Sing for My Baby – Jenn Matthews

Rating: 3 out of 5.
This is my first Matthews book and after reading other people’s reviews for Hooked on You I had high expectations for Sing for My Baby. Unfortunately, I can’t say it met them, though it is a perfectly enjoyable book and I nice way to pass the time, it just didn’t grab me as much as I was expecting.

I liked the premise of the book – deciding to get pregnant and then meeting the person you’re supposed to be with and I even enjoyed the slow burn nature of the book, but something just didn’t click with me.

Matthews is clearly a good writer, I found her phrasing interesting and the writing of the myriad of characters between Amber’s friends and Rosie’s family to be done really well.

Unfortunately, considering the pace of the book and the way it is written, I couldn’t find the depth or connection to the characters I was looking for. Some things are pointed out about the characters and lined up as important, but I never fully understood why they were. I found both of them frustrating at times and the communication always seemed to break down whenever they were trying to be more than friends.

I also needed more of them actually together. The slow burn takes up a big chunk of the narrative and once they are together they spend less time together, with less on-page interactions than we had with them as friends.

I liked the ending and enjoyed that Matthews didn’t try to force an ending that would have been out of place with the rest of the plot.

I’ll definitely be wanting to read more Matthews, I just don’t think I’d return to this one in the future.

I received an e-ARC directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

#CassiNova – Lori G. Matthews

Rating: 4 out of 5.
3.75 stars. I haven’t laughed reading a book as much as I did this one in a long time. Personally, sarcasm is my only form of humour – so the sarcasm from most of the characters in this was right in my wheelhouse.

Reading the notes from the author at the beginning of the book I was aware that this started as a work of fan fiction – however I’m clearly behind in my popular culture as I couldn’t work out what this aligned with. Either it’s moved on so much the original inspiration really didn’t matter – or someone else will spot something that has completely passed me by.

Sam is an actress in a popular sci-fi TV show (I think I get the inspiration here) that inspires much fan fiction, but she’s in the closet – it’s been a long time since she dated anyone except the guy she uses to hide her orientation and really wants a girlfriend. Her manager Jade advises her against it due to the usual you won’t be successful in your career if you’re out thoughts.

Alex is a landscaper by day but an inspiring writer. Her sister encourages her to write fan fiction about Sam’s show. Sam and Jade spot her work and decide to hunt Alex down leading to Sam hiring Alex as a contractor.

It’s clear Alex and Sam have feelings for each other, but they decide to take it slow and tease and flirt with each other constantly. The humour in Alex and Sam falling for each other and their conversations with their friends is the thing that made this book really good in my opinion. Clearly some of the friends exist in the narrative purely for humour opportunities but nonetheless it works. Despite it being the expected I still really enjoyed the ending and I love these two main characters together. I’d also really like to see a prequel book relating to Alex’s sister and her wife.

Whilst it’s not the most original storyline I’d happily recommend this to anyone who loves wlw fiction – and hopefully people will enjoy the humour too.

I received an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.