Born this Way by Francis Gideon ~ Review by Leisa

A hopeful and romantic story of a gay transgender man who finds happiness and acceptance …

Title: Born This Way

Author: Francis Gideon

PublisherJMS Books

My Rating: 4.25 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

Jacob Matthews has gotten really sick of confessing his autobiography every time he meets someone new. Ever since coming out as a gay transgender man, Jacob feels as if no one really cares about who he is right now. Instead, they would much rather have access to his past and create another Lifetime movie out of it. The typical transgender narrative, Jacob notes, always ends in surgery or tragedy. It’s been two years since Jacob’s crossed the final marker to become who he is, and he’s running out of options of what to do next. 

The only way that Jacob can overcome his own backstory is by blending in. Every Tuesday Night, he heads out to the local gay club called Boy Division and watches gay men from the sidelines. But when Jacob hooks up with a stranger who understands him with just a simple look, Jacob soon realizes that blending into the walls no longer satisfies him. 

Jacob soon runs into his old friends at the LGBT community center, where he is forced to reconsider his life beyond rainbow colors and poppy disco beats. In group therapy, Jacob is confronted by the harsh realities of being transgender, hate crime violence, and the dwindling offers for his future. Just before Jacob leaves, his favorite doctor makes him a bet: if Jacob can find someone to connect to, then she will renew his testosterone prescription without question or qualm. She urges him to find some type of community, even if it’s not in the community center’s brightly painted walls. 

Jacob takes the bet, figuring he has nothing to lose but his happy ending that may — or may not — really exist. He becomes determined to find the mystery man from the club again, even if it means blowing his cover.

My View

This is my first transgender M/M romance – and I really, really like it! This is Jacob’s story, a transgender gay man who is still hasn’t found a real relationship, nor found where he feels like he belongs. He seems to just be living from refill to refill of his T (testosterone). Jacob is such an honest and sincere character – the mom in me wants to just grab him and hug him at times when he feels so alone without the support and love of his family or even close friends. It breaks my heart when he seems to be standing at the sidelines watching others live the fun, young gay lifestyle that he so desires to be a part of.

Jacob finds what he’s been looking for in Benjamin. I just adore Benjamin – he is a wonderful character who easily accepts that Jacob is a man without question, and he is so sweet and sensual with Jacob. Their sexual encounters are very sexy (which I honestly didn’t expect!). The chemistry between the two men is also just perfect – it’s sexy, flirtatious, and loving. They are an ideal couple, and within their ultimately loving relationship Jacob finds his home.

I so enjoyed Born This Way. I encourage you to maybe step outside your usual comfort zone (if you’re not already a trans romance fan), and read this hopeful and lovely story. I think you’ll easily be as delighted as I am!

Buy Links:

JMS Books
Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

I would like to thank JMS Books for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.


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2 thoughts on “Born this Way by Francis Gideon ~ Review by Leisa

  1. Thanks for your review, I will definitely add Francis Gideon’s book to my TBR list. You may want to consider Theo Fenraven’s “Transgression”, awesome book. I was introduced to him through Brandilyn’s review of his latest novel earlier in June.

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