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The two protagonists – Reed and Julia – were not what I expected. A butch single mum with 4-year-old twins?! Obviously, I was instantly hooked with utter excitement because I never encountered that type of character before! Well done, Clevenger! And Julia. Oh, Julia! I was immediately drawn to her character! Quite unusual since again, never encountered her type at all in lesfic before. Again, hats off, Clevenger!
One fabulous, totally relatable moment in the book for me was what happened to Julia on her plane ride to her holiday destination that involved one of the twins! OMG! Hilarious! Can’t tell ya how many times that happened to me on me own plane rides! So when I read Julia’s encounter, I couldn’t help chuckling as I remembered me own experience! Incidentally, Julia’s “unfortunate” event was also where she first laid eyes on Reed. The whole “meeting” was so adorable! You’ll love it when you read what exactly happened with these two which also involved Reed’s twins, Bryn and Carly. One of the most entertaining first encounters between two women I’ve read in lesfic!
Speaking of the twins, omg, I’ve never read anything like them because they were so very realistically characterised, I felt personally involved with their well-being, especially Carly’s. Her character spoke the loudest to me – her quiet contemplation, insightful awareness, intelligence (beyond her age), but also subtle playfulness that crept out of her at intervals and her fiery side when it came to fighting with her twin sister – melted me heart from the get-go! I especially loved how she almost instinctively felt this bond and closeness, a kindred connection (for lack of a better description) to Julia when she climbed onto her lap. How Clevenger ever so subtly described that brief tender moment truly affected me deeply. It was an unforgettable moment for me. Bryn, on the other hand, was a polar opposite of Carly, and Clevenger really depicted her brilliantly because I could literally see Bryn say and do all the things in real life! Heck, I have a relative who’s just like her! So, reading about the twins, their very different approach and interaction with their mum and Julia was a delightfully realistic experience for me. Well done, Clevenger, for creating such convincingly affective child characters!
I was utterly enamoured to Julia and Reed’s journey of romance and love because it was wonderfully depicted, authentically portrayed with struggles that I honestly hadn’t experienced in lesfic before – they were true adult, very personal issues that could be perceived by many as awkward and uncomfortable to write, tell and read – but oh-so crucial matters to delve into especially when it came to factors affecting intimacy and commitment in relationships. I applaud Clevenger for daring to tell a story that charaterises these rarely talked about issues. I absolutely LOVED every moment of it.
I absolutely loved Julia, her awkward journey of finding love and a lifelong committed relationship. Her very private struggles with intimacy which affected her outlook and perception in what constituted love – physical and emotional – were all vividly depicted that I felt like I knew her. This book was written based on Julia’s perspective so all her internal monologue, emotional nuances, her feelings, reactions and behaviour, were clearly defined so I was immersed in her world as she slowly came to grips about her feelings for Reed, her relationship with Bryn and Carly (this self-discovery of Julia’s was vitally important and you will find out why when you read this book!), which was so heartfelt and heartrending at the same time.
Reed, on the other hand, intrigued me to no end. I just wish I was privy to her perspective about her own journey when it came to her feelings for Julia and how her twins would affect their relationship going forward. However, it didn’t affect just how profoundly heartfelt and powerful Clevenger’s superb storytelling style was, in portraying Reed and Julia’s slow and steady journey to each other, and all their individual struggles when it came to love and everything that came with it. Through Julia’s point-of-view, I could more or less decipher Reed’s internal conflict when it came to her relationship with Julia, thanks to Clevenger’s skillful writing. One thing I wanna mention is how incredibly original the backstory about Reed and her twins was. Impressively creative tale, Clevenger! Well done!
Julia and Reed’s chemistry was palpable from the start. Their attraction was acute but wasn’t immediately acted on which I appreciated because it made their initial steps toward each other, even more sizzling and exciting to uncover! I loved how Clevenger played with the butch/femme trope, delving much more deeply into the inner psyche of Reed being butch and Julia being femme, beyond the superficial, stereotypical portrayal in many a lesfic story. It’s prolly one of the most authentic and resonating butch/femme romance/love story I’ve read, thusfar. Every step in their journey was so compellingly written I couldn’t get enough of them and the development of their relationship! On top of that, the growing relationship between Julia and the twins was utterly addictive! Gave me all the feels as I plunged headlong into every scene they shared. So heartwarming!
Now I wouldn’t do this incredible book justice if I didn’t mention another very important portion of the story. And that is, Julia’s best friends, Mo and Kate. Blimey! These two wonderfully created secondary characters truly made this story so much richer, more real than it already was! Mo and Kate’s almost-symbiotic relationship with Julia, as a trio, and individually, effectively expanded Julia’s story into a much deeper multi-dimensional aspect of her character, her life. I had such an enjoyable ride reading about Mo and Kate, especially when they were together. Their constant arguments, their back-and-forth, were a delight! Their characters and their “interesting” relationship immediately reminded me of Jeannie Levig‘s Taylor and Gwen from “Embracing the Dawn!” I was pleased that Clevenger spent a considerable amount of time introducing and developing Mo and Kate’s characters and their backstory, which made this book even more compelling to read. Obviously, she left some juicy scenes to the reader’s own imagination, which deepened me curiosity and intrigue even more! Well, I must refrain from discussing them any further because you simply must read this book to find out for yourselves. I do think, however, that after reading this book, you’ll find yourselves wanting to know more about them because, their characters are delightfully crafted and irresistibly captivating! Well done, Clevenger! Needless to say, I have a strong feeling that the next installment of this Paradise Series will be about Mo and Kate! (Oh yes, please!)
All in all, “Three Reasons To Say Yes” is a fascinatingly absorbing, compelling romance between two people who couldn’t be more different, be it their worldview about life, love, relationships or their plans for their own future. Two souls who, as fate would have it, stumbled upon each other under the most unlikely circumstance, changing their lives forever. Their undeniable connection and growing feelings for each other, physically and emotionally, was deftly weaved and mapped with a level of sensitivity and authenticity that resonated deeply with grounded reality. Mature, thought-provoking, deeply private and personal issues were highlighted with fervour, further epitomising what a grown-up relationship looked like, especially when children were involved. It was so refreshing to read about a relationship that delved into intricate reasons for being and not being together, testing two people’s resolve as they grappled with the ultimate truth about how they felt for and expected of each other. Three reasons to say yes… Indeed.
On that note, “Three Reasons To Say Yes” is a great start to a very promising series, with this brilliantly crafted romance! I absolutely enjoyed every moment of Julia and Reed’s complex journey of attraction, romance, intimacy, connection, love and commitment which were written with explicit sensuality, aesthetic eroticism and richly moving and heartfelt sincerity, with a touch of humour. The secondary characters, Bryn and Carly, Mo and Kate, were utterly enchanting to get to know!
I couldn’t recommend this book highly enough. It’s a MUST-READ. You won’t be disappointed! Thank you, Ms. Clevenger, for writing this refreshingly different and riveting butch/femme love story! Looking forward to the next installment of this incredible Series!
There is one scene that i gotta mention at the beginning of the boom where one of the kids are messing on the plane. And as I read it all I coild see was Ellen DeGeneres skit on how one reacts to getting their seat kicked. It made me laugh. I will say this though, the sex scenes didnt really click with me. I actually skimmed them to get back to the story. Its weird I know and some people may find them great but for some reason I just wasnt fond of them.
Regardless, if you have the funds and the time give this a read I recommend it. I really enjoyed it and felt it worth the buy.