Book Review: Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell by Taj McCoy

What have I been up to? Writing Modern Werewolves. Totally took a break to read, though. It’s been a while since I reviewed anything. I should get back to that. [Reviews (post)] [Book Reviews (page)]

5 Stars!

Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell by Taj McCoy

Adorable romance with an adorable story line. Nothing too heavy. It’s a nice slice of life with a heavy weight into romance. And of course you get a HFN ending. I wouldn’t call it a HEA because there’s note that things can still change. But it’s definitely a happy ending.

Savvy works hard and that focus – and giving way too much of her life to her ex – left her not caring for herself. Throughout the book to changes from self loathing to self loving. My problem with that? She goes from fat-fat to fat-muscular. Still plus size, but a good looking plus size. Although confidence makes a bigger impact of people’s perception of you than most realize. She uses “revenge body” to get back at her ex but it came down to her learning to love herself through her always love for tennis and her new love of yoga. She never gets stick thin, probably can’t, but there is that change that creates a concern for “ideal body size” that’s a problem in our fatphobic society.

Spencer, the love interest, is “fine as hell” (or did they use that for Beth, Joanie aka best friend’s love interest?). He shows love and affection for Savvy the entire book. He doesn’t have much change happen through the story. The “guys” within the book don’t offer much at all. We may as well call them sexy lamps and move on with it. (Okay, not quite that far, but you know why I say that.)

All the important characters are women (although I second guess Beth because she sounds like someone that could easily be written as nonbinary with feminine presentation given various factors about her and gender is never given for any of them, only assumed). Romance is commonly focused on women problems, but it’s not like there has been much if any talk of children, mothering, life around home care. None of the common female chatter written into books is here (unless you read strictly romance because sex is always a topic in romance).

Savvy is a chef level cook and that plays a big part in the book. She’s aiming for a promotion that’s hard to require (and succeeds!). She’s helping out here and there. Chatter with friends about everything is more normal in life.

The only man that plays a major role in the book is Uncle Joe who is Asian (born in Bangkok), but has all the character of a Black man. There’s questions around the decision to make her mother’s family Asian. Mom is written as a typical petite Asian with the dark golden skin of a typical southeast Asian. I don’t know what to make of Joe. I had to remind myself he looks like a typical southeast Asian even if he acts Black. There’s this big to do about this topic in media. The only positive? It was written by a Black woman. She can very much make all her characters sound Black if she wants to. White people do it all the time, so why not?

Another cruel trope used? Absent Black father (who’s at least on his third family). Can’t fault her for the same reason I can’t fault the author for making the Asian sound Black.

I think the only real problems I have with the book are the pronoun concerns and who is speaking. Sometimes it was hard to figure out which character was connected to the pronoun being used. And many times multiple characters had action in a paragraph with dialogue. I had to figure out who said what. Most of the characters use the same dialect, so I couldn’t guess by nuance of the dialogue given. I had to piecemeal to figure out which person was speaking. Using names more would help a lot with understanding. The author must’ve followed the rule of said is dead, which I really wish she didn’t because said is very much needed in a dialogue consisting of more than two people.

Over all? I’ll give it five stars. This is a good romance novel I’ll suggest to others. Nothing was bad enough to get me off suggesting it.

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell by Taj McCoy”

  1. I posted the review on Amazon and Goodreads. And its here. If anyone thinks I could post it elsewhere tell me. Copy-paste isn’t a hard thing to do after all. Writing the words was the hard part.


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