Just a quickie today to hype two fabulous book birthdays!
A Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall is hands-down my favorite historical romance I have read so far this year!
When I initially heard about the basic plot of this book, I was cautiously optimistic, as sometimes people are really Not Great about writing good transgender representation. But Alexis Hall really knocks it out of the park! I was on a live with the publisher yesterday, and they noted they even make sure to book a transgender model for the cover shoot, which really made me happy.
There’s also great disability rep here, as the Duke of Gracewood continues to suffer from a wound he sustained at Waterloo and typically needs the assistance of a cane to walk. There are other queer characters included as well!
I really really enjoyed this book and inhaled it over the course of a few days. Check out my full review here.
Keeping on the romance trend, Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster is a YA debut from Andrea Mosqueda. This one has great Latinx, bisexual, and queer representation, and all of the relationships in this book felt very fleshed out and real.
True to form for most debuts, the dialog was a little clunky and cliché at times, but the writing definitely solidified for me as the book went on and the author got her sea legs. Overall, it was an enjoyable read, and I’m looking forward to what Mosqueda puts out in the future. You can find my full review here.