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An Armenian-American woman rediscovers her roots and embraces who she really is in this vibrant and heartfelt queer rom-com by debut author Taleen Voskuni.

When Nareh Bedrossian’s non-Armenian boyfriend gets down on one knee and proposes to her in front of a room full of drunk San Francisco tech boys, she realizes it’s time to find someone who shares her idea of romance.

Enter her mother: armed with plenty of mom-guilt and a spreadsheet of Facebook-stalked Armenian men, she convinces Nar to attend Explore Armenia, a month-long series of events in the city. But it’s not the mom-approved playboy doctor or the wealthy engineer who catch Nar’s eye—it’s Erebuni, a woman as immersed in the witchy arts as she is in preserving Armenian identity. Suddenly, with Erebuni as her wingwoman, the events feel like far less of a chore, and much more of an adventure. Who knew cooking up kuftes together could be so . . . sexy?

Erebuni helps Nar see the beauty of their shared culture and makes her feel understood in a way she never has before. But there’s one teeny problem: Nar’s not exactly out as bisexual. The clock is ticking on her double life—the Explore Armenia closing banquet is coming up, and her entire extended family will be there, along with Erebuni. Her worlds will inevitably collide, but Nar is determined to be brave and to claim her happiness: proudly Armenian, proudly bisexual, and proudly herself for the first time in her life.

Romance

Publication Date: 31 Jan 2023

  • Advance Praise for Sorry, Bro:

    "As I read [Sorry, Bro], I kept cackling out loud and I would often pause to describe to my husband what was happening—or try to, anyway—I sometimes couldn't because I would be laughing so hard. But underneath the humor is such an important story of love between two women and the journey to rediscovering Armenian culture and heritage.”—Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Four Aunties and a Wedding

  • "Taleen Voskuni's Sorry, Bro is one of my new favorite romances! Sharp, funny, and full of heart, it’s a love letter to Armenian culture and a thoughtful exploration of the ways our roots define us, all wrapped up in the most delightful romance. I couldn’t put it down!"—Jenny L. Howe, author of The Make-Up Test and On the Plus Side

  • "Taleen Voskuni expertly braids romance with jaw-dropping atmosphere and swift hits of knowledge and strength. She pours her heart onto the page with power and beauty in a way that makes readers feel seen and cared for. A new auto-buy author for all. Sorry, Bro is as indulgent as it is profound, breathtaking as it is healing, and in one word: EXQUISITE."—Courtney Kae, author of In the Event of Love

My Review:

5 Stars:  
📖Book: Sorry Bro
⭐️Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
✍🏼Author: Taleen Voskuni
📚Genre: Romance
🗏 Pages: 351
💕Tropes: Like at First Sight, Friends to Lovers, Slow Burn, Family Values
⚠️Warnings: Genocide, Grief, Homophobia
🔖Readability: 4/5 italic font is used
🥇First Line: I squeeze past a group of rowdy tech boys and a waitress dressed in a traditional German folk costume, similar to the one I own, thanks to a gift from my boyfriend, Trevor, and the beer maiden fetish he won't admit he has.

Things to expect:
✨Like at first sight
❤️Laugh out loud
💞Bisexual Reperasention
💛Drama
🪴Peronsal growth

My big fat Greek Wedding, but make it queer and Armenian. This was one of the most un-unputdownable books I have read this year, and I could not believe this was a debut. Sorry, Bro is a swoon-worthy romance that will make you laugh out loud while emerging into a beautiful way of life-driven story. Taleen Voskuni shines a spotlight on diaspora culture while telling a story about figuring out your identity while balancing the demand of customs, community, and family. The type of novel sticks with you for months after you finish reading.

