- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 21, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1515323099
- ISBN-13: 978-1515323099
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,947,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When you first pick up Goslyn County, you’ll note the cover isn’t flashy. There are no sexy women on the cover. Nothing that screams it’s a book focusing around the love that blooms between two lesbians.
What you see is a detective’s badge.
Maybe A.M. McKnight’s intention was to let our imaginations conjure up how we think Olivia and Maureen would look or maybe she wanted the readers to buy the book because it was a crime story (first) with a love story attached.
All I can say is …thank goodness for book summaries because without it I wouldn’t know it had a same sex coupling in it.
Those of us who look towards a cover first, seeking a lesbian story, I think they might pass on it, unbeknownst to its content. That’s why I always read the back cover.
The first thing I loved about McKnight’s story, Goslyn County, was the countless strong women gracing the pages. Brains, beauty, brawn – her characters had it all and were respected members in their field of expertise and/or distinguished members of society. Take Ollie, she was a detective and taught math at the community college. Her mother, a retired teacher, was in Haiti helping to re-open schools devastated by Mother Nature. Lisa, her best friend, was a IT goddess and business owner. Gloria, Maureen’s sister, was also a business owner. I could go on but you get the idea. Smart, strong women — ideal role models for our youth.
In regards to the cases being investigated by Ollie and Maureen, the plot of the tax fraud and subplot of car cloning had its moments were I was totally engrossed into the unfolding action and other times where I felt the story had gone stale.
When the lull moments came about, McKnight would bring me back into the fold with their choice of date topics. And McKnight, if you are reading this, I will never be able to look at the Pillsbury Doughboy the same way again. (See page 147 for explanation)
Since this is a book revolving around two women falling in love, I must discuss my thoughts at the pairing. I liked they didn’t rush into sex. They waited until they were in love. When they finally consummated their relationship, they didn’t rip each other’s clothes off. They weren’t consumed with a fiery passion where they were frantically pawing at each other, starved for physical content. Like their courtship, they took their time — exploring one another. For me, the slow loving was more sensual, more erotic, than most “must have you now” sex scenes most authors seem to write.
Well done, A.M. Knight!!
This is a slice-of-life novel, really, and I haven't read another lesbian romance that I would classify that way. A lot of lesbian romances (romances in general) seem to focus on suffering, and while it can be fulfilling to read about characters facing hardships and overcoming them, I sometimes find those kinds of plots emotionally draining. This is not that kind of book at all, and it was really refreshing to read.
These women do have problems - for example, they've both been unlucky in love - but they're ordinary, surmountable problems, not horrible tragedies or anything like that. When a conflict develops between them, it's understandable, and they resolve it in an adult way.
I really like the way that all of the people who know and love Olivia and Maureen are cheering for their relationship throughout the book, up to and including the final scenes. I am old enough to still get excited when same-sex relationships are portrayed as normal, to the extent that all of the characters' friends and relatives are delighted for them. So I don't have much objectivity, because I just sigh happily at stories like this. Their relationship builds slowly and develops at a pace that feels organic. There is a decent amount of domestic fluff: cuddling and cooking for each other and things like that, as well as a few sex scenes. If you're primarily drawn to the romance aspect of this book, it's very much front-and-center.
But this book actually has a fairly large cast, and they're all interesting characters. It's written in third-person omniscient PoV, which serves the crime-drama plot well. There's excellent character development of the criminals, as well as of some police personnel (Olivia's co-workers). I admire how incisive the author's characterizations feel. I sympathize with the criminals, and the police chief, because the author shows you their motivations and personalities, and just their everyday lives. There are no one-dimensional villains, just regular people who sometimes make bad decisions.
Overall I enjoyed this book a lot, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading sweet and realistic romance. I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for future releases from A.M. McKnight!