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Review of Girl Love Happens Season Two by T.B. Markinson

 

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*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.

 

Blurb:

 

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?

 

My Review:

 

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.

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Review of A Family Woman by TB Markinson

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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.

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Review of Walking Through Shadows by Sheri Lewis Wohl

 

*I received a review copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Genre: Romance, LGBT, fantasy

 

 

Walking Through Shadows by Sheri Lewis Wohl is a love story that defies time. Molly is a hereditary witch who has put all of her time and energy into her baking business, only to have her shop go up in smoke. When her friends, Angus and Winnie, invite her to go on a hike to take her mind off her loss, Molly reluctantly agrees. Aquene is a Native American woman who leaves her people to journey where the Great Spirit takes her. To save her people, Aqueene must help a strange woman from the future defeat a deadly witch hunter. But the boundaries of time may prove to be insurmountable to Aqueene and Molly’s blossoming love.

 

 

Walking Through Shadows had an intriguing storyline that caught my attention and kept me hooked through the story. I love a good time travel story, and the magic and romance enhanced the plot, which made this a fantastic read. The historical Native American setting was lovely, and one I don’t see enough in romance novels. I did wish there had been a bit more emphasis on the romance. However, the love between Aqueene and Molly was still sweet and enjoyable, and the rest of the plot made this story a great read. All of the characters were good, but I found myself loving to hate the witch hunter. He was so well written that I wanted to jump into the book and go after him! Walking Through Shadows is a fantastic read, and I definitely recommend reading it.

 

You can pick up your copy of Walking Through Shadows here:

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Review of Unexpected by Jenny Frame

Review of Unexpected by Jenny Frame

*I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Romance, LGBTQ

 

Unexpected by Jenny Frame is the story of a woman whose life is turned upside down when her ten-year-old son unexpectedly turns up. Dale McGuire is a woman who likes fast cars and one-night-stands. To finance her business many years before, Dale donated eggs to a fertility clinic. The last thing she ever expected, however, was for the child from that donation to come and find her. Rebecca Harper’s life has taken an unexpected turn when she is forced to quit working because of medical issues with her pregnancy. With little money and a house badly in need of repair, Becca’s stress is already too high. When Dale turns up in her life, she only wants the woman to leave her and the children alone. But Dale refuses to turn her back on people who need her. Can Dale win Becca’s heart, or will the family she never knew she wanted remain out of her reach forever?

 

Unexpected by Jenny Frame is a delightful read. The premise of the story is unusual, which hooked me immediately. From the beginning, I was on the edge of my seat waiting for Dale and Becca to realize they were meant to be together. Becca is a struggling single mom who only wants what is best for her children, and I easily found myself wanting things to get better for her. Dale may seem like a player, but she has a big heart that loves fully, and that made me love her quickly. Both Dale and Becca were easy to love, although there were times when Becca’s behavior felt forced rather than authentic to her character. This complaint, however, did not detract from my reading experience, and I had a hard time putting this book down and returning to the real world. The characters and their unusual situation make this a romance story not to miss.

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Readers and Writers for LGBT Chechens

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You may have heard the news coming out of Chechnya, part of the Russian Federation, where police are kidnapping gay men (and those they perceive to be gay) and taking them to camps for torture. Several state-sanctioned murders have also been reported.

Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens is raising money for organizations working directly with gay men and other persecuted LGBT people in Chechnya and the northern Caucasus.  We do this through direct donations, donating royalties to these charitable organizations, and an online auction that runs through Saturday, May 13, at 12 noon CDT (6 pm BST and 3 am Sunday morning AEST).

 

‘Standing Together Is Important’: Two Voices on Helping LGBT Chechens

At first, Petra Howard of Dragonsfly Edits wasn’t sure how to get involved in fundraising for LGBT Chechens. She’s not an author and so auctioning out autographed copies of books isn’t an option for her, nor is setting aside royalties. Then she realized she could help by donating her services to the auction. She’s offering two services: proofreading and edits for works up to novel-length.

“It breaks my heart that we live in a world where people can’t be who they are, can’t love the people they love openly and freely, and where religion is the underlying reason for why this is the case,” Petra says. “There are very few people who can affect change on their own so, standing together—fusing our voices—is important. Not to say: ‘Look at me, I’m trying to make a point.’ But to say: ‘We will not stand by and let our brothers and sisters think they are alone.’”

Texas author Laura Stone, who donated a set of three signed gay romance novels to the auction, adds, “As both a queer woman and the mother of three LGBT children, gay rights have been at the forefront of my mind, especially as we live in a conservative part of the United States. But that is nothing–nothing–compared to what our LGBTQ friends are being forced to suffer and endure in regimes like Chechnya, Russia. I write stories of love and hope, always with the promise of a family who will love and accept them, and I’m committed to adding that voice to the world with the hope it can one day drown out voices of hate.”

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If you’re an author or artist who would like help out, please sign up at Authors & Publishers for LGBT Chechens. There, you can also find answers to frequently asked questions about royalty donations, the charitable organizations that are helping LGBT Chechens, and more.

 

 

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Laura Stone, novelist, ghostwriter and media blogger, balances her writing life with being a Master Gardener and raising her three LGBT children. She lives in Texas as proof that it’s not completely populated by hard-line right wingers, and because that’s where the good tamales are.

Petra Howard is the owner of Dragonsfly Edits (Twitter: @DragonsflyEdit). Her aim is to get more people, especially children and young adults, to read. Anything and everything in general, but ‘Rainbow Tribe’ literature in specific.