This was a quick but sweet romance with a really fun, unique take on nymphs—a supernatural creature you don’t find very often in books! I also seem to have stumbled upon the “sweet and fluffy about a lonely MC who lives on a farm/in the middle of nowhere, meets a supernatural creature, and falls in love” genre, and I’m digging it.
Holly, our human main character, was really believable and a character whose struggles with doubt and fear as a new adult (relationships, college) will probably be relatable to a lot of people. And Nia, our nymph love interest, was a sweetheart who was accepting and curious and just wanted to learn about the human world and spend time with Holly.
Speaking of Nia, the nymph aspect was super unique! I feel like I say this in every review anymore, but I really do love uncommon supernatural creatures, and I loved this totally nature-y portrayal of nymphs with bark-like skin and flower mouths and everything. It was a lot of fun.
There was also lots of positivity around the queer rep in the book. Holly was trans, the relationship was F/F, Holly and Nia had a whole discussion or two about gender when Holly was concerned that Nia would be bothered by her being trans (which of course Nia wasn’t), and Holly’s family was also super supportive and accepting.
I did feel, however, that the book was heavy on the messages/lessons. That’s not what I look for when it comes to books, but I try to let it slide because, with the way things in our world have been lately, it’s probably good to have some books like this, and it might be exactly the kind of book someone needs.
As for plot, it was really just the two characters getting to know each other and spending time together. There was one brief sex scene. There was some planting and farm work to be done. I’m not complaining though; despite its bittersweet premise, the author managed to keep the tone light and make this a subdued, stress-free kind of book.
Overall, as I said, this was quick, sweet read about two characters falling in love and leaving an impact on each others’ lives—one of whom just so happened to look kind of like a tree ;-)
Anyone who likes novellas, sweet F/F romance, and uncommon supernatural creatures.
Every winter a mysterious portal appears in Holly Juniper’s family barn. Nothing has ever come out of it, and she barely pays it any mind. Until a woodland nymph named Nia steps through it and into her life.
Holly is vehemently opposed to her sticking around, not wanting her family play host to a monster, but eventually Nia grows on her in a way she never expected.
Over the course of three months, the two fall in love. Despite them both knowing, come spring, Nia will have to return to her world through the portal, and she can never return.
Book One in the Monster Love Novella series.
Book Author: Desdemona Wren
Publisher: Self Published
Series: Monster Love Novellas
Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQIA, New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Book Rating: 3.5
Series/Standalone: Standalone within a Series
Setting Location: Pennsylvania, USA