Romance Report: Let’s Talk about Surprise Baby, The Penalty Box & Fit

Romance Report

Hi everyone! Today I bring you another Romance Report. I’m having so much fun writing this feature,  I read so many romance books and this is the perfect way for me to talk about them here on the blog.

I started this feature because I’m usually looking for very especific elements in romance books depending on my mood (like a especific trope, a certain level of angst, 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. I’ll also include comments about the things I enjoyed or didn’t enjoy in the book, as well as my rating.

Without further ado, here are the books I want to talk about today:

Surprise, Baby by Lex Martin & Leslie McAdam

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  • Series: Standalone
  • Synopsis: Two characters that dislike each other get stuck together for a weekend and it results in a suprise pregnancy (Goodreads)
  • Pages: 358
  • Trigger warnings: Mentions of alcohol and drug use.
  • Representation: Drew, one of the main characters, has diabetes and it’s a big part of the story. The book really tries to show how much this disease impacts Drew’s life.
  • Point of View (POV):  dual perspective in first person
  • Relationship: female/male
  • Tropes: Accidental pregnancy, dislike to like to love
  • Romance: There is a lot of chemistry between the characters, but what makes this especial is that there are a lot of sweet moments between them as well. Their conversation and their banter is highly entertaining.
  • Steam level: This book is hot, all the scene are really explicit not just the first one or the last one (which happens sometimes in books)
  • Angst level: Medium-high. There’s a lot miscomunication, which is the cause of the main conflicts in the book and it becomes a bit frustrating because it happens again and again, usually when the main characters are doing better and their relationship is evolving.
  • Comments: This book talks about pregnancy in a different way than many romance books, it definitely includes the positive aspects of it but it also discusses how hard it can be with the tiredness, the vomit, the strech marks, the weight gain and the hormones.
  • The writing is good, the writing styles of both authors are similar enough that you can’t tell it’s two people writing instead of one and the entire book feels very cohesive writing wise.
  • Rating: 3,6 stars

The Penalty Box by Odette Stone

The Penalty Box

  • Series: The third book in the Vancouver Wolves Hockey Series
  • Synopsis: Marriage of convenience between a hockey player and the assistant of his publicist (Goodreads)
  • Pages: 369
  • Trigger warnings: Kidnapping, stalking, sexual assault, mentions of death of a child and death of a parent figure.
  • Point of View (POV):  dual perspective in first person
  • Relationship: female/male
  • Tropes: marriage of convenience
  • Romance: The dynamic between the main characters is full of tension and nerviousness – especially at the beginning – which works really well with the plot of the story. That tension and chemistry are mixed with some sweet moments and it makes this a great love story. My one problem with the romance is that the guy becomes extremely posesive at one point, which doesn’t work for me.
  • Steam level: This book was really hot, very explicit and detailed.
  • Angst level: high, there’s a lot of back and forth from the main male character about wether he wants to be with her or not outside of their arrangement. Also, he went through a very traumatic situation when he was a child, which marked him and causes a lot of angst thoughout the book.
  • Comments: There were two scenes that made me uncomfortable while I read this because both characters at different points in the book started to have sex with the other person while the other character was still asleep and since there wasn’t a previous conversation between them about wheter that was ok or not, I felt like the consent wasn’t clear even if both characters were fine with it at the end.
  • Rating: 3,5 stars

Fit by Rebekah Weatherspoon 

Fit

  • Series: The first book in the Fit series
  • Synopsis: A producer for The Food Channel wants to get in shape and ends up falling for her trainer (Goodreads)
  • Pages: 160
  • Trigger warnings: Minor fat shaming
  • Representation: Chinese Fat main character
  • Point of View (POV):  female perspective in third person
  • Relationship: female/male
  • Romance: This book has a relatable female main character and a really considerate and caring love interest and that makes the romance so sweet. There’s also a lot of chemistry between the characters.
  • Steam level: This book is steamy, it’s explicit and detailed and it includes bdsm, which is a big part of the story.
  • Angst level: Low, there’s a conflict at the end but since this is a short book, it’s resolved pretty quickly.
  • Comments: I read this book to give Rebekah Weatherspoon a second chance after reading one of her books called Rafe last year and not enjoying it that much. I’m so glad I took another chance on her, because her writing in this book is so much better and I ended up enjoying Fit a lot. If you didn’t enjoy one of her books in the past and are wondering if you should read another one, I’d say: go for it!
  • Rating: 3,7 stars
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Book Review: Your Heart is the Sea by Nikita Gill

Your Heart is the SeaTitle: Your Heart is the Sea

Author: Nikita Gill

Published by: Thought Catalog Books

Publishing date: November 22nd 2018

Genre: Poetry

Pages: 200

Let poetry help you examine the depths of your wounds. Let it remind you that no matter how deep it goes, you will be able to heal it because you have been able to heal every single wound inflicted on your heart and soul before. Let these words show you that you will be able to find the light at the end of the wound because you have always found your way before.

