After Emma goes to a red carpet with her boss Jo, a Hollywood actress and writer, rumors start about the two of them dating.
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Content Warnings: sexual harassment, graphic sex
I was super excited about this book because it is the first sapphic romance published by Berkley (not even going to get into the fact that it took them until 2020 to publish the first sapphic romance). Unfortunately, it just fell flat for me.
This book started out really well. Almost immediately, Emma and Jo are wrapped up in dating rumors. They were friendly beforehand, and grow closer through working together, but it just took forever for them to get to the next stage of their relationship. Normally, this slow burn would be right up my alley, but I just did not feel any chemistry between Emma and Jo. There was certainly some attraction, but I didn’t feel anything else between them. I saw a ton of reviews disliking how slow it was, but for me, it would have been fine if there was at least some tension.
The communication between Emma and Jo was also a big issue for me. They just were honestly really bad at communicating with each other. If they had been better at it, this book probably would have been faster-paced and less drawn out. There were so many times that I was frustrated with them because the only thing keeping them apart was their lack of communication.
Neither Emma or Jo really stuck out to me as characters. I don’t feel like either really went through any major change in the course of this book.
I didn’t particularly love the age gap between Emma and Jo. Emma was in her mid-20’s and Jo was in her 40’s. Jo started in Hollywood as a teen, so she had been in the industry longer than Emma had even been alive, which I tried to ignore. That is just personal preference though.
The end of this book was also super abrupt. It didn’t really feel like there was much of a final conflict, so it felt a little unfulfilling.
I’m disappointed overall, but I definitely hope Berkley (and others) publish more sapphic romances! I would also be interested in reading more from Meryl Wilsner in the future.