Title: Change for the Better
Author: Feral Sephrian
Publisher: JMS Books
Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
When Flynn meets Tanya at a table-top RPG campaign, his first impression is that she’s the kind of girl he’d like to get to know. He does just that; however, not only does he discover they make a great pair, but he also learns she isn’t really Tanya.
She’s Tony, a pre-treatment transgender man.
Despite being a tried-and-true heterosexual, Flynn chooses to stick with Tony anyway and supports him during transition. Their initial one night stand turns into a wild and dedicated relationship. They — and their RPG characters — face many challenges. Flynn and Tony seem made for each other, the sex is more than incredible, and Flynn is willing to brave it out, but a Willpower check isn’t enough to rid him of his crippling doubts. Will the love they share be enough to overcome the antagonism they face in the real world?
Change for the Better is a remarkably thought provoking story that is certainly not formulaic. I really like Flynn and Tony as characters. Tony is open with Flynn about his gender identity issues from the start of their relationship, and never waivers in his conviction to complete his physical transition from Tanya into the man he’s always been inside. Flynn is sweet and supportive, but he begins to have self-doubts and fears, particularly as Tony begins to appear more physically male.
It is so refreshing how the author allows both of these characters to explore their feelings and relationship without vilifying either man – there is no villain in this story, but both Flynn and Tony are heroes. Tony is heroic in his self-confidence and determination to complete his transition, and he confronts Flynn about his doubts when Flynn begins to act uncomfortable with Tony appearing more male than female. Flynn confronts his personal doubts about how Tony’s transition to male impacts his own sexual identity as a straight man. Flynn ultimately decides whether he loves Tanya only as a female, or whether he loves Tony as an individual, regardless of gender.
This is an unusual and compelling story. The characters are multi-faceted and likable, and Flynn and Tony have a supportive and sexually charged chemistry. I highly recommend this loving and emotional story – if you are new to trans romance, this is a great story to read as an introduction to this powerful genre.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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