MixedLibrary JournalThis slow-burn paranormal romance features well-developed, likable protagonists, but the secondary characters are two-dimensional and add little to the plot, which revolves around the emotional development of Gemma and Levi. Though there is a happily ever after, it’s a conflicted one, with plot threads left hanging for a sequel ... Readers looking for character introspection and growth may enjoy this one from Beharrie, but most will find it disappointing.
RaveLibrary JournalThis well-written contemporary romance features the familiar tropes of forbidden love and friends-to-lovers with characters from different backgrounds and cultures. The likable characters are sympathetically and realistically rendered in chapters told from both Kiran’s and Nash’s perspectives. The plot is captivating, and readers will ride its ups, downs, twists, and turns with Kiran and Nash as they search for a happily-ever-after. Recommended for all collections.
RaveLibrary JournalThis satisfying romantic comedy features smart, witty dialog and a diverse cast of likable secondary characters ... The setting, in Stanford’s STEM program, is essential to the plot and allows the author to write on the obstacles faced by PhD students, especially women in science programs ... A realistic, amusing novel that readers won’t be able to put down. Highly recommended for all collections.
RaveLibrary JournalPacked with emotion, this romance is also a beautifully written coming-of-age story about a first-generation immigrant. Hana is a relatable, flawed narrator, and the other characters are complex, nuanced, and well-developed. The story is intricately plotted, with dramatic, often heartwrenching scenes that build to a satisfying, realistic conclusion ... Readers won\'t be able to put this Own Voices Muslim romance down. Highly recommended for most public library collections.