Opposites attract in this playful and laugh-out-loud rom-com from Lambda Award finalist Karelia Stetz-Waters.
Cade Elgin has a life and career in New York City, and she’s determined to get back to both as soon as possible after her aunt’s funeral in Portland. However, when she unexpectedly inherits her aunt’s sex toy store — and has to save it from foreclosure — Cade realizes she’s not going anywhere. But making Share the Love profitable won’t be as easy as Cade had hoped. Her new partner has an infuriating lack of business sense, and an infuriating ability to turn Cade on.
Selena Mathis knows that nothing is more important than saving Share the Love. Not her pride, not her inconvenient attraction toward her new business partner. Cade may be more buttoned-up than Selena usually goes for, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t know how to turn the store around. But the more they work together, the harder it becomes for Selena to ignore her growing feelings for Cade. And she starts to wonder if there is something more important than saving Share the Love.
This book actually came out last summer, but the whole unprecedented times scenario threw me for a loop and I feel behind with a handful of ARCs. I’m slowly catching up, and TL;DR, this book was worth the wait.
I loved the Odd Couple dynamic between Cade and Selena, and I loved that they had to work together because of the conditions of a will. It’s the modern equivalent of the “you have to get married or you lose your title/inheritance” trope… which isn’t actually a legally binding thing, but I digress.
In any event, the project in question is a sex toy store, something Cade knows nothing about. In fact, talking about sex toys makes Cade somewhat uncomfortable because of her lack of experience. This leads her to approach the matter from a clinical viewpoint, focusing on things like battery life. Selena, on the other hand, is very open about sex, leading to some interesting interactions.
Cade is used to people wanting to get closer to her because of her parents’ art gallery, so Selena befriending her without any ulterior motives is something Cade doesn’t quite know how to process. And, as their relationship turns physical, Cade is worried about disappointing the much more experienced Selena, only for Selena to accept Cade as she is.
I would absolutely recommend Satisfaction Guaranteed. There’s a nice balance of sweet/hilarious and more poignant moments, as both women work through issues from their past when they’re thrown together. This book was a lovely distraction from the stress of the real world, and I’m looking forward to reading more from Stetz-Waters in the future.
I received a digital ARC of this book from Forever/NetGalley