Because You Can – Leigh Landry

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
A solid 3.5 star book with an interesting premise I hadn’t personally encountered before.

Molly has discovered her boyfriend is cheating on her and wants to dump him but then she discovers who he is also seeing – Jo – the lead singer of a country band and finds herself unable to do so. Instead she ends up striking up a revenge pact with Jo.

I liked that both characters could instantly see that the situation was neither of their faults – there was no blaming the other woman, which had been how I was expecting it to happen. The pact to get revenge gives them a reason to get to know each other even though they’re from different worlds and it works, so I applaud Landry for this. It was good that this pact brought them together, but didn’t take up more space than necessary in the narrative itself.

I liked both Jo and Molly as characters. Molly is comfortable in her bisexuality and Jo is coming to an understanding as to her sexuality. The reluctance on Jo’s part to be with Molly was frustrating at first, but somewhat understandable due to her profession. The tension this created in the will they won’t they back and forth provided lots of good opportunities for getting to know both characters. I liked that her friends and bandmates supported her with her journey. Both Jo and Molly’s best friends are good characters who help move the story along and I liked that there was a little bit of a sub storyline there too.

Spending time at the animal rescue was fun and the introduction of Bananas the cat was enjoyable too.

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

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