Wild Things

Books on Tape May 2023. 9:11 hrs. ISBN 9780593739389. $76. LGBTQIA+ ROMANCE
El is stuck in a dead-end office job and suffers from unrequited love for her lesbian best friend, Ray. One day, El, Ray, and their friends Will and Jamie decide to buy a house together in a small village, leaving the city behind and creating a unique, mostly queer commune. The group works together to DIY their new home, dubbed Lavender House. As the renovation continues and plans for a welcome party come to fruition, El is forced to confront her feelings for Ray. UK author Kay’s (Tell Me Everything) newest novel is a laugh-out-loud listen set in a loving queer community. Narrator Abigail Hardiman gives a nuanced performance of four young people creating the life of their dreams. Hardiman’s varied, personality-filled character voices ensure listeners can easily discern who is speaking. Listeners should note that while this title is marketed as romance, the heart of the story centers on friendship and growth, not just on El and Ray’s romantic relationship.
VERDICT Though the romance is a bit slow to ignite, patient listeners will be rewarded with an enjoyable sizzle at the end. An excellent fit for those seeking a low-key queer romance full of fun and engaging characters.
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