Jul 22, 2014

That Certain Something by Clare Ashton

Love or money? Follow the head or heart? Pia and Cate seem to be flip sides of a coin. But when they meet they definitely have that certain something, and these questions aren't so simple after a night like theirs.

Pia Benitez-Smith has her head in the clouds of ideals and romance. She's a photojournalist out to prove herself with her compassionate eye and although not exactly accident prone, most days trouble seems to find her. On one such day, she literally falls into the arms of the beautiful Cate. Elegant, intriguing and classy, Cate is Pia's polar opposite. When the two dispute the importance of love versus money, Cate is adamant that her perfect night will always be an expensive one. Working class Pia can't resist the challenge and with the assistance of a beguiling summer night in London, she begins to enchant her new friend.

Pia believes in romance. She's certain that she will know it when she meets the one. She wants her dream woman to have that special something. When she meets Cate she feels it straight away and they have one perfect night together. Pia is the girl who shows Cate how to have a great evening out without spending a lot of money and Cate is the sophisticated woman who gives her the night of her dreams in return. Unfortunately Cate disappears from Pia's life after that. Not for long though. When they meet again Pia is shocked when she finds out they're colleagues. Pia is a photographer and Cate a journalist. They're working for the same magazine and are a great team. Cate is sophisticated and classy while Pia is a dreamer from a working class background. Cate want to live a life of luxury, which is something Pia can't offer her. She has to choose between money and love. The question is if Pia can convince her to follow her heart. 
That Certain Something is a great book. Cate and Pia are both creative and they're determined. I liked that about them. The story is very well written and the constant chemistry between the two women is the strongest quality of the novel. Money versus love has been a point of discussion and a well known deal breaker for ages. Clare Ashton describes this very well, with great examples which are making That Certain Something a strong story. I liked the completely different backgrounds of the main characters and the way they were described. They were the base of various complications in the relationship between Pia and Cate. Nothing is ever as easy as it seems. There were quite a few obstacles to overcome and they both had to assess their ideals. From the beginning of the story Pia often finds herself in dire situations, which is quite funny. There's a lot of tension and there are a few very sexy scenes. I highly recommend this wonderful romantic read!

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