Paris JulietteTitle: Confessions of a City Girl: Paris (A Confessions Novella)

Author: Juliette Sobanet

Pages: 49 Pages

Publisher: Saint Germain Press

The Blurb

From bestselling author Juliette Sobanet, a charming and poignant short story that will take you on a heartwarming journey through the City of Light…

Overworked talk show assistant Olivia Banks sets off on a one-day adventure in Paris to fulfill the dreams she and her sister once had as little girls, and ends up finding herself…and love…along the way.

The Review

In the fourth novella in the Confessions series, author Juliette Sobanet introduces her readers to Olivia. Olivia works hard and plays very little. We first see her emptying out her childhood home. She is desperate to tick selling the property off her list so she can get back to her busy life back in New York. However, it is with the discovery of an old diary that sparks a life changing adventure that finds Olivia travelling to Paris for just one day.

One day in Paris? Surely that isn’t enough time to fall in love but that is exactly what happens. Olivia falls in love with the most beautiful city in the world.

I’ve loved the Confessions series and I will forever sing the praises of Juliette Sobanet. She has the ability to transport me to a different place and yet feel totally at home there and it is no different with Confessions of a City Girl: Paris.

Confessions of a City Girl: Paris is short but sweet. It is what I like to think of as a commute story; one to read on your way to work. However, if you don’t work too far away you could get so engrossed that you miss your stop. You have been warned.

Confessions of a City Girl: Paris (A Confessions Novella) by Juliette Sobanet is available now.

For more information regarding Juliette Sobanet (@JulietteSobanet) please visit www.juliettesobanet.com.

4 Stars

Washington DCTitle: Confessions of a City Girl: Washington D.C. (A Confessions Novella)

Author: Juliette Sobanet

Pages: 81 Pages

Publisher: Saint Germain Press

The Blurb

When famous romance novelist Violet Bell returns to her DC alma mater to speak to the senior class about her glamorous life ten years after graduation, the last thing anyone expects to hear is the truth. But after a devastating divorce and way too many missed writing deadlines have left her scrambling for both money and her sanity, not even a healthy dose of Xanax can stop the humiliating meltdown she has on stage.

As soon as her shocking anti-love diatribes go viral, Violet’s once lustrous career writing happily-ever-afters becomes a distant memory. With nowhere else to turn, Violet finds solace at the home of her closest friend from college, Aaron Wright. Practical, preppy, and married to his job on the Hill, Aaron was never the guy for the ultra-scandalous Violet. But a whirlwind weekend together in the Nation’s Capital could have her wondering if Mr. Wright hasn’t been right underneath her nose all along…

The Review

Welcome back, Juliette.

You may find that a weird way to start a review but Juliette Sobanet’s last two books have been  in the non-fiction and poetry genre (both releases have been great and your should read them) but now she is back doing what (I personally think) she does best: Romantic Fiction.

Confessions of a City Girl: Washington D.C. is the latest book in Sobanet’s Confessions collection; short stories that pack an emotional punch. In Washington DC we find Violet Bell – a recently divorced romance novelist who has lost her way a little bit. She has begun to doubt what love is and has publically renounced her romance novels as tripe. She is in trouble and she is sinking fast. She has been told she has to write her next novel in two weeks or she will be dropped by her publishers. Violet is lower than low. She has forgotten what true romance is. That is until her long time friend Aaron comes along to try to remind her.

I loved Confessions of a City Girl: Washington D.C. because I felt like I was reading Juliette Sobanet come alive again. Sobanet admits to using part of her personal life in this story but even though Sobanet (along with protagonist Violet) has been to hell and back you leave this novel with the windswept feeling of love and optimism. That is what I loved about this book.

Once again Juliette, welcome back.

Confessions of a City Girl: Washington D.C. (A Confessions Novella) by Juliette Sobanet is available now.

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4 Stars

Title: Confessions of a City Girl: San Diego

Author: Juliette Sobanet

Pages: 76 pages

The Blurb

Liz Valentine’s intense career as a covert officer for the CIA has made it nearly impossible for her to keep a man around. Her non-existent love life only becomes more hopeless when her long-time partner—the man she has been in love with for years—is killed on their latest mission overseas. What’s worse is that Liz blames herself for his untimely death.

In an attempt to get her head on straight, Liz jets out to San Diego to attend a yoga retreat at her sister’s new studio. Before she can say “om,” Liz is entrenched in the land of margaritas, sunshine, sexy surfers, and way too many down dogs. But when one oh-so-enlightened yoga instructor catches her eye—and her heart—Liz must decide if the loveless life of a secret agent is truly what she wants after all.

The Review

Confessions of a City Girl: San Diego is the second installement from the Confessions series by Juliette Sobanet; a writer who I make no bones about saying is one of my favourite contemporary romance authors. It is due to having faith that she can tell a good story rather than the blur that sells me her books. However, what is good about her writing is that it never disappoints. The San Diego Confessions live up to my expectations.

The story focuses on Liz Valentine who has been sent to spend some time in San Diego with her sister Julia. Liz is heartbroken over the death of her work partner and the love of her life. It is starting to affect her work life and so she goes to stay with her sister to regroup and pull herself together. Little does she realise that a new exciting adventure in love is just around the corner.

With the character of Liz, Sobanet has created someone who is a bit like an M&M; a hard outer shell with a soft centre. Liz Valentine wants to be the tough emotionless person who can survive in her job as a CIA agent yet she cannot seem to be at one with the mindless robotic nature that is expected. Whereas some might see this as weak I think that Sobanet has got the balance perfect making Liz’s emotions seem like a strength not a weakness.

I have loved the Confessions series and cannot wait for more stories by Juliette Sobanet

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Title: Confessions of a City Girl: Los Angeles

Author: Juliette Sobanet

Pages: 89 pages

Synopsis

Upon her death bed, Hollywood actress Ava Turner makes her daughter promise to host a photography exhibition chronicling the less glamorous times of the stars life. Natasha makes good on her promise and throws herself into the showcase. Besides being a therapeutic project to harbour her sadness at her mother’s passing it also helps her escape from her loveless marriage to Ethan.

When Natasha meets fellow photographer Nicholas Reyes her whole world becomes a drama worthy of a Hollywood film set.

Review

Firstly, let me just get this out. I love Juliette Sobanet. I have yet to read a story by her that I haven’t loved and I genuinely feel that she is one of the most underrated romance writers that is releasing novels today.

That being said, I will admit I was dubious about reading this short story. Mainly, the reason for this worry was that it was so far removed from my comfort zone. Sobanet usually takes me on rip-roaring adventures in the heart of France. How was she going to woo me in LA?

Well, actually, she did so quite easily. Though I shouldn’t approve of the scandalous affair that took place in Confessions of a City Girl: Los Angeles, I couldn’t help but be enchanted by Natasha’s affair with Nicholas. I even began to root for them to get together. It all seemed so deliciously wrong but equally it was so very right.

That is essentially Sobanet’s superhero power as a writer, she draws you into her characters world so quickly that you fail to be impartial; you root for them from beginning to end.

Confessions of a City Girl: Los Angeles is another fine example of her work. I implore everyone to read this and her other book releases.

Confessions of a City Girl: Los Angeles (A Confessions Novella) by Juliette Sobanet is available now.

 

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