Burning Britely (Burning Britely #1) by Deidre Huesmann was a sweet, heart melty read, that had me hooked from start to finish.
My first read by this author, and though I have read LGBTQ books in the past, it’s still something that is a tab bit out of my normal comfort zone. I’m glad I gave this book a chance because the love story is sweet, emotional, heart melty, and heart breaking. Love is love, and this book puts it on display for all to see.
The only thing that rubbed me a bit the wrong way, was the lack of detail and scene development and descriptions. Now I do get that this book is at the 150 mark, so it is fairly short, and is borderline a novella. (Not dissing novellas, I love them, and some of my fav reads are them). I think to keep the word count down, and the characters the main focus, the world building and scene development suffered. There were times I didn’t quite get a scene, because it was told to me rather than shown, and that made some of the more important scenes lacking and at times confusing. I think if a little more time was spent on growing those key scenes, and pivatable moments, would have greatly help the overall story and readability.
As for the characters and their development. No complaints on that front, and even though our MC’s Jeff, comes across as a tool, I didn’t find him unlikeable as he was intended. As someone who is blunt, and struggles a little bit with emotions, I connected with him and got him a little then some others might. I thought he was a wonderful character, and he kinda stole the show for me. Sure yeah, the love interest was hot, and all that jazz, but Jeff, I found had the most overall growth and character development.
Overall this book is a super high recommendation from me, and it gets my stamp of approval. It’s current, relevant, and as I have said, will melt and steal your heart before you know what’s going on.