I don’t know what to think of this book. There were parts I liked a lot and others I didn’t, at all. I liked how different the main characters were. Rix is older, a dapper butch, and knows how to navigate Hollywood, she loves her family, she’s an activist and supports LGBTQIA+ people in many ways. Layla is new to Hollywood, she stays as far away from her family as she can, she’s all for support but is still looking for what works for her. Rix is looking for the one whereas this sentence sums up Layla’s point of view: “Writing happy ever after was her livelihood, but in life Layla had always been okay with happy for now”. Rix surrounds herself with chosen family but doesn’t seem to really have friends, whereas Layla is blessed with Syd. Syd is probably my favourite character in this story.
While Rix was easy to like, I couldn’t figure Layla out. The character felt inconsistent rather than complex. Also, one of the side characters is trans and I wish the author had found a better way to let the readers know about that than by deadnaming him right away. He’s an important character though, even if he doesn’t get a lot of time on the page.
I don’t have much to say about the plot, it’s pretty traditional and neither good nor bad. The conflict is interesting, as is the resolution. And I liked that the author didn’t drag it out unnecessarily.
The best part of the book is the chemistry between the MCs. They both acknowledge the attraction almost from the start but agree that the timing isn’t the best and they should wait. In the process, they give new meaning to edging, and when they finally act on the attraction, fireworks happen.
Many reviewers loved this book. Don’t decide whether to read it based on my review, read theirs too.