Monday, July 15, 2019

Melinda's Mini Reviews for July

Melinda has a few mini reviews for you today, from 4 to 4 1/2 Stars.

Kitten by Jack Harbon
Publisher: Jack Harbon (May 20th, 2019)
Genre: Contemporary Romance -- Queer, M/M

Fresh out of college and back on his older sister's couch, Kit expected his days to return to the way they'd always been. He anticipated spending his days perusing Netflix with one hand on the remote and the other in a box of pizza, but when he's given the opportunity for a job at one of New York City's newest advertising agencies, there's no way he can turn the offer down. Unfortunately for Kit, this job might be more than he bargained for.

Not only does Roman - his handsome yet ruthless new boss - let his wandering eye linger just a little too long, Kit can't seem to shake the feeling that the glitzy personal assistant gig he just landed might be a bit shadier than he imagined. Before he's even able to make a reservation for Roman's dinner at Le Bernardin, Kit's professional and personal life become one, and he finds himself forced to somehow separate business from pleasure.

Easier said than done, especially when it’s his job to take care of Roman’s every need.

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Melinda's Review:

I am never sure what to expect when I pick up a new to me author, and then combine that with a trope that is generally kind of hard to pull off well and I’m always just a bit hesitant. Kitten has a pretty large power dynamic as Kit is starting a new job as a personal assistant to Roman. That can be difficult for any author to maneuver without making me feel incredibly uncomfortable and as if the character in the weaker position is in danger at every turn. But Jack Harbon managed to pull this off by using snark as a shield for Kit and a magnet for Roman to bring them together.

I saw a tweet from the author wondering whether this book was too Black or too millennial for some (totally paraphrasing here) and honestly that’s why I loved it so much. All of those aspects really established the characters, location, and whole book for me.

4 Stars

Play It Again by Aidan Wayne
Publisher: Carina Press (April 22, 2019)
Genre: Contemporary Romance -- Queer, M/M

The videos are fun.

But it’s the host who has him coming back for more…

When Seattle-based blind YouTuber Dovid Rosenstein finds Sam Doyle’s Let’s Play channel, playitagainsam, he’s instantly captivated by the Irish gamer. Everything about Sam is adorable, from his accent to his personality, and Dovid can’t get enough of his content.

Dovid’s glowing shout-out on Don’t Look Now, his own successful channel, sends Sam’s subscriber numbers skyrocketing overnight. He has more comments than he can read. And while the sudden surge in popularity is anxiety inducing, Sam decides it’s only right to dedicate his next episode to Dovid…which soon leads to a heart-pounding exchange of DMs.

They may have never met in person, but Dovid’s never felt this close to anyone before. What they have feels worth exploring—no matter the distance. But is it possible to already be in love with someone who’s half a world away?

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Melinda's Review:

This is another new to me author – Aidan Wayne. I listened to this one and it was really just a fluffy listen from start to finish without almost any angst. Sometimes I need that so much and that hit all the spots for me at exactly the right time. Dovid is a super successful blind YouTuber with a massive following who falls for Sam, a minor gaming YouTuber. I’m pretty sure it hit me in the ‘internet friends are real’ even if it takes forever to meet spot that is specific to those of who grew up explaining that to our parents. It has asexual rep and I just found it very lovely and low-stakes to read and Sean Crisden as the narrator definitely helped!

4 1/2 STARS! 

Mango Summer by Agay Llanera
Publisher: Agay Llanera (October 13th, 2018)
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Magic is in the air... 

For the first time in a century, the fruit in San Antonio's most famous mango farm all turned sour. Fiona, thirty-six and single, knows why. According to her family's legend, the only way to keep the mangoes sweet is for the women who run the farm to be married and bear children. If Fiona doesn't find anyone soon, the inheritance her family has been protecting for generations is in danger of rotting away.

Greg used to have a massive crush on his older sister's best friend. When he drops by Fiona's farm to get his sister some of San Antonio's sweetest mangoes, his quick visit turns into an extended vacation. As the days go by, his feelings for Fiona begin to take root and grow. At twenty-eight, how can he convince Fiona that he's more than her friend’s kid brother?

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Melinda's Review:

Lastly in the new to me section is Mango Summer by Aggay Llanera. This is a sister’s best friend’s trope so I was like please give this to me now! Greg is just a sweetheart and when he wants to help Fiona when he realizes her mango farm is in trouble. Fiona is prickly around the edges and tends to shut down whenever she’s in trouble. She’s shut out her best friend for years so none of them are even aware of what’s going on with her farm. Llanera vividly describes the mangoes and the lush setting so that I felt like I could see and smell everything. This could be described as another fluffy book but it has undercurrents of angst and I really appreciated the balance of the two.


Thanks for the reviews, Melinda! 


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