Genre: Contemporary Romance
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Steam Level: 🔥🔥🔥
Excuse me, hi. I need everyone to put down whatever you’re reading right now and pick this one up. I honestly cannot think of a more poignant, fictional romance that will slap harder than this one right now.
We meet Haitian-born professor and social activist, Patrice Denis & golden boy ADA Easton Archer a year or so after they hooked up for the first time. They run into each other often, but Patrice has a new career to focus on and doesn’t allow himself to get lost in Easton again. When local law enforcement start targeting young men of color, Patrice takes to his Twitter account as a call to action. Easton, now the interim DA finds himself desperately wanting to do the right thing, but horrified to learn that good intentions don’t always get the best results. Patrice & Easton can’t fight the draw they have to one another and choose to try to navigate their new relationship during a time where social injustice takes precedence over everything.
This is it, y’all. This is the fiction book you need to read if you want to be an ally but are scared you’re going to screw up. (Spoiler alert: you will screw up. Figure it out, own up to it, and do better). But seriously, this book reiterates what so many of us have been trying to tell you for so long: Romance is valuable. Romance isn’t fluff and smut and kink. It’s such a great teaching resource and Adriana Herrera made that point and drove it home over and over again with this work of art. Also, I want to bottle up the love and steam and romance between Easton & Patrice so I can take a shot of it whenever I need an extra boost of serotonin. The thoughtfulness and care with which they leaned on each other, gave grace, held each other accountable, and lifted each other up just made my heart SOAR. Thank you @kate for the incredible rec! Pick this one up NOW!