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Man o' War By Cory McCarthy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593353721
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 30th, 2023

Man o' War spans over several years of River McIntyre's life, beginning with a personal realization so sudden and intimidating that they jump into the literal shark tank at the local SeaPlanet. Intimate like a diary, McIntyre's identity and growth washes over them in waves as time ticks by-- an achingly real portrayal that mirrors many trans experiences in a way that holds your heart in a vice grip. Man o' War is a blistering novel that caught me in its tide, a fully-rounded and resolute coming of age.


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Beautyland: A Novel By Marie-Helene Bertino Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374109288
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 16th, 2024

In 1977, a starseed girl from Planet Cricket Rice is born into a Philadelphia suburb, sent to Earth to observe humans and decide if the planet is habitable for her ET collective. Using a broken fax machine, she sends notes on bunnies, feelings, friendships, and so much more. I was completely absorbed in Adina's narrative from beginning to end as she grows up and tries to decipher the social rules and habits of people. I saw so much of myself in her. Beautyland is a novel that will stick with me for a very long time-- perhaps my whole human life.


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Where Are Your Boys Tonight?: The Oral History of Emo's Mainstream Explosion 1999-2008 By Chris Payne Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063251281
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Published: Dey Street Books - June 6th, 2023

Emo's not dead, and this interview-format styled recount of its prime era proves the genre's lasting influence and legacy on pop culture, going through the highs and the lows of it all. I'll always be an emo kid at heart, but this book completely rekindled the fire and adoration I have for this period in music-- and I even learned some things I hadn't known about! Where Are Your Boys Tonight? is everything I hoped it would be and so much more.


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Second Chances in New Port Stephen: A Novel By TJ Alexander Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781668021965
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - December 5th, 2023

When Eli Ward reluctantly returns to his Floridian hometown for the holidays, he's struck in the heart by his first love, Nick Wu. Nick, now a divorced father, hasn't seen Eli in twenty years, long before Eli transitioned. TJ Alexander delivers a refreshing, heartwarming, and timely romance with Second Chances in New Port Stephen-- I was completely enamored and immersed in Nick and Eli's sweet and enduring love story!


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The Prospects: A Novel By KT Hoffman Cover Image
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - April 9th, 2024

This novel had me equally "laughing, giggling, kicking my feet" and heart swelling (as well as my tear ducts) from the warmth and intimacy between Gene and Luis, two former college friends that become re-acquainted when they're assigned to the same minor league baseball team. Though I'm not a sports guy, The Prospects was a home-run of a romance for me!


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The Love Wager By Lynn Painter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593437285
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Published: Berkley - March 14th, 2023

After strangers Hallie and Jack have a very hot and embarrassing one-night stand, the two meet again through a dating app-- and make a bet on who can find love first-- without considering that they might fall for each other. I truly had so much fun while reading this sweet and hilarious rom-com! Jack and Hallie's easygoing banter, genuine chemistry, and gradual love connection was such a delight!


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Worry: A Novel By Alexandra Tanner Cover Image
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Published: Scribner - March 26th, 2024

Two twentysomething sisters rooming together in New York while battling their own respective neuroses and mother wounds, full of sardonic and deadpan humor. Worry feels like if Broad City were a novel-- I can't tell you how many times I laughed out loud! I would have been happy to read about Jules and Poppy forever.


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Interesting Facts about Space: A Novel By Emily Austin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781668014233
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Published: Atria Books - January 30th, 2024

Enid works for the space agency, inhales true crime podcasts, and is irrationally afraid of bald men. She's also sardonically hilarious, autistic, and convinced someone's been breaking into her apartment. I'm not entirely sure how to describe Interesting Facts About Space, or even Enid on her own-- it felt like more than just a story, and I was completely absorbed in her narrative as well as her day-to-day life of work, estranged family drama, and sapphic situationships. Fans of Melissa Broder and Ottessa Moshfegh will love the works of Emily Austin.


