From award-winning author Rachel Lacey comes the second installment in the Ms. Right series: a captivating romance about a reluctant bookseller finding love in unexpected places.
Lia Harris is tired of being the odd one out. She’s never quite fit in with her uptight family, and now that her roommates have all found love, she’s starting to feel like a third wheel in her own apartment. Fed up with her mother’s constant meddling in her love life, Lia drops hints about a girlfriend she doesn’t have. But with her brother’s London nuptials approaching, she needs to find a date to save face. Lia turns to her best friend, Rosie, for help, and Rosie delivers—with the fun, gorgeous Grace Poston.
Grace loves to have a good time, hiding her insecurities behind a sunny smile. Her recent move to London has provided her with a much-needed fresh start. Grace isn’t looking for love, and she hates weddings, having weathered more than her fair share of heartache. Friendships are different, though, so for Rosie’s sake, she reluctantly agrees to pose as Lia’s adoring girlfriend for the wedding festivities.
Both Grace and Lia are prepared for an awkward weekend, complete with prying family members and a guest room with only one bed. As it turns out, they get along well—spectacularly, in fact. Before they know it, the chemistry they’re faking feels all too real. But is their wedding weekend a fleeting performance or the rehearsal for a love that’s meant to last?
Rachel Lacey is an award-winning contemporary romance author and semi-reformed travel junkie. She's been climbed by a monkey on a mountain in Japan, gone scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and camped out overnight in New York City for a chance to be an extra in a movie. These days, the majority of her adventures take place on the pages of the books she writes. She lives in the mountains of Vermont with her family and a variety of rescue pets.
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STOP TRYING TO FIX AROSPEC AND ASPEC CHARACTERS. ugh.
I was annoyed with this book almost from the start. I KNEW they were gonna do Grace dirty from how positive they talked about Lia and how negativity they talked about Grace.
Okay so basically this book is dual POV with one MC being a hopeless romantic bisexual and the other being a lesbian with commitment issues.
Lia needs a date to a wedding in London and she ends up taking Grace, her best friend Rosie's friend. Grace though hates weddings. She doesn't want to go but is doing a favor for Rosie. The two have some connection then end up travelling back to NY for a road trip and there's a long lost sister and all sort of things. I'll be honest and say I really liked the non romantic parts of this book. Grace's story was great and I loved her as a character and was so mad she was treated so fucking poorly in this.
It isn't on page, but Grace is so clearly aspec. She talks about how she doesn't feel any attraction until an emotional bond forms and she also doesn't have any interest in romance. She doesn't want a life partner and is perfectly content without a relationship. She values friendships and struggles to form sexual relationships bc of her very clear arospecness and how it crosses with her very clear demiromantic identity.
What makes me angrier than anything, is queer people shitting on aromanticism and pushing for everyone to be happy and in love. NOT EVERYONE WANTS ROMANCE. grace doesn't want romance. She tells Lia over and over and over again yet Lia pushes and pushes and gets angry. Grace is villainized because she doesn't want romance and so of course she has to be fixed.
The ending, which was ridiculous, was exceedingly frustrating. Lia gets into a car accident, which triggers Graces trauma bc her parents died from a car accident, and then grace declares her love for Lia and everything is perfect. Gross. Aromanticism isn't something to fix. It's queer and awesome and aromantic people deserve love in whatever form they wish. They deserve to have strong bonds with folks and be happy all without being forced into amatonormativity and romance.
Literally fuck this book. Fuck people who think aspec people aren't queer and that we need to be fixed.
4.5⭐️ – This was exactly the book I wanted and needed to read. I just love Lia and Grace and the chemistry between them.
If you’ve read Read Between the Lines, you already know Lia. She’s Rosie’s best friend and the manager of the bookstore. Grace is Rosie’s other best friend, whom none of her other friends knows as she almost never makes it back to New York since she moved to Europe. When the story begins, she’s in London. Lia’s brother is getting married in England and she doesn’t want to show up alone, so Rosie suggests asking Grace to be her fake girlfriend. Grace is ready to dislike Lia, because she replaced her in Rosie’s heart, but the two women get along immediately.
