If All The Sand Were Pearl - Pepper Espinoza 3.5 stars

This was a nice, cute story.

I thought the concept of the story was great. One man (pretty much the bride) being forced into marrying another to get his family out of debt. While the other man (the groom) marrying because he's lonely and will never marry a woman.

I enjoyed the acceptance of same-sex marriages and how much both these characters, Brace and Jag, actually end up liking each others company. The whole religious and traditional approach was fascinating and something that had me interested from the beginning. I liked the world and the characters were distinctly their own and their personalities seemed to fit just right together.

My only problem with the story was I felt like there was too much sex and not enough story. We get sweet moments of awe-inspiring clarity between the MCs but a majority of the story was sex which I wasn't really in the mood to read.

In the end, I did enjoy the book and I'm always a sucker for an arranged/forced marriage which is why I've rounded up.