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The Art of Us by K.L. Hughes

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Delicate by Sarah Sanders

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Damn! What a beautiful romance! Sports romance with the most gorgeous MCs.

Valentina González was a promising tennis player who lost the plot. Unwilling to give up, she successfully plays doubles in the tennis circuit but nurses a secret dream to getting back into singles. Sonja Romanov is the Golden Girl of tennis, the current No. 1 who has set all sorts of records. Just that she privately hates tennis.

Valentina and Sonja are such gorgeous characters. We love the loving unfolding of the romance between them. The way the author subtly shows the physical blooming in Sonja (small smiles to wide ones, tentative holding hands to assertive exploration in bed) is remarkable. We love that there are scenes where each of them are vulnerable with the other and the other one holds them gently leading them back. Their relationship is equal, nurturing and supportive. The chemistry between them jumps – totally jumps – off the page. And the thing that totally swept us off our feet; that made us swoon? It has the most magical 'I love you' moment ever.

This book is all sorts of awesome and highly recommended. 

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30 Dates in 30 Days by Elle Spencer

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We love light-hearted romcoms with a side of drama and Spencer’s books mostly fit this groove nicely. This one is no exception. It has an entertaining premise – racing against time (35th birthday being round the corner) to find The One, in a month via thirty dates and thirty days.

Veronica Welch, a habitual achiever, is a hardworking lawyer. She’s been so intent on her career that by the time she’s reaching 35, she has no love life. Her mother and assistant, Bea, take matters in their hands and put her on a dating site. Bea convinces Veronica to go through a month of dating and takes the onus of setting up the dates and shortlisting the women. Veronica agrees and the venue is a quaint, rustic bar close to their office. The bar is owned by Charlotte Monaghan whose mother is seriously unwell, so her cousin Rachel, a much sought after wedding and celebrity photographer, pitches in to bartend as much as possible. Rakish Rachel has sworn off love and has a maximum-three-dates rule that she lives by.

We started off thinking that with the profile of the character, Veronica would be a closed, arrogant ice queen but she is quite delightful. She’s warm, vulnerable, funny and fearless about taking risks. Rachel, on the other hand – we couldn’t quite feel for her despite the dramatic reason for her closedness. Honestly, we cannot fathom how Veronica continues to interact with, feel attracted to and have feeling for Rachel despite the way Rachel rejects her more than once. But the book is engaging enough to suspend disbelief and go with the flow.

The return of Madison and Ana from The Road to Madison was nice in their first appearance but forced later. It was not quite needed and didn’t add in any way.

This is a great choice for a light-hearted weekend romance read.

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In the Silences by Rachel Gold


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What an amazing book! It deals with very serious issues of insidious brain-washing that leads to non-acceptance, stereotyping, marginalization and discrimination on multiple levels and is breathtakingly brilliantly written.

Aisha Warren, and African-American, has just moved into an overwhelmingly white neighbourhood. She meets Kaz Adams and the two become instant friends. Kaz is struggling with gender issues trying to get a grasp on what she is.

To write more of the synopsis would be actually narrating the story, and that would never do justice to this book.

The racial issues that Aisha faces are heart-breaking.

The relationship between Aisha and Kaz is caring, nurturing, supportive, uplifting, protective, loving and totally #goals. Both the MCs are assertive and amazing. Individually each of them is awesome, but together they are incredible.

Written in first person from Kaz’s PoV, it made us admire and empathise with Kaz, but fall in love with Aisha.  

Definitely a must-read.

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