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Powder and Pavlova by Jay Hogan

nilghias's review against another edition

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3.0

3.5/5 stars

sharingthebooklove's review against another edition

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5.0

Super enjoyed this read! Loved the characters ..Tanner and Ethan, love age gap and I had giggled and tears! A great new series beginning.

cherryblossomreads's review against another edition

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Not the right time

robinsease's review

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emotional funny reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

loishojmark's review against another edition

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3.0

3.5 stars

ilyarozanov123's review against another edition

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3.0

3.5 stars. This was a ride! Honestly, it didn’t make sense even to me, because for most of it I kept looking at the page count and thinking “when is it done?”. But at the same time, I both liked and enjoyed everything I read. Meeting at a coffee shop, the age difference, the chemistry between them—it was all great.

Still, it wasn’t until the last five chapters or so that I REALLY got into it. The angst of the separation hurt so good. I cried a lot. The ending was also very satisfying. So in the end I rate it a strong 3.5.

The best part? It’s my first time reading this author, and more than anything, I’m excited to read more. I really liked a lot of things in the writing and thought the character details and interactions were great. My only complaint was maybe that the book was too long and could’ve been shorted down in the middle part.

enayqueerbooklover's review

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5.0

4.5 stars RTC

midaeros's review

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emotional lighthearted reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

ccreadsbooks_'s review against another edition

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5.0


I’m not sure what I expected from the blurb, but what I got was one of the most moving and deeply touching books I’ve read in a long time. All the feels are packed in this page turner but so are the laughs. Main characters Ethan and Tanner are obviously so lovingly written. You can’t stop yourself (I couldn’t) from falling in love with both of them immediately. The cast of supporting characters are bright and add to the wonderful story. Honestly, I’m not surprised, Jay Hogan writes brilliantly and has quickly become one of my most favourite authors. Quick mention, I LOVED that the author including so many regional (New Zealand) touches, it was wonderful and immersive.⁣

ccgwalt's review

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4.0

B

This is a sweet age-gap romance with two protagonists who are both dealing with stressful life changes. Tanner is a former snowboard champion whose career ended 14 years ago with a bad injury. He's now in Queensland in a field office for his Auckland-based PR firm trying to pin down new contracts with the winter sports teams. He's up for a partnership and he knows he needs to succeed, but the partners have set some unreasonable goals and are trying to mico-manage from afar.

Tanner meets Ethan, the 20-something cafe owner across the street, and there is an instant attraction for both of them. Ethan is struggling after the death of his mother 6 months earlier. He is trying to keep the cafe open and deal with an increasingly angry younger brother. Ethan and Tanner dance around each other, both wanting more but knowing it's a bad idea with all the problems Ethan is having and the fact that Tanner is in town for only a few months.

There is a lot going on here with Ethan's financial problems, guilt at being away for several years, his growing distance from his brother, and not knowing how to get back on track. The pacing was a little uneven in the first half, with lots of angst mixed with a few lighthearted moments between Tanner and Ethan. At about the halfway point I was much more engaged and interested to see how Ethan was going to work out things in his life, and how he and Tanner were going to work out their seemingly doomed romance.

All-in-all I enjoyed the book, liked the characters, and recommend it.