Ever read a book you wanted to like, and did like… but sort of didn’t like at the same time?

lesbian romance No Strings Attached by Harper Bliss

Book Description

It’s never too late to find the right person… and yourself along the way.

Micky Ferro has lived her entire life according to other people’s expectations. She married a man, had two children, and became a dutiful stay-at-home mom in suburban Sydney. Until she realized, with a little help from her best friend, that her picture-perfect life wasn’t making her happy.

On the first anniversary of her divorce, Micky decides it’s time for the next step in her journey and gets a job at her neighborhood coffeeshop, The Pink Bean. Becoming a barista sparks a big change in Micky’s daily routine, but could loud-spoken American customer Robin do the same for her love life?

Don’t miss the first book in this heart-warming new series from the bestselling author of the French Kissing and High Rise series.

My Rating

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This book was pretty good, but it had its weak moments.

I love later-in-life coming out stories, but I didn’t love how often the main character repeated the same worries. It felt like it could have been a shorter book had she gotten through her issues faster, been less resistant to change, or had more to really worry about.

I also didn’t like how she cared SO MUCH about how everyone else’s life had to “change” because she came out. I understand that there is an adjustment period for everyone when someone announces something like the fact that they are gay, but I don’t believe it’s really as traumatic for people as some might say it is.

IMO, those who are traumatized by a person in their life coming out need to look at themselves and think about why their opinion and comfort is more important to them than the choices and happiness of a loved one.

But I liked the love story between Micky and her new flame, and I liked the happy ending. If there’s anything we on the LGBTQ spectrum need more of these days, it’s that.

So, like I said before, it was one of those books that I wanted to like, did like, but had some issues with, too.

I give this book three of five stars for being an interesting, if slightly problematic, later-in-life coming out story with a great romance. It’s also a promising first book in the series.

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