Author: RayeAnn Carter
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Lavender doesn’t want a man in her life, not if it means exposing that she’s trans. Fortunately, Diego’s only in LA for a week. She can enjoy the attention without him finding out her secret.
Falling in love isn’t part of the plan. Neither is the jealous housemate determined to ruin everything.
Ok, so I HAVE to start this review off with a warning. This is a love at first sight story. Not just an insta-love, but love immediately upon seeing a stranger for the first time. In order to enjoy this story, you will either need to be a fan of love at first site tales or you will need to be able to suspend belief and just go with the flow. I chose the latter.
I admit, I was a bit lost at first, feeling like I had missed some long history necessary for the love Diego had for Lavender to develop so deeply. And I still admit that I wish we would have been given more information into how Diego and Lavender got to where they were in the beginning of the story. I would have liked more history to gain more insight into their actions and beliefs. But I chose to suspend my normal inclinations towards love at first sight and just go with the story as it was told.
And I have to say, the romance was rather sweet and a bit overly perfect. Lavender and Diego were good together and their love had a wholesome and innocent feel to it. There was sex, but the focus was not on the act itself but on the feelings and acceptance between the characters. I enjoyed seeing their love unfold because it was so low angst and exactly what a girl like Lavender needed in her life. The perfection of their journey was appropriate for this story.
I also liked that this was a different look into the life of a transgender woman. This was not some tale of acceptance and ease. There was sadness and anxiety. There was constant worry over money and how to get decent hormones and clean needles. It discussed the consequences of not having proper treatment and what happens if Lavender’s hormone supply runs out. I liked seeing something other than perfection in this aspect of the story because it balanced out the overly sweet romance.
Finally, I have to say I was confused over Miss Magnolia. The author gave out tidbits of information on her but not enough for me to understand her biology or her personality. She was so hurtful to the girls and I just did not understand the need for her behavior nor the motivations on why it was so. I almost wish she was not part of the story at all because in the end, she made no impact on the outcome and just left me feeling confused. I was also a bit befuddled by the family Diego was staying with while visiting his friend. the mother came across as creepy and the son was not in the story enough for me to understand why he even played a part at all. I saw the point, sort of, because that family was the catalyst for Diego finding out about Lavender’s true nature, but other than that, those characters left me more confused than anything else.
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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