clare lydon all I want for valentinesAll I Want For Valentines by Clare Lydon is a follow-up to her yuletide romance All I Want For Christmas. In this book we reunite with Tori and Holly who have settled into their new relationship over the month since the last book took place.

I was so excited when I saw that this book carried on from the last one with the same characters, I’m a sucker for a series and just love the prospects of getting to hang out with some of my favourite characters for a little more.

For those of you who hate mushy Valentines Day books that focus on finding miss right, then this is the book for you. While there is a Valentine-centric mission (like you couldn’t tell from the title?) it has zero to do with finding love.

In this book Tori is longing for a kitten but Holly isn’t quite convinced that Tori is up for taking care of a living thing, given her track record. So Holly sets a challenge – keep a plant alive till Valentine’s Day and she’ll get a kitten.

The Characters

In this book the focus is on lesbian couple Holly and Tori. They have been best friends since they were kids and were roommates until very recently. If you read All I Want for Christmas you will be familiar with these two, if you haven’t I urge you to read it as I’m certain you will enjoy it and put this story more in context.

The Writing Style

The writing style is light with a good smattering of lovely British humour. Read this if you want something that is quick, entertaining and not too taxing.

The Pros

I know I’ve already mentioned it, but for me the biggest pro is that it is he next in a series, however that is definitely not the only good thing about this book. I also enjoyed that Lydon created some tension in the book without turning to traditional angsty relationship problems. While the book is overall quite light, Holly and Tori do need to navigate an issue that puts some pressure on their very new relationship.

Oh and I almost forgot, there is an ad for the next book in the series! That definitely gets two thumbs up, more books! Yay!

The Cons

It’s a short novel, which makes the brat in me wants to kick and scream on the floor for more. However, for the story that was told, I think the length of the book was good.

The Conclusion

I really enjoyed All I want For Valentines and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Excerpt from All I Want For Valentines by Clare Lydon

“May I introduce you to Petula the peace lily! She’s here to be bathed in my love and affection for the next few weeks, and to prove to you that I am the nurturing kind. Exactly the kind cats love.” Tori wagged a finger in Holly’s direction. “Plus, according to NASA, peace lilies are recognised for their air-cleaning properties, so our flat is going to be a safer, cleaner place thanks to Petula.” The satisfied smile on Tori’s face told the world she was pretty pleased with herself.

Holly put her bag on the floor by their grey sofa, before plonking herself down. Even after a full day at work, her shirt wasn’t rumpled. Holly just had that knack. “I’ll look forward to watching her progress. But it’s nice to have a girl plant in the house,” she replied, raising an eyebrow at Tori.

“She’s actually a lesbian plant, but it’s not really the done thing in the world of peace lilies.” Tori’s voice was now at whisper level. “I told her she was safe here, among the sisterhood.”

Holly laughed at that, her tension visibly easing. “You’re a nut, you know that, don’t you? Good job I know you, Tori Hammond.”

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All I Want Series

  1. All I Want For Christmas
  2. All I Want For Valentines
  3. All I Want For Spring
  4. All I Want For Summer
  5. All I Want For Autumn
  6. All I Want Forever

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