ARC Review: Opposites Attract: Butch/Femme Romances

Goodreads Blurb:

Sometimes opposites really do attract. Fall in love with these butch/femme romance novellas.

In An Epiphany in Flannel by Meghan O’Brien, small-town waitress Maisie Davis resolves the mystery of her sexuality after an unexpected encounter with a handsome stranger seated in the corner booth of Moe’s Fine Diner. Aiden Crane opens Maisie’s mind and body to exciting new possibilities—but can she find the courage to follow her heart?

In Follow Her Lead by Aurora Rey, venture capitalist Jude Benoit is named Majesty of Artemis, New Orleans’s premier lesbian Mardi Gras parade and ball, and enlists the expertise of private dance instructor Gabriella Viard to save her from making a fool of herself. Jude can follow the steps, but what happens when Gabby challenges her to lead with her heart?

In Just as You Are by Angie Williams, Dylan Fleming is a confident and capable woman in every way except the stereotypical ways her ex-girlfriend thought she should be. When her insecurities get the better of her and she fumbles on a date with beautiful auto mechanic Carrie Grice, Dylan has to let go of the past. Can she accept that she is loved just as she is?

My Thoughts:

I was really excited to read this Anthology! And here are my thoughts. It consisted of three different short stories by different authors, each carried a different tone, style, and plot. (Naturally.)

“Follow Her Lead” was the first one to make an appearance. While the idea behind it was awesome, I felt like the story lacked some grit. The dance lessons and scenes were great. I loved Gabby’s character and how she handled herself but Jude was just all over the place. She seemed too one-sided for my taste. 2.5/5 I didn’t enjoy the story as much as I would’ve liked and had a hard time getting through it.

“Just As You Are,” was probably my favorite from the series. It gets a high of 3.5/5. The characters resembled real-life issues that one might experience. Meeting online, trying to make a good impression, things blowing out of proportion! Yeah, all too relatable to the audience especially since Dylan had some previous damage to get through and work on herself. Carrie was amazing, breaking gender roles, left and right!

“An Epiphany in Flannel” was the final one. I really wanted to name it the showstopper but some parts of it just made me cringe… a little. I understand Maisie had conservative parents but the dialogues seemed forced and unnatural. Aiden was sweet and amazing but the ending blew my mind! What a crazy thing to do. Felt a little hallmark-ey but I enjoyed it nonetheless. 3/5

So, this gives me an overall rating of 3/5.

My Rating: It’s a 3/5.

Content Notices: Anxiety, homophobia, emotionally abusive ex.

Audience: 18+

Pages: 266, Kindle Edition

I received a complimentary advance review copy, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Meet the Authors!

Born in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, Meghan O’Brien relocated to Northern California in 2005. As a transplant, she enjoys the moderate weather and gorgeous scenery of the Bay Area. Meghan lives with her wife, their son, three cats, three dogs, two snakes and several tarantulas. Yes, it can be just as chaotic as it sounds.

Meghan’s day job is as a software developer, but her real passion is writing. From her humble beginnings creating numerous “books” out of construction paper and crayons as soon as she learned to write, to her several published novels and various anthology contributions, writing is what makes her feel most complete.

Aurora Rey is a college dean by day and award-winning lesbian romance author the rest of the time, except when she’s cooking, baking, riding the tractor, or pining for goats. She grew up in a small town in south Louisiana, daydreaming about New England. She keeps a special place in her heart for the South, especially the food and the ways women are raised to be strong, even if they’re taught not to show it. After a brief dalliance with biochemistry, she completed both a B.A. and an M.A. in English.

She is the author of the Cape End Romance series and several standalone contemporary lesbian romance novels and novellas. She is has been a finalist for the Lambda Literary, RITA®, and Golden Crown Literary Society awards, but loves reader feedback the most. She lives in Ithaca, New York with her dog and whatever wildlife has taken up residence in the pond.

Thank you for stopping by. You time spent on this blog means a lot more than I can express. Before you leave, read this!

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Dr. Seuss

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