Lia is very easy to love. She’s sweet, she’s supportive, she’s beautiful and quirky. She’s also very honest and direct, which Grace loves until it becomes too much. Before meeting Lia, Grace was content with her life and her no-dating rule. No heartbreak, no complications. Grace has family issues to deal with as well, and at the same time as Lia turns her world upside down, Grace also goes on a different journey, revisiting her past in ways that could change her outlook on the future.
I have none of the issues with this book that I had with the first one. I liked the story, the twists, the pace. As I already said, I loved the MCs, who are both absolutely lovely. I won’t analyze much further, even though I’d have a lot more to say but I don’t want to spoil anything. I’ll just say that it was all very delightful and if you like romance, you should give yourself the gift of this book.
I received a copy from the publisher and I am voluntarily leaving a review.
'No Rings Attached' is the second book in the Ms. Right series. In book one, we played witness to Rose falling in love with a lesbian book author, Jane, who just happened to also be her bookstore's landlord that was evicting her. In this second installment, Rose's bookstore manager and best friend, Lia, has all the focus.
Lia has to attend her brother's wedding in London. She doesn't want to deal with her mother's nagging about her love life or trying to set her up with anyone while she is there. Rose has a brilliant idea and proposes she askes her other best friend in London, Grace, if she can be Lia's plus one.
This book was engaging from beginning to end. I liked returning to the roommate/friend group that we were introduced to in book one. The fake girlfriend premise always provides a lot of provides a lot of entertainment value but this was so much more than that. Grace had some real family issues that has shaped who she is and her actions. So this was also a journey of her discovering the truth about her past and reconciling that with who she has become and if that is really how she wants to move forward in life.
I liked the two main characters together. They had a lot of physical chemistry. I could believe that Lia would fall for Grace and her damaged past and hard-to-get ways. Who doesn't like a good challenge? But sometimes I felt like Lia seemed a little too much like a doormat to what was happening in Grace's life. And the resolution seemed to come too quickly in the end for me. I was hoping for a little bit of fire/sass from Lia.
Overall, you can't go wrong with a Rachel Lacey book. She never fails with delivering a contemporary love story with good dialogue, chemistry, and plenty of emotional situations.
I recommend this to people who love to read romance, fake relationships, friendship, family drama, self reflection, personal improvement, and dinosaurs.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
A great book. Lia was my faverite character in the last book. So I was very happy she got her own book.
Grace is an American living in London. She is about to meet her nemesis, the woman who replaced her. Lia is a Londoner living in America. She is straight to the point, and faces problems head on. Though she can logically solve most problems she is also stubborn enough to not quit. Grace on the other hand first instinct it to flight. Though these two have many mutual friends, they have never met before and neither had a great impression of the other. However if they can leave their comfort zones they might just be what is what is missing from each other's lives.
I like that this book is not just a love at first sight book. There is a lot a development that goes on to get them to the correct point and mutual respect is earned. Great growth for both characters. A great ending to the two book series.
I enjoyed Read Between the Lines a lot, but I absolutely love No Rings Attached. Lia demanded to have her story told and I am so glad Rachel Lacey listened. Rosie's two best friends meet when Lia returns home to England to attend her brother's wedding. Grace lives in London and when Rosie reaches out asking her to accompany Lia, Grace is reluctant but knows she will accept because she would do anything for Rosie. Grace wants to hate Lia because she feels Lia replaced her as Rosie's best friend but the two have immediate chemistry. But Grace doesn't do relationships and the two live in different countries.
Rachel Lacey has quickly become one of my favorite authors. With this book, she gives us fake dating, an only one bed situation and a road trip. She also gives us two characters in Lia and Grace who are each other's perfect match. Lia is not only incredibly likable, but she also has a directness that takes Grace by surprise. She's kind and instead of showing pity when Grace confides information from her past, she just listens and is there for her and seriously, she has a British accent and who doesn't love a woman with an accent. Grace surprises Lia by charming her family and making her want more than just their fake dating situation. Grace has a lot to deal with and her default has always been compartmentalizing. Her growth throughout the story was beautifully written and at times my heart broke for her.
