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Adam Bomb

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Loved it! 😍

A slow burn that burns deep, Adam Bomb will have you turning every page and wishing that an Adam of your own would drop on in.

For fans of slow burns, seemingly unrequited pining, and a love interest worth pining over yourselves, Kilby Blades' Adam Bomb is your book. A romance that pairs together the childhood friends and friends to lovers trope masterfully along with a satisfying twist on the stereotypical bad boy billionaire, Adam Bomb had the tenderness that I crave in romance with a distinctive stylistic flair that's clean, artistic, and engrossing. Not overly dramatic and far from being a dry trudge, the tension in Adam Bomb was as palpable as every eager turn of page, wanting to see what was in store for Adam and Levi, hoping that the things that kept them apart wouldn't last forever.


Reading this romance was a gust of fresh air. Every chapter felt like it was written for the community. It was unapologetically queer, and not just in terms of Levi and Adam, our gay and bisexual leading men, but in the people around them, too. Thriving, happy queer couples, some with children and some without, many with businesses and lives of their own and not one tragically or dramatically succumbing to a certain dreaded trope that permeates queer stories - even when they're love stories. This seamless, normalized and realistic portrayal of queer lives and queer love certainly lends to Kilby Blades' talents as a writer who clearly loves the subjects she's writing about.


If this book has a weakness, then, it is one simple thing: pacing. The beginning was just a hair rocky, and the last third was unfortunately rushed. The first two thirds of Adam Bomb were so carefully paced and curated that almost frenetic pacing of the ending felt more chaotic than I think was intended, though it is something easily overlooked with how beautifully Kilby writes the relationship dynamic between Adam and Levi.


Final Thoughts?


This is a wonderful entry into queer romance, exploring intersectional themes, the importance of communication and respect of boundaries, and the idea that love isn't lost just because time separates when it was first kindled and when it is allowed to properly burn.



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I'm a 25-year-old reader and writer getting back into the swing of book blogging. I live in SE Texas with my partner and our two cats, and I read and blog between working as a freelance ghostwriter and writing on my current fantasy WIP. I love long books and stories that hit me in the heart.

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About the author

A 40-time-award-winner of Romance and Women's Fiction, Kilby was honored with an RSJ Emma for Best Debut Author of 2018. She's lauded for “easing feminism and equality into her novels” (IndieReader) and “characters who complement each other like a fine wine does a good meal” (Publisher’s Weekly). view profile

Published on January 21, 2020

Published by Dreamspinner Publishing

60000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: LGBTQ (Fiction)

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