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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

A Family Woman

 

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 A Clueless Woman by T.B. Markinson

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*Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

Genre: Romance, LGBT

 

Blurb:

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.

 

Excerpt Three:

“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?”

 

My Review:

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

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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