I loved that we get more of Rosie and Jane from Read Between the Lines. Rosie is the catalyst for her two friends meeting and the hopeless romantic that she is, probably knew how it would all turn out. I felt so many emotions while reading this book. That is one of Rachel's greatest gifts, writing books that cause so many emotions to come to the surface. I laughed, I had a few moments of anger related to Lia's ex, I felt Grace's pain and Lia's frustration. My favorite couple of Rachel's is Josie and Eve from Don't Cry for Me, but Lia and Grace are right behind them and now hold a special place in my heart. This is a great read and I highly recommend it.
An ARC was received from the author for an honest review.
Lia is on the hunt for a fake girlfriend to go to her brother's wedding with her, and her best friend Rosie offers up her childhood friend Grace as an option. Sparks fly when the two meet, but Grace has a complicated past and is wary of relationships.
This is the second book in the series, but reads perfectly well as a stand-alone. Though the story starts off with the fake-dating trope, things quickly heat up between the couple until they enter a complicated relationship while on a road trip to meet Grace's newly-found half-sister.
I thought Lia and Grace had a lot of chemistry, emotional and physical, and enjoyed their relationship. They fit together very well as a couple, and I was rooting for them to get together. I also found the friendships depicted in the novel to be quite comforting and realistic.
However, I thought that Grace's backstory and her search for answers about her parents' relationship overshadowed the romance. I also found Grace's constant running away to be very frustrating, though I suppose her self-sabotage was psychologically realistic. Still, she got in her own way so colossally that I did not always like her. I also found the event that united Grace and Lia in the end to be a little contrived and melodramatic.
Overall, an engaging romance but an often frustrating plot.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley. This is my honest and voluntary review.
Lia Harris, manager-friend-roommate of star of the first book in this series, is a Londoner living in New York. She lives in a tiny apartment with something like *counts names*, um, I can't remember. Let's pretend I remember and that the number of women living in the tiny apartment is five. Everyone but her in that apartment is in a couple situation. Even the friends who somehow don't live in that same apartment are also in couple-dom. Lia feels left out and lonely.
Then her sibling ends up hooking up and will be having a marriage shortly. That's how the book starts: with her packing. And being sad about going to the wedding without a girlfriend. Especially as her mother pesters her, and especially as how she told her family she wasn't coming alone, that her girlfriend (who is no longer her girlfriend) will be coming along. Her BFF, Rosie, mentions that her childhood best friend (and still best friend though they rarely see each other) lives in London and might be willing to pose as the girlfriend (the wedding is going to occur in England).
So: to recap: Lia Harris - lives in New York, is from England; Grace Poston - lives in London, is from New York. Both have point of views. It has been too long since I read the book to tell you ages. Lia is a manager of a bookstore, though trained to work in a museum; Grace is a translator (she translates a magazine from English to Spanish (or the other way around, I forget now)). Both have point of views.
One thing leads to another and Grace Poston . . . doesn't really want to do it. She hates weddings and does not want anything to do with relationships. But is willing to meet Lia since they haven't actually ever meet. Despite the many many years both have been friends of Rosie. Again, one thing leads to another and . . . Grace agrees to pose as Lia's girlfriend.
And, um. I don't really want to do a step by step breakdown of the plot.
Stuff happens in England. Then, due to a DNA test taken decades ago, stuff happens on the east coast of USA, a drive from New York down to Virginia then back up again (this might be one of the few times I could use real life experience - I've made that trek up and down the highways in a car - I lived in NY and VA; drove back to VA pulling all my belongings (I mostly threw everything away before leaving) along with me when I moved back to VA; have worked in Washington DC, and visited the museums there; have lived many many (something like 40) years in Virginia. And yes. there was a somewhat "hey, neat, they are in WDC . . . and they aren't really describing anything much"). Lots of places visited. Not much description of those places. A little, not much. A T-Rex was mentioned. Some art.