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A copy of this book was provided  by Thought Catalog Books  in exchange of an honest review.

Your Heart is the Sea is a poetry collection that touches on sensitive subjects like emotional abuse, sexual assault, feelings of abandonment, mental illness (depression and anxiety) and self- harm, and it deals with them in a thoughtful, insightful and powerful way.

“People aren’t buildings. We aren’t ancient monuments that, once ravaged by some forgotten war, lie in permanent ruins of ourselves” 

Like most poetry collections, not all the poems in Your Heart is the Sea manage to have the same impact, the same resonance, but there’s a consistency in this collection that I appreciated. That probably has to do with the way the collection is organized in different sections that group poems together that address similar themes.

My favorite section was the first one called The Anguish, because  it contains the poems that resonated more strongly with me, especially in terms of mental illness. For me, the most relatable poem in the collection is The War Called Anxiety, in which Nikita Gill defines anxiety saying:

“It is the habit of fashioning bullets within my head. It is the unwanted practice of treating my body like it is a pistol, constatly waiting for someone to pull my trigger” 

That poem had a huge emotional impact on me when I first read it and it has continued to have that impact  all the times that I have re-read it since then. Nikita Gill found a way to perfectly describe my experience with anxiety, while being raw and honest, which means a lot to me.

Every section from this collection has poems that stand out for how relatable and touching they are. Nonetheless, another section that I particulary enjoyed is titled The Worship and it’s dedicated to heroes and gods from greek mythology, and it includes fascinating and captivating poems, including my favorite one, which is called How to Become a Myth.

Lastly, I would like to mention that the design of this poetry collection, which is based on the sea, is beautiful. From the cover to the images that are included to the color of the pages, everything works really well and adds to the experience of reading the poems.

Overall, Your Heart is the Sea is a powerful, touching and heartfelt poetry collection that deals with sensitive topics in a thoughful and insightful way.

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Things I Loved about Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Hi everyone! This post is so late, I read this book months ago and I inmediately wrote this list of things I loved about it, but I’m a mess so this post stayed in my drafts for the longest time (because I was lazy and didn’t want to formatted it) until now.

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Title: Red, White & Royal Blue

Author: Casey Mc Quiston

Published by: St. Martin’s Griffin

Publishing date: May 14th 2019

Genre: Contemporary

Pages: 432

A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends…

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

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1. The Diversity

This book is about Alex, who is biracial (Mexican/white), has ADHD and as he realises throughout the book, he is bisexual. Alex happens to be the son of the  female president of the United States, and he falls in love with Henry, the gay prince of England. As if that wasn’t amazing enough, there’s also diversity when it comes to the supporting characters, there’s a biracial character, a bisexual character, a character with no regards for gender roles and a character that struggles with addiction. And that’s just the most prominent secondary characters, there’s even more diversity when it comes to minor characters. How fantastic is that?!

2. The Romance

Now, the main focus of the story is the romance and let me tell you this book is the perfect example of the dislike to like to love trope.  I was swooning so hard while reading this book, the romance was cute and angsty and hot and everything I could have ever asked for. Also, for a big part of this book, Alex and Henry communicate through emails, which are sweet, romantic, thoughtful and just thinking about them makes me want to smile.

3. Amazing side characters + coolest friend group ever

Each of the two main characters in this book had two people in there lives that were really close to them. For Alex, it was his sister, June, and his best friend, Nora. And for Henry, it was his sister, Bea, and his best friend, Pez. Throughout the book the six of them form a friendship and they become the coolest, most badass group of friends ever and I’m so here for it! I love all six of them.

Also, I need follow up books so I can get stories for the other characters (I feel like they are hints of June and Nora having a thing, but I have mentioned it to some people and no one else seems to have noticed it, so I’m fretting that I made it all up in my mind and now I’m invested in it and it won’t happen, so if you read the book and you also saw the June/ nora hints, let me know!)