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The Goodbye Cat By Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel (Translated by) Cover Image
By Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780593815700
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Published: Berkley - October 10th, 2023

When I read The Travelling Cat Chronicles years ago, I felt like it was a book that a reader of any age could relate to, especially if they loved cats. I feel the same way about The Goodbye Cat, a collection of seven stories that explore the emotional depths of love and companionship between humans and their feline family members in a perfect balance of charming and bittersweet.  The Goodbye Cat is so wonderfully heartwarming and heartrending at once-- perfect for fans of novels like The Cat Who Saved Books and Before the Coffee Gets Cold.


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We Could Be So Good: A Novel By Cat Sebastian Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063272767
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Published: Avon - June 6th, 2023

I completely savored every page of this beautiful historical romance between two young men in the late 1950's, a time where being gay could get you arrested. The slow-burn trepidation between Nick and Andy evolves into something so safe and loving-- I cherished their story, and would have been happy to witness more of their adoration far beyond the last page.


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Making Love with the Land: Essays By Joshua Whitehead Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781517914479
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - November 15th, 2022

Joshua Whitehead is hands-down one of the greatest writers of our time. This vivid, grounding book isn't about any one thing, yet overall generates thoughts and teachings of decolonization in not just the mind, body, and spirit of the self, but in all Earthly relations and the ways that we perceive the world we live in. That being said, Making Love with the Land brings forth much contemplation about the reader's identity while Whitehead ruminates on his-- regarding how we see ourselves, and how others see us. There is no easy or simple way to summarize this brilliant book other than it's the kind of book that is bound to become re-read, marked up, worn, and well-loved as readers revisit it again and again. I can't emphasize enough how moved I was by this book, and I urge everyone to read it and take their time with it.


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Big Gay Wedding: A Novel By Byron Lane Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250267146
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 30th, 2023

"It ain't much, but it's honest work"-- Chrissy Durang runs the Polite Society Ranch in a small Louisiana town, and her life is turned upside down when her son Barnett comes to visit with some news-- he's engaged! To a man! One thing leads to another, and suddenly, the wedding is going to be here on the farm. This book is seriously funny, and reads just like a perfect dysfunctional family comedy film-- city slickers navigating a ranch makes for so many mishaps. I laughed, I cried, and I had SO much fun with these two very different families becoming one.


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Gentle Chaos: Poems, Tales, and Magic By Tyler Gaca Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780762482047
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Published: Running Press Adult - October 3rd, 2023

I inhaled this book, a compendium of poems, photos, and personal recollections. I felt so seen reading this, as a gay, anxiously sensitive, vaguely spiritually witchy man. Everything Gaca includes in this book filled my heart and soul with warmth and internal camaraderie.


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Just by Looking at Him: A Novel By Ryan O'Connell Cover Image
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Published: Atria Books - June 6th, 2023

Audacious in its humor while packing an emotional punch. Elliott's journey of realization and healing includes (but isn't limited to) much self reflection, complex relationships of all kinds, and raises questions regarding what's considered the "ideal" gay male experience. A raw, fervent novel of navigating the dating and business world as a disabled person.


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The Gay Best Friend By Nicolas DiDomizio Cover Image
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Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - May 30th, 2023

Sometimes being The Gay Best Friend is awkward: never feeling quite like one of the guys, in addition to feeling tokenized by your gal pals. Domenic loves his soon-to-be-married best friends Patrick and Kate, but he's found himself caught in the middle of all sorts of scandal involving members of both wedding parties. This enticingly juicy dramedy had me completely invested! Reading it felt like watching a satisfying comfort movie worth revisiting.


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The Happy Couple: A Novel By Naoise Dolan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063330467
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Published: Ecco - November 7th, 2023

Friendships, romance, situationships-- The Happy Couple is full of heart-rending drama between flawed, multifaceted people. It's messy, nuanced, and human. I found myself both sympathizing and irritated with each character in turn-- just like in the real world. Fans of Sally Rooney and Dolly Alderton will inhale The Happy Couple.


