Book Review

Sunny Shelly’s Review: Aleatory, by Xavier Neal

ALEATORY by Xavier Neal

Release Date: March 25th

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As in ey-lee-uh-tawr-ee.

As in an adjective.

As in a synonym for unpredictable.

As in the only word to describe making the mistake of falling for someone who is not only ten years younger than you, but your best friend’s son…

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

I flew through this older woman/younger man romance fairly quickly. I’ve read a few of Xavier Neal’s books before, and Aleatory was pretty in line with what I’ve come to expect from her writing. I was expecting a bit more of the forbidden aspect to Nix and Sloan’s relationship — but when it all came out at the end, I was almost relieved that it *didn’t* cause major upheaval.

Sloan is a romance writer who has hit a slump… and while taking in a change of scenery in the small town where her best friend Cora lives, Sloan finds inspiration in the most unlikely of sources: Cora’s son, Nicholas, aka Nix. There are only ten years between Sloan’s 36 and Nix’s 26, so the forbidden aspect becomes more about the fact that she’s best friends with his mom. I really loved Nix and Sloan’s relationship — they brought out the best in one another, despite the stress of sneaking around. The major drama in their relationship comes from some level of immaturity on Nix’s part, and Sloan quickly puts him in his place.

I really enjoyed the small-town feel to this romance, and the sizzling chemistry between Sloan and Nix. At the end of the day, their age really didn’t matter much, because these two so perfectly balanced one another out.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About the Author:

Xavier Neal is a best-selling romance author who enjoys hopping from sub genre to sub genre like a game of Hopscotch she can’t resist.

In between writing, she loves to read (everything from romance to self improvement books), watch movies (old and new), eat too much Tex-Mex (her Chuy’s t-shirt collection is out of control), and watch AHL hockey games LIVE (preferably against the glass whenever possible).

She currently resides happily in Texas with her bearded husband “Lumberjack” and her rather lazy dog, Missy.

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