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Soft on Soft

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  254 ratings  ·  136 reviews
Contemporary romance where one homebody and one extrovert make one hell of a love story.

June Bana might post nearly daily makeup looks that gain thousands of likes but Real Life June has built a wall behind which she exists with her two cats.

But with messy feelings getting in a way of early hermit life, June begins to realize that she wants more. She wants model/actress,
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Kindle Edition, 182 pages
Published September 10th 2018
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K.J. Charles
This romance feels like an antidote to a lot of things. It’s f/f with no homophobia against the MCs (and indeed diverse queer rep, all positive, with nonbinary and ace spectrum people, and one of the MCs is pan). It’s got two fat leads, one entirely happy with her body and one more anxious but no fatphobia. Both POC, one black, one Arab/Persian and a Muslim, and they’re allowed to be completely soft and happy with one another, without hurt and anger: racism and Islamophobia clearly exist in the ...more
mina reads™️
3.5 stars, i might be being too generous but it was was really really cute and sapphic so sue me!
jaime ⭐️
book 28 out of 100

DNF @ 37%

i really don't think it's my place to critique this book.

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Jessica
Jun 05, 2020 rated it liked it
If you're looking for a SUPER SWEET F/F romance, this is the book for you. There is so much diversity regarding race and sexuality. But the story itself was a bit too sweet for me. June and Selena met through work; June is a makeup artist and Selena is a model. They were so cute around each other and I loved how open and honest they were about their relationship and where they wanted things to go. With my romances, though, I don't really like it when they're just about a happy couple. I wanted m ...more
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
My full review of this book can be found on my blog, The Quiet Pond.


Soft on Soft was indeed incredibly soft - it warded my anxiety attacks or helped me ride through them. And that's saying something.

- About two fat and queer women - Selena, a Black model/actress, and June, a Persian make-up artist - and their lovely slow-burn romance.
- This book is a slice-of-life; there isn't a distinct plot, but is centered on their budding relationship and the small but significant hoops and hurdles they over
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chan ☆
very cute, very queer, and very NOT sexually explicit (for my ace babies)
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Thank you so much to the author for sending me an ARC! Preorder it on Amazon here! | Review also on my blog

Drop what you’re doing at this exact moment and preorder this on Kindle. You won’t regret it.

If there was one word I could use to describe this book, it would be: inclusive. Every sapphic individual looking for representation can find themselves in the pages of this book. I can’t explain how special it was for me, a plus sized, anxious, and bisexual teenager, to see someone like me in a
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Tyler J Gray
3.5

A cute fluffy romance between 2 fat (and fat-positive) women of color. One, Selena, is a black demisexual model, and the other, June, is an Arab-Persian Pansexual with anxiety and 2 cats (and a bisexual muslim mom). At one point Selena has a baby shower for some friends, a Female/Nonbinary couple and the nonbinary person uses she/her pronouns, showing that not all nonbinary people use they/them pronouns. Her name is Noor and she is also black.

Whenever someone's pronouns isn't known they/them
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Emma
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This short book was cute and I really appreciated the representation it features. June and Selena are the definition of soft and cute girlfriends, they are so comfortable around each other and I'm so glad they can be at ease with one another and be their true selves.
Throughout the book I was always waiting for something to happen, but there was none of that. This book is all about a soft and sweet romance and I think I wanted a little more than that to be added to the story.
Romie
I don't know how to explain how this made me feel, but basically I felt like I was always waiting for something to happen, I don't know.... this was indeed soft, but I think I'm not too good with books that are purely romance and nothing else. I also felt like it all happened too quickly and there was no transition between most chapters.

3.25
Leah
What a sweet book! Em Ali definitely delivers on the promise of a soft, fluffy romance!

Read the full review on my blog!
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Nicole Field
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-f, demisexual
This is the story of a Middle Eastern anxious pansexual MC and a black extroverted demisexual LI. Both the prologue and the epilogue are written from Selena's point of view. All the rest is from June. And I loved June. She has anxiety, and yet reading the story from her was so damn comforting. The rep was honestly that good. Cathartic.

The romance between them develops quickly, with both of them having had long standing crushes on the other at the start of the story. What I liked, though, was th
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Anna Banana
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I love how diverse this book was but that's pretty much the only thing I loved about it.

The writing is...bad. Maybe there is potential but honestly this read like it was a very rough first draft that needed to be heavily edited.

There's also really no plot and the story in itself is very slow and kind of boring and I feel bad for saying that but I was sooo bored reading this. Maybe it's the way the 3rd person was written (mixed with the writing not being great IMO) but it was so hard t
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Alex
this was so sweet and soft it's gonna give me a toothache, and seriously I can't wait to see the cover

rating: 4.5 stars

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natalie
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so aptly named because it really was the cutest and softest book ever right from the beginning! The mutual pining, my word *clutches chest*

Honestly, the fat girls in love book we need and deserve! Both MCs are fat queer girls of colour! (middle eastern pansexual MC + a fat black demisexual LI to be exact!) From the moment Em started talking about this book I was intrigued and so glad to finally start it.

This book delivers on all the squishy, adorable moments that make your heart soa
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Eloise
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The title is perfect.
These two are so soft and their relationship is the Softesst Softness in Softland.
Robin
Jun 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, lgbt, romance
This F/F romance was one of the sweetest and SOFTEST things I've ever read. Not only did this have amazing representation, but I loved that the author didn't shy away from using labels on page. I feel like so often it's hinted at, but this book was full of explicit labels, and we stan.
I loved the tenderness and support both women showed each other. This book was really short but did an amazing job showing what it's like to enter into a new relationship and learn to trust that person.
The only r
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Aleksandra
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-releases
3.5 stars

Very cute and very soft and very sapphic!

