Crashing Into Her by Mia Sosa. Avon Impulse. 2019.
Content Warnings for review: references to sex scenes and controlling behavior from partners
I really enjoyed this last installment in the Love on Cue series, which centers characters who are linked closely by family and friendship, where at least one of the MCs is involved in the movie business. Like the rest of the series, it has a lovely balance of heat, heart, and humor, has wonderfully complex characterization and MCs that grabbed my heart, and these friendships that I completely adore. I fell hard for Eva when I first met her in book 2, and I am so glad that she got her own book, and with Carlos, who she had amazing chemistry with right from the start.
I really appreciate how new adult this series feels, as the individual character arcs are really about finding solid ground in career and figuring out how to achieve their dreams. This book follows that path as well, where the core arcs for each character are about recognizing what they want at work and going after it. It also matches these with subplots about moving towards a bit more space in parent/child relationships. I especially appreciated the way this felt like something to balance with also not neglecting the parental relationship.
This has a one night stand to friends to lovers arc, with a bit of a enemies to lovers aspect, as they start off rather antagonistic towards each other, sparring all the time. It also has a best friend’s cousin trope going on, with the cousin relationship being quite close. What I especially enjoyed, in watching them dance around each other, is the way they both had so much emotional armor, so many defenses against relationships, and yet they could not keep themselves from building one with each other. I really like stories like that, where both MCs are prickly and defended. It created this lovely tension, and these higher stakes because while I was rooting for them, I was wondering the whole time if they could manage to figure it out.
The hero and heroine wind up being teacher and student in a stunt training course after they have already had a one night stand. I loved the classroom moments, and thought it grappled with the ethical questions this raised in a complex way. In general, I appreciated the complexity and nuance in the story.
There is a lot of heroine competence in this book and I pretty much ate it up, especially as it balanced her moments of insecurity so well. I really liked that the hero felt certain she was competent, and believed in her. I loved the bigness of her personality and how nobody in the story even hinted at wanting her to stifle that at all, and the hero was just gone over her because of it. I especially loved the banter between the MCs, and particularly enjoyed their dynamic at the dinner party and at the Puerto Rican festival. So much chemistry, so much sexual tension. Delicious. It felt like a great way to build up to the semi-public sex scenes later, which were so damn hot and also really fit the story and the characters so well.
The heroine has a history of being in relationships with men who attempt to control and manipulate her, and is quite wary about them because of this, without seeming like she has trauma from it. It’s an interesting choice, a difficult line to walk. It worked for me, as a trauma survivor reader; I didn’t read her as having trauma, and her reactions felt matched to that. I liked that it managed to talk about this kind of controlling behavior as not okay and a reason to not be with someone, without immediately depicting it as always being part of a pattern of abuse. Grey areas like that are important to represent, and it felt like it was handled respectfully. I liked that the story has her not thinking in a black and white way about it, or about when the hero does something that wasn’t okay, but instead really attempting to discern what was going on, and what it meant.
I really appreciated seeing the words “a romantic relationship doesn’t require sex” and “sex doesn’t require a romantic relationship.” All the characters are allocishet, and the existence of these realities is rarely acknowledged in romances that don’t involve a-spec characters. I also appreciated that it’s just casually mentioned that the fitness center has gender-neutral accessible bathrooms.
I really enjoyed so many of the secondary characters in the story, both the MCs from prior books in the series and especially the hero’s father, who I fell hard for as a character. This book made me so hungry for Puerto Rican food! The food descriptions were wonderful, and I really liked the ways that so many of the characters were all about the food, and created connections over food.
I did feel like the ending went a bit fast for me; I wanted a bit more time. It has a grand gesture feel to it that wasn’t precisely that grand, and I just felt like I’d want them to seem on a bit more solid ground. I would have loved to see them interact more in the epilogue; I was told things about what happened, instead of shown how they were settled in their relationship.
After I read this I immediately decided to reread the series from the beginning. I really wish there was audio, because these MCs have such strong internal voices, it would be amazing to hear. I’m excited to see what Sosa’s future books will be, and am already checking out her backlist.
- Black woman MC
- Puerto Rican man MC
- Black and Puerto Rican secondary characters
- Brazilian-Puerto Rican woman author
Content Warnings (in white, highlight to read)
Heroine has been in relationships in the past with men who acted in a controlling manner, including the use of reproductive control, and using a boss/employee relationship as leverage. These relationships aren’t framed as abusive, but the behavior is clearly framed as wrong and the reason the relationship ended. These relationships are referenced several times. Hero was abandoned by his mother at 18. Heroine’s father belittles her job. Hero does something controlling, that is framed as not okay, and he is called on it. Sex on the page, including semi-public sex.
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