Avery Simmons is co-founder of a Lesbian-dating app, only problem is she’s painfully single. Her girlfriend left her for someone else and took her dog in the process so it’s safe to say she’s feeling pretty low when Charlie Grant becomes her new roommate. They don’t hit it off at first but as they get to know each other they realise their growing feelings. But falling for your roommate has disaster written all over it, right?
I think I may have just found one of my new favourite authors and series’. Sweat Equitywas fantastic and a great opening book to the new series Ladyluck Start-ups. This is the first book I have read by Monica McCallan and I am so glad I jumped on board because I enjoyed it immensely.
I had a real soft spot for Avery. Even though she at times seemed a little grumpy and had some self loathing going, I felt it was part of the charm to discover that it was her heartbreak (from the ex) that caused her moods and as the walls came down, she was actually an amazing person. She was also this amazing geeky girl and I have a real thing for geeks in my Lesbian fiction so that was a major plus.
Charlie was just awesome. I think if there was ever a person to make Avery come out of her funk it was her. I could see why Avery had a crush on her straight away and she was such a genuine and lovely person. Her job as a personal trainer cultivates the impression of her having the perfect body but she has a little bit of mystery about her and her past. It gave her an edge while maintaining her complete loveliness.
The secondary characters (and co founders of the start up app) are Avery’s best friends, Carter and Brennan, need to get their own love story in the series. So I am hoping there is, at the very least, two more books to come. I know I’ll be first in line… and I cannot wait!
This is the second book I’ve read of Monica’s and while Better than a Dream is still my favourite, I really loved this one as well. The build up between Aves and Charlie was fantastic and I loved the dialogue, in particular the internal dialogue of each character. There are good supporting characters as well and just the right amount of drama for my liking. While there is quite a bit of swearing, I actually liked it - always emphasis a point brilliantly in my opinion! Not quite 5 stars as I said at beginning I do prefer Better than a Dream and there are quite a few errors/typos which was disappointing. But still definitely worth the read if you’re a fan of slow build romances.
This book was so refreshing for many reasons, number one being the satisfyingly slow burn of the romance. It felt realistic, as though they actually had time and space to grow and realise their feelings, and this pace allowed for wonderful and rich character development. The friendships and families in the book felt genuine, which can be rare in this genre. The protagonists are naturally flawed but that’s explored and dealt with in a way that still makes them loveable. There were a lot of angsty moments interspersed with the sweet and sexy ones, but the payoff for reading the whole book is more than worth it. The setting was well developed and added to the believable and enthralling world that the author builds. All in all, I’m really glad I found this series and and I can’t wait for more! Would highly recommend for readers looking for something well written, with plenty of heart but that’s not too taxing or heavy.