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Jump Then Fall by Sarah Sanders

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ An unabashed, unapologetic romance with lots and lots of sizzling, superhot sex. Yummy! Ika and Ree work in a multinati...

Friday Night Flights by Susan X. Meagher

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If All That Matters was a deep-dive blow-by-blow of pregnancy, this one is a deep-dive into being a new single mother.

Avery Nichols works in a publishing house in Brooklyn and hosts a podcast. She’s been single for a while but keen on having a baby (babies, ideally). On a visit back home her mother takes her to a brewery for dinner – really a thinly veiled excuse for her to reconnect with Casey Van Dyke, also a single lesbian. Avery and Casey used to be in high school together sixteen years back, but their social worlds didn’t intersect – except for Avery’s friend verbally bullying Casey. Avery is interested but that meeting comes to naught. Two years later, Casey runs into Avery with a six-month-old baby, Lisbet. Casey is crazy about babies and she is upper excited to see Lisbet and makes it a point to weave herself into Avery’s life to spend time with the baby. Avery is struggling with all the downsides of having a baby – sleepless nights, reduced productivity and a roommate fleeing. Aided by Casey, Avery comes to the realisation that working from home and shifting town is the best option for her. Avery proposes this at work and her proposal is accepted, so she moves into her parents’ (first house and then close by). Between her mom and Casey, Avery has more than enough support and help for Lisbet and life would be good except that Avery dreams of returning to Brooklyn since she is a city girl.

This is a long – a very long – book which barely touches the romance. Avery and Casey are both lovely ladies but the concentration is on Casey’s excitement about Lisbet and the developing friendship between Avery and Casey. Every once in a while, Meagher seems to remember that this is also about the two women and throws in a small line or para about a maybe attraction between them. This one could surely have done with more banked fires and longing to make it a fantastic romance. But it doesn’t. In fact, the differences between the two are pointed out in more detail. Also there are a number of meandering paths that lead nowhere – like the time Avery has a story idea and takes a photograph of a dancing lady, the whole thing with Casey’s parents (individually and as a couple), the Tara track. It is only the skill of Meagher that kept us reading till the end. Admittedly the writing flows but really goes nowhere. We’d have liked romance and heat in this and writing both really well is so much within Meagher’s capabilities.

All in all, this one has been rather disappointing.   

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