Popsugar Reading Challenge category: A book written for National Novel Writing Month
Legends & Lattes, by Travis Baldree
The tagline is "A novel of high fantasy and low stakes." Viv, an orc fighter, gives up adventuring to open a coffee shop in a city where no one has heard of coffee. The fate of the world is not at issue, and the problems Viv encounters are about setting up a business, bringing in customers, and finding her place in the community. Yet the story is engaging, and I was rooting for Viv, especially when her friendship with her barista Tandri gradually blossomed into love.
The author goes against expectations with the casting as well. Orcs and succubi are usually portrayed as evil in Dungeons & Dragons and fantasy stories; in this one, they're the heroines. The villain is an elf.
I'd advise against reading this book while hungry. Viv's baker, a ratkin (think Rodent of Unusual Size), creates pastries that are described in delectable detail. Entirely fitting for a sweet and wholesome book.