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Love Under Quarantine
by Kylie Scott and Audrey Carlan
Category: Contemporary Romance
Tags: Forced Proximity, Writer, Football, Suspense
A realistic portrayal of the current state of the world mixed with a beautiful love connection and a happily-ever-after you hope to see in these tough times!
Art imitates life as they say so why shouldn’t the romance book genre take this pandemic and time of social distancing and turn it into something good? I for one have been escaping into books for some much-needed time away from real world anxieties and fears, and reading Love Under Quarantine was a perfect chance to do just that.
Evan and Sadie are both in San Francisco when the city shuts down and citizens are asked to self-quarantine due to COVID-19. Sadie is romance book writer who often gets swept up into her work so being forced to stay in at home isn’t too much of a struggle for her. Evan, an NFL player, on the other hand didn’t anticipate being stuck indoors at his best friend’s apartment where’s he’s camped out to escape the press and paparazzi when a scandal hit that is threatening his football career. The only thing that is making this crazy time a bit better is the blond neighbor he meets next door – Sadie.
I loved both characters in this book. Sadie is a junk food loving, tell it like it is kind of gal. I liked how she wasn’t one to overthink things but just went with her growing attraction to Evan. She also owns her sexuality like a boss which I always love in female characters. She also sticks up for herself to her parents and her ex when it really counted.
Evan had lived the “stereotypical” life of a baller – enjoying the perks of partying and women who flocked to his side but when he’s hit with scandal, accused of using drugs, he’s ready to make some changes. It was fun to see that he was the one constantly looking out for Sadie, hoping to catch her outside on her balcony and spend more time with her. Despite his past behaviors and never having been in a relationship before, he sure learned fast and I thought he was great for Sadie.
Of course, this love connection between Evan and Sadie occurs in a span of 14 days under quarantine with even a day or two of not seeing each other, so you have to be a fan of instalove to roll with this love story. I think the authors gave us enough in character development and their interaction to make this believable though.
As for the real world scenario they painted, I think it was pretty spot on. They captured a lot of my own feelings and experiences which I found comforting in the fact that I wasn’t alone. For example, Sadie is struggling with her parents and their lack of understanding and concern about social distancing which I could totally commiserate with. If anything, the authors brought the reality of the situation almost too real with a pretty in your face situation that was sobering but again completely real in what many are dealing with in this pandemic.
Overall, I think this was a great forced proximity love story wrapped in an all too real-world situation with a bit of suspense thrown in to keep the storyline moving. A great read by these two authors!
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