When pop star Leontyne Blake returns to her home town in rural Missouri to be with her sick father, she expects a lot of things, but nurse Holly is not one of them. A friendship that might turn into more develops between the two women, but with Holly being asexual and not interested in sex or dating, and Leontyne not believing in love anymore they have a lot of difficulties to overcome first.
Thanks a lot to Jae for sending me a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.
Do you ever feel like you’re slipping into a reading slump, but then you find the one book that gets you excited again and the whole reading slump spectre disappears again? Because that was Perfect Rhythm for me.
The style and the characters both drew me in immediately. It was great to get to know Leo and Holly more.
It was awesome to get to see Leo as she tries to work through the unresolved problems she has with her father, and rediscover her home town after being absent for most of her career. There was a lot of really great character development going on there.
Meanwhile Holly was just so utterly loveable. I can see why Leo falls for her.
What was also really great to see was the amount of diversity. Leo is a lesbian, Holly is a homoromantic asexual, and there are a few more LGBTAIQ* background characters, one of them an aromantic living with her queerplatonic partner. And all of the characters feel substantial and well-thought through. I’m allosexual myself so I can’t comment on the asexual representation, but the lesbian representation read true to me.
Something I particularly liked about Perfect Rhythm was the plot. Of course the romance was a big part of it, after all it’s a lesbian Romance story, but it was so well balanced between that and Leo trying to figure out what she wants to do about her career going forward and her complex emotions towards her family and her home town.
The romance itself is just really cute and lovely. There are a few differing expectations Leo and Holly have to work through, but I felt that it was handled very well. And when I was done Perfect Rhythm left me content and happy.
If you’re looking for a great lesbian Romance to read, I highly recommend Perfect Rhythm. And if you’re not looking for one you should read it anyways, because it’s really good and trust me you want to.
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 Stars)
Publication Date: 20 September 2017
Publisher: Ylva Publishing
Genre: LGBTAIQ*, Romance
Pop star Leontyne Blake might sing about love, but she stopped believing in it a long time ago. What women want is her image, not the real her. When her father has a stroke, she flees the spotlight and returns to her tiny Missouri hometown.
In her childhood home, she meets small-town nurse Holly Drummond, who isn’t impressed by Leo’s fame at all. That isn’t the only thing that makes Holly different from other women. She’s also asexual. For her, dating is a minefield of expectations that she has decided to avoid.
Can the tentative friendship between a burned-out pop star and a woman not interested in sex develop into something more despite their diverse expectations?
A lesbian romance about seeking the perfect rhythm between two very different people—and finding happiness where they least expect it.
Word Count: 107,000 words