"A delicious tale of a man, standing in front of a woman, asking her to love him."
"This story is captivating."
"Thanks to Mako Bay, I now know my favourite trope - he falls first ✨swoon✨"
"I didn’t want it to end!"
"Beautiful writing, beautiful characters and beautiful story. I can’t wait to read more from this author."
"This is a gorgeous friends-to-lovers story, within a totally New Zealand feel."
"A warm and satisfying story about surprisingly falling in love."
"No alphaholes here. This is a hot, funny, poignant, and pacy read."
"I really liked Todd. A lot."
"Friends to lovers is one of my favourite tropes and this one was perfect."
"A lovely, cosy story about two people too wary of admitting their true feelings."
"Romantic, cute and even funny. A perfect story for that feel good factor."
"I enjoyed Todd and Maddie's sparkly dialogue and thoroughly enjoyed the book."
"Absolutely adored this story!"
"A good dose of good ol' fashioned longing, and a very satisfying ending. Tino pai, Stephanie Ruth!"
"Amazing characters who felt so real."
"I highly recommend this book."
"Ruth has a beautiful way with words that draws you into the story so that it is impossible to put the book down."
"I absolutely adored this romance set in Wānaka, Aotearoa, New Zealand. I didn’t want to leave. Please invite me to a Dante pizza night 💗"
"Delightful set of shorts."
"Katie and Rupert, the 'guinea pig' participants in a scent experiment, were a perfect, cute way to open the collection."
"I love Stephanie Ruth's easy going and yet insightful look at relationships."
"The Bit That Means Something was so touching it almost brought a tear."
"What a brilliant book to curl up with."
"Each tale is a wee gem."
"This book is the perfect antidote to a stressful day."
"An outstanding novel with a powerful story that will keep you up all the night."
"It goes down like an ice-cold guilty pleasure on a hot beach-reading day."
"Grab a fan before reading this one, because it really heats up."
"Highly recommended to lovers of romance set in beautiful places."
"Warmed my heart and was consumed in two days."
"A second-chance love story... truth, pain, and a slow burn."