Wait, thought I wasn't going to do a step by step plot thingie. Oh, right, that's what I decided to do: stuff happens in NY, London, England, Washington DC, and Virginia (and some mention of other places between NY & VA occurred, like Delaware).
Lia & Grace grow closer as friends, and develop something of a romance. Despite Graces desire to not do that - have a relationship. Stuff happens. Etc. Etc. Lia is the kind of woman who loves communication, "talking about it", etc. etc. Grace is the kind of woman who . . . doesn't like that. She literally will run away if someone tries to get her to confront things, and or "talk about it."
Solid book. Not as interesting/fun/exciting as first book in this series.
This is the second book in the Ms. Right Series and I enjoyed it much more than, Read Between the Lines, which was the first book in the series. I don’t know if Lacey plans to add more books to this series but I can safely say, that if she does, I will certainly be reading. I would not recommend reading this book without reading book 1. However, it can be read as a stand-alone.
Lia and Grace are the two main characters of this book. Lia was a huge supporting character in book one and Grace was mentioned several times. These two could not be more opposite but it just happens to work out that Grace is available to be a fake wedding date for Lia in a crunch. Sure, it sounds like so many other plots you have heard before, right? Well, I was pleasantly surprised that it took a different tone and Lacey set it apart from your typical fake dating trope. Lacey managed to find a way to make it more believable and relatable. She has some twists in the plot that will keep you reading and invested throughout the whole book.
Lia and Grace are really likable characters and I felt myself rooting for them the entire book. I just really wanted it to work out. While there was a couple things I felt could have been left out, I didn’t feel like it hurt the book much. It was such a strong write by Lacey that a few little hangups didn’t turn me off of it. They also won’t be keeping me from recommending it to others as well.
Thinking back on the other books that I have read by Lacey this may be my favorites or very near the top. I am looking forward to seeing how the book does when it released in mid-April.
***This book was provided to me as an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review.***
This is second in a series and friends from the first feature strongly. Further, we got to know Lia fairly well, there, so I think reading in order is recommended.
I continued this despite all the red flags raised by Grace's absolutes about relationships. Indeed, Grace is a huge detriment to the story overall, and not just as the negative motivation* that drags the plot down continually. She's bitter and self-defeating and frankly, I'm not sure what Lia finds in her beyond being pretty. Her backstory is heartrending, I suppose. I sympathize for her hardships. But she has allowed those hardships to make her cynical and off-putting.
Lia, on the other hand, was a delight. She's brave and honest and the desire to talk things out that Grace hated was the thing I liked best about her. She's not annoying about it, she just likes clarity and she seeks it in careful and respectful ways. Which means that every time Grace brushed her off or told her she talks too much made me like Grace that much less.
And Grace's backstory twist? Yeah, I called that from the start, though at least Lacey handled the fallout better than I expected. Still, the subsequent dark moment shredded my last patience with Grace. I don't know why authors let dark moment separations last for a month and more. Coming to "I love you" shortly after staying away that long rings particularly hollow. If you loved her, what the crap were you doing putzing around for that long?!?
Which sounds like I hated the story more than I did. Remember how much I liked Lia? Yeah, that's three stars right there. I just can't go any higher because nothing else really held my interest.
A note about Audiobook: The narrator for this one, Zara Hampton-Brown, has a terrible American accent. She does that thing where she hits the "r"s hard and flattens the vowels and calls it good. The problem is that Grace has an American accent and the narrator only drags out the American during dialogue. So all of Grace's narration is done in the default high-Brit. Which at least helps obscure how poor her American accent is. Surprisingly, her Southern accent was fairly solid so the couple of characters who showed up with that accent actually provided something of a relief.
A note about Steamy: There are a handful of explicit sex scenes putting this in the middle of my steam tolerance, though barely. Frankly, their relationship shines best in these intimate moments as this is when Grace is at her most caring. Sadly, this only serves to highlight her caustic bitterness once the sexy times are over.
