Book Review – Slammed Into You by C. M. Valencourt


Coffee & Cardigans #1
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: 155
Characters: Amir/Landon
POV: 3rd
Genre: Contemporary, Series

Blurb:
Amir is a rising slam poet who wants to make it big. While he works a day job at a café, he writes poems like his life depends on it and performs at a local poetry slam every week.

When Landon, the hot new guy desperate to prove himself, joins the team, he threatens Amir’s chance to go to Nationals. Landon soon finds himself locked in a fiery battle with Amir, and they’re both out for blood.

They can’t stand each other. But when a huge fight turns from hatred to fierce passion, they can no longer ignore their attraction to each other. Now they must confront their growing feelings while they vie for the last spot on the team. Can one come out on top without losing the other?

This is the first book in the Coffee & Cardigans series, but can be read as a stand-alone. The next books will follow different couples.

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Review

I love poetry but didn’t know much about slam poetry so enjoyed learning about that during my read of this book. I also liked that some of the poetry was included in the story as it gave it a sense of realism and being in the moment as they read their poetry and waited for the audience’s reaction. I thought the joint poem that Ami and Landon wrote together was particularly powerful and emotive.

I liked the family vibe at the café where Amir works, and how Cole and especially Emilio were honest with him when he needed to be told a few home truths. I loved Emilio in the scene where he talks to Amir about what is really important in life. The other members of the poetry slam were interesting, and added to the story too.

This story is about following dreams, yet having to make decisions about which dream to follow. I did feel for Amir having to choose, and wasn’t 100% convinced about that bit of the plot, but did like the way his and Landon’s story ended. I liked that although Landon comes across as pretentious at first, he has a lot more depth to him, and thought his nerves when he first reads at a big slam event portrayed the chinks in his ‘armour’ very well.

I liked it when he and Amir finally start to talk to each other and get to know each other, rather than just being annoyed by each other, and having angry sex. The change in tone of the sex between them reflects the change in their relationship ad their growing friendship too, although I did think some of the semi-public on page sex was a little gratuitous to the story. Both men are very opinionated, and the reader views Landon through Amir’s lens as the story is written from his perspective.

I’d recommend Slammed into You to readers who enjoy an interesting story and characters who are enemies before they are friends, and have to work for their happy ending. 4 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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