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Meet Me in Madrid

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I've decided not to give this book a rating because I haven't finished it and frankly I don't know what my final opinion would have been. I really wanted to enjoy it, especially because of the inclusion of art history in it. Unfortunately, I couldn't make it past 25%. I haven't DNFed a book before, so this review might be a bit all over the place.

Most of the criticisms I've seen for this book were for the writing style, which I agree was not the best, but it wasn't that that put me off of this book. My biggest issue was really just the chemistry between the characters. To be fair, I completely forgot that there wasn't going to be a slow burn element to the relationship and that definitely wasn't something I wanted, but also, in the 25% I read, I barely felt a connection between the characters even though they'd already gotten together. 

Also, I had an issue differentiating the characters. I don't know if this was just a me problem, but so much felt like it was happening while trying to explain the characters backgrounds that nothing being explained made sense to me. I couldn't even tell you which character was in the US and which one was in Madrid. 

I can't say much else because I didn't read much of it, but this wasn't for me but I encourage people who may be more interested and can tough it out to try it.
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Thank you NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for a review.

This book is the story of two academics that knew each other in passing back during their school years and meet later on in life while they are both in Madrid for work. So, the positives; I loved that both characters were academics because that is a world I don't know much about. I also loved that it was starring two women of color because that is also something we don't see enough of in sapphic romance. Their relationship was relatable and the love scenes were spicy but not overdone. 

What I didn't like: there was a formalness to the writing style that felt more suitable to literary fiction and not a romance. I'm not saying that romance can't be highbrow, but I felt like because of the writing style I was removed from the romance. There was also the fact that I did not feel like I got to know Charlotte and Adrianna in any real way. We get hints of who they are but nothing concrete. There was way too much time spent on their careers and what that involved and not enough on who they were as people. Also, I don't think every book has to be a slow burn but there could have been more tension and buildup to their physical relationship. It happened so abruptly and while the sex scenes were fun;  I was being told about their intimacy more than feeling it. 

The other issue I had which might be the one that annoyed me the most was that it felt like I was told these women were Black but if I hadn't been told, I would not have known. Now I don't think race should be the focus of who a character is but in a world of books where white women are often centered, I appreciate seeing women of color as the main characters. As a Black woman, this is especially important. It felt like the only time their race was brought up was as an issue in their jobs rendering it a problem. Yes, it is acknowledged that the treatment is wrong and unfair (also the issues that come about it felt a bit on the nose) but I would have liked to see the positive side as well. Their world was very white, down to who their friends were and who they worked with, and I just don't see how realistic that is, especially being surrounded by the negative attitudes they mentioned. If anything, this would push you more towards commiserating with your own people and perhaps make you more inclined to entrench yourself in your own culture. The way it is presented, it's like them knowing each other is the only time they find someone to relate to.  Also, Adrianna was a Black Latina according to something said in passing but it is in no way a part of the story. Such a missed opportunity. 

Overall, I would definitely read another book by this author and for a debut, I think it was worth reading.
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I was so excited to see a book about two queer women of color in academia and I'm grateful to the author for wanting to tell this story! However, I had some trouble getting into the book. The chemistry between the characters wasn't there for me, despite the steamy content, and the writing didn't always flow well. I had a hard time staying engaged. The descriptions of Madrid were enjoyable and I liked the insight into the academic/museum world, including the struggles the women faced. But, I didn't find myself connecting with the characters as much as I'd hoped. 

I really wanted to like this one! Ultimately, it didn't live up to my expectations. I hope the author/publisher are willing to try again though, because we're always looking for romances that don't fit the typical mold and that feature diverse characters. I did purchase this for my library and hope that my patrons find a connection with it even though it wasn't really there for me.
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I was actually really disappointed - I was excited for this book, but it felt more like a hypersexualized fantasy written by a man who had only ever seen lesbians in porn. I really didn't like the gratuitous physical descriptions, and I wasn't able to finish because it was so uncomfortable to read.
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2.5 stars rounded down. 3 stars for the storyline but docking 1 star for the... writing?

LDR + academia? Sounds super intriguing!

