Hard Drive by Shae Connor

Title: Hard Drive
Author: Shae Connor
Series: University of Atlanta #2
Genre/s and Tags: Romance, LGBTQ+, New Adult, FF Romance, Mental Health
Goodreads synopsis:

Hi, my name’s Annie Clark, and I’ve managed to flip my quiet, nerdy, single life completely upside down.

First, I recently figured out that I’m bisexual.
Second, Eve Frederick, star softball player and my ultimate crush, asked me out on a date.
Third, she rocked my world, and now I can’t stop thinking I want more… even though Eve is not into relationships.

And to top it all off, someone took a private video of us and is threatening to make it public.

It’s enough to make me want to go back to hiding out in my dorm room—but only if I can take Eve with me.


Buy Links

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ID: My iPad displaying the cover of Hard Drive while sitting on a wood slice. Next to my iPad is a Sapphic flag heart pin. In the top right is Bruised sitting on Cute Mutants 4. In the bottom left is pink flowers. In the top left is a dark bookmark with a moon phase cycle out of bisexual colors, under the moons it says “not a phase”.

Full Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you to PrideBookTour & Netgalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

This was super cute, a little bit smutty and super sapphic!

Annie has just come to terms with being bisexual. She spends most of her time hiding in her dorm room working on electronics repairs. Occasionally, she attends the Tornadoes softball games so she can admire her crush, Eve Frederick. After Annie helps save Eve’s computer before an important deadline, Eve asks her out. The two fall into a fast and fiery relationship. But Eve is known as someone who only does causal hookups. When she ghosts Annie, could that be true?

My new favorite thing is lesbian characters saying “I’m gay, I still have eyes”.

Okay my biggest complaint is about the synopsis rather than the content of the book itself. The synopsis makes it seem like there’s a graphic video of Eve and Annie circulating and while there is a video, it doesn’t come into play until like 80% through. So really, that’s more a spoiler than anything.

I absolutely loved the book itself. I wish I hadn’t read the synopsis ahead of time, but oh well. Annie was a great narrator. I loved her and getting to see another way intense anxiety can manifest. It felt realistic and I loved how the other characters accommodated Annie when she needed it. I also loved that the school didn’t make her do presentations or speeches since she has anxiety! I wish accommodations like that were more normal.

I loved the romance between Annie and Eve. I ship them so much. They were absolutely adorable together. I really liked how they went back to being friends after Eve broke Annie’s trust. I love seeing a relationship being worked on and given the time and respect it needs to heal. I love seeing healthy relationships portrayed in fiction.

Seeing this is listed as a series has me side-eyeing both book 1 which is out, and book 3 which is coming (I wonder if it will be about Mo).

Rep: Bisexual female MC with anxiety, sapphic female love interest, BIPOC lesbian female side character, MLM side couple.

CWs: Alcohol consumption, grief, mental illness (anxiety), public outing, panic attacks, sexual content. Moderate: fatphobia, bullying, past mentions of abandonment, addiction, alcoholism, child abuse, and drug use.

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