Review: Promises, Promises

Promises, Promises
Promises, Promises by L-J Baker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book #17 for 2017; #1 for Humor Challenge; #7 for Mt TBR Challenge
PopSugar Challenge Prompts (3 max):
– A book involving travel
– A book involving a mythical creature
– A book with an eccentric character
Read Harder Challenge Prompts:
– A fantasy novel
– An LGBTQ+ romance novel
Possible Book Bingo Squares:
– A Book with an LGBTQA Character
– A Book with a Female Heroine
No Book Left Behind Challenge Task: A book club selection
Better World Books Challenge Prompts:
– A romance that takes place during travel
– A fantasy novel
– A book by a female writer
Personal Challenge Prompts:
– A book with a woman on the cover
– A book about a road trip
Habitica Challenge Task: A book involving a mythical creature

I did have a hard time getting into this book at first. It’s very tongue-in-cheek humor, extremely self-aware, much like in Heroics for Beginners, which requires a certain reading mindset to appreciate. Based on some other reviews, I think the first few chapters were also a little rougher than the rest of the book, perhaps due to the cramped introduction of so many characters. I had to force myself through the first 50 pages, and then I put it down for a long while.

But during that break from the book, I joined an all-female D&D group, and when I picked it back up, it was suddenly friggin’ hilarious. There may or may not be a connection between those two things. The humor was still reminiscent of Heroics, but Baker’s approach was far more consistent, even going so far as to poke fun at her own continuity notes, and her feminist slant provided a nice focus.

You do still need to approach this with a silly sense of humor, and if you aren’t familiar with fantasy and gaming tropes, you aren’t likely to get most of the jokes. But if that doesn’t faze you, I’d encourage you to give this book a try. There is no explicit sex, so this is a great read for somebody who wants to explore lesbian fiction without going straight to erotica.

My only real gripe is the font. All the way through the book, the characters were all lisping in my head, all due to that silly font.

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