by Mary Warren
Lexi Turner manages the Mystic Falls Inn and is hardworking, almost to a fault. She has never taken the time to explore her own wants and dreams. When she was younger, she couldn’t because life was hard, but now that she can, she just doesn’t know how.
Liam James is a pop superstar. People love him because he is a free spirit who fosters a culture of inclusivity with his fans. But the scandals that follow him have left him feeling alone and adrift. He is on the search for his muse and his direction.
When his bus breaks down hundreds of miles off course in the sleepy little town of Mystic Falls, they both may have just met their match. He might just be the wind in her sails, and she might just be his guiding light in the storm
I was so excited to read and review Mary Warren's Lexi Lets Go. I mean, I am all for romance, but I am definitely all in for fat-rep in all books. Correction: I am all in for POSITIVE fat-rep in books.
**some spoilers ahead - though, I don't think there can be real spoilers in a romance. But alas, you have been warned**
Lexi Lets Go is a lovely book about Lexi, a woman who had to grow up way too fast since losing her mom and having an absent dad. I felt the backdrop of a magical little town like Mystic Falls was perfect for this book. I haven't read the other books that take place in there, but I bet they have the same kind of magical feel that Lexi does.
I appreciated how Lexi's loneliness and grief at what could have been is described. I believe most of us attribute the act of grief with people, when grief can be attached to any loss. And, honestly, grieving what could have been is something that I don't think many people talk about. Bravo to Warren for making that such a important detail of her book.
Oh, and there's a part where I thought we were going to have the cookie-cutter fat-rep scene where the fat MFC misunderstands and gets hurt at the slight about her weight, but that didn't happen! On the contrary, Lexi is like, "uh, nothing I haven't heard before buddy, can we move on?" and I loved it.
With all that positive said, I do have some things that I didn't like. Keep in mind, these are things I didn't like.
So, this story does something interesting in that it simultaneously felt way too short and yet way too long. It's a really strange sensation actually. I kept looking at the page count, wondering why I hadn't moved along further when our characters are moving quite swiftly. There is definitely insta-love in this story which might be because of the magical aspect of this story, however, I felt it happened too quick, and I didn't get to enjoy Lexi and Liam falling for each other. I'm a big character reader, and I like to fall in love with characters. I didn't get the chance to here.
I wish I could have had more background on Liam in order to fully form him in my mind. I had a really hard time holding onto an image of him as I read, which honestly, I had no idea I did until I read this book lol.
I also wish I could have had more about Lexi and her brother. As someone who hasn't read the previous books, I would have loved more interaction or inner dialogue for Lexi regarding her brother.
So, although there were parts I very much enjoyed about Lexi Lets Go, there were some instances that kept me from rating it higher than I did. But as I mentioned, you might really love these things. And if you do - all power to you! Go read it!