Judging a book by its cover…
Chelsea M. Cameron is a very prolific author of mostly m/f romance but she has written some f/f stories. I’ve only read Marriage of Unconvenience which unfortunately didn’t leave a lasting impression. I have to admit that I grabbed this audiobook because of the narrator and the cover. I’m sure if you’ve seen it, you cannot blame me for my judgment…
Sutton Kay is happy with her life as a yoga studio owner. Even though she hasn’t got a girlfriend, she enjoys her free time with her best friend and her two kittens. But when her building is sold and her new landlord is a woman putting a gym downstairs who doesn’t follow the minimal rules of courtesy, she gets really annoyed. It doesn’t matter that her landlord Tuesday Grímsdóttir has an incredible body, she is rude and Sutton prefers to avoid her. Until when Sutton has the terrible idea of daring Tuesday to make it through a yoga class and Tuesday challenges her to take up CrossFit. As both women get to know each other, sparks fly… How come Sutton is so attracted to a person she doesn’t like?
This book is right up my alley. Low angst, hot chemistry and a yoga teacher. I’ve been practicing yoga for a decade and I love that the author challenges the misconceptions about it. The counterpoint with CrossFit is smart and reflects the contrasts between the main characters. Anyone but you is an opposites-attract romance, more precisely, of the grumpy-sunshine kind. Ms. Cameron builds up their relationship, from complete antagonism to developing real feelings really well and in a short timeline. Despite that, it feels credible and definitely enjoyable.
One positive aspect of this book is the queer representation. Sutton’s best friend is non-binary and a work colleague is in a polyamory relationship. These characters’ appearances are organic to the story and don’t feel forced for the sake of visibility.
Lori Prince narrates the audiobook version and is perfect in her portrayal of Sutton. As the book is written in first person from Sutton’s point of view, it’s really funny and entertaining to be in her headspace, especially when she lusts after Tuesday. The story is also very hot and Ms. Prince delivers the sex scenes perfectly. And yes, Tuesday sounds as hot as she looks.
If you are looking for an angst-free romance with both funny and sizzling moments, then this one is for you. 4 stars.
Length: 6 hours, 51 minutes