Soft on Soft is a novella about two fat sapphic girls of color in a relationship. They have started dating in the beginning of the book and we see them dating and growing closer together & being super adorable together.

The novel is 100% romance focused, it was great to see the established couple on page and not the whole getting-together-by-the-end-of-book. I can definitely see myself rereading this soft precious romance when I’m in need of a co
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Elke
so cute, so soft, so sapphic, so safe and queer and soft again. soft the whole time.
i am absolutely heartbroken that i didn't connect with the story and the characters as much as i wanted to. occasionally i stumbled over the writing, sometimes typo's or grammar, sometimes maybe the style. apart from that (and this too, i know, doesn't distract everyone) it is definitely an 'its not you its me' case. also the cover is amazing and also so soft! this romance novella is soft and kind and cute and s
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Lia
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the epitome of soft sapphic romance
kory.
A soft, fluffy, angst-free F/F romance between a fat Middle Eastern/Persian pansexual makeup artist with anxiety (June) and a fat Black demisexual model/actress (Selena)? Hell yeah.

Content/trigger warnings for discussion of parent death, panic attacks, discussions of past ace antagonism,

Other rep in secondary characters: Selena's friend Joey is a Pakistani queer lady. Noor (married to Joey) is Black and non-binary and uses she/her pronouns. June's friend Shelby is non-binary and uses they/them p
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Alice 🔮
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really feel like a lot of people would love and get the most out of this book. But it really isn't my thing..
iam
2.5 stars

This was so lovely and incredibly diverse in every possible aspect: Arab-Persian and black protagonists, one pansexual one demisexual, both fat and one having anxiety.

Somehow I had a really hard time getting into the writing. I struggled with staying focused the entire time while I was reading, and I often got confused with what exactly was going on, who was talking and what they were doing - this might be because I kept getting distracted or because the writing didn't click with me.

I w
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Chasia Lloyd
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An apt title

Soft on Soft is the perfect title for this sweet book. I read this at a slow pace, not wanting to end the goodness too soon. Anyone craving f/f romance where both women are WOC and fat needs this! There is also some fabulous queer friendships and adorable cats.

A nice bonus is that the explicit content is at the end, after the main story has ended AND it's clearly labelled.
Anniek
Because a few people recommended this to me, I decided to pick it up. And it's exactly what the title promises: a very soft, fluffy read. It was exactly what I needed today, and I especially appreciated how inclusive it was, as that made it feel like a safe space to relax in. However, I did stumble over the writing quite a lot, which made it difficult to really get immersed and connect to the story. Overall, I'm glad I read this though, and I would definitely recommend giving it a shot!
Essi
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer-rep, novellas
This is a hard one to review and rate, mostly because I really, really wanted to love this and in some ways I did, but I also really didn't. The core idea of this is lovely, and I'm glad this book exists for a variety of reasons, the chief being that the representation here is so good on so many levels. They're soft fat girls in love but there's zero fatphobia, all the queer rep is diverse and positive (nonbinary characters! Characters on the ace spectrum! QWOC as mains!) and so too is the anxie ...more
Julie Bozza
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, romance, lesbian
Absolutely lovely story, lovely MCs, and all romance from start to finish. The story is inclusive in all kinds of lovely ways, which you'd expect (or at least hope for) when one of the MCs describes herself as "fat, black and queer" with absolutely no shame or defensiveness or bravado. Inclusive to the point of using they/their pronouns, either specifically for a couple of secondary characters or as the default for those we're not so familiar with, I couldn't quite decide. For me, it was a parti ...more
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
Read on Kindle Unlimited!

I'm always looking for good LGBT+ books to add to my reading lists and if loved, added to my physical book collection. After seeing a few of my Instagram friends raving about Soft On Soft, I borrowed it on KU and had generally high hopes for it. We follow two queer, fat women called Selena and June. Selena is POC and works as a modal and actress and June is working as a make-up artist and is Persian. There is bisexual, demisexual, pansexual, anxiety representation as wel
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sofia
Maybe 3.5 Stars?

This was so wholesome and heartwarming. This book markets itself as being pure sapphic fluff, and that’s exactly what it is. It doesn’t really have any plot, it just meanders its way through a love story but it also doesn’t pretend to be anything it isn’t. It’s a solid romance that soothed my sapphic soul. Just the way sapphic love is depicted in this is so affirming and lovely. I also quite enjoyed the backdrop of the protagonists being a model and a makeup artist! I would defin
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Emma
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3*

Very much like the title states this was soft on soft, and very sweet on sweet. A light and fluffy read.
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“Some part of her always yearned for something that enveloped her not in a sense of passion but a calm care. She wanted someone she could rely on to not always expect her to perform. Someone who saw how quiet she was and respected it. Not that her ex-boyfriend didn't. It was the expectation the relationship put on her that broke her a little.” 3 likes
“Selena S. Clarke (the S could stand for every adjective under the sun; Sweet; Sexy; Scrumptious) was everything one could imagine from an Instagram model that rose to power thanks to her honesty, grace, positivity and—June thought with a dreamy sigh—how knock out gorgeous she was.” 1 likes
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