Welcome to my stop in the The Meeting Point book tour! Thank you so much to TheWriteReads for including me in this tour, and to the publisher for my review copy. This in no way affects my opinion.
Title: The Meeting Point
Author: Olivia Lara
Publisher: Aria Fiction
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 2nd September
What if the Lift driver who finds your cheating boyfriend’s phone holds the directions to true love?
‘Who are you and why do you have my boyfriend’s phone?’
‘He left it in my car. You must be the blonde in the red dress? I’m the Lift driver who dropped you two off earlier.’
And with these words, the life of the brunette and t-shirt wearing Maya Maas is turned upside down. Having planned to surprise her boyfriend, she finds herself single and stranded in an unknown city on her birthday.So when the mystery driver rescues Maya with the suggestion that she cheers herself up at a nearby beach town, she jumps at the chance to get things back on track. She wasn’t expecting a personalised itinerary or the easy companionship that comes from opening up to a stranger via text, let alone the possibility it might grow into something more
The Meeting Point sounded like a contemporary romance that was completely up my street, and I can safely say that it was. The romance between the two main characters was brilliant, and it had just the perfect ending.
I loved the characters in The Meeting Point, and they complimented each other perfectly. Maya was a brilliant main character, and she goes on a significant journey of self-discovery through the course of the book. The Maya that we meet at the beginning of the book is definitely not the Maya at the end of the book. Ethan was a really interesting love interest towards the end of the book, and I particularly enjoyed that we got to see his side of the initial attraction. I would absolutely love for some spin-offs of The Meeting Point as all of the side characters were really interesting, especially Celine, Ethan’s sister.
When it comes to the plot, I liked it, but I think that the book was slightly too long. The plot seemed to drag during the middle as the same situations kept happening without any resolution, so I feel like some of it could have been cut down. I also would have loved it if the relationship resolution could have taken a little bit longer, as compared to the rest of the story; it was over in the blink of an eye.
I loved the setting of Carmel by the Sea and just want to visit it myself. It sounds like the perfect little seaside town, which always makes a brilliant setting. I think this is where Olivia Lara’s writing style was really important as she was able to describe the setting as if you really saw it with your own eyes.
I can’t wait to see what Olivia Lara is going to release next; fingers crossed for a sequel to The Meeting Point, but whatever it is I will definitely be picking it up. If you love contemporary romance, especially writers like Beth O’Leary and Christina Lauren, please check out The Meeting Point.