Author: M. Hollis
Publication Date: 6. April 2017
Rating: 5./5. Stars
Diversity: LGBT Rep, PoC
TW: homophobia, homophobic family
Summary: Lily Ferrari enjoys having control over every detail of her life. Ever since she left her parents’ house to gain her freedom, she decided to fully own her autonomy. But an unexpected visit from her little brother may change the path she chooses to follow.
Add to that a casual fling with the bright architect Mayte González, and Lily’s summer is turning out more interesting than she expected. It certainly beats the routine of working extra shifts at Johnson’s Bookstore.
A few weeks before her college life begins, Lily needs to figure out if she’s wrong about the past or if she should continue to protect her heart at all costs.
Sometimes moving forward is only possible if you have the right people by your side.
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Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
This is the second book of the Lillac Town series. It is set in the same bookstore as the last book and also features a lot of characters from the last book but with a different focus this time.
Lily is a Brazilian girl, who has to deal with her past trying to catch up with her, as well as a casual fling with Mayte. She is still struggling with her families homophobic reaction before she left and cut all ties with them. Reading her story really broke my heart. Her sexuality is unlabeled, but she definitely likes girls. It’s really nice to read about unlabeled characters!
Mayte is a bisexual, black, Cuban woman and I am so glad that she got more screen time in this book. She already appeared in the first book and I adored her, but getting to know more of her this time was lovely.
The writing is also incredibly good, not overly flowery but still beautiful. You can see that it’s not Hollis first book and to be honest I think I enjoyed it a bit more than I did The Melody of You and Me.
One of my favorite things is that during a sex scene there was actual talk about what a character liked and what not and it was so beautiful to read about a character being allowed to set boundaries and having them respected and just talking about what they want to they can both have a good time. I need more of that kind of stuff in fiction, it was beautiful!
The ending is a bit cheesy, but the characters definitely deserve it. It’s so cute!!!
All in all, if you are looking for a cute story with loveable characters, loads of awesome side characters or enjoyed The Melody of You and Me, you should definitely read this book.
(And while this has nothing to do with this book, I have to mention how excited I am for the next book in the series, as it will focus on Karen, a Brazilian-Japanese girl who really loves cats and is also super cute, I’m so excited!)