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Workplace Romance: Henrietta and Tyler

Negatives

Kelsie Hoss is a good romance author, some of her other piece are great. The romance between Tyler and Henrietta is very sweet. This was the first piece I read by her and probably the only reason I’m not judging it as a great piece is the way her heroine of color is written. There was just a bit to much of food descriptions for eye and skin color.

As for the chemistry between Tyler and Henrietta was very well done. Some of the scenes are very spicy. But the one particular scene where Tyler takes Henrietta’s virginity just reads really weird for several reasons, I get why narratively, but it’s just odd.

Positives

I also like the friendship that developed between Tyler and Henrietta and their friends and families, that seemed to me like the most realistic thing about the book. I especially loved Hen’s grandmother and Tyler’s brother who is supposed to get a story of his own this year.

The subplot of the two of them not being able to date each other and Hen’s jealous boss also added a little flavor. Overall it was a lighthearted and emotional nice comforting read at a good medium pace. Hoss did a good job creating relatable characters and a spicy relationship between the two main leads.

Overall

The book tended to focus more towards characters but not at the expense of the plot which was important loomed big in the characters lives. Hoss wasn’t afraid to show her characters had flaws though and spent the last third of the book showing how they overcome them.

While it followed the formula of the romance novel that’s exactly what I was looking for going in, it was cute, sweet, spicy and despite a few flaws was generally a good book. I’d give this book 4 Stars.

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You’ve Reached Sam

So this book has been super popular, did it live up to the popular. You’ve Reached Sam was a great book about grief and letting go and finding something beyond your grief, I can see why it had the hype, and I think it was well deserved. I don’t normally like romances, but this one wasn’t obnoxious and the protagonist, Julie spends time doing things other than talking to her boyfriend the whole time.

You've Reached Sam: A Novel by [Dustin Thao]

Summary

Seventeen-year-old Julie Clarke has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city; spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes.

Heartbroken, Julie skips his funeral, throws out his belongings, and tries everything to forget him. But a message Sam left behind in her yearbook forces memories to return. Desperate to hear him one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cell phone just to listen to his voice mail recording. And Sam picks up the phone.

The connection is temporary. But hearing Sam’s voice makes Julie fall for him all over again and with each call, it becomes harder to let him go.

What would you do if you had a second chance at goodbye?

Review You’ve Reached Sam

This concept has been explored in various media in different ways. Phones being able to reach each other through time and place isn’t a new concept, you’ve probably seen it before in at least one other movie or book. So what made You’ve Sam so buzz worthy, just because the concept has been done before doesn’t mean it doesn’t need a new twist. The connection between Julie and Sam is the heart of the book, it’s what makes it buzz worthy and the rest of the cast also rounds out the book perfectly. I love when Julie and Sam’s best friend Oliver become friends.

Oliver was secretly in love with Sam, Julie acknowledges this and the two become close because of it, Julie eventually giving Oliver one of Sam’s jackets so he’ll have something of his. I also like how and who Julie risks the connection for, they make perfect sense. Sam pushing her also makes sense but you can see even with the phone calls the Julie is growing through her grief with the help of Sam’s family and friends and new friends she makes. The final call is really a tear jerker, I didn’t cry because I’ve got a steel heart and it’s really tough to make me cry but I imagine make me cry. But I imagine people would tear up at the scene.

Overall it’s a great book worthy of the hype and that does an old trope well. Also it’s great to see more Asian writers and characters so there is always that as a bonus too.

Amazon: You’ve Reached Sam