I’ve made it my goal to start reading…and reviewing books from black indie authors, being that I am one myself, and all the support I can get and give others means a lot. The first series that drew me in came from A.E. Valdez.
I found A.E. Valdez on Instagram when her beautiful book covers popped up on my feed. The details, hair, jewelry, sunflower, and everything about it were gorgeous and immediately pulled me in.
Sunshine + Ace Series includes two books. The first is All I’ve Wanted, All I’ve Needed, and it’s a slow burn. Once you get to book two, The Beginning of Forever, the spice is almost never-ending. I legit dreamed about this couple. I loved how they rode with each other no matter what. The buildup of their relationship was indeed everything.
Harlow Shaw feels naïve for believing in happily ever afters but she craves a love that lights her up.
She thought she had it all with her boyfriend. Until his promising baseball career overshadows their relationship and he asks her a life changing question. It causes her to wonder if what they have is all she ever truly wanted.
Harlow is yearning for more than the curated life she is living.
A trip to Bali, a move to Seattle, and an alleged burned cup of coffee lead her to a friendship she didn’t know she needed and a love so deep she can feel it in her bones.
I wasn’t immediately drawn in at the beginning, but once Harlow made her way to Seattle I was all in. This is a slow burn [a true slow burn] so it was giving me all the feels. The way Harlow and Ace came to be was hilarious. He truly got on her nerves, but with him she found something more than just love, especially after being in a relationship for years with a baseball player who knew almost nothing about her. They simply grew up with one another and were comfortable.
Harlow and Acyn have their happily ever after…
Or so they thought.
When their wedding is in jeopardy from outside forces and well-meaning family members, they decide to take matters into their own hands and escape to the Oregon coast.
Follow their journey from there to the Beginning of Forever.
Whew, the drama behind planning a wedding for two people who would have married each other on the spot was a lot, but any mother who’s first son is about to get married would go a little overboard. From the wedding planning, trip to Vegas, and the honeymoon. I was all in. These two lovebirds are it for me. Nothing about how they came to be seemed force. I also love their group of friends. I wouldn’t mind another book.
If you’re a big fan of black romance… please get into this series if you haven’t already.