* Negative Motivations: I kind of hate that the term "negative motivation" isn't widespread, yet. Since it isn't, I'm going to save off this little jag to append to my reviews that feature the term. Jennifer Crusie blogged about it a bit back (or, if that link doesn't work, here's a cache of the original) and it changed how I understand story. The problem with the term is that if you've never heard it before, you'd assume it meant motivations that are harmful or immoral. Not so. What it refers to is motivations not to do something. The thing is that many of us are motivated to not do things for a lot of different, perfectly valid and reasonable, reasons. The problem is that in a story motivations to not do things are a huge drag on the plot—particularly considering the fact that most negative motivations are overcome by the character simply deciding they don't care any more (or, rather, that they do care and are now motivated to do the thing). So not only do you have a counter to action but you also have a situation where to overcome it, all a character has to do is change their mind. Which means eventually, the reader is rooting for the character to get over him/herself already and do the thing we want them to do. Conflict drives story. Conflict between a reader and a main character drives readers away from story.
Not your typical faux romance but one which I still thoroughly enjoyed reading. It went a little deeper exploring the reasons why Grace can’t commit to love and is just happy to be in a relationship with herself. While Lia is a wonderful character, who is ever so supportive of Grace, I adored Grace who can appear stoic or indifferent at times. Enough drama and angst which makes No Rings Attached a really wonderful read; one which I enjoyed more than Book 1 🙂
A perfect weekend read! I haven't read Book 1 Read Between the Lines, turns out it could be read as a standalone.
Fake relationships and opposites attraction are not unusual in sapphic romance, but somehow it feels refreshing in No Rings Attached. Mainly it’s because Rachel Lacey craft two wonderful characters. I love the MCs, Lia is lovely in every possible way, and Grace is the kind of character that you want to protect them at all cost. The chemistry is there from the moment they met, the pace is great, and the angst is reasonable. I enjoy this book a lot!
I thought this book was so cute! It's an fake dating story and it felt very believable. I adored watching Grace and Lia start to fall for one another. Their flirty and cute moments were so sweet. In the end I liked this book, it was a sweet and enjoyable read.
ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit - even if I wanted to strangle Grace Poston for refusing to admit and acknowledge her feelings and how she handled things. That said - Lia was all about communication and pushed maybe a bit too far at times.
I think I would have enjoyed the physical book even more because I struggled with the narration by Zara Hampton-Brown. She had a lovely English accent but didn't do well with the American ones. That said - Brits have had to put up with some American narrators butchering their accents, so it was our turn. Also - Abby Craden did the first book in the series so the characters sounded completely different - which is always jarring.
At some point I will read the physical book. For the audiobook version, I have to deduct a star due to narration.
Okay, this story INFURIATED me! Grace was a typical "f**k boy". She used her imagined past (because she ridiculously assumes things without asking questions!) to treat everyone around her like dirt. She used poor Lia for sex, and Lia allowed it, hoping for the best. But all Grace wanted was what made HER comfortable, what SHE wanted! She was selfish, cruel, and stupid, it drove me crazy. I may have got over it if things got better but she got worse and worse throughout the book, the only time she was nice were the 3 days she spent with Lia at her parents place. Other than that, she kept shutting Lia down when Lia voice HER own wants and needs. Yes, Lia knew Grace didn't want a relationship and fell anyway, but Grace KNEW Lia DID want love and she selfishly used her anyway because SHE want to bang her to damn bad, it was disgusting. She was a bad friend to Rosie (and had the nerves to be petty about Lia being Rosie's best friend), she was rude to her half sister and her mothers (who was friendly as hell), and she walked all over Lia, not to mention how she cut off her poor grandparents (again for no reason)! Honestly, that woman is lucky everyone around her was so freaken forgiving, understanding and loving. Literally NOBODY held anything against her or even held her accountable. Lia was trying, supporting, and willing to give up EVERYTHING for Grace. But I'm glad that after her rejection she didn't beg. I'm at least glad it was Grace who uprooted her life in London for Lia, it was the LEAST she could do. I thought Rosie was petty as hell in book one, but geez, Grace tops her. No wonder they were best friends, but thanks to Lia and Jane Rosie improved. Grace coming back in the last chapter only because she thought Lia was DYING doesn't cut it for me. Her emotional abuse of Lia was unacceptable. She even kept threatening to leave her or not talk to her if Lia even brought up the subject of them dating instead of just banging. Ugh, the whole thing broke my heart for Lia, who was such a good friend and sweetheart. I liked Jane and Rosie's story, this one was just a huge let down for me, and it was all because sadly Grace was the MC, everyone else was great except her, but ssdly she took up the chunk of the book so I ended up hating it *sigh*
i have said this before and i will say it again, sapphic love is the purest there is. this book proves it. the connection formed when you, a woman, meet the love of your life, who also happens to be a woman, is like no other. everything falls into place, everything you thought you would never have, as two souls become one, tethered together.