It is very difficult to write LDRs since most of the time, the main characters are physically apart, and Meet Me in Madrid definitely suffered from that. For the first 60% of the book, both characters were just... waiting to see each other every few weeks. There was no clear goal for either of them as Adrianna was on sabbatical in Madrid (and lives on the West Coast) and Charlotte was stuck at Woodley, on the East Coast. Everything picked up around the 60% mark and the stakes got pretty high, which I enjoyed. However, I find Charlotte and Adrianna both unreasonable sometimes in their own way, and I didn’t really see how their relationship got past a fling. Plus, I don’t feel like I know either of them much.

Racism and sexism are two main themes in the book. While I appreciate Lowell incorporating both the MCs’ experiences and history references, I think that the thematic execution was very heavy-handed. And I also had some issues with the wording, not just because some sentences read like using a thesaurus for word replacement, but that... it felt like the author was trying too hard. Even though I’m assuming the author is a queer person of color, the narrative reads oddly like it’s written by a cishet white author. And I’m also guessing that the author does not read much romance. The good side is that it is not super formulaic, but the bad side is that the pacing is a bit off and there is a lot of summaries of events throughout the book. And there is a 3rd POV for one scene that I don’t think is necessary.

Also, I’m still scratching my head about why the author used the word “blacklist”...

I enjoyed the academic aspect of the story, being in academia myself. While the demographic in engineering is largely different from that in art history, there are still a lot of things I can relate to. It was a letdown to find that the romance between two queer women of color wasn’t was satisfying as all the university and conference talks.

Random, but isn’t it fun that both Quinn Ivins’ Love Factor and this book are sapphics in academia with a sexist homophobe called Grayson?

All in all, Meet Me in Madrid had the potential to be much better, but it reads kind of awkwardly (because of the word choices) with okay-ish characters. A decent try at highlighting discrimination in academia for Lowell, but a slightly disappointing debut.

[content warnings: racism, sexism, homophobia, depression, drug abuse, suicide, sexual harassment, past TA-student relationship?]
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I really wanted to love this book as the premise really intrigued me, but it didn't quite get there for me. It was definitely enjoyable and a super cute romance with a lot of steam, but the pacing in some places was very slow.

I did really enjoy the characters in relation to their occupations and reasons for being in Spain, this felt very well researched (or just being knowledgeable in the subject) and gave a new dimension to the characters outside of the romance. Their romance was a tad instalove, but in this instance that was understandable since they had known each other before this book takes place.

All in all it was an enjoyable read, but there were spots where I struggled a little bit to get through it. It was a cute story and the romance was fun in the end.
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In this sexy, sophisticated romantic comedy, two women juggle romance and career across continents.

Charlotte Hilaire has a love-hate relationship with her work as a museum courier. On the one hand, it takes her around the world. On the other, her plan to become a professor is veering dangerously off track.

Yet once in a while, maybe every third trip or so, the job goes delightfully sideways…

When a blizzard strands Charlotte in Spain for a few extra days and she’s left with glorious free time on her hands, the only question is: Dare she invite her grad school crush for an after-dinner drink on a snowy night?

Accomplished, take-no-prisoners art historian Adrianna Coates has built an enviable career since Charlotte saw her last. She’s brilliant. Sophisticated. Impressive as hell and strikingly beautiful.

Hospitable, too, as she absolutely insists Charlotte spend the night on her pullout sofa as the storm rages on.

One night becomes three and three nights become a hot and adventurous long-distance relationship when Charlotte returns to the States. But when Adrianna plots her next career move just as Charlotte finally opens a door in academia, distance may not be the only thing that keeps them apart.

I’ll be honest. I’m typically not a romcom kind of gal. I like melodrama and or really creepy things, BUT I thoroughly enjoyed this romp through Europe. I was skeptical of how quickly Charlotte and Adrianna fell in bed and into some entanglement feelings, worried that the tension and plot wouldn’t hold, but I needn’t have worried. A long distance relationship makes for a solid barrier to keep the plot moving, and I liked that they developed their rapport early on, so the “will they/won’t they” didn’t get in the way of their growing relationship.

