I like political novels that feature lesbians. I enjoyed the premise of the novel. Val’s role as president was significant to the story, yet Summer feeling the effects of PTSD and how it affected everyone around her was the main theme. As much as I liked the premise, the story had some shortcomings.
First, it lacked a good line editor. Spell check works great, but if words are missing or an incorrect word is used, it’s useless. Someone needed to read each sentence. There were far too many errors, and it takes the reader out of the story. Second, there was too much telling and not showing. We heard what Summer or Val felt, but we would have experienced it more deeply if we had seen more of their actions and how their feelings manifested physically. Plus, in the beginning we get lots of profanity, to the point it became tiresome on Summer’s part. It took me awhile to warm up to her. Third, the ending was rushed. I think another chapter or two as they explored their relationship, in the midst of Val’s huge responsibilities and Summer’s anxieties would have greatly added to the ending. While it would have been nice to have seen them become intimate, Summer is still dealing with all her issues. Val is a saint of patience on so many fronts. So, if you’re expecting a hot sex scene, you won’t find it here. All this being said, I did enjoy this story..
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)