no rings attached delightfully shows us this through lia and grace as they fall in love through a whirlwind of a romance, beginning with fake dating, continuing with the only one-bed trope and ending with them as lovers.
the chemistry here. the sex. the romance. how grace attempts to fight her feelings despite being so far gone it’s laughable that she attempts in the first place. how lia respects boundaries, both physically and mentally. the way they support each other, devoted to the other before they even realise it. the accident which forces grace to face her fears of what it means to love lia and to lose lia. the romance of it all. my heart is so so so full i fear it may burst.
i kicked, screamed, cried, threw up, giggled, kicked my feet, blushed, did cartwheels, fell to my knees and bowed down to rachel lacey all in just over 300 pages. i need more.
Lia has to attend a family wedding but she’s not told her family that she hasn’t got a girlfriend. Her best friend Rosie suggests she take a fake a date and has the perfect candidate in her friend Grace. Grace doesn’t do relationships but she agrees to help Lia out. What neither Lia nor Grace expected was to have a connection, but when Lia is able to repay the favour and help Grace out with a dilemma of her own, their fate is sealed.
I loved this so much! It is only the second book I have read by Rachel Lacey and is part of the Ms Right series, which is set in the same universe as Read Between the Lines. What I love is that both these books can be read standalone, but I recommend reading Read Between the Lines because it is fabulous and because it will help you to better understand some of the characters. It was actually nice to catch up with some of them, although brief, but it was just as exciting to finally get Lia’s story.
The moment Lia and Grace met, no matter what both of them thought, there was just something amazing between them, an undeniable connection and I knew whatever happened, they would be in one another’s life somehow. It was a very cleverly constructed story, giving insights into both Lia and Grace’s insecurities that made it easier to understand their hesitancies and decisions. I sympathised with both of them, and in getting to know them both so intimately was completely in love with the idea of them being each other’s special person.
There was much drama, so many emotional scenes, heartache, and then wonderful moments of connection and understanding between them which just deepened that connection they had. I loved them together so much, it actually hurt, and when things took unexpected and dramatic turns, I was on the edge of my seat. I was unable to put the book down, just needing to know what fate had in store and it was so exciting.
I can’t recommend this wonderful romance enough. It had everything you need for a great romance, and is just a story to fall in love with.
I got this in the mail this morning…. and spent most of today reading it on my porch in the sunshine. It was super cute. I had a lot of fun with the first one (first time reading anything by this author, and first time wining a book in a giveaway!) so the fondness was happily poured over into this one. I liked Lia as a side character in the first book a lot, and I only fell more in love with her here. Grace was also a total sweetheart (if a bit of a mess) and their chemistry was apparent right from the get go. The ending felt juuuuust slightly rushed to me? But I also was thinking about it, and I’m not really sure what sort of scenes I’d want to see in between? So maybe not? Maybe I just wanted more of them. All in all, this was very fun and such a pretty cover, I love so much when romance novels don’t have weird stock photos of women on their covers and get creative and pretty instead. Def rec this!
I happily picked up this latest from Rachel Lacey. I curled up on a couch and read while outside my window the world was wet and cold. Amelia (Lia) is planning to attend her brothers wedding in England. She’s been living in NYC after graduating school there. To get her family off her back about her love life she says she will bring a girlfriend to the wedding. Unfortunately the person she was seeing didn’t work out. Her roommate Rosie suggests her best friend, who is now living in London, is up to the task. Grace agrees to the plan because Rosie asks. They don’t try to create back stories but just go as a couple and it works very well. The blurb for the book focuses on the wedding. But that is only half the book. The two hit it off and for reasons of her own Grace decides to return with Lia to NYC. Partly to see Rosie and to clear up a mystery in her past. Since the blurb doesn’t mention this part I wont spoil it.
