Cocktails and Dreams by A.L. Michael

Review published on August 12, 2017.

This book had me at the word ‘cocktails’. I love a Mojito or a Purple Rain or…..well I could go on but I won’t. This book is perfectly described as a romantic comedy. It made me smile but it was also incredibly feel good and A.L. Michael hit exactly the right note, I thought.

The main character is Savvy, short for Savannah. She’s got a famous mother and has lived in her shadow all her life, just wanting to be normal. And yet, Savvy works in a Burlesque bar – anything but normal! I loved the bar and I loved the people who worked there although they were never really more than bit parts but the contrasts between them as performers and off stage came through really strongly.

Savvy meets another bartender/cocktail maker, Milo. She’s swept off her feet and frankly who wouldn’t be by the very lovely Milo?! I really enjoyed the interaction between these two characters and was rooting for them all the way through.

I absolutely loved Cocktails and Dreams. It has a lot of food and drink references, which is always a big draw for me in a novel. It also has fantastic characters, particularly Savvy and Milo, and Savvy’s dad and aunt. It was just a pleasure to read from start to finish.

I understand this is the first in a new series by A.L. Michael. I don’t know if it will be a series featuring Savvy and Milo or a series that is related by alcoholic drinks or bar-tending but I don’t mind which as I’m just looking forward to reading something similar to this book. It made me smile and it’s a really heart-warming read. More please, Ms Michael!

Nicola Smith 5/3

Cocktails and Dreams by A.L. Michael
Canelo e-book Jul 2017

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