Coming Out – Jourdyn Kelly

Rating: 4 out of 5.
I read this off the back of reading Coming To: An LA Lovers Book. The MCs in Coming Out are secondary characters in Coming To and I was interested in hearing more about their story. Reading them back to back was a little strange – as the book takes place in the same period with many of the same events – but it really helped me appreciate the storyline further and didn’t detract from this book at all. As I said in my review of Coming To – I think you can read them in any order.

Whilst I loved both Hunter and Ellie, one of the things I liked the most about the storyline here is that you get a lot of time with secondary characters, all of which are written well and add something to the book, especially in getting to know the MCs. I especially enjoyed the relationship between Ellie and her daughter.

Both Hunter and Ellie have reasons to doubt each other, and whether their relationship will work, but a strength of both the characters and the storyline is how they work through these things together. Much like Coming To the topics discussed aren’t always easy and the book does deal with homophobia, but it doesn’t dwell on them unnecessarily.

At heart this book is a story of love and chosen families and how they face the world together and I would recommend giving it a go.

Finding Her Treasure – Alexa Woods

Rating: 4 out of 5.
I enjoyed the premise of this book as it was one I hadn’t encountered before. Set in an antiques mall the book explores the relationship of Romi and Kiera. Both have reasons to avoid the relationship, but the book doesn’t have a major slow burn vibe as there are enough things going on to keep the story flowing. The world and character building are done really well and you can empathise with how both MCs got to where they are. I really enjoyed both MCs interactions with their parents, though very different, the alternating viewpoints work very well and the epilogue left me feeling warm and fuzzy.

As far as I can tell this is the authors first book, but I couldn’t tell. I hope there will be more and I look forward to reading them.

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

Coming To – Jourdyn Kelly

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
I loved this book. It’s not an easy read by any means, but the story and the characters had depth and I found I wasn’t able to put the book down, despite it breaking my heart in places.

I wasn’t aware when I agreed to read the ARC that the characters and this storyline are mentioned in another of the authors books – Coming Out – but that didn’t matter at all when I read the book – I was just pleasantly surprised to find out at the end that I could read about some of the secondary characters I enjoyed in this book in their own book. It certainly didn’t leave me feeling like I’d missed anything and actually having now read Coming Out I think the books work well this way round.

As mentioned, this isn’t an easy read – there’s a lot of homophobia, homelessness and a life changing accident. It deals with themes that I think every LGBTQ+ person worries about to some extent in their lives at some point, but despite all of this the one feeling I found I was actually left with the most after reading was hope.

I’d highly recommend adding this book to your TBR list, even if you yourself aren’t LGBTQ+ as this is a book about humanity and relationships that anyone can relate to.

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

Infinite Loop – Meghan O’Brien

Rating: 5 out of 5.
I’ve had this on my TBR stack for a while and now I’ve finished I’m not sure why I let it sit there so long. I LOVED this book. Both characters are great, their back stories have genuine depth and there is no breakup angst in this book at all, which made it refreshing and unusual.

The book is really well balanced, covering life tragedies – both current and past – with both insight and empathy. Mel and Regan fall in love with each other – opening up a new world neither had previously considered.

Regan is a geek, who has some of the typical introvert tendencies you’d probably associate with a character of this type and I really appreciated how O’Brien doesn’t turn this into a “fault”, instead using this trait to provide some really nice, as well as comedic moments in the story. Mel is a cop with a buried sensitive side. For me seeing her become aware of this and open herself up to a chosen family of both Regan and her work partner was my favourite part of the book.

I’m definitely going to want to read this one again and I’d recommend it to any wlw romance fan.

The Adventurers – Bryce Oakley

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Bryce Oakley is fast becoming one of the authors I enjoy reading the most. This had me laughing out loud many times and I really enjoyed all the one-liners and banter in this book, from all of the characters.

I thought the realities of Joey’s breakup were written really well, and I loved how the characters first came together as friends. It’s also always a bonus when you have interesting and cute animals written in. I also really appreciated the gender neutral secondary character of Taylor.

The only thing missing from this to make it a five-star book for me was I need more backstory about Kendall. Joey’s story felt fleshed out and whilst we learned things about Kendall I felt I was missing some things about her prior relationships that would cause her to be the way she is. If I’m honest I also wanted a bit more time with the two of them after they went from friends to lovers, most of the being together part of the book was angsty and that was a shame.