Kickin’ Rocks by Marianne K. Martin

Kickin’ Rocks takes you by the hand and says, “Come with me. I have a beautiful story to tell.”

What was the book about?:
Jada Baker might be a millennial, but she was born to worry—about her mom, about her job, about abused animals, and about the growing hatred she sees playing out in the news every day. But she also believes that the system will work, that goodness will win out over evil, and that she can find a love as rich and deep as the love her parents have for one another. And when Amie Luca, a veterinarian whose compassion and dedication to helping mistreated animals captures her heart, Jada finally begins to trust that she has found what she’s been searching for all along. When the system suddenly fails them and their happiness is threatened by ugly hate and bitter homophobia, the young couple turns to help from a woman who has learned the hard way that kicking rocks is painful and that it takes unwavering persistence to move them. Dusty Logan fought for the ERA, she’s suffered with friends through the AIDS crisis, and she’s battled for the right to openly love a woman—but a lifetime of fighting has left her exhausted and disengaged. Yet when she sees a new generation of women facing old, familiar challenges, her spirit to fight the good fight once more is rekindled—and Jada and Amie might have a shot at real happiness after all.

Featured Tropes: Politics, rallies, forever-love, grief, happily-ever-after.

Book Strengths:
Talk about a book taking your heart out, stomping on it like grapes in a barrel, and then shoving it back into your chest. I cried while reading this story. If there are typographical errors in this review, it’s because I can’t see the keys through my tears. The writing is wonderful. Crisp, clean, and like a vortex of prose, sucking you in and holding you there. This story is about passion and love between two pairs of women. But it’s the story of a passion for finding your place in society, in the world, and how to fight for all of it. Even when you think you’ve lost.

Book weaknesses:
I found some of the American political references hard to understand, but after a while, my incomprehension didn’t impact on my enjoyment of the story.

Character Chemistry:
Dusty and Ali, the two characters who traverse the 1970s, 80s, 90s are divine. Utterly gorgeous, timeless love. No spoilers, but oh my God. Jada and Amie are the millennials; so much cute chemistry and sweet newness.

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥

Conclusion: Two beautiful vines that start independently and twist and tangle together to create a gorgeous inter-generational story.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I’d seriously give it more if I was allowed.

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