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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Bellini's Mimosa is a work of fiction in the contemporary romance subgenre and it forms the first novel of the Colors of Happiness book series. It is intended for the adult reading audience but is not explicitly sexual or graphic, and was penned by author Annette G. Anders. Our story follows protagonist Mimi Albizia, who has been struggling with a forced break from work and is soon to return to Boston. But at the very end of her break, she meets the handsome Jake Bellini, who spends most of his time actively trying to avoid the responsibilities put upon him by his family. But when the two meet, reality sets in, and they both discover that there are some things worth working hard for in this life.
I always think that the best romance novels are those that don’t shy away from some of the harsher realities of life, and author Annette G. Anders has certainly achieved a great balance of realistic situations and struggles in this novel, whilst also maintaining a hopeful and positive view of love and its many possibilities for happiness. I also really enjoyed the emphasis on family and being an adult, which made the work feel far less idealized and helped me to believe in the emotional investment that Mimi and Jake had in one another. This produces a profoundly emotional novel where true love, not mere romance, takes center stage. As such, I’d certainly recommend Bellini's Mimosa as a must-read for fans of contemporary romance everywhere.