Wherever Is Your Heart

self-published. (Moonlighters, Bk. 3). Mar. 2022. 103p. ISBN 9781737229827. pap. $8.99. LGBTQ ROMANCE
June spends much of her life on the road, driving cross-country as a long-haul trucker. Now that her 50th birthday has come and gone, she knows her truck-driving days are numbered, and she’s ready to be brave and confess her feelings for Mal Edwards, the handsome butch bartender at her local queer dive bar. Mal and June are both hesitant and a little time-hardened. Their foray into a relationship, an overnight trip to the Oregon coast, is a warm getaway that nicely balances their uncertainty about relationships with their genuine attraction and mutual interest in moving forward together.
VERDICT This new novella from Kelly (Love & Other Disasters) is recommended for readers who appreciate a character-focused romance and some quality queer postcoital processing. There’s nothing external preventing Mal and June from getting together; rather, they gradually unpack assumptions that each has internalized about what makes them undesirable to potential partners.
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