Review: Love Under Quarantine by Kylie Scott and Audrey Carlan

Posted July 25, 2020 by Shari in Reviews / 6 Comments

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Review: Love Under Quarantine by Kylie Scott and Audrey Carlan
Love Under Quarantine

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on May 5, 2020
Pages: 275
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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What a time to write a romance for the times? Related to this story so well even if I am in a rural area. Two weeks of staying apart, masks, hand washing oh and body fluid transfer is on hold, but not forgotten *wink*


Review

This is a stand-alone romance story co-written by two authors, Kylie Scott and Audrey Carlan, that was made for the time we live in right now. A NFL player scandal, pandemic, and a romance writer – all in one romance!

Evan Sparks is hiding from the media who want to know more about the scandal that could end his NFL career. Hiding in his friend’s apartment when San Fransisco gets shutdown. Stuck in a high rise apartment all alone makes any kind of distraction from his predicament welcome.

Living in the apartment next to Evan’s, Sadie Walsh is dealing with writer’s block on her next big romance novel. When she spies a muscled, handsome man working out on the balcony next door, she finally gets some ideas. Her muse grabs her and writing doesn’t seem to be the problem anymore.

Soon the two are meeting on their balconies and sharing food, stories, and innuendos. Not only can they not touch, but they also can’t go out for anything other than essentials, making this the funniest and sexiest romantic journey I have read in a while. What do you do when you can’t touch or meet in person for two weeks, just to make sure you aren’t spreading the virus? You get imaginative.

Evan isn’t a saint, but you learn he takes his body seriously for his career. He eats balanced meals and laughs at Sadie’s idea of a well-balanced meal. It involves lots of sugar and chocolate. Working out is walking from bed to the laptop to write, while Evan keeps his body firm. Who doesn’t love a man who makes a complete meal for a woman he is totally interested in?

But what happens when the scandal gets going and the story Sadie is writing is too close to home? Or when an old boyfriend shows up or they can’t find the trail needed for the conspiracy to be proven wrong? Throw in real-world quarantine, masks, sickness, and more.

We do see someone get sick and things are even more real. We see sickness that doesn’t turn into the virus. We see people mask up. We see people not take it seriously. The story though is mostly about how to have romance at times when romance probably would flourish. Oh, my daughter met her now-boyfriend before the virus started up. But they didn’t start a romance until the we were in a lockdown. Being 90 minutes away from each other, I have watched this romance bloom….and laughed at the honeymoon period of it. So while not totally the same situation, this shows me it can be done. You just have to roll with the punches.

A timely story with a touch of suspense, lots of sexy times, and humor that will get you through this with a smile on your face!


Challenges Met

Reading Challenge #57
Review Writing Challenge #36
Bad Boys of Romance Challenge #13
Literary Pickers Challenge #32 – Cooked/baked/prepped right in the scene


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About Kylie Scott

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/ or join her Facebook Fan Goup: https://www.facebook.com/groups/599197093487040/

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
2 months ago

Reminds me of some of those war-time romance stories. 🙂 You hooked me on Kylie Scott last year so I’m adding this one to the list. 🙂

Lorna
Lorna
2 months ago

I just skimmed as this as it is in my tbr pile. Glad it was a 4 star read for you!

Carole Rae
2 months ago

I have not read a book like this set during our quarantine days.