*I received a review copy, but I also purchased a copy because this series is great!
Genre: Romance, LGBTQ
Girl Love Happens Season Two by T.B. Markinson is the second season in a series. I recommend reading Season One before starting this book. This review potentially contains spoilers for Season One.
Tegan and Gemma are about to discover how complicated growing up can be.
Colorado, 1993. Tegan wants her second year of college to be drama-free. But a case of blackmail forces Tegan to take extreme measures. After attempting to eliminate potentially damaging evidence, Tegan gets embroiled into one crisis after another that could destroy her relationship with Gemma.
Ever-loyal Gemma tries to be Tegan’s rock, but can she keep her green-eyed monster in check and help Tegan navigate the tricky waters that threaten their relationship bliss?
Girl Love Happens Season Two by T.B. Markinson kept me just as enthralled as the first season. Tegan’s antics frequently made me chuckle—and sometimes cringe. I enjoy Tegan because she’s a goofy person with a good heart, and her naivety makes her an endearing character. Gemma is much more confident in life and love than Tegan is, but she uses that confidence to help build others up, which made me love Gemma. She genuinely cares about her friends, and although she likes to tease Tegan, it’s always in a good-natured way. One of the things I really enjoy about Markinson’s books is that they often go beyond the getting together of the couple and delve into the ups and downs of the relationship. This is true of this season of Girl Love Happens as the romance between Gemma and Tegan is fairly well-established, but there are many obstacles to happily ever after for them. The drama of friends and family, the complications and pleasures of a new relationship, and the difficulty of learning to be an adult are all dealt with in a very realistic way in Girl Love Happens. As someone who grew up in the 90s, I loved that these books are set in that time period. I was hooked by the great characters and the realistic setting, not to mention the hot love scenes! I highly recommend reading Girl Love Happens.
You can purchase Girl Love Happens Season Two here.
Genre: LBGT, romance
*Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
A Family Woman by TB Markinson is the third book in the A Woman Lost series. If you haven’t read the other two books, I recommend doing so before reading this one. You can find her books here. A Family Woman is the latest installment in the journey of love between Lizzie and Sarah. Lizzie and Sarah have just found out they are about to be parents – to twins! As Sarah’s pregnancy progresses, both women realize that family has more value to them than ever before. With this understanding of the importance of family, Lizzie and Sarah work to bring what remains of Lizzie’s family closer together. But Lizzie’s family takes an unexpected turn when her father announces his engagement to his long-term mistress. Can Lizzie and Sarah face the challenges of becoming new parents to twins while undertaking the obstacles of bringing together Lizzie’s family?
A Family Woman is a fantastic read, and so far, it’s my favorite in the series (although I have enjoyed all three). Lizzie’s family has always been complicated and difficult, but her family changes in many ways in this book and I loved how the changes have made Lizzie (and even her brother, Peter) grow so much. I love the characters in this series because they are so real. Their flaws are abundant, and I love that although the characters do grow, they don’t lose all of their flaws and they don’t change overnight. The family dynamics are extreme, which makes for a fantastic read, but even though they are more extreme than most, they are still dynamics with which the average person can identify. I love how Markinson captured the essence of being a new parent so well, the sleepless nights, the joy of these strange little creatures, and the way that little ones bring people together, even when those people aren’t so sure they like each other. A Family Woman is a love story that shows us the struggles and joys beyond “happily ever after.” I highly recommend reading it.
*Disclaimer – I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Romance, LGBT
For a smart woman, Alex is pretty clueless. She wants the truth, but she’s looking in the wrong place. She w ants love, but she’s not looking at all. If only Cam didn’t keep disrupting her life, Alex might be able to find some answers. After all, it’s not as if Cam is interested in her. Which is probably a good thing, since Cam is even more infuriating than she is charming—and she’s got plenty of charm.
On the other hand, Rosamund, Cam’s ex and Alex’s professional rival, is definitely interested in Alex, but can she be trusted? Alex doesn’t even realize the historic house she’s staying in is haunted. Perhaps a little supernatural help will lead Alex to uncover the secret of a love story hidden for over a century, and to solve the greatest mystery of all— the truth hidden in her own heart.
Romance By the Book by Jo Victor is full of romance, history, and the supernatural all set in a small village in England. I loved every layer of this book. The history of the dead poet’s life that Alex is trying to uncover was fascinating, and I really enjoyed the life in a small England village that the author painted by including fun details like the Lammas celebration. I loved how the author wove the past and present together in this story, which brought to life the characters who were long dead and made them an integral part of the present story. The author did a fantastic job of creating characters that drew me in and kept me hooked throughout the book. I was invested in the characters’ lives and how the story would end. I definitely recommend reading this book. It will not disappoint.
About the author:
English teacher by day, tale spinner by night, Jo Victor is old enough to know better but still too young to care. She has been writing more or less seriously since she was in her teens and likes to think she is carrying on the family storytelling tradition that goes back to her
Italian grandmother. When not fighting the good fight on behalf of black ink on whitepaper, she enjoys folk music, British humor, and excessive novel reading, all of which she highly recommends. She lives with her life partner in Virginia.