I understand why Legends & Lattes appeals to people, but this book was definitely not for me. A cozy read in interesting times seems like it should be just what the doctor ordered, but I just found Legends & Lattes unbelievably dull.
The story is simple. Very simple. Which, I suspect, is a big part of its appeal. It read like a novelisation of a video game side quest. The stakes were low, and the conflicts were on rails with nothing unexpected or attention grabbing about the story.
Here's the thing; Legends & Lattes is not bad. It's well written, and the characters are interesting. But it relies very heavily on vibes, which is not enough to carry a book. It felt like a writing prompt padded out to 50,000 words, and picking it up felt like a chore instead of something I was excited to do. Probably my most disappointing read of the year, given how much I'd been looking forward to it.