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Short Story Short Review: Mangos & Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera is a cute queer holiday romance

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Mangos & Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mangos & Mistletoe is Adriana Herrera’s first sapphic romance. The eBook version is 150 pages. I listened to the audiobook version, which clocks in at three and a half hours and is narrated wonderfully by Lacy Laurel.

Our two lead characters are both Dominican and are participating in a Holiday Baking Challenge in Scotland where professional chef Kiskeya is paired up with talented home cook Sully. Kiskeya was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, and Sully is a second-generation American raised in New York City. We switch between both of our leads with first-person points of view throughout the novel, and I had some trouble distinguishing who was who at some points in time. I think if I had read this as an eBook I would potentially have had fewer issues with that.

I had to snack on some cookies and milk while listening to this, since Herrera does a great job describing all of the confections in the book. This is a novella, so our characters get together fairly quickly. If you’re more of a slow-burn romance reader, this story might not be for you. This book gets very steamy.

Tropes in this book include: sapphic, grumpy/sunshine, strangers-to-lovers, just one bed, holiday (Christmas)

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