I’ve only been to Europe twice, and never to Spain, but this book made me want to hop on a plane, and then meet a hot lady to fall into a long-distance relationship with, hehe. If you’ve been doing some heavy reading, or enjoy some escapism in your reading to deal with the garbage fire of our world right now, be sure to check out this delightful, little book. It moves quickly and will leave you with a smile on your face, and a hankering to travel.
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Charlotte Hilaire lives a busy life as a museum courier. She travels from museum to museum, country to country. It sounds much more exciting than it can be. She sticks to a tight schedule and never has the time for anything fun.
When a blizzard in Spain delays Charlotte’s return to the states, she finally has the chance for fun. Except the fun leads her in a place she wasn’t quite expecting when she meets up with former classmate, and crush, Adrianna Coates. 
The heat between the pair combusts over the span of the three days Charlotte is stuck in Spain. They spend more time in the bedroom than outside of it. As time passes, they find themselves calling and wanting to see more and more of each other, even when facing the distance. 
In an effort to become closer to each other they both take the chance of turning their careers in different directions to make it possible. 
What I really liked? How smart Charlotte and Adrianna were and how they admired that aspect in each other. I love when there are characters who are themselves and they have little geeky things they get excited about. 
Also the steam factor. I hoped with the portrayal of a long-distance relationship there would be video chat and phone sessions. I wasn’t disappointed. The buildup to them meeting up with each other in persona again was exciting. 
There were a few flat spots where I felt things just dragged a little too much for my liking. Some of the secondary characters I just, felt weren’t needed or were an after thought. There was a lot of angst and judgment in the workplace that while is prevalent in the academic world, I like my romance with a little less angst. So if angst is your thing, you’ll find it in this novel for sure.
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This book wasn't for me, but I can see who it's for. I'm often asked to give recommendations for sapphic romance at my store, and this one will definitely make that list. I'm just not at the part of my life were I can relate to being burnt-out from a high-paced job or wanting to get together with a far-away crush. It's important to me to be able to empathize with the characters, and I just wasn't able to in this case. I do want to say that I love the cover! It is absolutely gorgeous.
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I will admit to raising my eyebrows—sardonically, of course—at the way Charlotte and Adrianna fell in love as soon as they fell into bed, but shortly thereafter, I was totally rooting for them to overcome their obstacles and get their HEA. 

To be fair, they do have a pre-existing relationship, so this is not the story of two strangers falling in love, but they do go from acquaintances to… not…very quickly. But when something feels right, you go with it. 

Although the title refers to where Charlotte and Adrianna initially meet, most of the book doesn’t take place in Madrid *and* the protagonists spend most of the book apart. BUT, thanks to modern technology, they can still be together even when they’re in two different places. 

And on that note, the chemistry is 100% scorching hot, and one can only surmise that “absence makes the heart grow fonder” is the reason why they can’t keep their hands off each other when they’re in the same place. And why they have erotically-charged video chats.   

There’s a ton to like about this book: the protagonists are both Black women who work in academia. They’re also a bit older than the average age of romance protagonists, which is wonderful—I don’t mind reading about people barely out of college, but it’s always a nice change of pace to read about people (whispers) my own age. But I am here for the academic drama and I am here for shutting down critics—no, it is not just a cartoon rabbit. I know that probably doesn’t make much sense, but read the book to find out what I’m talking about. 

Because Charlotte and Adrianna spend most of their time apart, they are bolstered by secondary characters like James and Esther, who both deserve books of their own, although not together, of course. 

I would absolutely recommend Meet Me in Madrid. It took me a few chapters to get into the story, but once I got hooked, I couldn’t put the book down. This is a tender and sweet love story and I couldn’t get enough of the descriptions of food—yum! I am looking forward to reading more from Lowell in the future.
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2.5 stars

this was a bit of a dissapointment for me.
I wanted to loved this book so much because POC sapphic love stories there are very few but unfortunately the plot and romance weren't developed enough.
i also couldn't connect with either of the mcs which was a bummer.
And still, this wasn't a bad book. There were some parts that I truly enjoyed and I wish we had more of that.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for the change to read this book in exchnge for an honest review.
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The cover caught my eye, and I couldn’t resist picking up a book about two sapphic women navigating their careers and relationships in their thirties and forties. While some of it worked for me, there were other parts that weren’t my jam.

Charlotte is a courier for an art museum, which means lots of travel on very short turnarounds. An unexpected layover in Madrid leads to her reconnecting with Adriana, who was a few years ahead of her at Yale, but who she always had a crush on. They met over a decade ago when Charlotte was still an undergrad and Adriana was a TA. But now, three nights together in Madrid fuel a connection that neither woman wants to do without. But can they overcome the geographic differences and the disparate stages in their careers to finally be together?

“Sweet Lord, Adrianna. What are we doing? How can we have spent all this time trying to advance in a field dominated by people who think we are less? That what we do doesn’t matter or isn’t real. I’m just so goddamned tired of it.”


