This book...I have mixed feelings. There were several elements that were underused (like Kell's coffee shop and Mia's parents' relationship as a mirror for her and Will's) and there was one that was overused (namely Mia's back and forth with Will). Had these been evened out a bit more, I think the book would have hit that sweet spot. That being said, I still really enjoyed the book and already have Swear On This Life in my Kindle library.
The best part of this book was Will. Holy Guacamole! Will is the book boyfriend of the century. He's sweet, loyal, and a kick ass musician.
Here's the official Goodreads description:
Mia Kelly thinks she has it all figured out. She's an Ivy League graduate, a classically trained pianist, and the beloved daughter of a sensible mother and offbeat father. Yet Mia has been stalling since graduation, torn between putting her business degree to use and exploring music, her true love.
When her father unexpectedly dies, she decides to pick up the threads of his life while she figures out her own. Uprooting herself from Ann Arbor to New York City, Mia takes over her father's cafe, a treasured neighborhood institution that plays host to undiscovered musicians and artists. She's denied herself the thrilling and unpredictable life of a musician, but a chance encounter with Will, a sweet, gorgeous, and charming guitarist, offers her a glimpse of what could be. When Will becomes her friend and then her roommate, she does everything in her power to suppress her passions—for him, for music—but her father's legacy slowly opens her heart to the possibility of something more.
So here's the breakdown:
1. Age: Mia is right out of college.
2. Identity: Mia has two strong personalities to wrestle with: her smart and safe business side and her wild and free musician side. This mostly applies to the men in her life rather than her career, as she is handed the keys to her father's coffee shop from the get go.
3. Friends: She has her father's found-family in Martha and Sheil, but they're mostly in the background. Jenny, her fellow coffee shop barista, ends up being her closest, aside from Will. I really liked Jenny and I think you will too.
4. Romance: Aside from Mia's constant back and forth over Will, the romance scenes are sexy as hell. Will, of course, is incredibly hot and he knows how to treat Mia right, even if she's too daft to see it. There are several explicit scenes throughout and they are perfect.
For this one you're going to need some Tequila and a chocolate bar. You'll understand when you read the book.
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