have an embarrassing but adorable meet cute and eventually get to be friends, then more than friends. As time goes by, their relationship blooms into something deeper, and they get closer than ever. Their chemistry is hotter than hot! The problem is they both carry secrets and have things that happened in the past that are threatening to push their love aside. In the end they need to decide whether they can move beyond the past and have a future together forever.
Idle Bloom is a very emotional roller coaster of a story. You're pulled in from the start, and your feels get tangled up throughout. My only issue with the story is that it felt a little over dramatic at certain points with some overreactions. The thing that saved the way I feel for the story is that the love between Vivian and Oliver bleeds through the pages. Their whole story may have had ups and downs, but it remained sweet.