September 28, 2021

ARC REVIEW: Decisions We Make After Midnight (Decisions in Durham Book 1) by Rachel Higginson

Decisions We Make After Midnight (Decisions in Durham Book 1) by Rachel Higginson
Rating: 4 Stars
Release Date: September 28, 2021
Format: eARC
Publisher: Reckless Siren Publishing

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“But genuinely loving each other at a soul-deep level also meant fighting for each other, battling through hard times, and choosing each other time and time again - even when we didn’t like each other.”

I was first introduced to Rachel Higginson’s books through her Star-Crossed series and her Starbright series, both of which are fantasy in genre. Those books set a high expectation for me when it comes to anything she writes. My first contemporary romance read by Ms. Higginson, Decisions We Make After Midnight, did not disappoint. 

On paper, it looks like Lola Ellis, or “Lo” has it all. Good education, successful career, engaged to her long time boyfriend Owen. In real life, however, things are not that simple. Time visiting her best friend in Durham, NC quickly turns into an escape from all the expectations awaiting her in Florida and she finds herself working in the neighborhood bar owned by the English siblings. 

Will is an amazing love interest. While our first impressions of him paint him as a grumpy, persnickety bartender he really has a heart of gold under all that gruff. His perspective on how alcohol should be enjoyed really made me think about my own perspectives. Ms. Higginson's incorporation of the family drama into Will and Lola's relationship was really interesting (and important). When you're in a relationship with someone, their family usually comes as part of the package deal. 

If you are a fan of emotion-filled, fun contemporary romance reads with some spiciness and rom-com elements thrown in then I highly recommend you pick up the first book in the Decisions in Durham series today. I don’t, however, recommend you start the book right before you go to bed though, because if you are anything like me once you start this book you won’t want to stop.

I can’t wait to read more books in the series! I hope Eliza or Ada get featured next. Ms. Higginson brought up possible love interests for them in this book so I'm curious to see who they might end up with. 

Thank you to the author for providing me with an early copy of this book! I appreciate the opportunity. 

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