This is such a cute and cozy read! Everything about this was wonderful and for once, the miscommunication actually was believable. Most of the time I hate the miscommunication trope because it just does not work, but this one did fit well with it. While I love the relationship between Ellie & Jack’s relationship, the family and how they acted at the end was too precious!
This is definitely a fascinating and informative book on the history of female self-portraiture, especially since I’ve taken a couple of art history classes in undergrad and hadn’t heart of most of these artists. My only issue with the book was the organization aspect. For someone who has a background in art/art history, the organization would be great but for the layperson, it felt confusing and more geared to art historians at times.
While I will eat up any Hades & Persephone romance retelling, Aphrodite & Hephaestus has recently captured my imagination. I came across Keep Me Close and immediately fell in love with the story and the characters. I love the plot that Aphrodite & Hephaestus are both trying to stop sex trafficking in their own ways and reluctantly having to work together. But with them working together they soon realize they can only trust each other because Aphrodite’s inner circle has been compromised, it’s definitely edge-of-your-seat reading but everything has a happy ending! Plus the sex scenes in this book were some of my favorite in any romance book, and that’s saying something cause I’m not usually a fan of the daddy kink. One last thing, the representation in this book was just beautiful, Black women, disabilities, queer! R.M. Virtues has my heart!
I’m in love with both Astrid and Jordan. They’re both so adorable and such gay disasters that I’m here for it. The whole story of Astrid being the designer to save Jordan’s childhood home is adorable. I love a good handy-woman romance. I definitely related so much to Astrid because if my mother had more ambition, she would be just like Astrid’s mother. The romance is, of course, absolutely adorable, but what I love more are the issues happening in the background. Jordan standing up for herself and what she wants, plus having a main character questioning and coming to terms with her sexuality was fun to read.
The story was intriguing but once I actually started reading I was mostly bored throughout the book. The characters were pretty annoying and frustrating, and I definitely wasn’t surprised by the ending. Even though it ended on a cliff hanger, I didn’t even feel the need to read the next book.