Reviews for Already Published Books

REVIEW: Right Here, Right Now by Georgia Beers

SUMMARY

34975866Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Received From: NetGalley

Accountant and financial advisor Lacey Chamberlain doesn’t consider herself a control freak. She’s merely a planner—orderly, neat, and content in her tidy little life. When a marketing firm moves into the empty office next door, the loud-music-playing, stinky-food-ordering, kickball-in-the-hall staff make Lacey crazy.

Marketing expert Alicia Wright is spontaneous, flies by the seat of her pants, and lives in the moment—all the things Lacey is not. She’s also gorgeous, thoughtful, and seems determined to make Lacey like her.

They say opposites attract, but for how long? And is that really a good idea?

GENDER SEXUALITY PAIRINGS

GENDER: cisgender
SEXUALITY: lesbian
PAIRING: F/F

TAGS TROPES WARNINGS

TROPES: workplace romance, friends to lovers, structured character x spontaneous character
TAGS: adult, contemporary, romance, queer romance, queer characters, sibling relationship
WARNINGS: ableism, suicide jokes, misogyny / sexism, physical injury, hospitalization

REVIEW

Hm. Well. This book wasn’t bad at all. In fact, it was fun to watch Lacey come out of her shell a bit and to see Alicia put down some roots and open herself up to others. There just wasn’t that spark between the novel and myself. I didn’t feel like we really got to know the characters very well–and by the end there was way more knowledge about Lacey than Alicia so it was even harder to connect with Alicia. The romance was cute but didn’t really hit me in the feels.

Also, as regards other characters, Brandon made me incredibly uncomfortable from practically the instant he stepped on page. I fully understand being protective of your friends, but his animosity and outright aggression towards Lacey was completely uncalled for. And I found it incredibly irritating (and frankly disturbing) that Alicia, for whom all this “protective,” aggressive male posturing was on behalf of, never seemed to say anything to discourage him from acting this way towards Lacey. On a personal level, that would be ridiculous, but Brandon acts appallingly unprofessional, and as his boss, Alicia should have stood her ground and told him to rein it in.

As far as characters I liked, the only two I was particularly invested in were Leo, Lacey’s dog, and Gisele, the woman who works for Alicia’s company and the only person of color in the novel. With the exception of Brandon, everyone else in the book was fine but nothing to really write home about either.

Also, there was a lot of unnecessary exposition and detail throughout the novel. There were sections of info dumps that could’ve very easily been removed without affecting the overall plot. Especially the weird dream sequences. All those existed for was to reiterate Lacey’s insecurities, which were hammered home in the narration enough without needing to see the strange dreams.

RATING3 STARSABOUT THE AUTHOR

41784

Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Georgia still lives there. While she could do without temperatures below 30 degrees or above 80, she loves her little section of Upstate. Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes, wine country…it’s lush and beautiful and home. The change of seasons makes her happy and fall is her very favorite.

Georgia has written all her life. Short stories. Journals. Newspaper articles. Words have always been an important part of her world. Numbers hate her and high school math made her cry, but words have always come easy. Her mother still has a second grade report card that states, “Georgia likes to tell stories,” as well as, “Georgia spells above her grade level.” While she never considered writing fiction as a career, looking back, it kind of makes sense.

BUY LINKS

Bold Strokes Books
Amazon

REVIEW BY LEAH

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s