It has been a while since I’ve done mini-reviews, but I’ve got quite the variety of reviews for you today, friends! One senior citizen f/f novella, one tech-based m/f adult romance novel, and one Jewish AF queer m/f YA romance novel!
Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure – Courtney Milan
I knew I wanted to read this the instant I saw Milan tweet about this story, but I had to put it on hold because I was drafting my own senior citizen romance and didn’t want to accidentally copy anything. But holy moly, once I got to read this, I loved it. I loved Bertrice and Violetta. Their general shared disdain for men in power and the way they tormented Terrible Nephew together was absolutely delightful. I highly recommend it!
How to Hack a Heartbreak – Kristin Rockaway
I received an eARC of How to Hack a Heartbreak from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I really loved the premise for How to Hack a Heartbreak but the execution didn’t really work for me. I didn’t really get why we were supposed to like Alex, even though he was a “good guy” in a sea of shitty workers. It felt like Mel was just reacting to the world around her because her friends and her employer made all of her decisions and opportunities for her. Overall, this was an okay read but not a great one for me.
Kissing Ezra Holtz (And Other Things I Did For Science) – Brianna Shrum
I received an eARC of Kissing Ezra Holtz from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
I loved Brianna Shrum’s The Art of French Kissing when I read it, but I was hesitant about this one because of the Publisher’s Marketplace blurb’s wording. It felt super anti-aromantic, but I trusted Shrum as an aromantic author. I’m glad I read this. It’s unapologetically Jewish and queer and messy in the way that only teenagers can be. I loved it. Amalia has to figure out who she is and that requires a lot of soul searching, supported by her religion and her family. She’s imperfect and that’s what made this book so enjoyable. Also, “God, what the shit. I love you, too.” is the most ON BRAND statement for Shrum and it was so perfect for this book. I highly recommend it!