Awakenings and French Songs (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Awakenings and French Songs
Author: Nell Iris
Publisher: JMS Books LLC
Release Date: January 12th, 2019
Genre(s): Romance
Word Count: 11,120
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


An existential awakening and lots of French chansons equal a favorite neighbor seen in a new light.

Iggy Wilker never expected his 36th birthday to turn into an existential crisis. When Iggy’s friends celebrate him with his usual favorite pastime—drinking, dancing, and willing guys—he suddenly wants nothing to do with any of it. He’s fed up and ready for something else. The question is what?

Ronan Clenney has had his eye on his neighbor forever, but as a single father of a precocious eleven-year-old, he’s never believed he stands a chance. But over a late-night cup of tea, it seems that circumstances have changed. Is this the right time, finally?

Iggy has never believed in romance, but can Ronan show him he’s wrong? That love is a real thing?

Family and waiting was the theme here and there were such tender moments, I couldn’t help but fall for this story.

Iggy has just turned 36 and after a night at the club, he’s feeling rather old. And like he’s been missing something in his life but he can’t figure out what. When he heads home early and alone, for once, he passes his neighbor, Ronan, in the hallway and is invited over for tea.

Ronan is a single dad to 11 year old Emery. They’ve spent years living across from Iggy and have had a few chats over tea, but tonight something is different. Ronan is different. And when Ronan hears a particular song in French, he’s overcome with a feeling that he knows exactly what’s been missing and what he wants.

This story was extremely short, but it was packed with ooey gooey goodness in the form of Ronan. I fell in love with him from the start. He was super sensory oriented and touched Iggy gently when the mood hit. He read Iggy’s mannerisms and moods and was giving and caring and unafraid to explore new territory when it came to love.

This was a really sweet story of realizing what you want and taking the steps to get there. I loved that they were adult and didn’t rush. I loved that they both cared more about Emery than starting a relationship. I just wished there had been more blanks filled in before it ended, though with a epilogue I got my happy ending.

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Galley copy of Awakenings and French Songs provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after.

Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday


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