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#BookReview: “High on Love” by Gabbi Powell

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Kendra Barker’s a long way from her Canadian home. Her road trip has landed her and her 1983 Harley in Cataluma, California, but she only plans to stay long enough to rest, maybe make a few dollars, and enjoy the Strawberry Festival. As a bonus, the one place she finds to stay is an empty apartment with a super sexy landlord.

Javier Fernandez has been cruising through life on autopilot. His marijuana shop is doing well. His mother is, for the most part, under control and managing her job as mayor of his beloved Cataluma. Now, he just needs to get this pesky Canadian woman out of his head. He gave her a place to sleep, and he very much wants to be in her bed, but come the end of the weekend, she’ll be moving on. Javier doesn’t do one-nighters and he doesn’t want to deal with a broken heart. Long-distance, and cross-borders is a recipe for disaster, right?

High on Love is a story in the Shopping for Love in Cataluma series. The book is a 39k word small-town interracial romance novella with a tattooed heroine, a stoic hero, and the love affair that’ll change their lives forever.


Kendra Barker is road-tripping through California to try and escape the expectations of her family members back home. Needing some quick cash, she winds up in a small town and looks for a job. After the cute owner of the cannabis shop derails her plans, she finds something she never expected.

I love the opposites attract trope. Kendra and Javier were great characters, but so different in that she was carefree and perhaps a little immature at times while he was stodgy and work-oriented. The secondary characters really padded out the narrative and gave the story more flavor. Kendra made friends so easily, and I wish I could be like that. She’s the type of person that makes you feel right at home.

Featuring insta-love and opposites attract, High on Love is a fun contemporary romance novella to while away an afternoon.

5 Stars

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