Hi everyone! This is the first installment of Romance Report, a new feature that I created because I’m usually looking for very especific elements in romance books depending on my mood (like a especific trope or a certain level of angst or a certain level of steam, etc) and I think a lot of people feel the same way, so in the romance report that’s the kind of information I’ll include as a way to make it easier for people to decide if a romance book is the one they are looking for or not.
Without further ado, here’s my first romance report:
Marriage of Unconvenience by Chelsea M. Cameron
- Series: it’s a standalone
- Synopsis: Two childhood best friends get married to inherit some money and solve their financial issues, but they end up realizing they have feelings for each other (Goodreads)
- Pages: 197
- Representation: lesbian and queer main characters and a trans side character.
- Point of View (POV): single female pov
- Relationship: female/female
- Tropes: friends to lovers, fake marriage
- Romance: this book has so many sweet moments including a wedding dress shopping scene that warmed my heart, these two women love each other so much and it’s easy to tell throughout the book.
- Steam level: low, it’s more cute than steamy. But there are explicit sex scenes.
- Angst level: low, there aren’t any huge obstacles or any dramatic moments.
- Comments : The writing isn’t the best, but the real problem is the editing. There are inconsistencies that go from the protagonists having different middle names throughout the book to one character being described as the best secret keeper and a few pages later as not being the best at keeping secrets.
- Rating: 3,5 stars
Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole
- Series: book #2.5 in the Reluctant Royals series. It can be read as a standalone.
- Synopsis: Two women reunite months after a short fling that left them brokenhearted and fall in love all over again (Goodreads)
- Pages: 106
- Representation: african lesbian main character and haitian-american bisexual main character.
- Trigger warnings: deportation and forced separation of families.
- Point of View (POV): dual pov, one narrates the present and another the past
- Relationship: female/female
- Tropes: second chance romance
- Romance: This books relies too much in the characters’ past feelings that were instalove-y to begin with (3 dates and they are in love!), which made me not be invested in the relationship. Also, the main conflict in the past and present timelines is that the characters don’t talk to each other, which gets a bit frustrating.
- Steam level: low, there’s one explicit scene and the other scenes are fade to black.
- Angst level: medium, there’s angst because of the way things ended between the main characters the first time they were together and also because of the reason behind their separation.
- Comments: the writing wasn’t really for me and, because of that, it took me a long time to get into the story and connect with the characters. Also, issue of possible deportation was solved so easily that it because obvious that it was a plot device more than anything else.
- Rating: 3,6 stars
Have you read these books? Are you excited to read them? What romance books with f/f relationships would you recommend?
Add me on