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Never-Tied Nora (Girl Meets Girl Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 1, 2016
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Back home in Yeringup, a small town in Queensland - Australia’s version of Texas - Sue knows things could be tough for a newly minted lesbian. But it’s there she’ll face her first love, Denise, the one who broke her heart, and a small town with equally small minds when it comes to the LGBTIQ community. Or so she thinks.
Ten years is a long time though, and things have changed, even in Yeringup. Finding a job as a lawyer helps, but it isn’t until one of her friends from London arrives that things heat up. Moni is an American doctor who loves working in rural communities. When she hears that Sue has moved back to Queensland, Moni finds a job working with the Royal Flying Doctor’s service nearby. And when Denise turns up again, Sue’s new life erupts.
This was a really good book to read. The story has more density to it than many others I’ve read for a while, and the main character is more complex. The flaws she has are reasonable and forgivable, and the plot works with her character really well. It was all very believable. The motivations of the characters worked seamlessly with the story. The character interactions felt genuine, and there was enough dialogue to give me a good sense of the interactions, without it ever feeling forced, or pulling me out of the story.
There was a lovely sense of flow in the book. It was very easy to read as a result; never too dense, but also, never too light. The characters felt very grounded, and I could see them behaving that way. The main character was very likable and quite a lot of fun. The supporting characters did their jobs well, and some were fleshed out enough to give a broader sense of life for the main character, which worked really well.
It may help that I grew up in rural Australia, even if it wasn’t such a small town as Yeringup. I could easily visualise the characters as they were described and the way they interacted and the way the town functioned made sense in the context of the knowledge I have of small country towns in Australia.
I loved that so much of it was set in Australia, and I thought this part worked really well. I really enjoyed the book. In fact, I’ve just bought the first book by Blue in the series, and can’t wait for the third, which is out in December I gather.
Advanced reading copy provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
And while you'll be smiling at the love scenes, you'll be biting your lip at the /love/ scenes. The smut is nothing to bat your eyes at (especially chapter 11!), but it isn't overwhelming either. There's a delicate balance between the sex scenes and the main plot of the novel that favors the latter as it should. The steamy scenes are present enough, though, that they will definitely capture and keep your interest.
This is the love story of all love stories. No making the romance a subplot. No dark, gritty realism. No heart-crushing sadness. Just a whole lot of cute and a touch of hardship to make you sympathize with the characters and root for their relationship that much more. It's also a quick read, almost a novella rather than a novel, with a familiar, straight-forward plot line that is tried and true for the romance genre. If you're looking for a happy book to gush over that won't put you through intense emotional turmoil, Never-Tied Nora is the perfect fit.