*Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Romance, LGBT
Graduate student Lizzie Petrie feels more comfortable around books than people. Although an expert in the Hitler Youth, she’s a novice in love. Her former lesbian lover is blackmailing her, and not even those closest to Lizzie know the full story of their abusive relationship.
When visiting high school English teacher Sarah crosses Lizzie’s path at the campus, their attraction is instant, but not without complications. As they start to spend more time together, suspicions arise from both women in this sexy piece of LGBT fiction.
Plenty of good-natured teasing takes place between lovers as well as between PhD students in this lesbian contemporary romance. No relationship path ever runs smoothly, and oftentimes, those who can’t keep their mouth shut hasten necessary confrontation.
Lizzie finds herself buried in a mess of lies in this romantic comedy. The harder she tries to keep Sarah and the rest of her friends from finding out the truth about her first girlfriend, the more endearingly clueless she becomes.
“Well, well, well. What do we have here?” If Meg hadn’t been standing right in front of me, I would have recognized her snide tone, even despite the fact that she’d dyed her once-blonde hair a rich, fiery red. “Getting drunk on a school night. Shame on you, Lizzie. What would Dr. Marcel say?” Meg’s companion helped her slip into a coat. Hopefully, that meant they were leaving and pronto.
Approximately 150,000 people lived in Fort Collins, and the one person I didn’t want to bump into ever, let alone with Sarah, was peering down at us.
“Hello,” was all I could force out.
Meg’s gaze wandered over Sarah’s face and upper body before settling on me. “What happened to only drinking at home?” She crossed her arms.
“I’m afraid I’m a bad influence.” Sarah came to my defense.
“I see.” An older man tugged on Meg’s arm. She wore a tight dress—not her usual jeans and J. Crew sweater. And she was with a man—very unusual. “Have a good night, Lizzie.” She turned each Z in my name into a weapon. “Oh, I’ll be calling you to discuss that financial situation you brought up last time.” She gave Sarah a final glare and rolled her eyes. Red-hot anger raged through my mind and body as I clamped my lips together to keep everything bottled inside. How dare she treat Sarah so flippantly?
I counted to ten before I said, “I’m so sorry.”
Sarah’s eyes darted across the room to where Meg and her companion were exiting into the darkness. “Is she a friend?”
I snorted. “Former …” I’d been about to say girlfriend, but instead added, “acquaintance.”
“I’d use another word for her.”
I let out a rush of air. “Really? What would that be?”
A Clueless Woman by T.B. Markinson is a fun romance with fantastic characters and plenty of steamy scenes. Lizzie Petrie is a socially inept character who prefers books to people and is often clueless when interacting with others. However, her social issues stem from previous relationships, and Markinson doesn’t shy away from illuminating the dark side of love, which gave the story additional depth and made the romance between Sarah and Lizzie even more enjoyable. Despite Lizzie’s cluelessness with others, she isn’t as clueless about herself, and that makes her a character that’s easy to identify with. A Clueless Woman does not shortchange on the steamy scenes either. The romance is hot! This is a wonderful romance novel with depth and humor, and I definitely recommend reading it.
About the Author:
T.B. Markinson is an American writer, living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs, or taking the dog for a walk. Not necessarily in that order.
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