Book Review: Tryst Six Venom by Penelope Douglas
Picking up an F/F romance book when you’ve read too many books from the same author and they were all M/F could be a bad idea. But, surprisingly, this book review of Tryst Six Venom by Pen Doug is rather positive. This is not a book that feels like an M/F romance disguised as a lesbian book. It doesn’t mean that there weren’t icky moments, but still. Not too bad.
(Review contains major spoilers.)
My rating: ★★★ (3/5)
Summary: Clay has always bullied Liv, whether in class or practice. The Catholic school they attend knows that Liv is a homosexual, and she’s stigmatised for it. But in between prom preparations and town events, Clay and Liv’s tension reveals how they really feel about each other.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Audience: New Adult
Themes/potential trigger warnings: explicit sex, bullying, slut-shaming
Is it a lesbian or a het couple in disguise?
What I most liked about this book is that Clay and Liv don’t feel like they’re a het couple with girly names slapped on the characters, which often happens with authors who write a lot of straight romance. The MCs are different, but they still identify as women, with different forms of strength and weaknesses. That’s definitely the winning aspect in Tryst Six Venom.
However, I didn’t feel that much tension. There’s a lot of jealousy involved, and you know after a couple of chapters that they’ve been into each other for a while now. The thing is, you don’t even know why. They don’t talk at all. Oh, but they notiiice. They notiiice each other.
Too many high school clichés for an NA book.
Complete absence of plot
I don’t mind character-driven books, let’s be clear. But this book held a promise of at least a small intrigue with Liv and the club and the key. And then, the book dragged on for forever until we entered said club to discover what everybody already knew. Clay’s boyfriend is gay? Shocker.
I also hate how Penelope Douglas won’t let go of the Devil’s Night series and recycles its customs in every book they now write.
Other than that, if you don’t mind high school bullying, crying heroines and no plot, this book might be good.