This book is slow paced and very angsty. Not only are both characters experiencing all the problems of embarking on a long distance relationship, but they’re also two queer BIPOC women in academia with all the nastiness and stress you’d expect from that. Adriana is in her forties and much further along in her career than Charlotte, though only four years separated them in grad school. With a teaching position at UCLA, she’s doing a sabbatical fellowship in Madrid studying pieces belong to a particularly art interested nun. She’s a consummate planner and very focused on her career, to the exclusion of anything else. Meanwhile, while Charlotte’s similarly talented and hardworking, she’s had two year long teaching positions that went nowhere. She ended up in her current courier/curator combo for lack of other options. Charlotte misses teaching students and the museum isn’t receptive to many of her ideas for new exhibits, choosing instead to stick with the same old white men of middling quality instead of “politically correct” fads (that is, anything that centers anyone not male, cis, het and white). The friction between their careers and love lives comes to a head when both have a chance at new opportunities – but, again, on opposite coasts.

“What you see before you is a big ball of confusion. I’m living an out of body experience. When I left I was perfectly fine being here, being single. And now I can barely get up in the morning without her lying next to me. And all it took for me to get this way was three days. I feel crazy.”


What this book does well is the emotions – and the steam! Each woman admires the other for their knowledge of their field and their accomplishments, though Charlotte has had less opportunities than Adriana. I never doubted the depth of their connection, and the various coping habits both women employ each time they have to leave each other was heartbreaking. But the exhilaration of them meeting up again matched the bittersweetness of those moments. The in-between, though, was super angsty, from wondering about what their relationship status is to the fear they’ll lose interest in each other while they’re apart to the frustration of being on two different continents. At times, it was a bit too much angst for me. Even when they’re apart, though, they still manage to connect in the margins, including some very hot video chats. And, woo, this book is steamy. Belying her demure exterior, Charlotte likes being in control in bed (or on the sofa, or the countertop, etc). But besides the steaminess, the scenes showed their deepening connection and the possibilities of what their relationship could be, given time together. The bleak moment, however, was everything I didn’t like about the book – super angsty and way too judgmental, honestly, and it made me dislike one of the main characters for their childish response. There wasn’t quite enough space left in the book for my opinion of her to recover, either.

Overall, while there was a lot I liked about this book (the emotions, the academia bits), there was just a bit too much angst for me. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this author, however.

I received an advance review copy of this book from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
TW: racism, sexism, misogynoir
Charlotte has a PhD in art history, a job where she gets to travel the world and good friends. But the PhD isn't getting her into academia, where she desperately wants to be, the job doesn't actually include much seeing the places she visits and the good friends are actually James, her gay colleague and Natalie, who barely makes an appearance. When a blizzard strands her in Madrid and she contacts Adrianna, a person she knew once, on a whim, he life rapidly changes in a whirlwind of passion, plane rides and Adrianna. Adrianna who has everything Charlotte wants and is charming and beautiful and smart and sexy.   When opportunities and possibilities come their way, will they be able to balance their newfound relationship with their dreams?

This is a cute, funny, sexy Sapphic romance with a dollop of art history and a dash of academia. The relationship between Charlotte and Adrianna feels organic, even if they are immediately attracted to one another, which is an art in and of itself. The pacing and writing of the story is fitting for the fun contemporary romance it wants to be. The wit is amazing, especially in face of the heavy topics it does touch on: racism, sexism and misogynoir in academia and the arts. My personal feeling is that this was done well, though I strongly urge you to read the reviews of BIPOC on this in particular. I loved the queer rep and especially how the story underlines that feeling safe at work or at school is a lot easier when there are other queer people and the way just existing seems to be easier and more free. This was done extremely well. I loved this aspect in combination with academia, especially women in academia. It felt like a reminder that I am not alone, that I can occupy as much space as any other. The smut however, was...mediocre. It always started so good and was over way too quickly, feeling cut off and sometimes even cold. This didn't fit into the rest of the story and the exquisite storytelling that detailed how the two women fell deeper and deeper in love.

I recommend this story to anyone who loves romcoms, academia and travel and particularly to queer women who occupy such spaces. It is a reminder that you are not alone.
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Thank you so much for an early copy in exchange for an honest review! 

