I am fully over the cold and 100% focused on reading books that bring on the sunshine, tan lines and good times. Thankfully HQN sent over a copy of Susan Mallery’s new release THE SUMMER GETAWAY, and I was able to dive right in!
Book Title: Savvy Sheldon Feels Good As Hell
Author: Taj McCoy
Publisher: MIRA Books
Release Date: March 22nd, 2022
Genres: Fiction, Romance
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A debut rom-com about a plus-size heroine who gets a full-life makeover after a brutal breakup, with the help of an irresistible cast of friends and family, a kitchen reno, and a devastatingly handsome contractor.Savvy Sheldon spends a lot of time tiptoeing around various aspects of her life: her high-stress and low-thanks job, her clueless boyfriend, and the falling-apart kitchen she inherited from her beloved grandma who taught her how to cook and how to love people by feeding them. When Savvy’s complacency (and her sexy new lingerie) reaches a breaking point, she knows it’s time for some renovations.
Starting from the outside in, Savvy tackles her crumbling kitchen, her waistline, her work/life balance (or lack thereof,) and last (but not least): her love life. The only thing that doesn’t seem to require effort is her ride-or-die squad of close female friends. But as any HGTV junkie can tell you, something always falls apart during renovations. First, Savvy passes out during hot yoga. Then, it turns out that the contractor she hires is the same sexy stranger she unintentionally offended by judging based on appearances. Worst of all, Savvy can’t seem to go anywhere without tripping over her ex and his latest ‘upgrade.’ Savvy begins to realize that maybe she should’ve started her renovations the other way around, beginning with how she sees herself (and loves herself,) before she can build a love that lasts.
About the Author:
Oakland native and attorney Taj McCoy is committed to writing stories championing black and biracial women of color, plus-sized protagonists, and characters with a strong sense of sisterhood and familial bonds. When she’s not writing, she may be on Twitter boosting other marginalized writers, trying to zen out in yoga, sharing recipes on her website, or cooking private supper club meals for close friends.
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Savvy Sheldon Feels Good As Hell
I was lucky to “meet” Tej on Clubhouse, getting the chance to read and review her debut novel was especially exciting!
The best parts of this book were the food and friendships. Taj wrote Savvy to be an intelligent woman, who somehow has let her recent breakup get to her head, and inspires her to focus on a “revenge body” to get over him. While the plot had a curvy women of color / body positive theme that I was really excited to read, it was at times a focus that I lost interest in — from calorie counting to tennis lessons, at times it seemed repetitive BUT it was saved by the delicious food Savvy created that left me hungry for more of those details! Her friends and family were so supportive and added great range to the story, I wondered if we would get their stories as well.
While the romance kind of took a backseat to the overall theme of Savvy bettering herself, I enjoyed her and Spencer getting to know each other and just wished there was a bit more to their romance shown in the story.
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Thank you to HTP + NetGalley for providing This eARC + finished copies were provided in exchange for me to read and review, but all opinions are my own. Thank you to HQN + NetGalley, I hope you’ll come back for more of their upcoming 2022 releases I’ll be sharing here on the blog!