When I first read the blurb for Fortunate Encounters I was intrigued. It sounded amusing and different. And to a degree, it is an amusing story but it gets bogged down in some romance cliches.
Juliette is an English teacher who is perpetually single. She is trying to meet a man she really likes but so far, her recent dates have been duds (one man abandons her completely at a ball game!). The only man she has been truly interested is a man she shouldn’t even know but fate has a way of putting them together. When Juliette sits down at Clark’s table, believing he is her date, well, they are now on a collision course together to find love.
Clark finds Juliette amusing. And he is most definitely attracted to her. But Clark is not interested in relationships of any sort. He proposes a friends with benefits type situation to Juliette and though she is really interested in Clark (and his body!), she also is looking for something more serious.
I liked Juliette. In reading some reviews about this book after I finished, a lot of people were claiming she was rather passive and lacking in character. And maybe she is for some people but for me, I related to her. She is kind of dorky, she loves cardigans (hello, librarian here!), she gets a cat part way through the story, and she doesn’t always say the right thing or have the confidence she needs. But I can relate to all of that in a character so I empathized with her a lot.
Clark was kind of a typical romance hero of late. He isn’t interested in relationships, he sees Juliette as super special (which is not bad, but he also goes on a lot about how other women are kind of airheads, which didn’t endear me to him), and he is super successful. There isn’t a stand out trait about Clark that really elevated him to fully dimensional character for me. This book was all about Juliette ultimately, and how I related to her.
That being said, I liked how they met and how they kept running into each other. I liked their interactions with each other and I did find Clark’s slow fall into love believable.
While I cannot say I am 100% on board for the next book in the Signs series, I will keep my eye out for information about it. This is also the first book I have read by Caterina Passarelli and I liked her writing style and voice enough to investigate her back list. She seems to write in several romance genres so I’m excited to see what else catches my eye.
Fortunate Encounters is a fun way to pass the time. It’s a sexy romance that, while it has its unbelievable moments, ultimately left me pleased.
Today we have the blog tour for FORTUNATE ENCOUNTERS by Caterina Passarelli, a first in the new Signs Series!
Title: FORTUNATE ENCOUNTERS
Series: The Signs Series
Author: Caterina Passarelli
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release: September 20
Cover Designer: Najla Qamber Designs
About FORTUNATE ENCOUNTERS
Sitting at the wrong table turned my life upside down.
I was supposed to be on a date with one man but made a huge mistake—a mistake I keep bumping into all over New York City.
Clark Chambers is arrogant, straightforward, devastatingly handsome, and takes what he wants. And right now his sight is set on me.
But he only wants friends with benefits. And I’d rather eat dirt than agree to that.
After an “enough is enough” moment, I turn to the Universe for help & ask for a special sign.
And it’s just my luck … looks like rabbits & romance really do mix!
Enter the Giveaway
About Caterina Passarelli
Former TV News Producer turned Romance author, Caterina Passarelli has always had a love for words. From real-life Detroit crime to fictional love stories around the globe, she hopes to take her readers on a fast-paced adventure.
Caterina is the author of five titles in multiple genres: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense.
When she’s not writing about alpha males and strong, sarcastic women, she is the CEO of an online fitness coaching company.
Caterina is the fur mom to her three-year-old rescue dog, Piper, who she spoils uncontrollably.
She loves hearing from her readers on her Facebook page!