Naomi Grant used to be a porn star. She has now started a sex-positive website called “Shameless” and is looking to do in person classes. She goes to a meeting to try and network and ends up meeting Ethan Cohen. He is a rabbi looking to get more people to his synagogue and wants to hire Naomi to teach classes to try and get more people interested. At first Naomi says no, but her friend ends up convincing her to give it a try. They both have feelings for each other they are afraid to admit due to their new working relationship, but after Ethan asks Naomi for help finding a girlfriend for him, things take off a bit. As does their course.
This book got off to a bit of a slow start to me, but in the end I thought it was pretty cute. Not your typical love story.
I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review for NetGalley. I was not otherwise compensated.
About the Book
Naomi and Ethan will test the boundaries of love in this provocative romance from the author of the ground-breaking debut, The Roommate.
Naomi Grant has built her life around going against the grain. After the sex-positive start-up she cofounded becomes an international sensation, she wants to extend her educational platform to live lecturing. Unfortunately, despite her long list of qualifications, higher ed won’t hire her.
Ethan Cohen has recently received two honors: LA Mag nominated him as one of the city’s hottest bachelors and he became rabbi of his own synagogue. Low on both funds and congregants, the executive board of Ethan’s new shul hired him with the hopes that his nontraditional background will attract more millennials to the faith. They’ve given him three months to turn things around or else they’ll close the doors of his synagogue for good.
Naomi and Ethan join forces to host a buzzy seminar series on Modern Intimacy, the perfect solution to their problems–until they discover a new one–their growing attraction to each other. They’ve built the syllabus for love’s latest experiment, but neither of them expected they’d be the ones putting it to the test.
The “Rockstar Romance” is one of my favorite sub genres, but this book just didn’t really do it for me. This was my 50th book to read for the year – but it took me nearly 2 weeks to make my way through it when nearly everything else I read I devoured in a couple of days. The book was very slow in ramping up for me and once things did seem to start happening, the book was done. I also have trouble when the characters don’t have common names, I’m not entirely sure why but it makes it harder for me to picture them. While our leading lady, Becca, had a name that was common, no one else really did. Our rock star is named Linx, and the rest of his band all have names ending in X as well.
I think if the first 25% of this book weren’t as slow for me, I would have enjoyed it more – as I finished the second half of the book much quicker than the first – but for me this one kind of fell flat.
I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.
About the Book
A rock star walks into a bar…
Certified behavioral counselor (and former band groupie) Becca Forrester needs a break. Taking a leave of absence from her job, she moves into the apartment over her parents’ garage, and clinches a gig waitressing at a dive bar known for bringing in big name musicians.
Cedric “Linx” Lincoln is a certified rock star. Bassist for the hugely popular rock band, Dimefront, he’s in Denver while the band is on hiatus a-freaking-gain. He’s looking for something—anything—to keep him occupied until they can all get back to making music. When he saunters into his friend’s bar, he finds the perfect diversion.
Becca’s presence is a breath of fresh air. The sizzle she ignites in him is precisely what he needs. Bonus: no-stress, no-strings hookups are his specialty. But when things between them tip toward serious, his band implodes, and Becca’s leave of absence ends, they’re forced to decide what their “real” lives should look like. Maybe there’s room for an encore…
With all that has been coming to light lately with other races, I have been trying to read more about what it means to be Anti-Racist and an ally. I never really realized how much white privilege there is out there and how much of it I had benefited from until I started doing more of a deep dive into reading about racism. This is a short book and is a relatively quick read – which I liked. Everything was broke down into small, easy to digest sections to make me think and figure out ways to react. I am honestly not sure I will every fully be Anti-Racist, but that doesn’t mean I won’t continue to work towards it and continue trying to make progress. I also liked that the end of the book had a list of other related books to read. With this one being so short, if I wanted to take a deeper look into other similar topics, I have a list of them all right at my fingertips.
I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.
About the Book
Join the fight for racially marginalized people with this pocket-sized guide filled with practical insights from one of the leading voices of the movement for equality and founder of the @officialmillennialblack Instagram.
As the tragic murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement has demonstrated, not being racist is not enough. To fulfill the American ideal, to ensure that all people are equal, you must be actively anti-racist.
In this essential guide, Sophie Williams, goes beyond her popular Instagram @officialmillennialblack, providing sharp, simple, and insightful steps anyone can take to be a better ally in the fight against racism. While the book’s focus is on race, it also touches on sexism, classism, ableism, oppression, and white supremacy.
Written in her iconic Instagram style, this pocket-sized guide is a crucial starting point for every anti-racist ally, covering complex topics at the heart of anti-racist principles. Whether you are just finding your voice, have made a start but aren’t sure what to do next, or want a fresh viewpoint, Anti-Racist Ally introduces and explains the language of change and shows you how to challenge the system, beginning with yourself. Sophie reminds you that this is a learning process, which means facing difficult truths, becoming uncomfortable, and working through the embarrassment and discomfort.
The fight for justice isn’t easy there aren’t any shortcuts or quick wins. But together, anti-racist allies can use their power to truly change the world and lives.