Review of ‘Thirsty Thursdays’ by Elena Graf
After writing ‘Love in the Time of Corona’ a few months ago, Elena Graf keeps with the current world affairs with her lesbian romance book ‘Thirsty Thursdays’, the fourth part of the Hobbs series, published when we are all still prisoners of Coronavirus. And the pandemic doesn’t make life easy in Hobbs either. Many have money problems while the long-term effects of Covid-19 are not clear yet. All of this is a burden on the circle of friends around Liz, Maggie, Brenda, Lucy, and their families and friends.
Sam McKinnon, an old friend of Liz who moved back to Hobbs a year ago, and Olivia Enright, also a newer resident in Hobbs, are new to the scene. Sam is a former architect who is now specializing in renovation and tiling. It’s this business that brings her to Olivia Enlight. Olivia is a super-rich retired hedge fund manager and currently the most unpopular person in town. She is politically right-wing, expresses her opinions bluntly and sensitivity is a foreign word to her. Can Sam not only tear down the walls in her house but also those that Olivia has built around herself and see beyond her aggressive behavior?
As the readers slowly learn more and more about Olivia, the cracks in her facade appear and we see that this woman really has a heart. But she needs time to open up and get rid of the patterns of behavior she has acquired over the years, most of them to protect herself or her successful reputation in the business world. Despite their increasing attraction, Sam and Olivia don’t have an easy way ahead of them, as Olivia’s guarded personality rejects Sam several times.
In this book, we also catch up with all the old friends we’ve met throughout the series like Liz and Maggie, Brenda and Cherie and, last but not least, Lucy and Erika. And there is trouble in paradise. I have to say, Liz doesn’t behave well in this novel and I wanted to knock some sense into her more than once because she risked not only her own family but also the relationship of some of her friends.
What really impresses me is that, even though we are all fed up with Corona, Elena Graf succeeds to tell a story that takes place in the middle of the pandemic and she still manages to captivate me. Additionally, the author doesn’t shy away from difficult topics such as police brutality. It’s not an easy undertaking to include these themes in a romance.
What I also love in this series is that all the main characters are older and real women with a past, baggage, flaws, and quirks, but they are still full of energy. Since I would fit into this group of friends very well in terms of age, immersing myself in this story feels like living together with them in Hobbs.
My rating 4.5 stars
Many thanks to the author and Purple Hand Press for providing me with an ARC
PS: congrats to Corrie Kuiper who designed the great cover. Makes me proud of you, my friend.
After writing 'Love in the Time of Corona' a few months ago, Elena Graf keeps with the current world affairs with her lesbian romance book 'Thirsty Thursdays', the fourth part of the Hobbs series, published when we are all still prisoners of Coronavirus. And the pandemic doesn't make life easy in Hobbs either. Many have money problems while the long-term effects of Covid-19 are not clear yet. All of this is a burden on the circle of friends around Liz, Maggie, Brenda, Lucy, and their families and friends.
URL: 4.5 stars, Building - DIY, Business women, Group of friends, Mature characters
Author: Elena Graf