I wanted to love this book so much, especially since I am a black women in academia and desperately want characters and stories I can relate too. It also has all the tropes I absolutely love. 

Unfortunately, I'm not used to this style of writing and I ended up not interested in the characters or their relationship. However, I think the story objectively has promise, personally it just wasn't for me.
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3.5 stars rounded to 4 

Meet Me in Madrid is a lesbian adult romance by Verity Lowell. The story of two women trying to balance their personal relationship with their career goals, all while being thousands of miles away from each other.

Looking at the cover, I thought I was in for a light contemporary romance with a good amount of emotion because of the struggles that come with a long distance relationship. I was not expecting the amount of steam I would encounter, and I am not mad about it lol It starts with a one-night stand that's so much more than a one-night stand as soon as it starts. Then every time our leading ladies are together they definitely make the most of it and in between those meet up they aren't shy and enjoy phone sex. Their distance does not put out the intimate fire between them.

Besides the physical intimacy , one thing I love about long distance romances is the emotional connection that is formed between the women. While both strong characters on their own, neither of them outshone the other. They were supportive of each other's goals and career. I also really appreciated that the age gap between them was some big deal, and neither of them obsessed over the fact. The reason this isn't getting a higher rating for me is because outside the romance, I found all the history jargon rather dull and found myself skimming whenever job situations were happening. Overall, this was a passionate romance between two strong BIPOC who have to learn to make room in their independent lives for love.
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As much as I wanted to love this book, I just could not get into it. I ended up skimming a lot of it, and I found that the writing was more suited for fanfiction than for a romance novel. The relationship had no build-up, and Adrianna and Charlotte immediately went from a quick, friendly catch-up to a passionate, long-distance relationship.

I loved the representation, but I was bummed that the mediocre writing style took away from the characters.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing this digital arc in exchange for an honest review.
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I wanted to like this book a lot more than I eventually did. I liked the cover, I liked the premise, I liked that both MCs were BIPOC women in academia. In the end, it was nice and enjoyable but not excitingly so.

Despite being a brilliant art history student, Charlotte Hilaire failed to find a teaching job and is now a courier for a museum. While in Madrid, she looks up Adrianna Coates, on whom she had a big crush when their paths crossed at Yale and who is on a research sabbatical in Spain. The two women click immediately and what should have been a one-night stand turns into three nights and the beginning of a long-distance relationship.

I’m not sure I can explain why this book didn’t work for me. The characters are interesting but I never really cared about them. I didn’t mind the instalust, that’s never a real problem for me, even less so when the characters have actually met before, as is the case here. I was told there was chemistry between them and I was willing to believe it, but never felt it in a convincing way. It all felt a bit bland.

The author clearly knows the setting she chose – art history and academia – and that’s what I’ll remember, along with her take on queer women of colour in that environment. One scene stands out for me, that I won’t spoil, but it involves Charlotte speaking up despite the risks to her job and her future. Meet Me in Madrid could have been a very different book if this same passion had made it into more chapters.
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Such a good love story, I couldn’t put it down. Also besides the romance the book is relevant to the struggles POC and women in particular are having to go through in a white male dominated field. 
Charlotte is a museum courier trying to get a job in the Academia. On one of her deliveries she gets stranded in Madrid due to bad weather and she remembers that Adrianna, her crush for over a decade lives there. They meet for a drink and everything changes. 
This book is sweet and sexy and funny and I recommend you read it.
Thank you to NetGalley and Carina Press for an ARC ebook in exchange for an honest review.
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Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene...

Except it isn't two households, ccit's two women, and it isn't fair Verona, it's Madrid. And no one dies at the end, which is refreshing (looking at you, Boys on the Side and Fried Green Tomatoes).

There's bound to be spoilery stuff here.

Charlotte, once a Yale undergrad and now (some kind of lowly curator title) and courier shepherding pieces of art to the places they've been loaned, is stranded in Madrid during a sudden storm. Adrianna, once a Yale lecturer, and now a lecturer on the entirely opposite coast, is in Madrid on a sabbatical, running down and transcribing the diaries of a nun. They knew one another briefly,back at Yale, but now they've both been focused on their life in academia, pursuing their careers. They meet up at a cafe Adrianna knows, and the writing at that point tells you what going to happen: instalove.

