Friday, December 11, 2015

~*★Review Tour★*~ Her Kind of Man (Spectrum #2) by Nona Raines

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Her Kind of Man by Nona Raines
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Genres: AdultContemporaryLGBTRomance 

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During the day, Roy Girard works with truckers. It's a macho environment where a man is judged by how tough he is. And everyone knows Roy as one of the toughest.
On his own time Roy helps mentor young people who are LGBT, and cares about them as if they were his own. He's in love with Venetia, a trans woman. He's careful to keep his nine-to-five completely separate from his private life. He knows his work buddies wouldn't understand. And he doesn't want Venetia exposed to their crude, narrow-minded views. It's his job to protect her. But when his two worlds collide, he has to make a choice. In trying to protect the woman he loves, he asks for more than she can give. In his need to keep her safe, he risks pushing her out of his life forever.

*NOTE* Her Kind of Man is the sequel to His Kind of Woman.

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Title: Her Kind Of Man
Author: Nona Raines
Genre: Contemporary Romance, LGBT
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Rating: ★★★★
Her Kind of Man picks up right where His Kind of Woman leaves off and we’re thrown right back into the lives of Roy and Venetia, post revelations being revealed.

Their relationship solid yet still not quite where I think it needs to be in that they’re still having to keep it all under wraps from the rest of the world. Or rather, the world outside of the group of kids at the LGBT group they’re both a big part of.

And while I wasn’t exactly a fan of them having to keep their relationship under wraps, Roy keeping the two parts of his life (his job and his relationship) separate in every way possible, I came to understand why that is real quick.

Roy is a trucker and in his experience, he’s surrounded by a lot of closed minded men. Men that won’t understand what it is that he shares with Venetia and some, not even wanting to try to understand.

What takes place in this story, the trials that Roy and Venetia both, along with the kids have to go through was brilliantly done. I think the author took great care in spotlighting the issues yet again and I felt for all of them, multiple times throughout. Understanding both where Roy was coming from but also where Venetia was as well. It made my heart hurt, because I’m a big believer in acceptance of others, no matter what their race, sexual orientation or disability. I wanted something better for them. Someone, anyone to just see them for what they are, the kids for what they are and start a dialogue. A way to change the way things have been run for so long.

The author delivered on all of that and more and by the time I turned the last page, I was happy with the way things worked out. It had taken a lot of pain and struggle to get there, but eyes were being opened and they were finally able to come out from the shadows and live together in the light the way it should have been.

Both stories were very well put together, the issues that were shown put forth with a lot of care, but this one even more than the first, leaving a mark on me.

It was moving, sweet, but also informative and hopeful, even in the darkest of moments. It, much like the first, was a beautiful read.

My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me read this story. It’s a journey and an experience that I’m glad that I took the chance on.

His Kind of Woman, Book #1 in the SPECTRUM series...

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His Kind of Woman by Nona Raines SPECTRUM, #1 Publication Date: June 13, 2013 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance

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When Roy Girard went looking for Victor Varrano, he never expected a woman to answer the door. He soon discovers that Victor is now Venetia. Roy's startled, but even more surprised by his attraction to her. As they spend time together, he doesn't want to let her go. But she's sure to dump him when she learns his secret.
Venetia's falling hard and fast for Roy. But when she learns that his brother was the bully who tormented her in high school, she's shattered. She can't wrap her head around the fact that the man who made such amazing love to her could so completely betray her trust.

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Title: His Kind of Woman
Author: Nona Raines
Genre: Contemporary Romance, LGBT
Release Date: June 13, 2013
Rating: ★★★★ 1/2 Stars (Rounded to 5* for Goodreads and Amazon)

This book was a first for me in a couple of ways.

First, this is my first experience with author Nona Raines and secondly, this book touched on something that as of yet (other than currently attempting to write one), I’d never taken the chance on. So I suppose in a way, the author popped my proverbial cherry as it pertains to transgender stories and love stories at that.

Roy when we first meet him, has a rough task laid out before him. After the loss of his brother (who at the time of his death had come to terms with his own sexuality), he’s on a path to make things right that his brother in his younger years had made a mess out of. At the top of that list, making amends with the boy turned man that his brother tortured all through their years in school, Victor.

But what Roy gets when he attempts to do that is a whole lot more than he bargained for, but something that was beautiful to watch as it unfolded.

You see, Victor isn’t Victor anymore. She is Venetia and she’s finally living life the way she was meant to. She’s being true to herself and putting her best foot forward, even though the horrors of the past still hit a little too close to home.

What ensues is a story of being true to oneself, being able to forgive even though the pain is still very real and a story of falling in love. And each step that they took on the journey to get there was a meaningful one.

The author touched on some very sensitive topics (the way Trans people are looked at, the bullying that takes place, among other things) in a very realistic way, yet a very sympathetic way as well. It’s always rough writing a book about something that some people still perceive to be taboo, so to do it and do it in such a graceful and for me, meaningful way, is a testament to the writer and Nona Raines did that here.

I believed in the characters on their own, I believed in them together and I enjoyed it immensely.

The only real complaint I have, what kept it from being a 5* read being the length. I wanted to see it expanded on more.

If you’re a fan of LGBT stories, ones that take the issues and present them in a very real yet sympathetic way and you believe in true love winning out over all, I think you’ll enjoy this short read. I know that I did.

My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me read this story. It was a pleasure.

About The Author

Nona Raines

Nona Raines
Nona Raines is a former librarian who lives in upstate New York with her many pets. She’s currently working on her next novel between walking the dog and shooing the cats off the laptop. Her romances are published with The Wild Rose Press and Loose Id. Her transgender romance His Kind of Woman was nominated for the 2014 DABWAHA sponsored by the Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books review blogs. Her most recent work is the romance novella Write to Me and the transgender romance Her Kind of Man.
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