I feel like we don’t have enough New Adult sapphic stories around what is a shame because I love New Adult stories so it’s no surprise that I jumped at the chance to read Catch and Cradle, a fun New Adult F/F romance set in Halifax that takes us behind the scenes of their UNS Women’s Lacrosse team to watch Becca, the teams captain, and Hope, one of their star players, come together.
I loved all the layers we saw of Hope and Becca. The book did a great job showing us their hopes, dreams, motivations and fears. That made it easy to root for them and their relationship. We can see how they are perfect for each other, but there’s also room for them to grow as individuals.
The story is sweet but also sexy and as a sports lover it was great to get a glimpse into a sport I’ve never paid much attention to like lacrosse.
Flipped is a delicious look at the behind the scenes of a popular HGTV-style reality show, full of drama, passion, and love.
As a big fan of reality shows and celebrity love interests, this book caught my eye from the premise. Molly wins a competition to have her house flipped by famous married duo Flick and Kim, and of course sparks fly the minute she meets Flick in person, but secrets on both ends force them to stay apart.
I was slow to warm up to Amanda and Quinn, but by the end of the book I was invested in them and rooting for them. The premise of the story was what captivated me in the first place. Having complicated and messy feelings for an ex. Falling for the familiarity of someone who already knows you, loved you even if it’s not the best idea. How hard it is to allow yourself to heal and love again after a bad break up.
Seeing Amanda and Quinn navigate divorce, how to handle your ex, your new partner having kinds, was also welcome. It think divorce, sharing custody of kids has become more and more common so it’s interesting to see it explored.
I enjoyed the inclusion of Amanda’s kids as central to the story. Loved to hate Mel, the ex, and even warmed up to her by the end of the book. Amanda and Quinn were a great couple I was happy to see succeed. The way they resolved their conflict by being honest, vulnerable, having open communication, was great.
There was a wide arrange of side characters, I didn’t necessarily connect with a lot of them. But it was nice to see both main characters have a full life outside of the couple. The attempt at racial diversity with a Chinese side character felt a little off. It had barely a couple scenes. If the author wanted to include more diversity, I would have liked to see the character more developed, give it more dimension than just name dropping them. It was even more jarring because none of the other characters are described or made explicitly non-white.
In general I felt like the book started a little slow, while we got to know more of the characters, but once it picked up about one third into the book it became a captivating fast paced read.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.
When I decided to start writing Book Reviews on this blog in an effort to share with more people the amazing and wide array of sapphic books available, I knew one of my first reviews would be about Monica McCallan. She introduced me to the world of contemporary lesbian romance books, and I can’t thank her enough.
But we will get back to that later, let’s focus on her books first. I debated about which one to talk about and settle for Then & Now. It wasn’t the first book by this author than I read, and it’s not her most recent work as she is incredible prolific and I, instead, take ages to get around to do the things I want to do. But it is my favorite, so far, from her.