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Blog Tour: Graham’s Delicacies by Em Ali

If you are looking for a diverse set of love stories that deliver sweetness and emotions, look no further than Graham’s Delicacies.


Title: Graham’s Delicacies: A Collection of Love Stories
Author: Em Ali
Length: 227 pages / 54k words
Publisher: Independent Publishing (Blue Latte House)
Publication date: March 5th, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Interracial Romance
Heat level: E for explicit sex scenes

Six people and three love stories all in one bakery.


Jen goes to work, agonizes over college, and looks forward to the stolen moments in the kitchen, where she can watch Emilie bake love into every donut, cake, and brownie. Their delicate friendship takes a step towards a budding romance. But will Jen’s impulsiveness help their romance surviving its first hurdle?


James has never been kissed but he wants to, especially by Sam, who he can’t talk to without turning into a little jerk, and who is made of all the good stuff. Will James’ insecurity in his inexperience ever allow him to make the move to kiss the boy?


Alex won’t let some foodie with a video camera bash their beloved bakery, even if it means they have to be petty. Except they’re nowhere ready for Yujin, the one who got away, and the one attempting to woo them. Will Alex’s second impression of Yujin let them see the sincerity in the bashful king.


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Illustration done by CW @ The Quiet Pond

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Design done by Mana @ Gilded Wolves

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(Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Graham’s Delicacies made me swoon. I don’t normally read a ton of romance books, so this book definitely brought me back to my nostalgic paranormal romance days. But even more so, the stories bring the heat, whether it be with a few explicit scenes (see content warnings), or the passionate love between characters. If you are a fan of diverse swoony and emotional stories, with a sprinkling of baking and smokiness, then definitely check out Graham’s Delicacies.

Graham’s Delicacies is about as sweet as can be. Whether it be the beautiful cover, the supportive relationships, or the baked goods, it delivers a book that will charm you. So many of my comments just talk about how cute and how squished my heart is from goodness and sweetness. Definitely check this out if you want some romance in your life all rooted in diversity, inclusiveness, and love.

Content Warnings:


Explicit consensual sex—chapter 7


Explicit consensual sex scene, mention of a parent’s death—chapter 6


Misgendering of Alex, which is challenged on page—chapter 3

Discussion of parents’ death—chapter 6

Explicit consensual sex scene, including D/s dynamics—chapter 7



Black, bisexual main character with anxiety.

Nonbinary, chubby love interest with anxiety.


Gay Mexican-American main character.

Gay Black love interest


Arab-American, queer, and nonbinary main character.

Gay Korean-American love interest.

About the Author


Contemporary Queer Romance

Twitter @ EmAliWrites

Instagram @EmAliWrites

Goodreads: Em Ali

Amazon: Em Ali

Tour Schedule

March 3rd

Shelly @ Human Living Humanly—Review + Aesthetic

Prags @ The Inked In Book Blog—Review

March 4th

Fadwa @ Word Wonders—Review + Aesthetic

Ceillie @ Candid Ceillie—Review + Aesthetic

Sofia @ Bookish Wanderess—Review

Romana @ Romana Reads Romance—Review + Playlist

 March 5th (Release Day)

Katie @ Book Corner Reviews—Review

Isabella @ Mikku-Chan—Review + Aesthetic + Playlist

Katie @ Bookishly Thinking—Review

Pallavi @ Maple Windchimes—Review + Aesthetic

Silvia @ Silvia Reads Books—Character(s) Interview

Nicole @ Nicole Field Writes—Guest Post on Writing Interlinking Stories

Zina @ Stitch’s Media Mix—Review + Aesthetic

March 6th

Leah @ Small Queer, Big Opinions—Character(s) Interview

Meliane @ Bookish Mimich—Review

Wendy @ What the Log—Review

Jayvel @ An Introverted World—Review + Playlist

 March 7th

Corey @ Corey’s Book Corner—Author Interview

Zaheerah @ As Told by Zaheerah—Review + Aesthetic + Playlist

 March 8th

Lili @ Utopia State of Mind—Review

Ceillie @ Let’s Fox About It—Character(s) Interview

Marta @ The Book Mermaid—Review + Aesthetic + Playlist

Nikki @ AngelyCDevil (Twitter)—Review

Elin @ Annotated Paperbacks—Review + Aesthetic + Playlist

March 9th

Isa @ Putting Wings on Words—Review + Aesthetic

Micaela @Siempreromances (INSTAGRAM)–Review + Aesthetic

Fotini @fotini_reads (INSTAGRAM)—Review

Rafael @ The Royal Polar Bear Reads—Review


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