Book Review: Sunset and Shades by Erica Lee

Release Date: May 10, 2019
Publisher: Self Published

Blame the liberal media.

I listened to the audio version of this book narrated by Jessica Renfro. I always feel like I should preface these reviews with the fact that I am not a fan of audiobooks. I only listen to them because I have an hour commute to and from work.

I think Renfro has a talent for voicing different characters. The two MCs sounded like completely different people. But I didn’t really care for Kinsley’s snotty inflections that made her sound obnoxious and unappealing. She sounded like a butch valley girl if that is even possible? At one point she was described as having a skirt on and it completely floored me.

This is a story about Grace, a woman who has recently been cheated on, who decides to spend the summer in Philadelphia with her childhood best friend. The friend’s roommate, Kinsley, is a lesbian romance author that writes under a pen name. She just happens to be one of Grace’s favorite authors. The problem is that Kinsley is nothing like her fake author persona. Kinsley doesn’t believe in love.

The two hang out and do things to try to get Grace to move on from her ex. But their attraction becomes an issue that they can’t ignore. Then things get messy.

I was honestly so put off by Kinsley. She was not a very likable character. But I really liked Grace! And I wanted a happy ending for her. That made me invested in this. This had a fairly large amount of angst. It was majorly based on lack of communication. The last few chapters made my heart ache.

Overall this was an OK read. Really decent for Kindle Unlimited.

And I have to call out that it had a really funny line that I can’t get out of my head:

Grace’s mom: Do you remember what you said to me when you came out?
Grace: Don’t blame the liberal media?

So funny.

I recommend to people who like to read about romance, opposites attract, friends with benefits, fighting feelings, and fast food.

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