Review: "The Seven Year Slip" by Ashley Poston

The Seven Year Slip by Ashley Poston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Sometimes, the worst day of your life happens, and you have to figure out how to live after it.

So Clementine forms a plan to keep her heart safe: stay busy, work hard, find someone decent to love, and try to remember to chase the moon. The last one is silly and obviously metaphorical, but her aunt always told her that you needed at least one big dream to keep going. And for the last year, that plan has gone off without a hitch. Mostly. The love part is hard because she doesn’t want to get too close to anyone—she isn’t sure her heart can take it.

And then she finds a strange man standing in the kitchen of her late aunt’s apartment. A man with kind eyes and a Southern drawl and a taste for lemon pies. The kind of man that, before it all, she would’ve fallen head-over-heels for. And she might again.

Except, he exists in the past. Seven years ago, to be exact. And she, quite literally, lives seven years in his future.

Her aunt always said the apartment was a pinch in time, a place where moments blended together like watercolors. And Clementine knows that if she lets her heart fall, she’ll be doomed.

After all, love is never a matter of time—but a matter of timing.

An overworked book publicist with a perfectly planned future hits a snag when she falls in love with her temporary roommate…only to discover he lives seven years in the past, in this witty and wise new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Dead Romantics.



Well, here I am trying to also find a way to describe this small gem of a book. I knew Ashley set the bar high with her previous book "Dead Romantics" but in this one, I feel like she took our feelings wrapped them up beautifully in a package...and threw in the ocean.

The Seven Year Slip can be dubbed also as "The Lake House" meets "When Harry met Sally" (at least the idea of the movie for me).

Clementine is a workaholic who inherits an apartment from her deceased aunt. Drawn with grief and a sense of loss, she tries to tentatively move and settle in her apartment, only to discover a strange man living already there. Iwan is an aspiring chef who wants to make a life for himself in New York, and he is as surprised as Clementine is. Soon she discovers that the house connects them across time, as Iwan lives in the past and she in his future; a gap of seven years between them.

As Clementine tries to connect the dots between past and present she slowly falls for Iwan...but she may fall in love with I'm again and discover more things about herself, as she deals with her grief.

I devoured this book in one day. I had some recurring fear that something may happen like it did in the movie "The Lake House" but this book was so much different yet so beautifully written. Clementine is a character who feels realistic and grounded in her doubts and dreams that she feels left behind. I enjoyed her growth in the book, as she navigated between his past and her present through the time slips in the apartment.

Which I seriously believe Doctor Who would be delighted to investigate too lol.

Iwan was also a nice surprise; I adored his heartfelt and slightly innocent nature as he also matured through his interaction with Clementine. Not to mention I love lemon pie too so I now want someone to feed me lemon pie...pretty please?

Overall, this was yet another amazing read by Ashley Poston. I enjoy the direction her books have taken as of late and I can not wait to read more by her!

About the author:

Ashley Poston is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The Dead Romantics. 

After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s in English, she spent the last decade working in the publishing industry before deciding to pursue writing full-time.

When not writing, she likes trying various arts and crafts (she’s currently addicted to building miniature rooms) and taking long walks as an excuse to listen to Dungeons & Dragons podcasts. She bides her time between South Carolina and New York, and all the bookstores between.

Review: "Knockout" (Hell's Belles #3) by Sarah MacLean

Knockout by Sarah MacLean
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean returns with the next Hell’s Belles novel about a chaotic bluestocking and the buttoned-up detective enlisted to keep her out of trouble (spoiler: She is the trouble).

With her headful of wild curls and wilder ideas and an unabashed love of experiments and explosives, society has labeled Lady Imogen Loveless peculiar…and doesn’t know she’s one of the Hell’s Belles—a group of vigilantes operating outside the notice of most of London.

Thomas Peck is not most of London. The brilliant detective fought his way off the streets and into a promising career through sheer force of will and a keen ability to see things others miss, like the fact that Imogen isn’t peculiar…she’s pandemonium. If you ask him, she requires a keeper. When her powerful family discovers her late-night activities, they couldn’t agree more…and they know just the man for the task.

Thomas wants nothing to do with guarding Imogen. He is a grown man with a proper job and no time for the lady’s incendiary chaos, no matter how lushly it is packaged. But some assignments are too explosive to pass up, and the gruff detective is soon caught up in Imogen’s world, full of her bold smiles and burning secrets…and a fiery passion that threatens to consume them both.



Oh boy, how can I formulate a review that can encompass all my feelings for these characters, the couple featured in a series which, in the time this review is written, I consider to be the best Sarah has written so far, AND not spoiler anything?

*internal screaming*

Ok then. Knockout follows Imogen Loveless the scientist, explosions megamind and one of Hell's Belles as she investigates along with her friends a series of mysterious explosions across London. As Imogen and her investigation slowly gather dangerous attention, she comes across again with Investigator Thomas Peck. Who has a good head on his shoulders and quite an inquisitive mind; Thomas knows something is afoot and he can not stop by being both aggravated and fascinated with Imogen and her character.

Yet knowing how difficult it would be for him to be with her due to his social station and his past, he tries to get closer to her in other ways. Not that Imogen minds or doesn't try to make fun of him. But she also has her own insecurities, stemming from quite a troubled past.

Plot aside, what drew me most in this book was character development. We have two people who have their own history and despite this social structure they try to bridge said gap. The most reluctant here is Thomas and you'll have to read the book to find out why.

Imogen on the other hand, my lovely Sagittarius (I got confirmation by Sarah Maclean herself), she is the one I mostly relate to. She is bring and smart and does not want to conform to the roles of a female of the 19th century, she wants science and studies and explosions but also she wants to feel desired and loved and respected for who she truly is and not what her title and status makes her to be. She feels insecure about her weight and body, about what others may think of her, despite being surrounded by her group of friends who would move sky and earth for her. That is why she struck so much to me because there are times I feel the same, just like her.

The romance was off the rails, like a perfect book by Sarah, the dialogue between Imogen and Thomas was hilarious, yet the beauty of this romance was how Thomas loves her for exactly who she is: explosions and all.

(Klee is a character from the game Genshin Impact)

Also, we did have some cameos with a couple of my other one favorite book by Sarah! Henrietta and Whit my beautiful ones!

This was the best book of the series from me, but seeing how that final scene of the book opens the possibility for the next member of Hell's Belles, I can not wait to see what Sarah will have in store for us!

About the author:

New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels. Translated into more than twenty-five languages, the books that make up “The MacLeaniverse” are beloved by readers worldwide.

In addition to her novels, Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place as a feminist text and a cultural bellwether. A columnist for the New York Times, the Washington Post and Bustle, she is the co-host of the weekly romance podcast, Fated Mates. Her work in support of romance and those who read it earned her a place on's Sheroes list and led Entertainment Weekly to call her "the elegantly fuming, utterly intoxicating queen of historical romance."

Sarah is a graduate of Smith College & Harvard University. She lives in New York City.