Wherever Is Your Heart – ARC Review

Title: Wherever is Your Heart
Author: Anita Kelly
Series/Number: Moonlighters #3
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Age: Adult
Publication Date: March 1, 2022
Publisher: Anita Kelly
Themes: Lesbian MCs, Demisexual MC, Alcohol Consumption, Use of Weed, Older MCs, Mutual Pining, Discussion of Parent Death, Past Car Crash

Synopsis:

How long, exactly, had June been coming to Moonie’s for the sole purpose of pining after the bartender? 

She certainly didn’t come for the karaoke. Even though the karaoke made her smile sometimes. All these young queers with their off-key, bouncy energy. They made Mal smile, too, June knew. Even if Mal tended to hide her smiles. 

But she saved them sometimes, for June.

Maybe Mal had secret smiles for other women, when June wasn’t around. There was probably no good reason for Mal Edwards, a bastion of stability and good sense, to see any kind of future with June anyway. Was it even fair to express feelings to a woman like that when you spent months away on the road?

But as another Pride weekend approaches, June’s fiftieth birthday and the eventual end of her long-haul trucking days loom in her mind, nestled against the memories of Moonie’s nights gone by where it felt like June and Mal came close—close to something happening, something real. Until June would inevitably chicken out. Retreat once again to life on the road. 

It’s time for June to finally figure out her next act. And if she’s not brave enough to ask Mal Edwards to be part of it, she doesn’t deserve her, anyway.

After all. If you can’t tell a butch you love her during Pride, when the hell can you?

Thank you so much to the author for an eARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

Oh how I adored this! It’s the third novella in the Moonlighters series and it was absolutely the softest and quietest book of the series. I loved how soft it was. It was the lowest angst and just the sweetest. I loved seeing these older lesbians pining after each other for all this time and both being too afraid to do anything.

I loved seeing older women choose to love each other. It was so delightful and sweet. I think it was nice to not have the chase or the trying to convince them. They both hoped the other felt the same way and just went for it. They decided they would just love each other and it was so sweet and soft. I enjoyed that it was a choice, characters do choose to love each other, but I enjoyed that this was two people who could have just continued with how things were, but chose to finally make the leap of faith and go for it.

I also really enjoyed how these two characters just accepted each other wholeheartedly. They were open about their differences, their needs, and they accepted how each other were and what they wanted in life. I also really enjoyed how Mal’s demisexuality was discussed as a simple sentence of explanation and June just accepted it, no questions asked. It was honestly so sweet and soft and I love it so much.

I highly recommend this to anyone that likes sapphic romances, older main characters, and a quiet story.

Rating 5/5

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