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Love, From A to Z by Robin Alexander

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Robin Alexander books are like a carefully hoarded treat that we dip into when we feel rather deserving. Though this one was...

Playing with Fire (Playing #3) by Lesley Davis


Strong, mature characters embracing their feelings (good, bad and indifferent). An awfully attractive African-American MC, Takira Lathan. Dealing head-on with stereotypes. Good chemistry. A lovely relationship wherein the MCs talk to each other about themselves, their insecurities, their feelings and even what they like sexually. This book has a lot going for it.

Takira (35) runs a successful restaurant names after herself. But her now-absconding manager has just taken away a bulk of her money, leaving her in a very difficult place. Added to that, without warning, Takira has become the de facto guardian of her nephew, Finn. Dante Groves (49) has literally just driven into town, her erstwhile hometown which she had left because of her ex-girlfriend, Chloe. Chloe systematically decimated Dante’s self-belief and self-confidence before cheating on her. In the aftermath of the break-up Dante, who works as a manager (when she works), travelled around for a couple of years before heading home. First stop on entering hometown: Takira’s, where Dante meets an old friend via whom she meets Takira, and before you know it, Dante is Takira’s new manager and they are sharing an apartment (as roommates).  

We liked almost everything about this book – the pacing, the people, the chemistry – almost everything. The thing that really got a bit much was the whole butch-building, butch bromance, butch baiting and butch defense. There was just way too much belabouring on the butch factor. Yeah, Dante is butch, we get that but that practically became all that Dante is, which was unnecessary, because Dante is more than just her physical appearance.

Despite that strange fixation, this is a lovely angst-free read.   


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