Lesbian Family Drama Book Review of ‘Because I said so’ by Karin Kallmaker
3.5 Stars. I have a lot of respect for Kallmaker. She has had such a long and impressive career that whenever her name comes up I kick myself for not having read more of her back library. I am, however, happy to make sure to read any new books she puts out. I really enjoyed her last book ‘My Lady Lipstick‘ so I do have to admit I was a little bummed that I didn’t enjoy this book as much.
I do not want to go into any summaries because it would be easy to give too much away. What I do want to talk about is that I didn’t really feel like this book was a romance. I think I would put it more in the family-drama category. This book did have two main women with some potential between them, but this book was really about their families (blood and the kinds you make) and their jobs.
There really wasn’t this strong romance thread that ran throughout the book as I expected. This book had two careers that were interesting, a clothing designer and someone who works for the US Marshals Service. Any time we spent with either character doing their job was really interesting. After the job time was done it was all about family dynamics. All the secondary characters were well done and the family storylines shined. I liked this book and was entertained but I can’t say that because some feelings were talked about past the 90% mark that this then qualifies this book as a romance.
I do want to mention for fans of Kallmaker’s book ‘Captain of Industry’, Jennifer Lamont does make a few appearances in this book.
Overall I liked this book. I was expecting a really strong romance which I just didn’t get so I’m rating this more like a family drama. The book is interesting, never boring and the few scenes the mains have together has chemistry, it just wasn’t that magical Kallmaker romance I really enjoy.
An ARC was given to me for an honest review.