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Karelia Stetz-Waters. Forever, $15.99 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-1-5387-3552-7
Business and pleasure collide in various tantalizing ways in this touching and steamy rom-com from Stetz-Waters (Worth the Wait). Selena Mathis feels defeated after a traumatic experience in art school, until Ruth Elgin, the generous but flighty owner of a Portland, Ore., sex-toy shop focused on female pleasure, hires her and gives her a newfound sense of purpose. Meanwhile, Ruth’s niece, the steadfast, practical Cade Elgin, manages her free-spirited family’s famous New York art gallery. When Ruth dies, the two wildly different women meet at her funeral. Despite their instant attraction, the pair get off on the wrong foot—especially once they learn that Ruth left her struggling shop to both of them, giving them a month to save it from liquidation. Stetz-Waters puts a fresh, clear-eyed spin on familiar tropes with careful attention to detail in everything from grant applications to the anatomy of the clitoris, grounding readers firmly in reality even as they’re swept away by the delightfully cozy fantasy of Cade and Selena’s burgeoning relationship. Their romance is precious, with well-balanced conflict, hot sex, and a swoon-worthy conclusion. This proves an enchanting must-read for any fan of queer romance. Agent: Jane Dystel, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. (June)
Reviewed on : 03/11/2021
Release date: 06/01/2021
Genre: Romance/Erotica
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