A Forgery of Roses
by Jessica S. Olson (Inkyard Press, 2022)
audiobook read by Billie Fulford-Brown (Harlequin, 2022)
Myra is a frustrating protagonist, slow on the uptake and blown without thought or hesitation by conflicting winds of speculative mystery and YA romance. While the storytelling is competent, the characterisation is heavy-handed. The juxtaposition of tropes induces a persistent, jarring wince.