Book Review – Weak at the Knees – Jo Kessel – VBT

What’s this all About?

“We got so busy living life that we forgot to live our dreams.”

Danni Lewis has been playing it safe for twenty-six years, but her sheltered existence is making her feel old ahead of time. When a sudden death plunges her into a spiral of grief, she throws caution to the wind and runs away to France in search of a new beginning.

The moment ski instructor Olivier du Pape enters her shattered world she falls hard, in more ways than one.

Their mutual desire is as powerful and seductive as the mountains around them. His dark gypsy looks and piercing blue eyes are irresistible.

Only she must resist, because he has a wife – and she’d made a pact to never get involved with a married man.

But how do you choose between keeping your word and being true to your soul?

Weak at the Knees is Jo’s debut novel in the new adult, contemporary romance genre – a story about love, loss and relationships, set between London and the heart of the French Alps.


I loved this book.  It was a wonderful exploration of a realistic heroine living life in all it’s messy glory.

Weak_at_the_KneesWhat I liked about the book:

I loved that the heroine was open to changing her life. She recognized the rut her life was in and took action, big, life-changing action. Danni Lewis needs change in her life. She’s been with her on again/off again boyfriend for nearly eleven years.  When someone close to her dies, it’s the kick in the pants that she needs to start her life. The best part is that she doesn’t meet the hero right away. She tries a reconciliation with her current guy, and tries on another for size. So despite her youth, you know when she’s finally settled on someone that she knows it’s the right person for her.

In addition to a wonderful love story, this book brilliantly portrays the Alps and French culture. When I was young, romances were often in far off settings. It’s probably one of the things that made me want to travel. With the proliferation of small-town romances, this element has been lost. But now it’s back. You can almost smell the coffee and taste the pastries from the local boulangerie.  This book is wonderfully down to earth and evocative at the same time.

What I didn’t like about the book:
The ending was a little unsatisfying. I wanted the hero and heroine to do it bigger and bolder.

Would I recommend this book?
I’d recommend this book to those who like a heroine comfortable in her own skin, a flawed hero, and beautiful settings.

This review was a stop on the Tasty Review Tour.

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