Cheri Reviews Cleat Cute by Meryl Wilsner

Cleat Cute by Meryl Wilsner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m three for three on Meryl Wilsner books, enjoying each one more than the last. As soon as I saw Cleat Cute on NetGalley, I knew I had to request it. I mean, I already know I have a book requesting problem as witnessed by my 42% feedback ratio but I have great intentions! Really. I do. My eyes are just bigger than my stomach when it comes to books. Okay, that doesn’t really work here but you know what I mean…

So, I’m getting over a cold or flu type thing (still COVID free! knocks on wood) and fatigue is still kicking my butt. Perfect opportunity for sprawling out on the couch and propping the ereader up on a pillow for a few hours. And that’s what I did for two full evenings reading Cleat Cute.

There aren’t many books that have me glancing at the page count and dreading the end as it approaches because I’m loving the characters and want to spend so much more time with them that I’m going to be able to. This was definitely one of them. I loved both Phoebe and Grace and I loved them together. And the morning after finishing the book, I miss them.

I’m not gonna lie, there were a couple points in the book where I grimaced or scratched my head because there was an action or misunderstanding that just didn’t seem to fit or was out of the blue or illogical to me. There was some information that was repeated a bit too much for my taste. It wasn’t perfect. But I loved it.

Here’s something that reading Wilsner’s books has made me think about: specific words when related to romance novels, sex, and my reactions to them. I’ve always been averse to the use of what could be considered more crass language when it comes to a romance novel. Erotica has it’s own rules and I’m prepared for that. But reading words like “cunt” or “tits” in a sex scene in a vanilla romance novel throws me. They’re not words I associate with romance. But after three Wilsner books, I’ve come to realize that I’m the one with the problem. I used to have the same reaction to the word queer but now embrace it. So I’m working on doing the same thing with cunt and tits and pussy (I’ve always had a tough time with that last one). Thank you Ms. Wilsner for helping to open my mind a bit.

I do want to mention that there were some passages that I had to highlight because they just struck me, either because I thought they were beautiful or because the were hilarious. Cleat Cute will definitely be a re-read/funk reading list book.

Also, I’m not a big soccer fan so I didn’t understand some of the terminology but I got the gist and it definitely didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the book.

At least a 4.5 rounded up. Maybe 4.75? It’s not perfect but damn close for me. It’s not out until September but put it on your TBR list now please.

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for giving me a copy of this great romance.

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