Title: If We Ever Meet Again (If Love Duet #1)
Author: Ana Huang
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Type: Duet series
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narration Style: Not sure. A mix of Dual POV and limited third person
Primary Characters: Farrah and Blake
Source: ARC – Courtesy or Author/publisher
When I picked this book, I wasn’t sure what to anticipate. I was skeptical about writing style and plot, but this book surpassed my expectations and turned out to be a nice light read. This is the first book I ever read where main protagonist is American born Chinese (ABC – learned about this term in this book 😊).
Prologue almost tells the entire story but how it happens is narrated so well. Farrah and Blake meet in Shanghai as a part of FEA (Foreign exchange program), a yearlong study abroad program. Farrah has defined her path well and wants to be an interior designer. Blake and ex- football star, has left his football career and wants to figure out his future post this year.
I liked the collage setting and the group of friends. Those secondary characters were the outstanding feature of this book (so many and exactly like collage group of friends). Love story between Farah and Blake is mediocre but it compensated well with writing and dialogue delivery style. I could see the twist and turning coming from far away, yet intriguing enough to turn pages.
The cultural setting of Shanghai is what made me clasp to this book. This book definitely made me to add Shanghai in my list of places to visit. Macau and Disneyland of Hongkong were already in my bucket list, this book made Macau come out on top. Totally loved the virtual tour of great wall of china. Food descriptions were scary for me as I’m born vegetarian, people who enjoy different cuisines may like it.
All in all, it’s a good one-time light read with a different cultural setting. It doesn’t end with a cliffhanger but their story continues in book 2. Glimpse of book 2 was intriguing enough, let’s see what author has in store for Farrah and Blake
Blurb as per Goodreads
She’s an aspiring interior designer who dreams of falling in love.
He’s an ex-football star who thinks love is a con.
She’s a virgin, and he doesn’t do virgins.
He’s cocky, infuriating, and not her type.
She wants the fairytale.
He wants freedom.
Blake and Farrah shouldn’t have fallen for each other the way they did: totally, completely, and irrevocably.
Because they’re studying abroad in Shanghai, and they only have one year.
Because forces at home threaten to rip them apart, even if they don’t know it yet.
And because, eventually, they must face the most heartbreaking lesson they’ll ever learn: sometimes, even the greatest love can’t conquer all.
Warning: This is the first book in a duet. It’s a full-length novel with no sudden cliffhangers, but Blake and Farrah’s story continues in book two, If the Sun Never Sets (due out July 2020), which takes place five years later. HEA guaranteed in book two.