Hi to everyone that takes a moment to read these reviews. I hope you are doing well and staying safe during this tumultuous time. With everything going on, I took a step back from reading romance and keeping up with this blog. Thank you to those that reached out to me, you are the reason I wrote this review today.
I did reach for a book this week and stumbled upon a phenomenal book by Haley Cass. This book is a long slow burn and hot damn it is good from the first chapter. Haley Cass can write and my goodness she gives us one hell of a spectacular romance.
Sutton Spencer is a graduate student who is newly out to her family and friends but is afraid to begin dating. Her bestie Regan signs her up for a lesbian dating app and she meets a gorgeous woman online named Charlotte. They immediately hit it off, but Charlotte is looking for a no-strings attached hook-up and Stutton is looking for the woman of her dreams. They agree to become friends, and Charlotte takes the role of a dating mentor to the inexperienced Sutton.
Obviously, Sutton and Charlotte have bucket loads of chemistry. These two sizzle right off the page. Cass builds them up and gives you enough of the romance to keep you feverishly turning the page. This book gives you fantastic dialogue, mesmerizing characters, and so much heat. Your heartstrings will be pulled by these two leading ladies. This is absolutely the best book I have read in 2020. Whatever you write next Haley Cass, I am there for it!
All the stars! This one goes in the absolute favorite pile.
I’ll admit it right now. I love romance books within a hospital setting. Give me a doctor book any day. Now in real life, hell to the no. I can barely watch Grey’s Anatomy, any type of blood and I’m out, literally. So really, it was a no-brainer to start The Origins of Heartbreak by Cara Malone.
Megan Callahan is her second year of medical school. Megan is 100% focused on her studies and has very little time for anything else. Relationships are a no go. She dated her former girlfriend for six years and still holds a heavy heart and a ton of guilt for how she broke the other girl’s heart.
Alex McHenry’s has had the year from hell. Heading into her sophomore year in art school, her dad died suddenly of a heart attack. Alex dropped out of her university and has spent the past months caring for her despondent mother and fighting her own depression. Taking the first step, Alex decides to enroll in her local community college’s paramedic program. The EMT’s that came to help her father were so amazing and kind that that has stuck with her as something she would want to do for someone else.
Megan and Alex meet in the medical examiner’s office to witness an autopsy. An unlikely meeting starts a friendship that neither was looking for. These two have an attraction to each other is immediate. What really makes to book shine is the fun, witty flirtatious banter that these two have when they are together. Neither is willing to jump into anything serious. Megan is convinced that she is no good for any women, only bring heartache and destruction to any relationship. Alex is coping with the loss of her father and weaning off the depression medicine that has depleted her sex drive. What you get is a slow burn with flirty friends that can’t seem to deny themselves the other one. These two have lots of fun text messages and quick meet-ups over coffee.
I am so ready for book two. I cannot wait to see what’s next for Alex and Megan. I hope Cara Malone plans to make Ivy and Chloe a part of the series. They are definitely an interesting pair supporting characters.
4.25 stars out of 5
- The Origins of Heartbreak: A Lesbian Medical Romance (Lakeside Hospital Book 1)
by Cara Malone
Redeeming a character can be a tough sell. How do you make a character, which said the character was downright terrible in a previous book your main character? Add into the fact that this is a romance novel, and your reader needs to have the feels. Tough, so tough, but Rachel Spangler does it like a boss.
If you read The Long Way Home you will remember, Kelly Nolan. Kelly was Beth’s longtime lover when Beth meets Rory. (side note: you can totally read this a standalone, but I would recommend ready both, just so you can see how far this character comes, and both of these books ae really good. Don’t short change yourself). Kelly is sort of the villain in The Long Way Home. She loses Beth because of her paranoia of anyone finding out they are lovers. She’s’ not a great girlfriend to Beth and her restrictions, her closet become too much for the relationship to withstand.
So now, we meet up with Kelly again. Kelly is still single, a little heart broken, lonely and above all else sill striving to be perfect. Tax season is around the bend and as a CPA, Kelly has a million things workwise to take care of. Add onto the heaping pile, her dad (her mentor, her hero) has just has a massive stroke. Beth, still in the picture as the supportive friend, encourages Kelly to take on an intern to help lighten the load.
This is where Elliott Garza comes in. Elliott is a lot like Rory, which isn’t a plus in Kelly’s book. She’s Kelly opposite, she is out, she’s a feminist, she is ready to take the world be storm and smash social injustices. Personality wise Elliott is the direct opposite of Kelly in almost every way
For all their differences, together they work. Elliot exposes Kelly’s softer sides, the one she has buried long ago to avoid be the whipping post for the small town of Darlington. Kelly learned long ago as a child, that because her mother walked out on them, that she would always be subject to the town’s gossip. Elliot brings out Kelly’s true nature and it was quite honestly mesmerizing to read. These two have a dynamic relationship. Fantastic read!
4.25 out of 5 stars