Nar's long-time non-Armenian boyfriend proposes in front of a room of drunk San Francisco tech boys, and she doesn't say yes, and she doesn't say no. Maybe it is time for her to find someone who shares her idea of romance. Enter in her Mother, who values culture and community, armed with plenty of mom guilt, and a spreadsheet of Facebook stalked Armenian men. She convinces Nar to attend a month-long series of events in the city to explore Aremenia, to find herself a man. What catches Nar's eye isn't the doctors or engineers but a witchy arty lady name Erebuni. With their instant connection, Erebuni will be Nar's wing woman as she navigates the events. What she doesn't expect is to feel understood in a way she has never before and starts to question if maybe she should no longer live her closeted double life. Full of humor, culture and family drama, Taleen Voskuni Sorry, Bro is the perfect coming to age Novel about coming out. A story that everyone should read.

Not only do you fall in love with Nar and her story, but you fall in love with the Armenian culture. Taleen writing is so refreshing, and the story is so unique. The visibility she provides and her ability to write about the Armenian genocide humorously is what the publishing industry needed, and I am so glad that Berkley picked up this book. This was a five-star read, and I highly highly suggest everyone read it.

Out January 31st 2023, Pre-order, Request, and Add on Goodreads. You won't want to miss this.

Thanks to Taleen Voskuni for the advance reader copy. All thoughts and opinion are my own.

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Taleen Voskuni resides in San Francisco with her spouse, a normal human man, and her toddler, a dictator of chaos with the face of an angel. She is the founder and principal researcher of a UX Research consulting firm. She's been published in Cleaver Magazine, The Bold Italic, Mic, and Cal Literature & Arts Magazine. Her debut novel, SORRY, BRO is set to be published in Spring 2023 by Berkley - Penguin Books.

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Berkley Books is an imprint of the Penguin Group. Our expertise in women’s fiction, romance, science fiction/fantasy, and mystery/suspense makes us uniquely suited to introduce a new generation of popular novelists and to reinvigorate the publishing programs for established bestselling authors. Known for being at the forefront of trends, Berkley continues to develop authors and acquire books on the cutting edge of genre fiction.

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An Armenian-American woman rediscovers her roots and embraces who she really is in this vibrant and heartfelt queer rom-com by debut author Taleen Voskuni.

When Nareh Bedrossian’s non-Armenian boyfriend gets down on one knee and proposes to her in front of a room full of drunk San Francisco tech boys, she realizes it’s time to find someone who shares her idea of romance.

Enter her mother: armed with plenty of mom-guilt and a spreadsheet of Facebook-stalked Armenian men, she convinces Nar to attend Explore Armenia, a month-long series of events in the city. But it’s not the mom-approved playboy doctor or the wealthy engineer who catch Nar’s eye—it’s Erebuni, a woman as immersed in the witchy arts as she is in preserving Armenian identity. Suddenly, with Erebuni as her wingwoman, the events feel like far less of a chore, and much more of an adventure. Who knew cooking up kuftes together could be so . . . sexy?

Erebuni helps Nar see the beauty of their shared culture and makes her feel understood in a way she never has before. But there’s one teeny problem: Nar’s not exactly out as bisexual. The clock is ticking on her double life—the Explore Armenia closing banquet is coming up, and her entire extended family will be there, along with Erebuni. Her worlds will inevitably collide, but Nar is determined to be brave and to claim her happiness: proudly Armenian, proudly bisexual, and proudly herself for the first time in her life.

Romance

Publication Date: 31 Jan 2023

  • Advance Praise for Sorry, Bro:

    "As I read [Sorry, Bro], I kept cackling out loud and I would often pause to describe to my husband what was happening—or try to, anyway—I sometimes couldn't because I would be laughing so hard. But underneath the humor is such an important story of love between two women and the journey to rediscovering Armenian culture and heritage.”—Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Four Aunties and a Wedding

  • "Taleen Voskuni's Sorry, Bro is one of my new favorite romances! Sharp, funny, and full of heart, it’s a love letter to Armenian culture and a thoughtful exploration of the ways our roots define us, all wrapped up in the most delightful romance. I couldn’t put it down!"—Jenny L. Howe, author of The Make-Up Test and On the Plus Side

