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When Katie Met Cassidy: 04/06/20
When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri is a romance between two women lawyers. They meet on opposite sides of a negotiation with a sexual and professional tension that reminds me of Adam's Rib (1949).
Katie has just broken up with her long time boyfriend, expecting a proposal, but getting dumped instead. She's never been interested in women before but there's something about Cassidy's butch confidence and her bespoke suits that gets under her skin.
Cassidy, meanwhile, isn't looking to settle down. She's a player. She figures Katie will be a fun fling. Except, Katie doesn't react like all the other women she's known.
In the middle of all of this, is a lesbian bar that is on it's last legs. It's going to be a victim of gentrification. It's also Katie's first exploration of feelings she didn't know she had and a new source of friends for her. It's a place for Cassidy and Katie to bond.
I half expected the back half of the plot to be the two women using their real estate law knowledge to broker a new deal to save the bar. That's not the direction the book takes. The closure of the bar instead is a signal for Cassidy to change her life and to consider a longer term relationship.
The book is enjoyable but I'm a little disappointed in how Cassidy's masculine attire and appearance isn't explored further. Cassidy reads more as an enby or maybe a demi-boy. But this book has a very cut and dry gender binary save for a few throw away lines. More could have been done.