"A mature, honest, and erotic romance that will have readers admiring what these two smart and determined women accomplish.” —Library Journal
In this sexy, sophisticated romantic comedy, two women juggle romance and career across continents.
Charlotte Hilaire has a love-hate relationship with her work as a museum courier. On the one hand, it takes her around the world. On the other, her plan to become a professor is veering dangerously off track.
Yet once in a while, maybe every third trip or so, the job goes delightfully sideways…
When a blizzard strands Charlotte in Spain for a few extra days and she’s left with glorious free time on her hands, the only question is: Dare she invite her grad school crush for an after-dinner drink on a snowy night?
Accomplished, take-no-prisoners art historian Adrianna Coates has built an enviable career since Charlotte saw her last. She’s brilliant. Sophisticated. Impressive as hell and strikingly beautiful.
Hospitable, too, as she absolutely insists Charlotte spend the night on her pullout sofa as the storm rages on.
One night becomes three and three nights become a hot and adventurous long-distance relationship when Charlotte returns to the States. But when Adrianna plots her next career move just as Charlotte finally opens a door in academia, distance may not be the only thing that keeps them apart.
Carina Adores is home to romantic love stories where LGBTQ+ characters find their happily-ever-afters.
Lowell's debut ably combines blazing-hot eroticism with tender romance and sometimes-painful realism. Charlotte Hilaire received a PhD in art history from Yale several years ago and now works a frustrating job as a courier for a New Haven art museum. The job sends her on far flung trips, but prevents her from seeing the sights. When a blizzard strands her in Madrid while on assignment, she reaches out to Adrianna Coates, a professor at UCLA currently on sabbatical in the city and one of the few other queer women of color in their field. Their fond memories from graduate school quickly ignite into blistering passion, but being together long-term will require one woman to sacrifice her job and coast for the other. Lowell paints sharply observed portraits of both long-distance relationships and the world of academia, warts and all, the struggles of which sometimes bring down the mood, clashing with the sweet sexiness of Adrianna and Charlotte's budding relationship. Occasional side conflicts fizzle out in ways that may be entirely realistic, but also feel fairly unsatisfying. Still, the endearing development of the relationship itself makes this worth checking out. Agent: Jessica Alvarez, BookEnds.