Unsurprisingly, this was a total joy to read. I've been a fan of Ashley Herring Blake since I stumbled into Girl Made of Stars on a friend recommendation and couldn't stop reading until I finished. She brings her trademark blend of humour and heart to adult readers here, amping up the steam considerably, from flirty looks and blush-worthy brushes of knees and elbows, to lights on, door open orgasmic sex. Amid all the romance, she also sneaks in a powerful sister story, a conflicted journey toward belonging, and an allegory about making art in a world where image and self have a complicated relationship. I loved the layers and I loved the sweet and sexy romance at the center of the story. I'm also a sucker for Pacific Northwest small towns, having grown up in one, myself. I have no doubts this one will find lots of readers, and we'll all be clamouring for book two.