Author: K. Lynn
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover Artist: Aisha Akeju
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Alice is finally happy with her body and her life—except for the part where revealing she’s trans winds up leaving her hurt and abandoned over and over again. She’s decided she’s done making herself miserable by looking for love.
Love finds her anyway, in the form of Hank, the new guy at her local coffee shop. He’s sweet, friendly, charming… and will probably turn out like all the rest. Determined not to shatter the fantasy and lose him before she has to, Alice holds fast to her secrets.
But if the truth doesn’t ruin everything, the lies will, and it seems no matter which choice she makes Alice is set for just one more heartache.
Coffee Date was the story of Alice and Hank. Hank worked at the Coffee Shop Alice went to every morning and after weeks of flirting, Hank finally stepped up and asked Alice for a date.
Right away I connected to both characters. Alice used to be Al, but never felt right in her skin. During college, she finally took the first step to happiness and began her transition. She has been ridiculed and treated unfairly because of her nature. At the time of this story, she was still not 100% transitioned, still needing that last surgery to feel whole. She was a likable character who was really just searching for love and acceptance. Hank was sweet. He won me over when he admitted to paying attention to Alice’s small talk and taking her to her favorite restaurant for their first date. He actually courted her and let her set the pace.
After months of dating, Alice finally knew she needed to tell Hank about herself. And of course, Hank and Alice’s reactions were trite and predictable. Hank freaked out and ran away, leaving behind a melodramatically sobbing Alice. I rolled my eyes.
However, the author redeemed the story by having Hank and Alice talk things out. Hank apologized for his behavior and explained the reason for his strong reaction. They had a good discussion on how they wanted things to be going forward. This tactic was wonderful and realistic. The author did not just have them reconcile perfectly and live HEA. Instead they had a reasonable discussion and things ended with a hopeful for now feeling that left things open for another story to chronicle their relationship as it develops and as Hank learns more about Alice.
One more thing I liked about this story was the inclusion of information about transitioning. The author gave little tidbits about the reactions Alice had as she initially started her hormones. The author also included information that let the audience know that things don’t just stop once transitioning is “finished.” This is a lifelong thing for Alice and the author treated it as such by showing the hormone injections to be routine and just another part of Alice’s everyday life. The author did not treat transitioning with kid gloves or treat it as some kind of taboo. She respected the nature of transitioning while also letting the reader see that for transgender folks, it is a normal part of life.
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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