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Her Unexpected Valentine is the latest book in Sherelle Green’s Bare Sophistication series. The book centers around Nicole LeBlanc, a makeup artist and hairstylist and Kendrick Burrstone, Creative arts director.

Both characters have a great sense of humor and the chemistry is evident right away. Kendrick and Nicole quickly discover that they are working together temporarily. Kendrick has a rule that he doesn’t date someone he works with. Despite his “rule”, Kendrick is drawn to Nicole. Several work related events give them the opportunity to get to know each other better. They have a lot in common, including past issues with relationships and their love for tattoos. I like how the author allows Kendrick and Nicole to be vulnerable. Even though things happen over a short period of time, the progression of Nicole and Kendrick’s feelings is realistic.

The secondary characters make an impact throughout. Monty and Angelica are true friends who always look out for Kendrick. They are also hit by the “Valentine” bug as well. It is also good to get brief updates from the Bare Sophistication crew. I especially enjoy the brief but important interaction with Mr. and Mrs. Saunders. They know what true love is all about and see it in Nicole and Kendrick. There is a bit of drama that derails things. You will have to read to see what happens.

This is a free-flowing story that I recommend. It’s not necessary to read the other books in the series, but it would help to provide background to the rest of the crew.

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