Saturday, May 2, 2015

Bon Bon Beauty

Author: Lynn Cooper
Publisher: Targheda Press 
Pages: 74
 Saffron Butler came up hard and fast on the poor side of town. Now a strong, independent woman and owner of the Bon Bon Beauty Parlor, she is determined to live her life alone. Having spent years constructing a steel cage around her heart, she vows to never let any man get too close. Her mama made that mistake, and it ended in tragedy. Saffron isn’t about to let the same thing happen to her. She is content to bury herself in romance novels, dreaming of the swaggering, shirtless heroes on the covers. That is enough for her until the morning her eyes flutter open to find the sexiest man she has ever seen hovering over her. He is tending to her, protecting her and, before she can blink, he is trying to steal her heart.
Parker Sloan grew up in the lap of luxury. He has every advantage but little freedom. From the day he was born, his parents have had his entire life mapped out. His domineering father—Dr. Nate Sloan—insists his son attend medical school, pursue a career in cardiology and get engaged to a self-centered socialite. But, Parker has other plans. Against his parents’ wishes, he becomes a paramedic. One fateful morning he takes an emergency call that lands him smack in the middle of a beauty parlor. It is there he meets the sweet and beautiful Saffron Butler. From the moment he looks into her big brown eyes, he is a goner. In their dark, chocolatey depths, he can clearly see their future—a lifetime of love and happiness spent in each other’s arms. Wooing Saffron won’t be an easy task. But it is one he is determined to accomplish. Failure isn’t an option. He will do whatever it takes to gain her trust and win her affections.

Bon Bon Beauty is part of the Plus Size Romance Series. Each book is a standalone with no overlapping characters, storylines or cliffhangers. This series is a perfect combination of romance, steamy love scenes and humor. The stories are sensual and romantic, uplifting and lighthearted. Feel-good reads that leave you feeling great! 
I grew up in a small town in South Carolina with big dreams of becoming a ventriloquist. I ordered my first and last dummy from a Sears catalog. It didn't take me long to realize that I was never going to be able to talk without moving my lips. Plus, the dummy gave me horrible nightmares.

I got married at the age of twenty-three and worked for a decade in the health field as a surgical technologist and later as a dental assistant. When I grew tired of looking at people's innards, I decided to give writing a try. As it turns out, I'm pretty good at it.

Predominately, I write red hot romance. However, I enjoy writing a variety of books. My other publications include a 1920's period piece that centers around first love, a suspense/psychological thriller, a non-fiction self-help book and a children's book. It is my opinion that a good writer can write in any genre that he or she desires.

Of course my greatest desire is to write stories that entertain my readers and provide them with a temporary means of escape from reality. Other than reading, my favorite form of escapism is watching old movies. My favorite actor is Cary Grant. Between you and me and the bedpost, he is my cinematic boyfriend. Check out my author profile pic and see for yourself. 
I had to take an overnight view before writing this review. My goal as a reviewer is to always provide positive feedback without hurting the author. I also feel the need to always be honest in my reviews. With that being said here are my thoughts on Bon Bon Beauty.
Parker Sloan has been raised into wealth by his family. His path has already been chosen by his parents and now it's up to him to follow suite. He is determined to stay as a paramedic and not take the next step towards being a doctor. His childhood friend looks like she'll be his bride as well.
Saffron Butler was raised in poverty by a drug addicted mother who didn't care for her and an African American Father who walked out on her at birth. She has insecurities and is afraid to become like her mother. She works hard at the beauty salon while making sweet treats on the side. 
I had trouble with this story in the first few pages. I took offense to the "slang" that the African American's spoke in the story. It made me feel like the author assumed that all people of that race aren't able to talk properly. 
Then you have Parker. He was raised in wealth, you know that it is expected of him to follow his father's path. You know he is expected to become a doctor and to marry Tiffany. I didn't understand why someone of such wealth would walk into a salon on the "poor side" of town and swoon over Saffron upon first meeting her.
This wasn't a story of love at first sight but of lust at first sight. You wouldn't let someone you barely knew have a fling with you in the ambulance nor would the son of a wealthy doctor risk his career. 
Bon Bon Beauty held a lot of potential for a great story. If the author would have taken time to really let the story breathe and give more detail as to Saffron's and Parker's relationship then I think it would have been a solid read but unfortunately this fell very short for me. 

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