Gay Pride and Prejudice by Kate Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
For the Bennet sisters, life in quiet Hertfordshire County is about to change. Netherfield Hall has just been let to a single man of large fortune. But while it is true that such a man is generally considered to be in want of a wife, it is equally true that not all men desire female companionship, just as not every woman dreams of being married.
Like other variations on Jane Austen’s classic romance novel, Gay Pride & Prejudice poses a question: What if some among Austen’s characters preferred the company of their own sex? In this queer revision of the acclaimed original, Kate Christie offers an alternate version of love, friendship, and marriage for Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, and their friends. But even as the path to love veers from the straight and narrow, the destination remains much the same.
A queering of Pride and Prejudice – how delightful!
I loved this book and thought Kate Christie did a great job making just enough changes that the same-sex attractions seem realistic. Her additions fitted well with Austen’s original style.
The new Mr Bennet was particularly funny.
A great read, if you like the classics but heterosexual romance isn’t your cup of tea!
Mountain Rescue: The Ascent by Sky Croft
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars really.
I really liked the scenes in the mountains and the characters were interesting but I found Saber’s coming out and leaving home rather unbelievable, especially the neighbour’s actions and then her selling her car. It’s hard to say more without spoilers.
I enjoyed it overall but I’m not sure if I will bother with the sequel.
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Doira’Liim by Krystal Orr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a story of two women from different tribes/races who are destined to meet, fall in love and change the future. The women’s love story is set against the backdrop of a developing war between their peoples.
Talliea Aldis, is from the diurnal, patriarchal Esu clan and desperate to escape an arranged marriage and Arizira Ahmanae is a huntress for the nocturnal Arnirans who consist of women only. The Esu and the Arnira peoples have not met for many generations and each believe the others to be a myth.
I really enjoyed this book as it is so much more than just a romance. It’s an adventure with fantastic world building and great characters. The Machiavellian plotting by the Moon Goddess and her acolytes, who include a wolf, is breath-taking.
I can’t wait to read the sequel.