Mar 16, 2016

REVIEW of Just A Number by Fifi Flowers

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Let me run a quick survey here, if you guys don't mind. Question: What is the first thing you think of when you look at Just A Number's book cover? I'll give you a few seconds to absorb that. 
Do you have an answer? I'd be very happy if you share it in the comment section. What is the point of all this, you ask? Let me tell you. 
I don't know how stupid or ignorant I was to NOT notice that the people on the cover are doing yoga! YOGA! When I looked at the picture, I just thought, "This is a really cool book cover and the people on it are hot." Why is this a big deal? Well it's because yoga plays a huge part in this romance novel and it attributed A LOT to how I found Just A Number.

Title: Just A Number
Author: Fifi Flowers
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 14, 2016
Source: ARC Given by Author and Tour Organizer
Rating: 4 Stars
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28589530-just-a-number

SYNOPSIS:
Not looking for love.
No details.
Follow rules and restrictions.
Only fun. No feelings.
Forever--not an option.
Simple Flings.
They were all just a number.
Dash Oliver and Willow Dane both shared the same philosophy.
That is, until a merger of sorts.
Thrown together by fate or serendipity, was their connection... their chemistry... their compatibility enough to convince them that their rules were made to be broken and that they belonged together?
CHARACTER BACKGROUND:
Willow is independent, professionally accomplished, and emotionally unavailable. She's the definition of a career-oriented woman who wants nothing more than to prove herself and rule a "man's world". Being married and having children are things that she DOES NOT want to have in life; it goes against everything she believes in. But what happens when she meets someone who can change her vision and make her yearn for more?

Dane is in control. Always. He's in control of his body, his emotions, and his life. Everything he does is thought out and has a purpose, and discipline and rules are two very important things in his life. But when a certain brunette comes stumbling--drunkenly--in his life, he starts thinking that maybe losing control is a good thing. Maybe he needs his life to be shaken up to see the things that really count. 
REVIEW:
I do NOT do yoga; in fact, I know next to nothing about yoga. I'm a really flexible woman, but I'm more of a boxing, mixed martial arts chick. Why am I saying this? Just A Number is a contemporary romance novel that talks about love, family, acceptance, forgiveness, professionalism, realism, equality, tranquility, and YOGA. I kid you not, I feel like yoga is the major theme in this book. This is a big deal to me because I can't understand or picture all the yoga references the author mentioned in this book, and that made connecting with the characters somewhat hard. This form of "exercise" helped develop Dane and Willow's love story, so not being able to relate to that part makes me feel 40% disconnected with them both ... Like I'm not, and can't be, part of something this important in their lives. 

However, the storyline and real-life issues Dane and Willow, especially Willow, go through are so relatable and realistic that I was drawn to it again after being cynical about whether or not I will like it.

The back story of these two people are amazing, and their reasons for pushing hard to succeed in their careers are so realistic it can be what gets some people going and fighting. I'm not even going to deny that I agreed on a lot of points the author made in the book about how the society perceive men and women. Example: Why is that when a man says he doesn't want children, it's okay,  but when a woman claims the same thing, she's either not thinking clearly or there's something wrong with her. I'm not a feminist, okay? I am, however, all for gender equality. And sorry Emma Watson, I still love you, but I disagree with what you said that when you want gender equality, you're automatically a feminist. A big NOPE to that.
The chemistry between Willow and Dane is phenomenal; the love scenes aren't that detailed--in fact I found it too poetic and cheesy--but it does the job. I liked how they didn't force each other to stay or become too attached too quickly during their tropical getaway; they tried so hard to deny that there's something more going on, and I found it brave and again, realistic.
The ending though ... Hmmm ... Yeah ...
SUMMARY:
Just A Number is a good read that deserves 4 stars, and will be an enjoyable read for others, that's for sure. If I didn't get an ARC of this book, I will most likely buy it on Amazon still. Get a copy of this awesome work you guys, It'll be worth it.
BUY LINKS:
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1nGWfyZ
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1XnqPtM

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
While daydreaming of her time spent sipping cafe crème in the cafes of Paris,Fifi Flowers, an internationally known artist turn author from the Los Angelesarea of California, writes romance novels and paints fantasies with a Parisian flair...

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