Rating:

5274656Reviewed by Kathie Smith

Olivia Jensen, age 21, couldn’t have a more perfect life–she is definitely on her way to Finding Cloud 9. Everything she wants just seems to walk into her life at the perfect moment–a fact Olivia never questions and author Aryah B never explains. From her career to her high school crush, everything comes up roses for Olivia.

To begin with, she lands her dream job months before completing her university degree. Other hopeful candidates for the prestigious design company to the stars, Saddle, suffer an eight month waiting list just to get an internship. But not Olivia. She inexplicably breezes past the waiting list and internship and is shown straight to a swank, roomy office on the first day of her perfect part-time job.

The best perk of this amazing job is her coworker Alex. He has the office beside her and they often work together on projects for the firm. He is a talented, hard-working designer and an all-around nice guy, but he is utterly oblivious to Olivia’s interest in him. It is okay, though. All she has to do is tell him and her love life becomes more than she could have ever dreamed of.

Then there is Justin, an ex-crush from high school she frequently bumps into at the university. She finally gave up on him years ago with the realization that he wants to play the field and has no interest in a relationship. The random meetings are one thing because she can handle his smug overconfidence for brief periods of time, but a strange coincidence plants him firmly into the middle of her life.

Olivia’s grandfather is a strong influence and the source of much guidance in her life. He shows up at her house unannounced but always welcome. They have a bond so strong that he is able to be there for her even though he died when she was a young child. No, he doesn’t have anything to do with making these amazing things fall into place for her, but he never misses a chance to remind her to stay away from Justin.

There is the typical twist that threatens everything which does provide a small, albeit short-lived, bit of curiosity, but the rest of the book is predictable. It would be a good read for a teenager who is just starting to be interested in romance novels because it is so easy-going and doesn’t have a major tragedy or any inappropriate love scenes. Finding Cloud 9 can be summed up as an overly-optimistic book version of a romantic comedy.

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Kathie is a writer, wife, mother and volunteer living in the beautiful Appalachian mountains. Her passion for the written word is fulfilled by creating her own fictional work, freelancing, acting as an adviser to another author, and reading with her six year old daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Aryah B. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.