Book Review: Love Beyond Words: San Francisco

Love Beyond Words: San Francisco (City Lights #1)
by Emma Scott

She thought the best love affairs only happened in books...

Traumatized by the deaths of her parents three years ago, Natalie Hewitt lives an introverted life, taking college classes during the day and working as a barista in a coffee shop at night. A passionate reader, she uses the writing of the world-famous and reclusive novelist Rafael Melendez Mendón to assuage her grief. His words are her refuge, his characters better company than anyone she could meet in real life… until Julian Kovač walks into the café one summer evening. He is a handsome, quiet young man and Natalie feels an instant connection.

But Julian has a secret that is both the most wonderful revelation Natalie could possibly imagine…and the very thing that could tear them apart.

TeriLyn's thoughts: I really enjoyed this story by Emma Scott. Told from the third person POV, which is my favorite, we meet Natalie Hewitt the guarded heroine who lives her life through the comforting pages of her favorite stories. With no family and two quirky best friends, Natalie sets off to understand her budding feelings for the enigmatic stranger who frequents the coffee shop in which she works. Slowly, Natalie and Julian start a companionship with which they're both intrigued.

Set in the alluring San Francisco area, Emma Scott writes of the love two people can have that truly rocks worlds. With a delusional villain shaking up the plot the love story of Natalie and Julian takes a few unexpected turns. The entire story felt a like a very well crafted slow burn but their connection is so strong because of it. What Julian hides from the world mean something completely different Natalie and where the author takes the plot because of those revelations kept me entertained.

I just really enjoyed this. It's simple yet the love is grandiose. Together, Natalie and Julian, are charming and able to bring out the best in each other. Their Christmas date was one of my favorite parts of the book. The writing is well done and flows easily. And I really pleased with the epilogue. I got swept up in the story and am glad I was introduced to this author and series. I can't wait to meet new characters in the next installments.

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