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on June 24, 2013 :
For the sake of disclosure, I was a beta reader for Q. Kelly’s most recent book, Reality Lesbian. I have not read all of her books, but this one is my favorite to date. It is not my habit to give spoilers or tell the story, but merely to give my impression and recommendation.
Reality Lesbian is based on the premise of the popular reality TV shows, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, but with a lesbian lead. Q. Kelly managed to develop the various contestants well enough for them to have different voices and personalities complete with the expected amount of infighting and backstabbing. Admittedly I have never watched these TV shows, but given a lesbian lead, I found the book very fun and entertaining.
The lead characters are really what you would want them to be despite the given situation of reality (meaning unreal) on camera orchestrated events. Zara plays the lead on the show, and really hopes that she might find someone among the many contestants. Lucy is straight, and her friend set her up to be in the show. She has her reasons for following through, but it certainly is not because she expects to marry a woman. Toss in a spectrum of beautiful women as femme, butch, and everything in between. Zara has her work cut out for her to narrow the field, and the women become more competitive as time progresses. Of course the producers are there to mix things up a bit as well.
There are plenty of entertaining twists and turns in Reality Lesbian, and the personalities lend themselves to great humor and drama. Q. Kelly delivers on this one, and I highly recommend it as a fun summer read. Let the games begin.
(reviewed the day of purchase)