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Small Town Lover by Mia Archer

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This is a weird kind of romance where the chemistry is great but we really cannot see the MCs in a HEA.

Rachel Donovan, a hottie in high school, couldn’t get out of Bridgeton, the small town, she grew up in fast enough. She is an accountant in Chicago while her father had his own business in the same field in Bridgeton. Rachel returns to her home town to handle the legalities when her father passes. Erica Rogers, who had a massive crush on Rachel in high school, is co-owner of a funeral home. Erica is perfectly happy in the town and doesn’t want to move at all. When Rachel and Erica meet to discuss details about the funeral, attraction sparks between the two.

The MCs are okay – Rachel a lot better than Erica. We were awfully disappointed with both of them in the whole scene with Sydney. That was so not cool. There are numerous sex scenes, which are quite good.

This is a strictly okay read. 

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Conscious Bias, A Monica Spade Novel (Monica Spade #1) by Alexi Venice

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This is an interesting read inasmuch it is much like a John Grisham kind of legal novel with gay leads. It is not Grisham at his best but neither is it Grisham at his worst – it is somewhere in the middle with quite a solid legal case around the death of a Saudi Arabian student.

Monica Spade is a young, promising lawyer working in a seriously regressive law firm, Smart, Daniels & Whitworth. She is the only woman lawyer in the firm and has had to return into the closet so that she can work in the firm. Her biggest client is a large hospital which keeps her engaged in issues from a loose monkey to embezzlement by a partner company to the death of a Saudi Arabian student hurt during a fracas with an entitled Caucasian male. Monica has trouble saying no to goodies and joins a crossfit programme to battle the effects. She meets Shelby, an art teacher in the crossfit class and has mad attraction.

The books flows at a good pace. Monica is likeable enough. Shelby rocks! Wish there was more of Shelby and much more of the developing romance – since the attraction and chemistry is super, but way too little. Some amount of editing and tightening would’ve helped in creating a better pace.

This is a good change of pace for anyone who is OD-ing on any particular genre (be it romance or sci-fi) and wants something different for a coffee-bean-smell-between-perfumes.

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Painted Over by Sofi Keren

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Friends to lovers and second chances told in a sweet, simple way.

Artist Paige is on an upward trajectory in her professional life but her love life is kind of lame. Unexpectedly, her old BFF footballer Ria, re-enters her life. The two of them were inseparable till a huge crack appeared between them after the first time they slept together. It’s been over a decade since then and both have gone on to create their own lives. After meeting again, bridges tart getting built and the friendship is hesitantly rekindled.

We just couldn’t like Ria for having ghosted Paige all those years back. Even if her reason were altruistic, her unilateral decision was unacceptable. But the two MCs and their relationship deeply rooted in a long friendship is rather sweet. Another rather jarring point was this felt like the MCs were much younger than their thirty odd years. They felt like they were in their twenties.

This is a simple and rather simplistic story for a quick angst-free read. 

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