Pop star Leontyne Blake might sing about love, but she stopped believing in it a long time ago. What women want is her image, not the real her. When her father has a stroke, she flees the spotlight and returns to her tiny Missouri hometown.
In her childhood home, she meets small-town nurse Holly Drummond, who isn’t impressed by Leo’s fame at all. That isn’t the only thing that makes Holly different from other women. She’s also asexual. For her, dating is a minefield of expectations that she has decided to avoid.
Can the tentative friendship between a burned-out pop star and a woman not interested in sex develop into something more despite their diverse expectations?
A lesbian romance about seeking the perfect rhythm between two very different people—and finding happiness where they least expect it.
This novel floored me. I’ve got nothing but admiration for Jae’s novels but after reading this my acclaim has doubled. It takes a lot of courage to write a lesbian fiction romance about an allosexual Lesbian and a asexual Lesbian. I have researched the sub genre to find no other Asexual Lesbian Fiction novels around and I must applaud Jae for taking this subject and rocking it.
When popstar sensation Leo goes back to her hometown in Missouri to see her ailing father, she doesn’t expect to meet her father’s home-care worker, the alluring yet exasperating Holly. Holly seems to have a better relationship with Leo’s family than she does but the more she gets to know her the more she discovers how much she see’s Leo for Leo and not for rich and famous star. Their relationship is fraught with a minefield of emotions and expectations. The biggest issue being that Holly is Asexual but it seems to be more Holly’s hold up than Leo’s.
Perfect Rhythm is a love story from start to finish. I was worried that chemistry would be lost due to one of the main characters being Asexual however if anything it added to it and hiked up the intimacy more. What I learned reading this novel is that Asexuality has many ranges and other terms associated with it, some that I will list at the end. I just expected that with Asexuality there would be no sex however I was wrong. The only sex scene in the novel comes with a disclaimer that you can jump to the next chapter which I think some readers will appreciate.
I really hope other authors take the courage to step over the line and write about other sexualities in the LGBTQIA community.
Well Done Jae. Fantastic novel.
There are some terminologies in this book I knew and others I had to look up thanks to Google for their stellar definitions. I thought I would share:
Asexuality: the lack of sexual attraction to others, or low or absent interest in or desire for sexual activity.
Allosexuality: One who experiences sexual attraction.
Ace: is popular nickname for a person who is asexual.
Queerplatonic: A queerplatonic relationship is a relationship that is not romantic but involves a close emotional connection (platonic) beyond what most people consider friendship.
Aromantic: a person who experiences little or no romantic attraction to others.
Demisexual: a person who does not experience sexual attraction unless they form a strong emotional connection with someone.
Pansexuality: is the sexual, romantic or emotional attraction towards people regardless of their sex or gender identity
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