Publisher: Ylva Publishing
Publication Date: 21 September 2016
Rating: 4/5. Stars
Diversity: POC Characters, LGBT Characters
TW: slight homophobia
Summary: Dr. Hope Finlay loves her job as an emergency room physician, especially since it allows her only brief encounters with her patients. She learned early in life not to get attached to anyone because it never lasts.
Laleh Samadi, a waitress at her aunt’s restaurant, is the exact opposite. She easily connects with people and loves her big, boisterous Persian family, despite their tendency to meddle in her life.
When Laleh needs to be rushed to the ER with heart trouble, Hope saves her life. Afterwards, strange things begin to occur: Why does Laleh suddenly know even the most obscure diseases, while Hope is fluent in Farsi?
Soon, they can no longer deny that there’s a mysterious connection between them—one that becomes stronger with each passing day.
Are they losing their minds…or their hearts?
Order here: Ylva Publishing
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Laleh is living a pretty normal life. For a Persian-American Second Generation Immigrant at least. She works as a waitress in her Aunts restaurant, which disappoints her parents who wanted her to go to University. She is also not really interested in any suitors her parents try to find for her.
Hope works as an ER Doctor and she prefers to avoid any attachments. She never checks up on her patients. She doesn’t have any long-term relationships. When she lost her mother as a child, she learned that it’s better like this.
But when Laleh breaks down with heart problems and Hope resuscitates her, something goes wrong and a strange connection forms between them.
I absolutely loved the characters in this book, especially the side characters where amazing as well. Some characters from other books had cameos in this one as well, which I heard was a tad annoying for some people, but as I haven’t read any of Jae’s other books it just left me really interested in Jill’s and Crash’s story because it sounds amazing. But I heard that some characters just appeared for a second, where named and disappeared again, which I can imagine would disrupt my reading flow if I had read her other books before and known these characters. The romance starts out as a reluctant ally ship which slowly turns into a friendship and then into something different again. It was a wonderful description of romance where friendship and companionship played a big part.
The first part of the book deals with figuring out their bond and there are many funny scenes which is absolutely adored. The later part of the book gets a bit darker and deals with coming-out and a bit of family drama. But the book never slips in melodrama and misunderstandings are talked about and resolved (The communication between is wonderfully written, which is definitely part of the interesting idea behind the woman’s connection, but it was still wonderful to read a story where problems are recognized and talked about <3)
The authors must have also done loads of research in the medical field and into persian culture and food as it was described in much detail, which made the book feel quite real.
The ending was a bit disappointing because while it solved some problems it definitely felt like a loss for me as reader.
All in all I enjoyed this book a lot and I will definitely check out other books by the author!
Why I read it: a lesbian romance with a woc MC? And some unexplained stuff is going on ala Sense8? Sounds awesome!
Do I recommend it: Yes definitely. It’s a nice romance with an amazing and original premise.