Welcome to the world of Bay West Social.
Twenty-something Meg McTiernan is all about her career when her house hunt unexpectedly lands her at Bay West - a lesbian mecca tucked away in the suburbs of NYC - and her social life is given a turbo boost. There's a pool, a softball league, even a nightclub practically in her backyard. In this loaded environment, finding the right girl just got a lot more interesting.
Case in point: law student Lexi Russo grew up at Bay West and is about to start an internship at the law firm of another local, self-assured, sexy Jesse Ducane. Lexi's had a crush on Jesse forever, but Jesse's the one Bay West woman she can't possibly have. And not just because she's her boss.
Together, new friends Meg and Lexi navigate romances, fun flirtations, juicy gossip, tons of drama, and maybe just the right amount of true love.
This book was absolutely delightful. Honestly, almost everything about it had me smiling, from the (unfortunately) fictional lesbian neighborhood in Staten Island where we lay our scene, to the life and times of our heroines, Meg and Lexi.
A bit formulaic, yes, and not as heavy in steam as I generally like, but there are a number of reasons why this book resonated with me the way it did.
1) Meg and Lexi, the two real protagonists, aren't set up to fall in love. They're not a match at all and never even broach it. Their friendship is more enjoyable to read than anything else in the book.
2) Meg is somewhat older than Lexi and their friendship doesn't revolve around their age - age is only discussed once or twice and then it's left completely alone (between the two of them).
3) The characters work through multiple relationships - and you root for all of them.
4) This book made me want to live in, like, an all lesbian colony for a hot minute. Which, let me tell you, sounds like a nightmare in the cool, clear, calm of day.
As I said, I could certainly have done with some more steam, but I definitely appreciate Totally Worth It for what it is. A sweet story about love and friendship.
Thanks to Bold Stroke Books and NG for the copy!
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