[Review] Something True by Karelia Stetz-Waters

Posted 13 January, 2015 by DLWhite in Reviews, Writers Read 0 Comments

Something True Book Cover Something True
Karelia Stetz-Waters
Forever Yours
January 13, 2015

Tate Grafton has a tough exterior, but underneath she's kind, caring, and fiercely loyal. That's why she first started working at Out in Portland Coffee-it was her way of repaying the shop's owner for taking her in as a homeless teenager. Nine years later, the coffee shop is floundering and Tate feels like she's letting life pass her by . . . until she shares an unforgettable night with a beautiful stranger. When the mysterious woman disappears the next morning, Tate doesn't even know her name.

Laura Enfield was supposed to be in Portland for only a few days-just long enough to oversee a simple business deal before joining her conservative father on his political campaign. But when the closeted Laura romances an employee of the coffee shop her company is shutting down, things get suddenly complicated. Now, the lies she's told for years are beginning to unravel, and her biggest secret is about to be exposed. Laura can't stop thinking about the barista with the soulful eyes, but after a lifetime of deception, can she finally embrace something true?

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review.

Something True is a Lesbian romance set in Portland, Oregon, starring a corporate barbie type who dresses head to toe in garish designer fashion and a grungy barista who’s more prone to leather than lace. The two meet by chance in the coffee shop, then meet up later at a dance club and end up together. Unfortunately, Tate has no idea that Laura is in town to shut down Out in Portland, a coffee shop that’s been renting space in a building that’s being sold. By the time she learns what Laura is really doing in Portland, it’s too late… she’s halfway in love and all the way in trouble. Out is failing, sinking fast and there may not be a way to help Maggie, the owner, save the shop.

This was a pretty easy read, simplistically written given the number of subplots (Krystal and her dad, Vita and her lovers, Maggie and Lill, Laura and her family). I did like that there were no real loose ends, which is easy to do with a large cast of characters.

My nits are my usual complaints with the romance genre. These women spend three nights in each other’s arms and they’re in love and willing to take large leaps of faith and money for someone they barely know. The Happily Ever After is always nice but sometimes they’re not all that realistic.

It was nice to read diversity in a romance novel… it is not often that I see a contemporary romance with lesbians as the main story. M/M is pretty popular but F/F is rare, so I requested a copy so I could read it. Unfortunately it didn’t really ring my bell like i thought it would. I found the dichotomy of characters to be a bit stereotypical. There’s the butch and the lipstick lesbian and oooh look they get together because opposites. By the way I found Krystal endlessly annoying. She reads about twelve, not twenty.

Not a terrible read but for lesbian fare I’d probably stick with Rebekah Weatherspoon.

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