4. The political aspect

Lastly, this book deals a lot with politics, elections, electoral campaings and all that sort of thing since Alex’s mom is up for reelection and that has an impact on Alex and Henry’s relationship.  I know that may be divisive because a lot of people may not like how big of  part politic plays in the book, but as someone who graduated as a political scientist, I LOVED it! I thought it was really interesting and well reserched, even if the ending didn’t feel completely realistic, it was more on the hopeful side but it went well with the tone of the book.

There are so many other amazing things about this book like the supportive family and the humor, but these were the main four things that made me fall in love with Red, White & Royal Blue.

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Romance Report: let’s talk about two f/f romances (Once Ghosted, Twice Shy & Marriage of Unconvenience)

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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 

Marriage of Unconvenience

  • 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 

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  • 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

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Blog Tour: With the Fire on High by Elizbeth Acevedo (Review)

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ISBN: 0062662856
Title: With the Fire on High
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 7 th 2019
Pages: 400
Genre: YA Contemporary

With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.

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Elizabeth Acevedo expertly executes the recipe of an amazing book mixing loveable characters, complicated family dynamics and mouth watering descriptions of food.

It’s easy to tell this book was written by a poet, there are chapters where it’s just Emoni, the main character, reflecting on things and specific situation that are going on in her life from gentrification to racism to her relationship with her father, and in those chapters there are some really powerful quotes. Honestly, this book is full of incredible quotes and beautiful writing. The short chapters this story is told in made it such a fast and entertaining read.

Emoni as a character feels so real, she is patient, mature, responsible, insecure, she wants things for herself and for her child, her feelings get hurt, she is guarded, she gets angry, and sad, she is scared about the future. It was truly wonderful to read from her perspective. I loved her relationship with her grandma and with her best friend and I was infuriated by the way she was treated by her dad, her ex boyfriend and her ex boyfriend’s mother. The development of those relationships, especially her relationship with her dad, is amazing.

In terms of Emoni’s relationship with Malachi, it is just so sweet and he is such a nice guy and it is a great addition to the story, especially because it doesn’t take center stage and it is not the most important thing about the story. Also, I love that we are getting more YA books that address sex and intimacy in a positive way.

This book does a great job of showing Emoni as a mom and the struggles she faces being a mom, while also showing that she is more than that, she has dreams and hopes for herself, she’s also still a teenage even if she can’t act as one most of the time.

Also, I loved the way the Acevedo addresses being Afro-latinx and how sometimes people are not considered enough of either of those things, not black enough and not latinx enough, but the reality is they are both and they are enough.

While the heart of this book is defenitily in the relationships between Emoni and the other characters, the magic of the story, what makes it unique, appears when Emoni is cooking or talking about cooking and her dreams of being a chef or when other people talk about her food and what it makes them feel. It just made this book feel so special. I had so much fun reading about the culinary art classes, the fundraising and the trip to Spain.

EOverall, With the Fire on High was such a heartwarming read, perfect for fans of complex family dynamics and food in books.

About the author

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ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is the youngest child and only daughter of Dominican immigrants. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from the George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. With over fourteen years of performance poetry experience, Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Cave Canem Fellow, CantoMundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop. She has two collections of poetry, Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths (YesYes Books, 2016) and winner of the 2016 Berkshire Prize, Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm (Tupelo Press, forthcoming). The Poet X is her debut novel. She lives with her partner in Washington, DC.
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Tour Schedule:

1 st week
April 22 – Afire Pages | Welcome Post & BTS Look on the Cover
Design Process
April 23 – Reading Peaches
April 24 – Shut Up, Shealea | Printable wallpapers/ bookmarks
April 25 – A Book Devourer | “The Life of Emoni; A Comparison”
April 26 – Bookish Wanderess
April 27 – Flipping Through the Pages
April 28 –Utopia State of Mind

2nd week

April 29 – For the Love of Diversity in Books | Aesthetics + Quote
Graphics
April 30 – The Royal Polar Bear Reads | Instagram Photos
May 1 – Endless Chapters | Recipe
May 2 – The Ultimate Fangirl
May 3 – The Wolf & Books
May 4 – Book Lover’s Book Reviews
May 5 – Weekend Reader | Cover Inspired Hairstyle

3rd week

May 6 – The Writer and The Story| Favorite Quotes
May 7 –Themollyweather
May 8 – All Things Gene
May 9 – Darque Dreamer Reads
May 10 – Your Tita Kate
May 11 – Afergtale| “Stories Our Abuelas Wouldn’t Tell Today”
May 12 – F A N N A

Giveaways

Yes, you’ve read it right! This blog tour has giveawayS not just a giveaway. Enter below to enter and win a book or a shirt of With the Fire on High! You can enter not just on either but on BOTH giveaways. The giveaways are open internationally until May 22nd.

