Author: Nona Raines
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/13/2013
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Trans*
When Roy Girard went looking for Victor Varrano, he never expected a woman to answer the door. He soon discovers that Victor is now Venetia. Roy’s startled, but even more surprised by his attraction to her. As they spend time together, he doesn’t want to let her go. But she’s sure to dump him when she learns his secret.
Venetia’s falling hard and fast for Roy. But when she learns that his brother was the bully who tormented her in high school, she’s shattered. She can’t wrap her head around the fact that the man who made such amazing love to her could so completely betray her trust.
I enjoyed this short novella. It dealt with two very tough subjects and I felt the author handled both with care and respect. I really loved the look at bullying and that the author did not solely focus on the act itself. This novella looked at the effects on the bully as well as the victim. It touched on the source of the bullying as well as forgiveness and growth as these people change. I really liked that perspective. I also loved the transgender aspect and how different people react. It touched on the importance of acceptance and understanding and having a safe place.
I thought this romance was very sweet. I loved that it was slow to start and felt almost like a first love situation. It was very uplifting to see love overcome ingrained prejudice. I thought Roy and Venitia were wonderful together. I just wish more of the romance happened on page because it was so very sweet.
My biggest issue with this story was that it needed to be longer to really be amazing. It felt like the bones of something much larger. The concept was wonderful and what was on page was great, but I needed more. I wanted Venetia and Roy’s backstories. I wanted to learn more about SPECTRUM and more about transgender transitioning and reassignment surgeries. I wanted more of the romance and the healing. This one had the potential to be amazing and I am hoping that maybe book 2 will fill in some of these gaps.
His Kind of Woman had the potential to be a great advocate for transgender romance and acceptance. While it needed more word count to truly be grand, it was very much worth the read and I recommend this for anyone wanting a sweet transgender experience.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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