Author: Kimberly Gardner
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Mina Carter
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Mark Talleo is something of a dog with the ladies. Any girl, anytime, anywhere is his motto until he meets Josie Frazier. The long lean redhead not only shares his love of musical theatre, but her smoky sexy voice and infectious laugh drive Mark wild and haunt his every step. Equally fascinating is his sense that she has a secret, one he is determined to uncover on his way to becoming her leading man.
Josie does have a secret, one she guards with her whole self. Although she has always known she was female, her name used to be Joey and she’s still biologically male. As much as she yearns for love and acceptance, her fear of rejection is just as strong.
Mark’s need to know the truth is matched only by Josie’s need to hide it. But when malicious gossip reveals her deepest secret the price of honesty may turn out to be too high to pay. But if each can accept that the woman he wants is the woman she is then at last he may find His Fair Lady.
I enjoyed this story. I was not sure how I would feel about it because the subject matter is a bit touchy, but I think the author handled things very well and presented a realistic tale with a happy ending. Now I am looking forward to Kyle’s story.
His Fair Lady is the story of Mark and Josie and the development of their relationship. Both Mark and Josie identify as straight, but there is a bit more to the story. Specifically that Josie is a transgender female. As the two get to know each other, the author spends time showing the reader the extra stress Josie is under as she battles her fears as well as her growing affection for Mark. How exactly does she tell him about herself? As they are getting to know one another, they have many sweet moments together. Their interactions also lead to growth of each as a person. Josie transforms from a shy girl who has accepted that she will never know love, to a stronger woman ready to slowly take back her life and achieve her dreams. She is not perfect, but she is growing. Mark also develops into a man ready for love and into someone who can accept others as they are instead of how the world says they should be. I liked the realism. The way Josie and Mark are both presented as human and imperfect.
As with any tale where one MC hides anything from the other, the major conflict is Mark finding out Josie’s secret. I liked that the conflict really wasn’t about Josie herself, but instead on the fact that she did keep it a secret. I also like that things were not perfect. Mark did not easily accept Josie. He needed some time to understand his feeling and Josie also needed some time to get over her fears. Both characters reached out to mentors before trying to make things right. This was not one of those stories where love conquers all, there will be some learning curves, but it was also not a story full of gut wrenching angst. It was like a happy medium.
I liked Josie and Mark. I connected to them as people and wanted their relationship to work out. This story may not be for everyone as the angst is relatively low and there is no big huge plot twist, but it is a well written story with good character growth. It was easy to read and had an overall hopeful and happy feeling.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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