This was such a beautiful and poignant read! An epic love story with added layers of grief and betrayal. I loved the two parallel love stories, one present day and one in the past, and how they were intertwined throughout the book, empowering the present day romance by the discovery of queer history and its struggles.
Of Sunlight and Stardust follows two men who have been beaten by life. Tanner Rowe has had a tough upbringing as an orphan in and out of foster care, when he meets the love of his life, Emma. Only to lose her too when she gets sick and dies from cancer. In an attempt to honor and keep her close to his heart, he buys the house with the dilapidated barn Emma dreamed of owning. There, he meets homeless Cole Lachlan, who is just out of prison and needs a job. Renovating the barn together, the two lonely, broken men start not only to find hope and joy again, but also new kinds of feelings for each other.
This was such a wonderful and swoon worthy bisexual awakening romance with two amazing main characters to root for. I truly appreciated the way in which Tanner and Cole slowly began to open up to each other, and for Cole to possibly see a new beginning and for Tanner to hope for happiness and love again. The authors did a wonderful job with these two men, truly making us see and feel their loss and grief, loneliness and vulnerability and fear of opening up again and risking more pain. I also adored the secondary story that we got to follow through the diary that Tanner and Cole discovered in the barn, and how this story empowered their own journey of self-discovery.
All in all, this was a swooning, sweet and emotional love story with a historical and somewhat magical touch that connected four men and their love through different moments in time.
4.5 stars rounding up to 5
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Married to my Best Friend is exactly what the title says: a cute story about two childhood friends, one gay and one supposedly straight, realizing their love for each other after getting married in Vegas by mistake. It’s a very short and fast-paced novella with two lovely main characters, and with one of my favorite tropes (friends to lovers), but unfortunately it was a bit too cheesy for me.
It started off really well, with flashbacks to Caden and Alex’s childhood relationship and how Alex realized that he was gay. But after the drunken wedding in Vegas it all started to go downhill and the story felt so cheesy and unbelievable that I caught myself rolling my eyes and feeling secondhand embarrassment for the poor guys.
But it was a cute, heartwarming story that nevertheless kept me engaged the whole way through and made me smile (at the same time as I rolled my eyes), so 2.5 stars rounding up to 3.
Thank you to the author Riley Hart and Prolific Works for the free review copy! All opinions are my own and I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.
2.5 stars rounding up to 3
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