  • "Taleen Voskuni expertly braids romance with jaw-dropping atmosphere and swift hits of knowledge and strength. She pours her heart onto the page with power and beauty in a way that makes readers feel seen and cared for. A new auto-buy author for all. Sorry, Bro is as indulgent as it is profound, breathtaking as it is healing, and in one word: EXQUISITE."—Courtney Kae, author of In the Event of Love

My Review:

5 Stars:  
📖Book: Sorry Bro
⭐️Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
✍🏼Author: Taleen Voskuni
📚Genre: Romance
🗏 Pages: 351
💕Tropes: Like at First Sight, Friends to Lovers, Slow Burn, Family Values
⚠️Warnings: Genocide, Grief, Homophobia
🔖Readability: 4/5 italic font is used
🥇First Line: I squeeze past a group of rowdy tech boys and a waitress dressed in a traditional German folk costume, similar to the one I own, thanks to a gift from my boyfriend, Trevor, and the beer maiden fetish he won't admit he has.

Things to expect:
✨Like at first sight
❤️Laugh out loud
💞Bisexual Reperasention
💛Drama
🪴Peronsal growth

My big fat Greek Wedding, but make it queer and Armenian. This was one of the most un-unputdownable books I have read this year, and I could not believe this was a debut. Sorry, Bro is a swoon-worthy romance that will make you laugh out loud while emerging into a beautiful way of life-driven story. Taleen Voskuni shines a spotlight on diaspora culture while telling a story about figuring out your identity while balancing the demand of customs, community, and family. The type of novel sticks with you for months after you finish reading.

Nar's long-time non-Armenian boyfriend proposes in front of a room of drunk San Francisco tech boys, and she doesn't say yes, and she doesn't say no. Maybe it is time for her to find someone who shares her idea of romance. Enter in her Mother, who values culture and community, armed with plenty of mom guilt, and a spreadsheet of Facebook stalked Armenian men. She convinces Nar to attend a month-long series of events in the city to explore Aremenia, to find herself a man. What catches Nar's eye isn't the doctors or engineers but a witchy arty lady name Erebuni. With their instant connection, Erebuni will be Nar's wing woman as she navigates the events. What she doesn't expect is to feel understood in a way she has never before and starts to question if maybe she should no longer live her closeted double life. Full of humor, culture and family drama, Taleen Voskuni Sorry, Bro is the perfect coming to age Novel about coming out. A story that everyone should read.

Not only do you fall in love with Nar and her story, but you fall in love with the Armenian culture. Taleen writing is so refreshing, and the story is so unique. The visibility she provides and her ability to write about the Armenian genocide humorously is what the publishing industry needed, and I am so glad that Berkley picked up this book. This was a five-star read, and I highly highly suggest everyone read it.

Out January 31st 2023, Pre-order, Request, and Add on Goodreads. You won't want to miss this.

Thanks to Taleen Voskuni for the advance reader copy. All thoughts and opinion are my own.

Sorry Bro By Taleen Voskuni Review Photo
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Writing Quality
%
Font
%
Character Build
%
Chapter Length
%
Couldn't Put it Down-ness
%
Intellectual Depth
%
Originality
%
Overall
%

PRINT LENGTH PAGES

AVERAGE REVIEW RATING

$
PAPERBACK COST

$
E-BOOK COST

AUTHOR

Taleen Voskuni resides in San Francisco with her spouse, a normal human man, and her toddler, a dictator of chaos with the face of an angel. She is the founder and principal researcher of a UX Research consulting firm. She's been published in Cleaver Magazine, The Bold Italic, Mic, and Cal Literature & Arts Magazine. Her debut novel, SORRY, BRO is set to be published in Spring 2023 by Berkley - Penguin Books.

PUBLISHER

Berkley Books is an imprint of the Penguin Group. Our expertise in women’s fiction, romance, science fiction/fantasy, and mystery/suspense makes us uniquely suited to introduce a new generation of popular novelists and to reinvigorate the publishing programs for established bestselling authors. Known for being at the forefront of trends, Berkley continues to develop authors and acquire books on the cutting edge of genre fiction.

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