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Review: Pier Pressure

A second-chance seaside love story.


by Anyta Sunday

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"There are just some men who go about their lives unaware they're ruining romance for an entire generation. No normal bloke can live up to that level or divinity -- and sexual prowess."

Pier Pressure is a fun, light book. It's more of a romp than anything else, but that doesn't mean it's not an enjoyable read.

Leon, our main character, is hiding out in his hometown after a nasty breakup with his ex-boyfriend Karl. But, as fate would have it, he's about to be thrown together with a former fling, Damon. Romance on the brain, Leon decides to visit the town matchmaker and discovers his prospects are minimal. Chaos ensues as Leon tries to reinvent himself with Damon as his trusty wingman. Sort of.

There are quite a few characters to keep track of, which can feel a bit harried with the frequency at which they are introduced to the reader. That, coupled with the briefness of most encounters, can leave the plot feeling a bit disjointed as you try to recall who is who.

What I liked most about this book was that the situations Leon finds himself in are often ridiculous, which makes for a perfect comedy of errors. The villain, Karl, is cartoonishly evil, Leon is painfully oblivious, and Damon is the embodiment of golden retriever energy. It manages to fit in a good amount of tropes without the narrative feeling forced. It's funny in that way that only cheesy rom-coms can be—the kind where the plot is intentionally ridiculous. I found myself giggling and fondly rolling my eyes at the characters and their increasingly ludicrous antics.

If you're looking for intricate plot development, complex characters, and spice peppered throughout the novel, you will be disappointed. But if you are looking for a low-stakes slow-burn second-chance romance with a HEA, then this is perfect.

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