ROMANCE

Iris Kelly Doesn’t Date

Berkley (Bright Falls, Bk. 3). Oct. 2023. 416p. ISBN 9780593550571. pap. $18. LGBTQIA+ ROMANCE
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The latest in Blake’s “Bright Falls” series, after Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail, returns readers to their favorite characters. This time, Iris is the star, and she is struggling while watching her friends live out their romantic fantasies. In previous titles, readers saw bisexual Iris dating men and women, but now Iris is alone and feels at a loss. In an attempt to make herself feel better, she goes out on the town in Portland one evening, ending with a disastrous one-night stand with a woman named Stefania. Iris, who is also a romance novelist, feels incredibly stuck in her writing due to her current romantic situation, so she decides to join a play in hopes of breaking through her writer’s block as well as her love block. Whom she finds there is unexpected: Stefania, a.k.a. Stevie. When Stevie asks her to fake-date, Iris is immediately wary, but figures it will help her write her next book, although things won’t be as simple as she expected.
VERDICT Blake continues to write compelling and lovable characters with engaging and empathetic storylines. Readers will love this foray back into Bright Falls.
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