Insert Groom Here by K.M. Jackson. Dafina. 2016.
I enjoyed this one. It fully embraced the tropes with a bit of a twist, and that’s exactly what I was hoping for. The MCs had great chemistry and a satisfying arc. It was fluffy with some heavier notes and a bunch of hotness, and felt pretty well balanced between those things. It goes on my comfort rereads list. I especially liked the heroine, and how complex she was, all the layers of her armor, emotions and motivations. The pace really worked for me, kept moving me forward through the story.
The core plot is about saving face after public humiliation and dealing with the emotional manipulation that often comes with being on a reality show. Its also about hiding who you are, and the vulnerability of being seen, really seen, by a lover for the first time. It was the last aspect that I particularly enjoyed in this story.
- Black woman heroine.
- POC hero, ethnicity is not clear from the text.
- Black woman author.
Content Warnings (in white, highlight to read)
A few instances of anti-kink prejudice that went unchallenged. Casual use of ableist language that went unchallenged. Several instances of sexualized misogyny that were challenged both directly by one of the MCs and textually. A kiss that wasn’t clearly consensual. An instance of physical violence that was described in detail.
- Source of the book: I bought this book myself.
- I have had minimal interaction with the author on Twitter.
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