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The (Fake) Dating Game By Timothy Janovsky Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781335041555
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Published: Afterglow Books by Harlequin - January 23rd, 2024

The (Fake) Dating Game is a hot and heavy romance right off the bat with instant, sizzling chemistry between Holden and Leo-- even if they swear they're only paired for the sake of a game show audition! A super fun and quick-paced mood booster of a book.


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I Don't Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression By Terrence Real Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780684835396
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Published: Scribner - March 2nd, 1998

Written and put together with compassion, nuance, and emotionally difficult truths, Real explains how both the home environment and the world around us in childhood is shaped by patriarchy, emotionally wounding boys and men. In his work as a relational recovery therapist, Real shares stories about men of all ages on their path to healing their relationships, psychic wounds, and repairing their own inner selves. Whether you are a man or love a man in any capacity, be it your spouse, brother, father, or friend, this is an essential read for understanding ourselves and each other, and to help each other recover. This is undoubtedly a book of lasting impact.


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Weather Girl By Rachel Lynn Solomon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593200148
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Published: Berkley - January 11th, 2022

Rising meteorologist Ari Abrams loves a rainy day, but there's a storm brewing at KSEA6 News between two divorced starring staff, and Ari is tired of it dampening the atmosphere. Teaming up with sports reporter Russell, the two hatch a plan to make their bosses fall in love again-- and there might be love in the forecast between them, too. Solomon has a knack for capturing the aesthetic of the Pacific Northwest in all of its glory, and Weather Girl is no exception with its cozy warmth and crackling sparks. This novel is without a doubt the rom-com of the rainy season, broadcasting sunshine into the heart.


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What You Are Looking for Is in the Library By Michiko Aoyama Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781335005625
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Published: Hanover Square Press - September 5th, 2023

One perceptive community center librarian changes the lives of five different people with unexpected book recommendations that speak to their hearts-- books they may have never come across otherwise. These inspiring and thoughtful interlocking narratives celebrate the profound joy of everything bookish-- stories, libraries, bookshops, and the people that love them. A novel that readers will find worth revisiting throughout time.


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The Berry Pickers: A Novel By Amanda Peters Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781646221950
Published: Catapult - October 31st, 2023

The Berry Pickers is a family saga centered around two of its youngest members: Ruthie, who was kidnapped as a child by a white family, and her brother Joe, the last person to see her before she disappeared. Brilliant and emotionally charged, this novel is ripe with the distressing reality and aftermath of Indian boarding schools, attempted cultural assimilation, and MMIW-- but Peters also explores the complexities of familial love as well as the emotional tenderness that encompasses families and relationships as they grow and change throughout the ages.


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Death Valley: A Novel By Melissa Broder Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781668024843
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Published: Scribner - October 3rd, 2023

Broder is an auto-read author for me, and in Death Valley she perfectly executes a balance of deadpan existentialist humor with the very real and complicated emotions of impending grief and vulnerability we must experiences as we allow ourselves to love and be loved. Death Valley is like if Didion's Play It As It Lays and Strayed's Wild were to combine-- woman vs the void meets a poignant journey of transformation.


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The Lost Journals of Sacajewea By Debra Magpie Earling Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781571311450
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Published: Milkweed Editions - May 23rd, 2023

This book may be classified as a novel, but arguably does more justice to Sacajewea's story than many of the sanitized historical recounts of her life-- not hiding the fact that that she was stolen, sold, brutalized, and pregnant, all before the age of twelve. Earling wrote The Lost Journals of Sacajewea for the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition, now finally published in book form to read worldwide. Essential for any American History reader.


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Tauhou By Kōtuku Titihuia Nuttall Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781487011697
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Published: House of Anansi Press - April 11th, 2023

In this atmospheric novel, Nuttall takes us to two islands of their own creation, loosely modeled after Aotearoa and Vancouver Island-- and here, they are mother and daughter. Nuttall gifts us glimpses into the lives of many generations of women between these two lands and cultures over time. Tauhou is an imaginative, spiritual, and heartfelt experience to read. This is the kind of book you will want to revisit and connect its segments in different ways.


