Coach M – Q. Kelly

Rating: 5 out of 5.
I’ve been thinking about this book a lot since I read it and found I needed to come back and write a review. This contains spoilers about both this book and the first in the series – Coach Z.

I read a biography of Q.Kelly and it said she likes to write in the grey of life – it’s an extremely appropriate way of describing this series of books. None of the characters are horrible, none of them are heroes, they’re just people dealing with hard things and situations.

I was originally attracted to the book because of my love of sports and lesbians crossed with basketball was right up my street. However it was the characters that had me reading both books back to back and still awake trying to finish them at 4am in the morning.

Coach M skips forwards five years from the ending of Coach Z, where we found the burgeoning relationship between Melissa and Andi ending due to alcoholism. Five years later and Andi is returning to coach the Ravens again, in the process coming face to face with Melissa again after no contact since the end of Coach Z.

The basketball descriptions in the book are great, and I loved how it accurately represents that sport is often a way of life for some. I thought Andi was great as a character, but for me it was the depiction of Melissa in Coach M that really spoke to me. Melissa is written as someone coming to terms with lots of things that people in the LGBTQ+ community often experience and then struggle with reconciling when they meet ‘the one’.

I was also really happy that whilst there is a happyish ending to the book, it didn’t break from its style and have an amazing unrealistic HEA. There is happiness and resolution – but everything isn’t tied into a happy bow just because the book ends.

I would love a third part of this series, continuing Melissa and Andi’s life together.

The Wrong Date – Sienna Waters

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Really enjoyed both the writing and premise of this book. The characters are well written and have real depth to them. Whilst the high school reunion story is a common idea – how we get there with the characters is anything but.

Loved the story so much I sat and read the whole book in one sitting – reading until 2.30 in the morning – so be prepared to make time to enjoy this one.

I really enjoyed the awkwardness of Annie and the confidence of Robin and how their relationship worked together. The HEA seems just right – and I’d really enjoy reading another book about these characters and what happened next.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

The Opposite of You – Sienna Waters

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Enjoyable read about two MCs that really shouldn’t fall for each other.

I love that the author was confident enough to write characters with flaws. I’m not sure what stops me classing this as a 5 star book – I think it might be my frustration with one of the MCs not seeing what was right under her nose, which of course is the whole point of the story and what makes it an enjoyable read, but nonetheless I think there were too many times I wanted to yell at my Kindle!

I really enjoyed that the HEA didn’t come with marriage or pregnancy and faced a lot of common discussions regarding equal responsibilities in a relationship, normality can be interesting sometimes.

It’s a well written book full of characters with depth, available on KU in the UK, I’d highly recommend.

Goode Girls Steal – J.J. Arias

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Really enjoyed this one. Lesbians and softball, what’s not to like?

This is the third book in the Goode Girl series (I’m not normally someone who will read a later instalment of a series without going back and catching up first, but as I said, lesbians and softball – I couldn’t wait), but it holds up really well as a stand alone book. I’ll probably go back and read the other two – mainly because I enjoyed the writing style.

The book had enough softball terminology and game time in it to satisfy my sports cravings and a really good slow burn romance. There are some brief sex scenes and minor angst, so if you like your books quite lighthearted this one could be for you.

It’s a shame this book couldn’t be the start of a series for these characters, but I know that wouldn’t fit with the rest of the books. All in all a great read and I look forward to reading more from this author.

Fireflies – Lise Gold

Rating: 5 out of 5.
I didn’t realise how much I needed a book like this in my life, until I was reading it. I completely misunderstood it was going to be about, not knowing anything about the airline industry, but that didn’t matter, I was hooked from the start. I love Gold’s writing and this book stands out because of it.

The storyline felt genuine and honest, I loved both of the MCs and I found myself rooting for everything to work out. Their families were interesting and not just thrown in there to pad out the story – they had valid parts to play.

This will definitely be added to my re-read list – I almost want to go ahead and re-read it now.