Trigger warning: Discussions surrounding suicide
This was a wonderful F/F Black romance. I needed this apparently. The characters of Alexis and Trisha are great. My only complaint is that this was way too short.
“Treasure” follows 18 year old Alexis Chambers, who is out with her sister for her bachelorette party. The group decides to go to a strip club, and Alexis feels self conscious, until she sees a young woman named Treasure. Alexis is gay, but is still hesitant about that part of herself, and later on after getting a dance from Treasure, can’t stop thinking about her. But when Alexis goes to a computer science class at her college, she’s shocked to see Treasure there and finds out her real name is Trisha. From there the book follows them both as they try to see where things are going with them.
The book switches back and forth between Alexis and Trisha. And the Alexis parts are heartbreaking at times. Her family (mostly her dad) trying to deal with her being a lesbian and her anxiety issues was hard to read about. I get how she felt like she needed to be perfect for her family, and how that started to weigh her down. I do wish at times that Weatherspoon had been more explicit about what went on with Alexis before she met Trisha. We got hints here and there, and then everything comes out and I needed time to sit with it. But the book pushes forward a bit too fast for a resolution.
Trisha was great. I feel like we all need a Trisha in our lives. She was open and honest throughout this book and I loved how she walked away when she got disrespected. I wish we could all do this.
The other characters in this book we follow the most are Trisha’s mom, Alexis’s parents, her sister, and her sister’s friend Cinta. FYI, Cinta needed to get jumped. Full stop.
The writing was wonderful and so was the flow. There’s an easy back and forth between Trisha and Alexis’s points of view.
I liked the ending of this and how the situation with Alexis and Trisha is resolved and really wish we had gotten one more scene between them. The love scenes were great and there was no fade to black nonsense which I have seen in some LGBT romance novels.