The Makeup Artist (Coffee Book #2),
by Sophie Sinclair
Publication: May 1, 2020
About the book:
Sarah Bowen’s life is nothing like she thought it’d be ten years ago. She runs a successful lifestyle boutique with her two best friends, she’s the makeup artist to one of country’s hottest bands, and she’s in love with a womanizing heartthrob who doesn’t give her the time of day. After years of pining after Lex Ryan, she decides it’s finally her turn, even if it might ruin everything she’s worked for…
Lex Ryan is the sexy Irish lead guitarist for the hottest country band in the States. He’s known as a serial dater, a commitment-phobe, a player who prefers one-night stands. His wild heart has zero plans of settling down—not even with the band’s makeup artist, Sarah Bowen. He’s vowed to keep his heart from falling for her. Until the band travels to Ireland where his past suddenly crashes into his present.
They say wild hearts can’t be tamed. They never said they can’t be broken.
The Makeup Artist is the second book in the Coffee Book Series. It’s a standalone novel, but the author suggests reading Coffee Girl first because of returning characters.
I am so excited to review The Makeup Artist but let me stop to say that if you have not yet read Coffee Girl, you should get it and read it. You are missing out on a great book and this one will make so much more sense!
Sarah has been crazy over Lex for years since she first started as his band’s makeup artist. But as much as she secretly wants him, she also knows he’s with different women all the time with no desire to settle down. When she decides it’s time to finally give up hope, all of the sudden she learns that he wants her also. But as they travel to his home in Ireland, she learns more about his past and part of his past that won’t go away.
I loved Coffee Girl and completely fell in love with Tatum and Kiki. But I think I may like The Makeup Artist just a tiny bit more! This novel is romantic, funny, sexy, frustrating, and at times, sad. But those components are perfectly balanced to make a fantastic read. The characters are well-developed without leaving the reader to wonder why they do something or don’t do something – their motivations are clear. The story was engaging and kept me turning the pages like wildfire until I was done. There was an appropriate amount of conflict to make me wonder “will they or won’t they” and she didn’t let her resolution come too easily. But the best part was Lex and Sophie. Their characters were already fantastic on their own but put them together and the chemistry was off the charts. Their banter is sweet and funny, their sexy scenes are fantastic but not over the top, and I loved the raw and honest emotion between them.
I was completely shocked to learn that Coffee Girl is Sophie Sinclair’s first novel and that The Makeup Artist is her second. This author writes as if she has been doing this for years and honestly demonstrates better writing skills than a lot of books I’ve read by more veteran authors. She is certainly one to watch and I cannot wait to read the next book in this series!
The Makeup Artist is without a doubt a 5-star read for me. I give my highest recommendation to readers who love romance with a bit of comedy. The characters will pull you in, the music will move you, and I really think you will love it.
*Thanks to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for providing this review copy in exchange for my honest opinion!