Book Review: The Paris Apartment (Love Nests, #1) by Sophia Karlson

“With his heart beating under her palms, she felt more liberated and empowered than she’d ever felt in her entire life.”

James Sinclair, a successful trader, keeps his busy life uncomplicated. Work is about all he has time for. Imagine his surprise when he returns to his Paris apartment to find his little sister’s best friend, Mila Johnson, in his bed.

One night of fooling around opens a Pandora’s box which Mila just wants to pry open wider, whereas James just wants to keep the lid on tight. Mila is sweet and innocent and no way is he going to expose her to the real James Sinclair.

As his relationship status changes to complicated, James struggles to keep control over his past and his heart. Mila’s teenage fantasy is still larger than life, but James swings between hot and cold. Now that she has him between the sheets, Mila will do anything to keep him there. (Goodreads)


I have been looking for a contemporary romance to love and I was attracted to the promise of the title itself. Paris has always been a dream destination for me. The author did not disappoint in terms of the setting. It was a lovely escape, and the museums and art scenes were such a pleasure to explore.

I liked how the characters are polar opposites, so that they learn a lot about life as they get to know each other better. I didn’t really relate to each of them as individuals but I did like them as a couple. The tension was delicious and the chemistry was there at the beginning.

“She’d reached the point where everything got an awkward type of transparency, where she realized things had another side to them, that what she’d thought was two dimensional was actually in three dimensions, and beliefs she’d held to all her life were being exposed as frauds.”

If the virgin-girl-meets-ladies-man trope is your thing, then by all means try this. The heroine Mila is raised (brainwashed) by austere parents to be devoutly religious and pious and she has a lot of issues towards sexuality and the concept of sin. The lead male character James is a liberated (sexually active) guy struggling to survive a traumatic former relationship.

The book has a promising theme of sexual awakening and sex as a form of empowerment, although I don’t think it was effectively executed. I also didn’t like the hate towards sexually active women. Being a virgin does not mean you’re pure as a person. But I can blame this on Mila being “brainwashed” so I guess I can forgive that. But, I am still hating on the fact that James would only think of being “gentle” and will “treat a girl right” only if she is a virgin. Every girl deserves that kind of treatment, right?

Definitely a must read if you’re into contemporary romance with the familiar templates of beautiful and hot main characters caught in steamy scenes. Happy ever after also guaranteed.

Big thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Overall rating: 3/5⭐️

About the Author

Sophia Karlson writes Romance and Erotic Romance in far-flung settings. She’s addicted to travel, whether it’s physical travel or the more affordable armchair kind. Taking readers on a journey of their own with her books is part of the plot. Bon voyage!

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