Juniper Smoke by Sadia Ash

Juniper Smoke by Sadia AshAvailable: Now Amazon

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self

My copy: Sent 

Reviewer: Liz

In an age of casual hook-ups, can love survive the test of time?

Juniper and Kyle meet when she is dangling forty feet from a museum scaffolding.

Juniper Mills is a straitlaced but sassy curator at a History Museum. Raised by her mother to hate men, she worries she’ll die a frigid scholar in a musty house with an army of cats and a lake of books.

Kyle Paxton is an intense and intimidating inventor of a successful micro camera from San Francisco. He schedules dating like his work—with robotic precision. This helps him cope with the dark memories of his ex-girlfriend, who still haunts him. Not looking for love, he only hooks up with Amazonian models.

When he joins the museum board, Juniper falls for him. She wants him, but knows it’s going to be as hard as catching the ocean in a teacup. Juniper becomes Kyle’s obsession, but the tragic secrets of his past cloud his feelings.

Juniper manages to knock Kyle’s world off its axis and their galaxies collide in this very unfairy tale. But can they overcome their differences and stop a hateful and vindictive person from tearing them apart?

Juniper Smoke is a smoking hot read with fun twists, dark secrets and edge-of-your-seat drama. Nothing is as it seems and no one behaves as you would expect.

Juniper Smoke is the debut novel by Sadia Ash. In it we meet Juniper Mills, a twenty-six-year-old museum curator. She was raised by a mother who was fanatical on getting Juniper to hate men. Men were not to be trusted. EVER. As a result, Juniper lived for only her work and her family. Her twin brother and mother depended on her entirely and have major issues of their own. Stuck in a rut, she never saw her life changing or how much it would change after a chance encounter.

Kyle Castillo Paxton has suffered and endured most of his life. Left on his own for most of his life, he has never known true love. As an adult, he found success as an inventor and businessman. But because he has never known what love is, as an adult, he has no time for it. He schedules his “love life” as a business deal and almost robotic motions.

Then one day these two individuals meet when Juniper is hanging from a scaffolding and terrified. And so this twisted story begins. Juniper has been so sheltered and afraid to feel. Kyle refuses to feel and schedules every moment of his life.

Kyles decides he wants Juniper, but would never guess here secrets and desires. He wants her on his terms and conditions. Juniper fights him every step of the way, until she can’t fight him anymore.

Then you have all the supporting characters. Juniper’s mother and brother. Because of them, she is afraid to branch out and live. On the other hand, Kyle has his exes, family, who are a story all onto themselves and so called friends. There is so much keeping them apart, even as they fight to be together. But can Kyle’s cold demeanor, rules and conditions and Juniper’s insecurities survive everything thrown at them?

I enjoyed this story, but had some issues at the start. I almost gave up during the first twenty percent. I was not feeling the story yet and felt so much thrown at me, however, I am so glad I did not give up. The remainder of the story picked up quickly and I could not put it down. It was a great surprise that made me glad I did not give up.

There is so much behind both of these characters and you can’t help but feel for them. Juniper has been so sheltered and a bit lost. Doing what she loves, but not being fulfilled. Tied down because of her mother and brother. Kyle comes from a big family and should have all the love and support he ever needed. Instead most of the family cannot stand each other and fight over daddy’s money. As much as he tries to distance himself, he keeps being pulled back in.

After living his life one way and being satisfied in all his needs, he meets Juniper and begins to question everything. Wanting to give Juniper and his feelings for her a chance, he struggles with all his past decisions and indecisions of his future. Juniper’s sheltered life and innocence makes her questions Kyle and their future. With so much against them, do they even have a chance?

Though it may have been a bit of a rough beginning for me, I am very much looking forward for the next book and other work by this author. I see a lot of potential and am looking forward to seeing what else she gives us.

I give Juniper Smoke by Sadia Ash 4 stars!

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