In this village, I’m an outcast: Griffin Everett, the scowling giant who prefers plants to people. Then I meet Keynes, a stranger from the city who’s everything I’m not: sharp-tongued, sophisticated, beautiful. Free. For a few precious moments in a dark alleyway, he’s also mine, hot and sweet under the stars… until he crushes me like dirt beneath his designer boot. When the prettiest man I’ve ever hated shows up at my job the next day, I’m not sure if I want to strangle him or drag him into bed. Actually—I think I want both. But Keynes isn’t here for the likes of me: he makes that painfully clear. With everyone else at work, he’s all gorgeous, glittering charm—but when I get too close, he turns vicious. And yet, I can’t stay away. Because there’s something about this ice king that sets me on fire, a secret vulnerability that makes my chest ache. I’ll do whatever it takes to sneak past his walls and see the real man again. The last thing I expect is for that man to ruin me.
I recently read and loved Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert, so when I found out that she had a new book coming out soon, I wanted to know more. It’s queer, enemies to lovers, and has a main character who loves plants. I knew it would be angsty, with a good deal of fluff too, so I wanted to give it a try! Trigger warnings: depression, anxiety, references to past sexual trauma and forced outing, references to a parent who died by suicide
I really, really enjoyed this book. I’m becoming a huge Talia Hibbert fan and I’m looking forward to checking out her other books! This book was angsty, but it was offset but some of the cutest scenes I have ever read. I was not expecting for this book to be as cute as it was, but I’m super happy that it was. Seriously, it was adorable.
Alright, I guess I’ll start on the queer aspect. It is a m/m romance, so of course it’s queer haha. And there are discussions about queerness and what both Olu and Griff identify as and how people in their life has not always been that accepting. There is also a sense in that they just are. They’re just two guys falling in love and it’s the most normal thing in the world. There is such a deep casualness to it that I loved so much. Books about queerness and discussing and being confused about it are so important and I love them. But I also love books where queer characters just get to be and they’re queer and they’re just falling in love and being people.
A big portion of this book is about mental health. Olu holds a lot of self hatred and he deals with anxiety and depression. Griff has it own mental health issues to work through. I liked seeing them grow together. It was slow progress, but it’s like they helped each other come out of their shells. They had to do the work, but they were there to support each other. Olu is learning that it’s alright to ask for help and Griff is learning that it’s fine to be exactly who he is.
This is a bit weird, but I loved the farm/nature aspect of this book. Griff loves plants, which I think is beyond adorable, and he works at a farm. He loves being around nature and he makes cordial. He likes to climb trees. I dunno, I think it added something to book and it was just a really great setting.
Griff and Olu had such a fantastic relationship. It’s like they were exactly what they needed at the exact right time. There are bumps, of course, but it was the good kind of angst. And again, it was offset by some of the cutest scenes ever. I loved how the slowly drew closer and slowly opened up to each other. They were really great and I loved them.
There were also a lot of side characters that I loved! I’m pretty sure a lot of them had their own book, that I haven’t read yet, but I did think they were really cool haha. So, hopefully I can read their books soon.
Yes, please check out Work For It. The author is one of the sweetest people ever and her writing is fantastic. Work For It was really, really good and I’m hoping all the characters get to be happy for the rest of their lives.
Thank you for reading!