family store, Margaret comes face-to-face with her past and the woman she’s tried desperately to forget. The fact that Courtney has grown up more beautiful than ever certainly doesn’t help matters
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Pretty Little Book Review
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Genre: F/F Romance
Melissa Brayden has written a sweet and charming small town lesbian romance with this book. Being a new author to me, I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into. All I knew was that the blurb really stood out to me and I had to read it. Well, let me tell you I was not disappointed in the slightest and think I have found myself a new author to fangirl over.
Strawberry Summer balances the perfect love story between two woman who are polar opposites. Maggie is the shy girl from a small town who would rather keep to herself than fit in with everybody else. Courtney is the "city" girl who turns heads and is quite popular and friendly with everyone. So when they say that opposites attract well, this couldn't be more true for these two women.
One thing that I really loved about this story is how it is presented to readers. The prologue of the story lays Maggie's current predicament- running into the woman who got away- which leaves her second guessing all her decisions up until that point. Then, readers are taken back from how these two met all the way through that fateful meeting some 8 years later. So we sort of get a YA-Adult romance story, which for me is pretty cool. However, this is not a young adult romance. I would probably categorize it as new adult which is pretty fitting for the ages of the characters.
In terms of the romance, I think the author is spot on. It's not erotically charged and the sex scenes are a bit downplayed (but not to the point that it doesn't occur because it DOES), and the feelings of love are pretty strong. So strong in fact that I felt it coming through the pages. EEPP!! I love being able to feel the passion and this story does just that.
Overall, this is a wonderful story and I am so glad I took a chance on a new to me author and read this one. It's also a breath of fresh air to go from the traditional romances to a lesbian one. The world is full of people and it's nice to see that gay couples have their stories told too. So, if your a fan of F/F romances (good ones are hard to come by) or are looking for something a little bit different than I recommend this book to you!