Well Met

Emily has moved to her sister’s home in Willow Creek, Maryland to help her out while she recovers from a broken leg, including joining the Reneissance Faire so that her niece can also take part. No problem, the people seem nice and excited and happy to have her, well except for Simon.

Throughout the summer Emily learns how to start taking the reigns of her life, going for what she wants, and asking herself and other the right questions. But is it always fun and games at the Ren Faire? Or could it be that her presence in Willow Creek is only welcome as it’s needed and once summer ends, no one will care where Emily goes?

Wow. Jen DeLuca, you have a new fan in me. Well Met is cute, funny, emotional, and heartwarming… with the right amount of cheese thrown in. I may be lactose intolerant, but your girl loves a good cheese. Emily and Simon and Mitch and Stacey and Caitlin and April and Chris – look I could go on, these characters felt real and full of life and I genuinely feel like I got to know them while also desperately wanting to know more. The romance is hot and sexy and at the same time sweet and cute. How did she do it? Well, you’ll have to read to find out.

I think I was about 50 pages in when I was recommending this to my friend. I was also guessing everyone’s signs and then having it basically confirmed some odd pages later, love that for me. Also love that whether intentionally or not, Jen stuck pretty close to astrological characteristics. Listen, if you want a cute, fun, and heartfelt read, read. this. book.

My Brother’s Husband

Yaichi’s brother Ryoji died, and now Ryoji’s Canadian husband Mike has come to visit him in Japan. Yaichi is not one hundred percent comfortable with Mike’s presence despite how much his daughter, Kana, loves having her foreign uncle over for a visit. Over the next several days, Mike and Yaichi connect about Ryoji, learn new things about each other, and Yaichi learns more about his biases and unlearns some bad habits.

My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame is a really really sweet story about a man growing in his understanding of homosexuality through the innocence of his daughter. Kana leads the story of Yaichi’s growth by mirroring his thoughts… except saying them out loud. She asks questions, makes comments, and pries Mike about being gay in the most sincere and gentle way that only a kid can. This allows Yaichi to get the answers to his questions without feeling rude or intrusive, and it also allows any reader to do the same.

Kana acts as a resource for the audience, a gauge, her reactions, her responses, her questions, are natural questions that a child may have when encountering homosexuality for the first time and they provide an opportunity for the audience to learn from her and by her.

I thought this was a solid, sweet, story that is really positive and good for the LGBTQ community. I think that it’s really more for people who are trying to accept homosexuality or have a hard time accepting it. As a bisexual woman, I appreciate the story, but don’t think I was the target demographic and that’s why I give it 4.5 stars. It’s by no means bad, but it didn’t serve me in anyway beyond the cute art style.

The Right Swipe

Rhiannon Hunter runs her own business and she’s good at it. She is in control of her job, her life, and her flings… until the one that ghosted, returns as a zombie and cannot be ignored. Rhiannon is smart, funny, brave, and totally not still hung up on Sampson. Nope, not at all… except maybe a little.

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai is fun, sexy, and an extremely feminist romance that will keep you turning the pages.

I really enjoyed this novel, I listened to it on audiobook (thanks Hoopla!) and I think that did a great job of distinguishing the characters and making them feel even more real. I love the consistent feminist commentary, it wasn’t brought up once and then forgotten, it was an actual point to the novel. In fact, aside from maybe one or two small things, everything had a purpose, everything had a point for either plot or character development and wasn’t thrown aside two scenes later.

I gave this book 4 stars and I highly encourage you to check it out.

The Turn of the Key

A five star read by none other than Ruth Ware. In truth, this is my second Ruth Ware book, and honestly, they just keep getting better. I’ll keep this short because honestly, at this point, I don’t think you need much convincing to read a Ruth Ware novel.

Turn of the Key is about a young woman named Rowan who takes on a to-good-to-be-true nannying post in a fancy, high-tech, smart house in Scotland, only to then be accused of murdering one of the children in her care.

This book has Ware’s eeriness amped up to eleven. I would get chills thinking about this book. I gave a copy to a friend because I just couldn’t stop recommending it to people. The sheer terror of Rowan can be felt, and sympathized with, on each page, and you can’t help but question and guess alongside her: “What the hell is going on?”

I listened to a spotify playlist of thunderstorms while I read this because it really fit the ambiance in case you needed more to push you to read this this fall. A perfect autumn creepy, eery, chilly read.