My Year of Saying No by Maxine Morrey (ARC Review)

Hi Blisses,

TITLE: My Year of Saying No
BY: Maxine Morrey
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION: April 16th 2020 by Boldwood Books
NOTES: I received an e-ARC from the publisher/author via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book in any way.


Lottie Wentworth has never been more pleased to hear Big Ben ring in the new year and wave goodbye to The Year of Saying Yes!

When a long-term relationship ended, her best friend’s scheme to get Lottie back in the swing of things seemed like a good idea. She’s kept her promise to Jess to see it through but, as a lover of the quiet life, Lottie couldn’t be happier to say hello to a brand new year – The Year of Saying No!

Unfortunately, the one thing she still seems unable to say no to is the crush she has on her best client and now friend, Army veteran, Seb Marshall. But she’s working on it, and with rescue dog Humphrey at her side, she knows that she’ll manage just fine.

Lottie’s decision to stop trying to please everyone has brought a sense of relief beyond what she had expected. Her actions and determination have also begun to send ripples throughout her life and those closest to her, bringing about changes none of them could have expected.


Slow-burn, employer/employee, friends-to-lovers romance – My Year of Saying No has everything I love in romance fiction. It’s also British and it tells of a heroine who is an introvert. But somehow, it fell short in some aspects.

I love how slow-burn it is. I actually enjoyed following Lottie and Seb’s relationship, from mere employee-employer to friends and eventually to two people who are obviously in love with each other. But I only enjoyed it because I’m a major sucker for slow-burn. That said, I don’t think this pacing will work for everyone, even the ones who love slow-burn. The pacing is really slow. Not every scene is interesting. There’s no rise and fall of the plot, mostly it’s just straight line.

I do love the main characters. Lottie is very relatable for me. Her joy lies not in going out but on her couch in her pajamas and tea in hand. Later, she also got herself a pet dog who is absolutely precious. Lottie is also very kind-hearted and committed to her work. She’s very likable. Seb, on the other hand, is very admirable. He’s an army veteran and does charity works for other veterans. Lottie is his virtual assistant. Seb also has a prosthetic leg. I think the author did a good job of showing the reality of Seb’s situation. Like how it affected his past relationships and his effort to have one. By the way, I don’t judge his ex and the women he tries to date who end up realizing they can’t live with Seb’s situation. I’m actually thankful that this book is in Lottie’s POV so there’s never a scene with Seb and these women. And he also has his own dog.

Finally, I want to stress how positive this book is. Despite its title, My Year of Saying No, this book actually exudes so much positivity, which I think is already obvious because of the characters. I just didn’t get any negative vibe from reading it which is really nice.

RATING: 3 blissful pages with lilies

Have you read this book? Or planning to? What do you think of it? Let’s chat.

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