Author: Elyse Springer
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication Date: 24. April 2017
Rating: 4./5. Stars
Diversity: LGBT Characters, PoC
TW: abusive relationships, abusive boss, asexual has sex to please partner
Summary: Abigail is content with her quiet life as a librarian. But when she’s invited to a high-profile charity auction, she finds herself dancing with one of the most beautiful women she’s ever met. Abby’s sure she’ll never see her again, but then Gabrielle calls and asks her on a date. And soon after, another.
Supermodel Gabrielle Levesque has a reputation as the Ice Queen—cold and untouchable—except she warms up whenever she’s with Abby. Only Abby isn’t interested in the heat between them; she’s asexual, and she’s worried that admitting as much to Gabrielle might spell the end of their blooming romance.
They’re two different women from two very different worlds, but Abby knows she can love Gabrielle. Her passion for books, travel, and theater prove there’s more to the Ice Queen than meets the eye. But they’ll have to overcome Abby’s fears—and Gabrielle’s own threatening secrets—in order to find their way to love.
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Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Abby lives a quiet life at a library and even though her life is very uneventful she is okay with that. But when she goes to a big charity auction with a friend of her’s, she dances with the Supermodel Gabrielle Levesque and everything changes. Even though everyone warns her about Gabrielle and her reputation as Ice Queen, who doesn’t care about other people, Abby can’t help but fall for her when Gabrielle turns out to be different. However, as the relationship develops, secrets from Gabrielle’s past come to light and Abby worries of the day where Gabrielle will expect to sleep with her. And then there is also budget cuts at her library, maybe leaving her job- and if everything goes well homeless.
Abby is a sex-positive ace. While she doesn’t particularly care to have sex, she is also not repulsed by it. In fact, there is a scene where Abby has sex with Gabrielle to please her. It felt very uncomfortable, but they talked about it later thankfully, but if something like that upsets you, be careful. There is also talk about an abusive past relationship/job connection.
Abby is a very likeable and relateable character. She worries about her job, her friends, her relationship. She generally worries quite a bit in the book, but she has every reason too. She is also very introverted and definitely the main driving force behind the book.
Gabrielle is a bit more closed off, a bit colder. She can be harsh at times, but will also want to hang out with Abby a lot and her constant changes between hot and cold are very intriguing. She used to work in theater, but suddenly and rudely changed her career, dropping out just before an important play was to start. Now she’s a model, but she doesn’t seem to enjoy it much. Gabrielle’s background gives a lot of insight into this.
Their relationship felt a bit hurried at times, especially since Gabrielle was often very closed off, but the ending is lovely. The writing is also quite good and so helped make the story lively, despite its sometimes whiplash-y effects. The story, however, is sometimes a bit predictable, but the good writing distracts from it well.
This is also the second book in a series, but you don’t need to read the first one to understand. I didn’t read the first one and I understood this story well.
All in all, this was a lovely story with an ace MC and if you’re looking for something sweet and lovely, this is the book for you, so go and check it out!