These are two smart, kind and caring women. Lia in particular is very good about checking in on feelings and emotions. They know there is attraction but Grace hasn’t been with someone in a while so Lia is not pushing her to do something she doesn’t want to do. They also know their time together is limited. I love their road trip and conversations. Grace comes off as a bit repetitive on why she can’t do relationships. But not everyone can be as upfront as Lia. This is the second in the Ms. Right series. I easily read it as a stand alone and there is some catching up on the first couple. I enjoyed the characters enough that I’ve already downloaded the first book “Read Between the Lines” so I can know the friend group better. Thank you to NetGalley and author for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. (4.5 stars)
It took me seven months to get around to reading the first book in the series. And I so enjoyed it I had to come back to this book and continue on with the friend group. I originally planned to just skim and see how much Rosie and Jane (the couple in Read Between the Lines) are in the story. But I found it just as easy to sit back re-read the whole book. I would have loved another book in this world but instead I will have to see what the author writes next.
This book is fine. I do still want to read Rachel Lacey's previous title, Read Between the Lines, because there was enough promise in this companion novel to warrant my seeking it out.
There were a few things that did annoy me -- Lia and Grace competing to be Rosie's best friend -- and a few things I wish had been done differently -- I wish the term 'demisexual' had actually been used when Grace was describing herself -- but for the most part I enjoyed this little book, even if it totally followed the romance formula..
All in all, a good time.
ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
2,5 actually. I don’t know what to think about this one, but it wasn’t good.
“I just don’t want to say goodbye.” “And I don’t know how to do anything but say goodbye.” ✨ No Rings Attached es un segundo libro en la serie Ms. Right. Si bien creo que se puede leer antes de Read Between the Lines y se entiende perfectamente, te va a spoilear todo el libro anterior. ✨ No sé yo si soy demasiado fanática de la pluma de Rachel Lacey. Por una parte me parece que es bastante sencillo leerla, pero por otra me la paso rodando mis ojos a página. ✨ Tenemos dos puntos de vista. El de Grace una chica con problemas para comprometerse y el de Lia una chica bisexual que necesita una cita falsa para asistir a la boda de su hermano. ✨ Primer punto por el cual la historia no me gustó del todo fue que, a pesar de que las protagonistas técnicamente ya sabían de la existencia de la otra, no se conocían y no tenía ningún tipo de relación de amistad, por lo que es un insta love (cliché que detesto), pero encima de todo la relación en ningún momento se sintió creíble. La mejor parte para mí hubiese sido el fake dating, pero esta parte de la historia no tuvo tanto protagonismo y se sintió más bien plana. Esperaba que la historia se involucrara más en la parte del fake dating, pero las protagonistas casi nunca estaban juntas y cuando lo estaban siempre terminaban en mal entendidos tontos que dejaban a Grace como la mala de la historia. ✨ No me gustó para nada Grace y esto por una simple razón, y es que la autora decidió escribirla justamente como una antagonista. Desde el principio a Lia se nos vende súper bien, pero Grace es más como el típico personaje que sabes que no es malo, pero igualmente no te termina de agradar por la manera en que está escrito. No sé si la autora quería que Grace fuese Demiromantic, pero si es así está muy mal representado, ya que en ámbito sexual Grace ELIGE la abstinencia, es voluntario, no una necesidad. ✨ La historia en general me pareció algo ridícula. Hay un pequeño plot sobre Grace y su familia, un ex dolido de Lia, Rosie metiendo la nariz donde nadie la necesita y un accidente automovilístico que obviamente va a llevar la relación a su conclusión 🙄 ✨ Es una historia mediocre con un final ridículo, pero pudo ser peor. ✨ R:2,5/5✨