Sammy Espinoza’s Last Review

Dell. Jul. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9780593598771. pap. $17. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Sammy Espinoza is a music journalist who needs a scoop to save her career. She finds out that reclusive rocker Max Ryan is rumored to be holed up in his hometown, working on an album, and she travels there to try to get an exclusive. What she doesn’t tell her boss is that Max broke her heart when he was on the cusp of his big break a decade earlier. To add more complications, Sammy has roots in the same small town, including the surrogate parents who took her in as a child, her best friend and her wife, and an estranged relative. This novel, which digs into some tough subjects, won’t be a hit for every romance reader, but it will appeal to people who are looking for real-world problems along with their happily-ever-after.
VERDICT While a second-chance romance is at the center of Mejia’s (Lucha of the Night Forest) adult debut, this novel builds on the complicated life of the title character to weave a sometimes traumatic but ultimately beautiful story of a complex woman finding her way in the world.
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