There's nothing wrong with that, of course, ass it's a trope of the genre. I did like the wrinkle that there is at least the fact they knew one another in some way prior to Madrid. This means they're also a bit older than the characters who usually inhabit the gene, and they're also both black, another departure from the genre. No young white women with blond hair, blue eyes, zero body fat and perfect abs here: the author paints both women as "buxom", which I took to mean that both have at least something approximating a bit of middle age spread in addition to both having big chests.

After a three day marathon of sex, Charlotte heads back to New Haven, and both women have the newly-met-but-too-far-away stars in their eyes, looking forward to their next meeting, in NYC, for the new year.

There's a brief appearance by Hadley, a slim, white, young woman with perfect everything (oops, I guess not all tropes are dead) at the beginning of the new year version of Madrid, someone Charlotte can't stand for reasons not well explained, who invites them to a NYE party at her parents' house, and they go, for some reason. After finishing the book, I understand why, but it was a little heavy handed.
 
More sex, over the next couple of days. Adrianna flies back to Madrid, and we get an encore of Emotions. 

Charlotte is tasked with taking some art out to California, and Adrianna insists that she meet Esther, a dear friend of hers. Esther's having a time with her husband, who has been having an affair with one of his students. To put the betrayal on blast, he sends the student to tell Esther about it. After getting stuck in LA by yet another freak storm, Charlotte winds up at Esther's teaching her son Fisher to make beignets. There's a weird, uncomfortably written conversation between Esther and Charlotte, and the "is this older woman, having been married to a shitty dude with whom she had a son, really a lesbian, or at least bi?" thing was off-putting. There's also a connection made, thanks to networking, when Esther takes Charlotte to Piedmont, who may or may not be in the market for a half courier/half lecturer type of person. 

Next up: Chicago (Adrianna's hometown) at Valentines Day! Also, interviews, where she once again faces the dean from Piedmont, but they have to pretend they don't know one another. Charlotte also gives a talk on race and art, and her asshole boss from the museum - "I don't see you as a person of color, Charlotte" -  is there, once again saying stupid things, this time about how Brer Rabbit and Songs of the South are not racist, I guess, and how art shouldn't be politicized. It's the sort of blather some overly educated jerk says when they're trying to put down one of their own employees with a nonsensical what if. What I thought immediately, and what Adrianna actually says in the book against his crap, is that his statement itself is political.   

More sexytimes. They depart from one another, again.

In between all this - and sometimes when they're recovering from a round of sex, there's discussion of how difficult it is in general to have a career in the arts, and in particular, how hard it is for black, gay women to have a career in the arts. This is true (not just of the arts, of course, BIPOC LGBTQAI+ folk have a hard time of it anywhere) but the way it's written feels like it's been copied out of a policy paper.

Later in the book, we get the Sophie's Choice: both women get job offers, but it would mean they would swap coasts, and still have the same problem: long distance relationships, even with these two who can get horny on command via facetime, are problematic in a lot of ways. They finally have their first blowup, after Adrianna tells Charlotte abut her offer from Yale. They get snippy from one another, and then give each other the silent treatment: no texts, no calls, no facetime.

Esther tells Adrianna she's being a jerk and to knock it off. We get the usual makeup bit, but of course, they are still apart.

Charlotte,her pal James, and three other people get the axe fro the museum thanks to Jerkface McRacistBoss. James, crafty queen that he is, has receipts: Jerkface gets fired, the five are rehired, and Charlotte is given a vague promise or promotion to Deputy Curator when the woman in charge retires.

But where we land is in Cali. Esther has hooked up with Hadley, so we have a May-September romance with the two mains, and a May-December with the secondaries. It also occurred to me that out of the four white adult guys we meet for any real time, one is gay, one is a dean of the arts college, one is a two-timing douchebag, and the last is a racist homophobe. 

If you're reading for the sex, you'll be delighted: there's a lot of it, and it's very graphic, sometimes to the point of being clinical. If you're reading for the story: it's ok. The writing style seems to be most comfortable when the topic is academia, and the descriptions of interviews and campus visits was the best writing and the best look at getting hired in academia that I've read outside of nonfiction. 

Three out of five stars (possibly a fiver if erotica is your thing).

Thanks to Harlequin/Carina Press/Carina Adores and NetGalley for the reading copy.

At the end of the day, it's a HEA - how could it not be?
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I didn't expect this one to be so hot. I really liked the relationship between the two main characters. The Madrid descriptions were so real I felt like I was there.
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