#BirthdayGoals, A Meddling Novella Cover
Title: #BirthdayGoals, A Meddling Novella
Author: Heat: Re
Genre(s): Romance Contemporary
Tropes: Friends to Lovers
Tags: novella black romance author of color f-m straight ownvoices HFN supporting queer characters supporting queer characters of color pining off limits family friend childhood friends
Where to Buy or Read:

If you'd like to pick up this novella, it's available for purchase at Amazon (affiliate link) and in Kindle Unlimited.

Synopsis from the Creator:

Arianne’s birthday goals aren’t the kind you wish for when blowing out your birthday candles. They’re the kind you put in work for. Except that one about getting Kammal in her bed…

Review: #BirthdayGoals, A Meddling Novella, by AshleyNicole

[fa icon="calendar"] Sep 17, 2020 9:45:00 AM / by Dylan St. Jaymes

What happens when you combine a no-nonsense woman who knows what she wants, the man she’s been pining after for years, a meddling little sister, a birthday celebration,and a surprise cameo by Carole Baskin? 

You get this short, sweet, sexy, and hilarious short by AshleyNicole.

If you read #Catfished, (which I highly recommend you do) then you were introduced to most of the members of this zany crew: Arianne, our heroine who is early to bed and all about her business, her little sister Ally and her bff Bina who are hell in heels but (mostly) mean well, Arianne’s best friend Kardea who is a bit of drama magnet and the tall, dark, and lickable Kammal, family friend and object of Ariane’s affection. 

Arianne is a woman who decides what she wants and makes a plan to go out and get it. Every year for the past sixteen years she’s written down two goals for her birthday, one realistic and one ridiculous. For 9 of those years the ridiculous goal has been to hook up with her childhood crush, Kammal Greene. Ordinarily shooting her shot wouldn’t be a problem but family connections and the tiniest bit of uptight insecurity have kept her from making a move. When this year’s birthday rolls around, she finds herself looking forward to ending her year long celibacy, buying her own home and maybe, possibly, finally mustering up enough courage to tell Kammal how she feels.  Not that she thinks it will do her any good. Arianne is sure he isn’t interested but then a surprise party, a meddling little sister, and an unexpected evening visit turn her “ridiculous” birthday goal into an obtainable reality. 

This was super cute. Arianne is every one of us who has ever really wanted someone but been too scared of messing up the vibe (or being rejected) to act on it. She’s snarky and funny and totally relatable. The dynamic between her and her sister is completely familiar to anyone who is the responsible one to their sibling or bff’s wild child. 

Her dynamic with Kammal was by turns hilarious uh oh moments, fun and flirtatious, teasing and familiar and sinfully sexy. When they clear the air and hit the sheets, it’s both brain meltingly hot and high key hilarious. The story ends on a hopeful HFN that implies that Arianne achieving her birthday goal is just the beginning, not the end of their story.

All in all, this was a pleasure to read and if you’re looking for something light and fun, I recommend giving this one a try. 

If you'd like to pick up this novella, it's available for purchase at Amazon (affiliate link) and in Kindle Unlimited.

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