Book Review

Sunny Shelly’s Review: Ripple Effect, by J. Bengtsson

Ripple Effect by J. Bengtsson is now live!

Enemies to lovers tale with an earth-shaking twist!

International pop star RJ Contreras finds himself at a crossroads when his mega famous boy band, AnyDayNow, breaks up. After his solo career fails to take off, RJ retreats to a no-frills apartment where he can hide out from the world and lick his festering wounds.

But when the girl next door starts slipping ‘good neighbor’ contracts under his door and complaining about his behavior through strategically placed Post-it-Notes, RJ snaps out of his self-absorbed melancholy to wage war.

Nothing short of an act of nature could repair the relationship between these two strong-willed enemies. But guess what Fate has in store?

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Ripple Effect full-blown blew me away! I was not expecting this enemies-to-lovers neighbors romance to be so intense, but once I got sucked in, I could not put it down and binged it in a night.

I’ve read just about all of the Cake series, as well as some of J. Bengtsson’s other standalones, including Bodhi’s story Like The Wind. But still, nothing prepared me for the intensity that was RJ and Dani, and the literal earthquake that brings these two together.

There is so much to love about these two. Slow burn. A broody rockstar in hiding. A sassy schoolteacher. Incredible banter as these two just want to strangle each other. And then once the world literally collapses around them, there is so much vulnerability, love, emotion and sweetness.

RJ’s history is not a pretty one, and that childhood hurt leads him to hide out from the rest of the world after his attempt at a solo career bombs. Dani makes him want to be better, do better, fight for something. He’d spent his whole life feeling unwanted and unloved, and the tragedy that brings RJ and Dani together makes him want to stop being a victim and take matters into his own hands. Unfortunately, while RJ comes out of the earthquake with newfound confidence, Dani is suffering from some major survivor’s guilt. No matter how much RJ wants to build a life with her afterward, Dani needs to figure out how she can move forward.

JB wrote a brilliant story of true love and resilience in Ripple Effect.

BTW, I kinda fell in love with Dani’s family of sperm siblings. I would love to see a spinoff series with some of those side characters!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet J. Bengtsson

J. (Jill) Bengtsson is the bestselling author of the Cake Series. She writes contemporary novels focused on love, humor, passion, and family. Her heroines are strong, nurturing, and quirky while her heroes are what dreams are made of – gorgeous, committed, and in need of a little saving. A native Californian, Jill’s novels are set under the glittering lights of the West Coast entertainment industry.
They are for the dreamer in all of us.
Jill resides in Ventura County, California. She’s married to the Swedish boy she met as an exchange student her junior year in college and they have three children, a golden retriever, and two ragdoll cats.

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