Late Bloomer is the cozy sapphic romance you've always needed

Late Bloomer will make you fall in love with Mazey Eddings.
Late Bloomer by Mazey Eddings. Image Credit to St. Martin's Press.
Late Bloomer by Mazey Eddings. Image Credit to St. Martin's Press. /

Mazey Eddings is one of those authors I heard about but hadn’t picked up one of her books until Late Bloomer

That’s not to say I wasn’t excited about her books, but Late Bloomer is one that one of my best friends was so excited about. Maybe it was due to the cover or the sapphic romance, but I knew I had to feature this one on Culturess. 

Whether you’re new to Mazey Eddings like me or have picked up all of her books to this point, Late Bloomer feels like a breath of fresh air in the best way. While it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, this cozy read had me wanting to cuddle up in a blanket with a hot mug of tea. 

I’d like to thank Leo PR for sending me an early ARC so that I’m able to share my thoughts and feelings with all of you. 

Late Bloomer is the cozy sapphic romance you need for spring 2024. 

Late Bloomer starts with Opal who is frankly having a bad time. She’s lacking direction and doesn’t have a lot going on aside from her part-time job. While there, she ends up getting a lottery ticket from her coworker. That results in her winning $500,000 and as excited as she is, she has no idea what to do. 

Of course, she soon sees a listing on Facebook and ends up becoming the proud owner of Thistle & Bloom, a flower farm in Asheville, North Carolina. Opal packs everything up and goes to the farm to find out Pepper is already living there. It’s clear from the jump that Pepper wants nothing to do with Opal. 

Determined to pay Opal out, Pepper agrees to let her stay but if she can pay back how much Opal bought the farm for. Of course, the two end up forming a tentative friendship that ends up becoming more. However, this book isn’t all about the cute sapphic romance and tending to the gorgeous flower farm. 

Opal is dealing with the aftermath of having all that lottery money and following her passion for designing shoes. Pepper is also grappling with the loss of her grandmother who owned Thistle & Bloom along with coming to terms with her sexuality and what she wants from Opal. These two are also neurodivergent which does play a role in some of the conflict, but it makes sense. 

Even though Late Bloomer is my first read from Mazey Eddings, I feel like I’ve already sat down and picked her brain. Maybe it’s the way she tells stories or just her writing, but it makes me want to sit down and have a cup of coffee with her. Plus she knows how to write a sex scene and that’s something that can be sorely lacking in sapphic stories. 

Late Bloomer is just the ultimate spring book and by the end, you’ll be wanting to visit a flower farm and fall in love. What more can you ask for? Overall, this definitely won’t be my last book from Mazey Eddings. 

Late Bloomer by Mazey Eddings is out now where books are sold. 

Which books by Mazey Eddings would you recommend to read next? Be sure to let us know!

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