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Blog Tour: Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale (Review + Playlist)

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The official banner for the blog tour was designed by the wonderful Mana, feel free to check out her amazing portfolio right here!

Hi everyone! Today, I bring you my review and playlist for Small Town Hearts as part of the blog tour for the book. I received an ARC from the author in exchange of an honest review. A big thank you to Lillie Vale for the ARC and to Lili from Utopia State of Mind for hosting the blog tour!

Small Town Hearts

Title: Small Town Hearts

Author: Lillie Vale

Published by: Swoon Reads

Publishing date: March 19th 2019

Genre: Contemporary

Pages: 336

Rule #1 – Never fall for a summer boy. 

Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad.

And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had – to never fall for a summer boy?

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Trigger Warnings: manipulative friendship, mention of casual drug usage (weed, not shown on the page), alcohol consumption (on page) and alcohol abuse (a character drinks and parties to the point of dehydration and sleep-deprivation; two characters get wasted and are too drunk to fully consent to sex with each other).

Small Town Heart is an angsty book about love and friendship, but mainly about not holding so strongly to people that you don’t let them change and grow and that you don’t allow yourself to change and grow. The book is full of complex relationships and fascinating discussions about growing up.

The main character, Babe, is naïve, indecisive, scared of change and a pushover at the beginning of the book, but she develops as a character and I really enjoyed seeing that. She embraces the fact that people don’t always stay the same, they change, and she should be able to change to, she should be able to grow as a person. One thing that I abolutely loved about Babe and about this book is that she is unapologetically bisexual and eveyone accepts that, it’s normal, it’s not an issues and it’s fantastic.

The love interest, Levi, was sweet, honest and mature. I really liked him, and I didn’t quite understand why he put up with Babe being so indecisive for such a big portion of this book. Nonetheless, their relationship was thoughtful and sweet, and I enjoyed their scenes together.

Now, in terms of Babe’s best friends, Penny was a fascinating character to me because I hated her at the beginning, she was manipulative, insensitive and mean.  But as the book continues it’s evident that she is a more complex character, she makes some good points about change and about growing up that Babe needed to consider and accept. Nonetheless, that doesn’t excuse the way she behaved throughout the story and I liked the way this ended regarding her friendship with Babe. On the other hand, I don’t think there’s enough in this book about Chad to know him at all and the few scenes he has in this book made him look like an inconsiderate, pushover, oblivious guy.

I loved Babe’s coworker and friend, Lily and her boyfriend Lorcan. They are so cute and I really want a book about how everything started between them, because they are definitely one of my favorite part of the book.

The setting of this book is captivating, it’s this small seaside town, where everyone knows each other, where there are amazing sea food and desserts, beautiful landscapes, a sand castles competition and an awesome lighthouse where the main character lives. It honestly sounded like a magical place to live and it has a very big role in the story.

The plot gets a bit repetitive, the interactions between Babe and Levi always start cute and meaningful, but most of them end with Babe freaking out about Levi being a summer boy and getting weird and leaving, which I could understand at the beginning, but it kept happening again and again and it became a bit frustrating. Also, there is a point were the drama between Babe and Penny and Chad, got really repetitive as well.

Overall, Small Town Heart is a book for people who enjoy complicated firendships, sweet romances and books that have a bittersweet feel to them. 

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The playlist has songs that remind me of Babe and her relationship with Levi, a song that reminds me of Penny and even a song that reminds me of Babe’s relationship with her ex-girlfriend. I hope you enjoy it!


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Lillie ValeLillie Vale, upon discovering she could not be one of Santa’s elves or attend Hogwarts, decided to become a writer to create a little magic of her own. Enjoying the romantic and eerie in equal measure, she’s probably always writing a book where the main characters kiss or kill. Born in Mumbai, she has lived in many U.S. states, and now resides in an Indiana college town where the corn whispers and no one has a clue that she is actually the long-lost caps lock queen.

Small Town Hearts is her debut novel.

