All Gloria Falcon wants is to have a nice New Year’s Eve with a nice man. Is that so much to ask? But after seven disastrous New Years in a row, this year she’s trying something different. Committed to spending her New Year’s Eve manning the phones at a suicide crisis phone line, Gloria is sure the karma she earns will break her New Year’s curse. But when a blackout cancels her night of philanthropy, rather than spend the night moping in the dark, she goes on a ride along with the cute electric company lineman who failed to fix the power.
Charlie Zhang is not much of a New Year believer either. He’s coasting through life after being discharged from the army and trying not to let his cynicism of pretty much everything define him. When Gloria Falcon climbs into Charlie’s life, and his repair truck, neither of them expect this to be the New Year’s Eve that changes their minds, and their fate, forever.
I thoroughly enjoyed this fast read. The author leads the reader in with Gloria’s woeful New Years Eve history. Gloria has has such bad luck in the past, starting off during her childhood. Understandably so, Gloria is massively superstitious when it comes to this date on the calendar. However, she’s determined this year will be different…
In comes Charlie’s POV. The book is beautifully written in first person narrative, swapping between the two main character’s POV’s with each chapter. The only criticism I have is that their wasn’t enough difference between the two voices, at times I found myself trying to remember who’s POV it was. It’s incredibly difficult to achieve a huge difference in character voices, and to be honest, I found myself thinking it was because these two were made for each other?
As always, Gloria’s New Years Eve plan takes a turn for the worse when there is a power cut at the church she is volunteering at for the night. She figured that taking calls from suicidal people on New Years Eve would rid her of her New Year curse. Enter Charlie, who is on call for a power firm that night. He’s immediately attracted to Gloria and her…erm…tights! The pair are so cute when they are flirting, the author has achieved realism in the way they dance around each other in the attempt to discover if the feelings are mutual.
Then comes the action, there is plenty of it in this novella. My heart skipped a beat when an unexpected turn of events leaves Gloria in danger. Charlie is a good old fashioned night in shining armour.
If you’re looking for a flowery narrative, don’t pick up this book. The author cuts right to the chase in this fast paced novella. It was refreshing to read something punchy, funny, and realistic. I really enjoyed every minute of it. I’m looking forward to reading more of The Fireworks Novella’s.
I award this book 4 thunderbolts.
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