By Heather A.
3 out of 5 stars ★★★☆☆
Naima vibed with Timothy from the first moment they met. Attraction wasn’t supposed to happen, but it did with no time to turn back.
Timothy knew better. But that kiss made him forget about his girlfriend and he would do anything to get another chance to kiss those lips.
Can two close friends be on the Same Page in this “Brown Sugar meets Love Jones” Interracial Erotic Romance!
Same Page is cute. It’s a quick read, and I actually think there were a couple of subplots that could have been more developed–like Naima’s relationship with her parents (why was she always deleting texts from her mom?), what she was doing in school or outside of work (what kinds of classes was she taking, how was she doing during each semester?) I left me wanting to understand more of Naima. Further, there was a hint of connection between Naima’s roommate Lisette and Ruby that I think could have been more fleshed out.
I did not find Timothy to be very likable. He didn’t even consider breaking up with his girlfriend while going down on Naima! And they had other intimate moments that should have led him to think more about what he was doing, but they were “just friends,” which infuriated me to no end.
By the end, it was clear that Naima cared that Timothy had a girlfriend after they had spent so much time together, but why didn’t she say something to him or ask him about it? But it’s not really her fault, she’s not the one who is cheating on their significant other!
Going back to the point about spending time together, I felt like I understood they were spending time together second hand from their co-workers at Symposium. Their co-workers said they saw them together constantly, but the reader never had any scenes that weren’t sex or working together. Also, it amuses me that all of the characters spent so much time watching television, but the only books they ever read were mentioned in the beginning during Naima’s interview. They work at a bookstore, the title is bookish themed, where are the books?
It wasn’t necessarily that I had a problem with any particular thing in this novel, but rather I would notice tiny things that didn’t add up. It’s still cute though and I want to read the second book in this duology so I can get a sense of finality with their relationship.
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