lunedì 28 marzo 2016

Review: Totally Worth It by Maggie Cummings

TITLE: Totally Worth It

AUTHOR: Maggie Cummings

SERIES: Bay West Social #1

GENRE: F/F Contemporary Romance

PUBLICATION: December 15th 2015 by Bold Strokes Books 



 Welcome to the world of Bay West Social.

Twenty-something Meg McTiernan is all about her career when her house hunt unexpectedly lands her at Bay West—a lesbian mecca tucked away in the suburbs of NYC—and her social life is given a turbo boost. There’s a pool, a softball league, even a nightclub practically in her backyard. In this loaded environment, finding the right girl just got a lot more interesting.

Case in point: law student Lexi Russo grew up at Bay West and is about to start an internship at the law firm of another local, self-assured, sexy Jesse Ducane. Lexi’s had a crush on Jesse forever, but Jesse’s the one Bay West woman she can’t possibly have. And not just because she’s her boss.

Together, new friends Meg and Lexi navigate romances, fun flirtations, juicy gossip, tons of drama, and maybe just the right amount of true love.

 ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

A good debut novel. It's not the typical “romance”. The story is set in a lesbian community, Bay West, where most ot the characters of this book live. The main characters are Meg and Lexi, but the focus of the story is not only on them, but on a circle of friends' relationships on different level: love, friend, work, family. None of the relationships are easy or too much complicated. The day-by-day life of the characters made them real, women to whom the reader can relate to easily. Not all the love stories between the different couples ended with a HEA.

What I loved of this book is that the sexual orientation of the characters is not the central focus of their identity. They are lesbians, that's a fact, in their lives they have struggled for sure to become what thery are now, but lesbian it's not what define them. They have their personality, 
their professions and being lesbian is just a secondary aspect, no big issues no dramas.

What I didn't find to much realistic was the community, something so distant from my experience and I couldn't relate to or fully understand.
The book didn't engaged me at the beginning, but I loved its progression and the final that has a good lead-in in the next installment.

An enjoyable read with a lot of potential for the books to come in the series.
I couldn't give the book a full 4 stars just because it wasn't totally what I expected but totally worth it.

I grew up in Staten Island NY, which is where I live now with my wife and our two kids.

In college I studied English and Theatre and then I became a police officer. Go figure. I did study criminal justice too, but honestly that came after the fact.

Totally Worth It is my first novel and I'm pretty excited about it. It was born out of an idea that popped into my head one day when I was walking my dog right after I bought my house. I was thinking that my block was kind of nice and my neighbors seemed friendly enough but the one thing that would make it better was if there were more lesbians. Or any other lesbians. Even better, all lesbians. And the rest is history...or actually fiction...

Totally Worth It is the first book in the Bay West Social series. Serious Potential ties up some loose ends and adds some new characters, too.

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