Image Description: A phone displaying the cover of Broody Brit by Naima Simone. The phone lays diagonally on the margin between beige patterned tiles and black wooden tiles.
When was the last time you read a romance that made you swoon so hard you legitrally dropped your Kindle because every muscle in your body went weak? For me, it was last night.
☑️Was I up till four in the morning devouring this masterpiece? Yes.
☑️Am I prepared to spend a half-dazed blurry-eyed Monday day-dreaming at work today? Also yes.
☑️Do I regret it? Not. For. A. Single. Second.
HOLY GOD THIS BOOK! 🥵🥵🥵
Grumpy-meets-sunshine, forced-proximity, friends-to-lovers, this little gem had me laughing, hooting, crying and sighing at 12 PERCENT. The drop-your-kindle-swoon moment happened at around 25% and would have occurred sooner had I not taken breaks to hydrate myself in protection against that devastatingly effective slow burn. 🔥And even with the beloved company of my iced bottle of water, there were still many hip-hand-and-brain-shaking instances way before my ereader slipped from my hands.
This is largely going to be spoiler free review so I will just use the writer’s own words to describe the plot:
“What would a successful, ball-breaking, big-hearted nurse want with a selectively mute, abrasive, socially inept sculptor?”
The answer, lovelies, is EVERYTHING. 🥰 Axel and Zenobia own my soul. He’s a Viking-sized, tattooed reclusive British metal artist afraid to use words. She’s a curvaceous warrior-spined American nurse with old hidden wounds. At surface, it’s a classic case of opposites-attract. But the more time they spend together, the more they realize just how similar and connected they are.
This story pulses with a soulful intensity that had me breathless. As silent as Axel was during most of it, his one-liners left me spinning. 🤤 And God, did I tear up during Zenobia’s monologues. 🥺
This interracial romance has now a permanent place in my reread pile.
Salām! I’m Perveen [She/Her], a South-Asian Muslim POC. I’m an introvert who daydreams about love-myths, monsters, and magic during my day job and occasionally binge-watch period dramas at night. Most of my time is spent reading, writing & talking to the cats in my backyard.