Karin Kallmaker is truly a legend in the world of LGBTQ+ romance authors. She has been writing lesbian fiction since the late 1980’s, and has won many prestigious awards for her work. I’m in awe of her career as an author, and I’ve enjoyed every book that I’ve read of hers including Simply the Best.
This is a good solid romance novel. I liked the idea of two very different characters slowly connecting and falling in love almost in spite of themselves, and these two are very different. Pepper Addington is a young woman raised in California who is starting her life with this naïve outlook about her career and specifically the company (and boss) she works for. You can almost see Pepper putting the metaphorical blinders on as she leaves for work every day so she only sees the rosy outlook in front of her and not the harsh reality all around. Alice Cabot is almost her opposite. Alice is older (over a decade) and very world weary in her views, probably due in part to her work as a Science journalist with a New York newspaper. Putting these two together too quickly would have been a disaster, but the author let the connection build incrementally, which was the best way to handle two such disparate people.
I did have a few problems with the novel. The book had a slow start for me. It took me a while to get into the tale. While I would have liked seeing more of Alice and Pepper together in the story, the book would have benefited being a little shorter overall.
Other than these, few things, I really did enjoy this novel and recommend it to those who love WLW romance.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bella Books for an honest review.