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Conversations with Birds By Priyanka Kumar Cover Image
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 12th, 2023

Growing up in India, Priyanka Kumar felt connected to the natural world. It was hard to find that in America as an adult-- until she and her husband were invited to go on a bird walk, unlocking that passion once again. Conversations with Birds chronicles just some of Kumar's most significant avian encounters in the American southwest, ranging across the map from songbirds to birds of prey. These beautiful reflections range from spiritual and breathtaking to concerns of how our rapidly changing climate puts all of life at risk-- not just the things with feathers. Gorgeous, stirring, and memorable.


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The Cat and The City By Nick Bradley Cover Image
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Published: Atlantic Books - August 1st, 2021

You could consider The Cat and The City to be both a novel and a short story collection-- a nimble calico cat winds her way through the lives of many Tokyo residents; young and old, salarymen and yakuza, and so many more. Some know her well, while others get a glimpse-- there are times you wonder if she can even take on her own human form. These characters range from charming to caustic, worlds intersecting throughout this feline's travels without realizing. Brilliantly connected and put together, you'll want to revisit The Cat and the City again and again to connect the dots of these bustling lives.


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Something More By Jackie Khalilieh Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781774882139
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Published: Tundra Books - June 6th, 2023

Something More chronicles Jessie's year in ninth grade as she comes to terms with her autism diagnosis while also navigating new friendships and feelings about boys. There's a perfect amount of drama and realism in this thoughtful coming of age novel that fans of Jenny Han will love-- I was completely invested!


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Golden Boys By Phil Stamper Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781547611300
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - February 7th, 2023

Gabe, Sal, Heath, and Reese have been inseparable gay best friends for years, but this summer they're all flying solo on their own trips of self-discovery in academics, careers, and relationships. Driven, clever, and sweet, these perfectly imperfect golden boys were such a joy to journey with, and I'm already eagerly awaiting to see what's in store for them next! If you're looking for a warm contemporary to escape with, Golden Boys is the book you need to be reading.


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We Deserve Monuments By Jas Hammonds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250327932
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Published: Square Fish - February 6th, 2024

Avery hardly knows a thing about her estranged grandmother, Mama Letty. When her family relocates from DC to Georgia, Avery is set on uncovering the unspoken mysteries that tore her family apart-- only she has no idea how far back they go. We Deserve Monuments is a phenomenal and emotionally captivating debut that weaves together small town secrecy, intersectional identity, and America's violent history into one stunning, poignant, and sure-to-be influential novel. The kind of book that will keep you up until 2 AM-- or at least, it did for me.


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All the Lovers in the Night By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator) Cover Image
By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781609458461
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Published: Europa Editions - May 23rd, 2023

A vibrant and thoughtful novel with a focus on existentialism, the speed of light, and the paths we choose in life for comfort or happiness. Like the light, Fuyuko absorbs the inner workings and relations of the few people that orbit around her semi-reclusive lifestyle as a freelance copy-editor, in turn ruminating on the route she's taking in her own livelihood. Quiet, contemplative, and bittersweet.


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Night of the Living Rez By Morgan Talty Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781953534187
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Published: Tin House Books - July 5th, 2022

Talty's writing evokes all five senses in these interwoven stories about an Indigenous family and present-day coming of age on a Penobscot reservation. While each can be read on their own, Night of the Living Rez feels like a full novel in the way it jumps throughout time, unveiling prominent details about recurring characters throughout the experience this book brings. The kind of collection you'll want to revisit again and again.


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Delilah Green Doesn't Care By Ashley Herring Blake Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593336403
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Published: Berkley - February 22nd, 2022

Snarky, sensual, and sweet, Delilah Green Doesn't Care is a firecracker of a romance with genuine characters that I would love to know, and I'm in awe of Blake's ability to bring everything to the table with this novel-- and I'm eagerly awaiting what other shenanigans the residents of Bright Falls have in store in the future.