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I received an eARC copy of Satisfaction Guaranteed by Karelia Stetz-Waters from NetGalley to facilitate this review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
Satisfaction Guaranteed is a book about two very different women who meet under some comical and not very romantic conditions but end up falling in love.
Cade is a straight laced, uptight, worry wart New York City gallery owner and art phenom, tho you’d never know it since her parents are the hippie face of the Elgin name. Selena is about as free spirited as you’d expect an artist who helps run a sex shop to be. The two could not be more different.
Satisfaction Guaranteed is their story about overcoming their own inner demons and coming together (literally and figuratively ;)).
I have to admit I’m a little late on this one, it came out in June but I had some personal stuff happening and didn’t get around to my June ARC’s. You can find the links to purchase or download Satisfaction Guaranteed below as usual 🙂
What is Satisfaction Guaranteed about?
When it comes to her career, Cade Elgin has it all figured out. Only “professional talk” has become her default mode, relationships are nonexistent, and don’t even mention the word “orgasm.” All work and no play makes Cade a dull human. But when she inherits a sex toy store, Cade is caught between business and a store filled with every imaginable kind of pleasure—including her infuriatingly irresponsible and deliciously sexy new co-owner.
Selena Mathis learned the hard way that she can have too much of a good thing. Which is precisely why she’s taken an oath of celibacy and is focusing on how to make Satisfaction Guaranteed a success. She won’t mess this up. Not this time. But once again, Selena’s emotions are getting in the way and tempting her with a serious attraction to buttoned-up Cade.
But the shop isn’t exactly vibe-ing, and Cade and Selena are on the verge of losing both their income and the possibility of love. Can they find a way to work together . . . before Satisfaction Guaranteed runs out of batteries?Amazon Book Description for Satisfaction Guaranteed
I was drawn to this book and applied for the ARC because of the Casey McQuiston similarities. I liked the writing style and the LGBTQIA+ themes / characters.
What did you love about Satisfaction Guaranteed?
I enjoyed the storyline and the characters. This wasn’t an all time favorite read for me and I wasn’t really drawn into the story at first. I enjoyed the humorous aspects of the book and the very real subject matter.
There’s no beating around the bush here…pun half intended LOL I think it’s important to talk about women’s issues and bodies in an open and honest way and this book definitely does that, 10/10 for that.
I didn’t find myself drawn to any of the characters which is really rare for me so it was kind of a bummer for me in that regard. You readers know I’m obsessed with characters, they just didn’t feel quite real to me for whatever reason.
In any case I think the book overall is a good read and I enjoyed the story. Cade and Selena meet at Cade’s aunts funeral where Selena gives an absolutely ridiculous eulogy, loved that for her, many chuckles.
The are tasked in Ruth’s will with trying to save her store…a sex toy shop. They quickly realize that they have feelings for each other but of course there are a series of mishaps and obstacles 😉 don’t want to give too much away here!! Read it and find out.
It is a happily ever after story which I appreciate and enjoy, the world has enough suck, we don’t need unhappy endings as well!
What did you not love about this book?
I wasn’t crazy about the characters which is odd for me and the story didn’t really pick up until about 40% in, tho I’m not a DNF reader so I powered on.
I’m glad that I kept with it because overall the book was good but it definitely has a weird start that I didn’t quite jive with or get excited by right away.
Overall opinions of this book:
Overall this was maybe a 2.5-3 star read for me. It was quick and relatively light to read but there’s definitely some deeper issues with both main characters that I think could have been explored.
I enjoyed the back and forth and the overall relationship between Selena and Cade, the two main characters, but some of the other characters were grey for me. I can usually really connect with characters, even minor ones, this book threw me for a little loop in that way.
The book goes deep on a lot of topics but didn’t quite do that for the characters and their pasts / histories / lives. I would have liked to see more of that I think even at the cost of ditching some of the other deep dive topics.
If you are looking for fun, sometimes funny, quirky, queer romance I still think Satisfaction Guaranteed is a good option, everyone is different and I’m sure others will jive with these characters more than I did for whatever reason!
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What else has this author written?
Her bio says that she writes happily ever afters for women who love women and at least for Satisfaction Guaranteed I have to say that seems true!
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