If My Body Could Speak by Blythe Baird

“There are days I forget we had to invent nail polish to change color in drugged drinks

and apps to virtually walk us home and lipstick shaped mace and underwear designed to prevent rape.”

Whatever juice Button Poetry is sipping, they’d better sign me up for more of it because every time I come across their books I know I am in for an awakening.

So, Blythe Baird, ever heard of her? Well, this was my first encounter and I don’t know how I am feeling and that’s the truth of it. For, “Read Pocket Sized Feminism,” is a reminder of the effect of choosing to either stand up or stay silent in the presence of injustice. “To Live in the body of a Survivor” tore me to shreds while “Smoke” reminded me of the things we give up, “Lipstick” of the privileges we are taught and “Skirt Steak Girls” tabled my biases. If you are to read any poem in this book I’d recommend “The Aesthetic of Rape Culture”-because when someone’s version of truth closely hits home, you cannot pretend to not see it for what it is.

Now, I have to reel in the credits: thank you Netgalley and Button Poetry for the eARC, and Blythe– it was a pleasure meeting you.

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The Executive Floor by Belinda Wright: A Review

There is no such thing as enough romance.

Romance/Troubador Publishing Limited/ Format: Ebook

Chantelle’s internship is coming to an end and she really needs to secure a job and the fact that she works at Granger Finance is not only a good look on her resume, it’s also the one thing that she hopes would propel her to an Analyst position.

The boss, Mr. Granger Carmont is handsome, but his playboy persona and aloofness makes him quite an interesting character, well, at least to Chantelle and her colleague Patsy. So, when Chantelle stays up late in the office and Granger needs help working on his next presentation- the two find themselves working together.

The plot is pretty simple and direct and from the beginning as a Reader I had an idea of how things would end up between the two.

I was taken in by the cover too and I’m glad to have read this courtesy of Netgalley.

The suspense is not fulfilling and I do love me some drama which makes me wonder just how entangled this relationship would be if Patsy did make a move on Granger and started spreading a vile rumor about Chantelle at the office. (Yes, I know, cliche of the very jealous friend, but somehow, that would have given me some kind of intensity that I feel this book needed.)

My final take on this book is that it is a short read and sometimes you need that burst of romance in a busy work day to lighten up your spirits.

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Change for You by Crystal Lacy

Change for You (Oahu Lovers Book 2) by [Lacy, Crystal]

321 pages/Amazon Digital Services/Gay Fiction

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Silver fox Stephen Webb doesn’t mean to start a workplace fling with the cute new intern. 

This is the second book in the Oahu Lovers series and I happened upon it because it was one of those titles that pop up as a recommendation following your browsing history.

We are introduced to Stephen as the guy who is unreachable in the first chapter and Max cannot deny being drawn to him-so much so that just by glancing at him, he labels him the “Silver Fox.” Everyone in the firm knows that Stephen has eyes for one thing only- his career.

So, I liked how he too was drawn to Max, especially his smile and dimples. It seemed harmless at first, but as the story developed, the two found themselves spending more time together at the office and consequently out of office.

What I did not really enjoy was the fact that there’s a lot of talk on food and eating and most of the dialogues or meaningful character engagements that advanced the plot took place over food. It was very distracting.

I loved how both had conflicting issues to resolve and was surprised that the one conflict  I thought was evident turned out not to be such a big deal. The writing is simple and it’s got diverse characters.

This is my first gay fiction read of 2019 and I’ll say that my favorite character in the book was Max’s Grandma, Keiko. She was sassy, blunt, salty, sweet, grit and just a blend of rough and tender. For example when she laughs so much that she goes quiet, Stephen asks her:

“Are you dying?” he asked gruffly

“Yes. You killed me with your stupid,” she deadpanned.

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