Title: Wet Nails
Author: Shira Glassman
Publication Date: December 25th, 2016
Shelves: Fantasy; Contemporary; LGBT+ (Bi Rep); FF Romance; Novella
Format: Kindle (23 pages)
Lonely grad student Adina Greenberg is in for a treat when the glamorous ghost of Rose Hamilton, her favorite 1950s Hollywood actress, comes out of the television to give her a manicure and great sex. This story explores contrasting versions of bisexuality: Adina’s open preference for women vs. the closets and dangers of Rose’s era.
Despite mentioning that I won’t be doing a year-long reading challenge in my last post, I have since changed my mind, and I am currently taking part in the Lesbian Book Bingo challenge (details here). Wet Nails is the most recent book I’ve read for this challenge, and it was so gorgeous that I wanted to briefly mention my love for it in a review.
I think what I really liked about this novella was how great the chemistry was between these two characters, despite the book only being twenty-something pages long, and the two characters being from different eras. Both Adina and Rose were such lovable characters, and watching them bond as Rose gave Adina a manicure was so, so cute. The sex scene was super sexy, and the ending of the novella was also a really nice touch.
The novella also touches upon numerous broader topics, including sexuality (bisexuality specifically), Jewish history, dermatillomania, and women in STEM professions. I’m really impressed with how much representation (and discussions of said representation) was included in this short read, in addition to the romance and the fantasy/paranormal element.
Wet Nails is a sweet and sexy read – I though the ghost aspect might have been weird but it wasn’t at all. I’m glad I finally got around to reading this (I bagged the Kindle edition for 99p just yesterday!)
Would you read this novel again? Yesss.
Who would I recommend this novel to? Romance readers wanting a ff romance/erotica with a slight twist. Readers wanting a read including the aforementioned representation.