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ARC Review: The Hellion’s Waltz by Olivia Waite

The Hellion's Waltz by Olivia Waite

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really really enjoyed this one. Sophie and Maddie are both well-fleshed-out and intriguing characters. Their romance is swift but mostly believable and the ways they complement one another make it a very well-balanced story.

I wish there were more of it, really. More of Sophie, more of Maddie, more of the swindle and the rise to composer stardom. The only thing I wish there were less of is sex scenes. The are too abrupt, with little lead-up, which is jarring. There are too many for such a short story, and they take up too much time. But then, I always want fewer sex scenes and more story, so that could be mostly me.

*Thanks to Avon and Harper Voyager for providing an e-arc for review.

ARC Review: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

One Last Stop

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I absolutely ADORED this book. Yes, the sapphic romance was wonderful, but also the characters! They’re all so well-rounded and interesting and exactly the sort of people you meet and live with in college. It reminded me of my college days. I wasn’t in New York, but it was all so, so familiar. I love them all and I didn’t want the story to end. I didn’t think Casey McQuiston could top their previous book but I think I might even love this one more.

It was so unapologetically queer, and seeing Jane react to the differences in 1977 New York and 2020 New York in how queer people could be and were reacted to – it was beautiful and heartbreaking.

I loved the mystery of Jane and her past and how all of it tied into August’s past. Just. So well-crafted.

I had the opportunity to listen to an advance copy of the audiobook and it was so well done. The narrator’s voice was perfect for the story, and she brought so much emotion to the characters and just brought it to life. I wanted to live inside the audiobook.

If you, like me, enjoy the found family trope then I highly recommend this book.

*Thanks to NetGalley, Macmillan Audio, and St. Martin’s Press for providing an e-arc and audio arc for review.