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FOLLOW THE REST OF THE BLOG TOUR FOR MORE CONTENT!
MARCH 11
Sprinkles of Dreams – guest post
Drizzle & Hurricane Books– interview
Eloise Writes – review + aesthetic
Flipping Through the Pages – review + creative
Annotated Paperbacks – creative

MARCH 12
Unputdownable Books – creative
Santana Reads – review + character aesthetics
Bookish in Texas – interview
Green Tea & Paperbacks – creative

MARCH 13
Bookish Wandress – review + a playlist
Bubbly Booknerd – creative
Bookmark Lit – review + creative
The Contented Reader – interview + review

Camillea Reads – review

MARCH 14
The Bookish Beagle – review + creative
Fannatality – review + creative
Syndneys.books – creative bookstagram
Word Wonders – review
Chasing Faerytales – review + creative
Utopia State of Mind – guest post
MARCH 15
Read by Tiffany – creative
Fangirl Fury – review + creative
Romie We Deserve Love – creative
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Blog Tour: Graham’s Delicacies by Em Ali (Review + Playlist)

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Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be a part of the blog tour for an amazing book that I have been highly anticipating. Today, I’m bringing you a review of the book and a playlist  that I did based on it!

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Title: Graham’s Delicacies

Author: Em Ali

Published by: Blue Latte House

Publishing date: March 5th 2019

Genre: Romance

Pages: 227

Saccharine:  Jen goes to work, agonizes over college, and looks forward to the stolen moments in the kitchen. There she can watch Emilie bake love into every morsel. Their delicate friendship takes a step towards a budding romance, but will Jen’s anxiety help them survive their first hurdle?

Delectable: James has never been kissed but he wants to be. Especially by his co-worker Sam, who he can’t talk to without turning into a little jerk. Sam is made of all the good stuff, but will James’ deepest insecurities allow him to kiss the boy?

Ravenous: Alex won’t let some foodie with a video camera bash their beloved bakery, even if it means to be petty. Except they’re nowhere ready for Yujin, the one who got away and is now romancing them. Will Alex’s pride let them see the gold heart the bashful king hides?

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I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review

Trigger warnings: anxiety, mention of parental death, misgendering (challenged on page), alcohol and sexual content.

Graham’s Delicacies is the fluffy book of my dreams. If you are looking for diverse romance stories with low angst and so much cuteness that you’ll smile most of the time while reading them, Graham’s Delicacies is for you!

There are three queer love stories in this book: Saccharine, Delectable and Ravenous,  and they were all lovely and captivating.

Saccharine is about Jen (she/her), a Black bisexual women with anxiety, and Emilie (they/ their, but she/her for special people), a chubby and anxious nonbinary baker. They are really cute and soft together, but they also have sexy moments. Em’s a really shy character and seeing them be confident and take charge during sex was amazing. Also, I loved Em’s cats, they are named after their favorite Disney princesses! Basically, this story couldn’t get cuter even if it tried.

James and Sam are mentioned a lot in Saccharine, because Jen and Em can tell that they like each other even if they are oblivious to it. By the time the first story was over, I was really excited to finally see how everything played out with James and Sam and I was not disappointed with their story.

Delectable is definitely the story I liked the most in this book, mainly because the dynamic between Sam and James is my favorite. When they are together the atraction and tension is palpable, honestly, I can’t believe how oblivious they were. Also, the flirting in this story is on point, Sam and James have so much chemestry and they are playful but bashful and it’s really entertaining to read. This story shows glimpses of James family and it was amazing, his relationship with his younger siblings is adorable and I would love to read more about his relationship with his twin, Clara, since it’s a bit complicted.

Ravenous is the story of Alex, a nonbinary baker (they/them) and Yujin, a Korean foodie vlogger (he/his). It’s the story with the coolest concept, since the characters have a one night stand and then find each other again after Yujin gives Graham’s a bad review. While I really liked the concept, I had a problem with the way Alex behaves when they meet again, they act like a jerk and, while they apologize later on, what didn’t make sense to me is that Yujin keeps trying even when Alex is behaving that way. Nonetheless, this story redeem itself with some very domestic and adorables scenes between the character and a really sweet ending.

Lastly, I would like to mention that my main issue with this book is that it needs better editing, especially, when it comes to the excesive use of pronouns at some points in the book. There were other little mistakes with phrases and words that didn’t really bother me, but I did have an issue with the fact that sometimes there are so many pronouns in a paragraph that it’s hard to tell who they are refering to and that makes certain scenes confusing.

Overall, I would recommend this to anyone looking for sweet, fluffy stories about POC and queer characters

Rating: 4 stars 

And finally, here’s the playlist I made imspired by this book,  I think the lyrics of the songs go well with the stories. I hope you enjoy it!

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