Lesbian Romance Book Review of ‘Learning to swim’ by K.J.
What do you do when you’re in love with your best friend? Tell her? Keep it to yourself? What if she feels the same? What if she doesn’t? The sexual tension between these two women is obvious (at least to one of them), from the outset.
I am a big fan of lesbian romance books and so I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked the two protagonists, Andrea and Lauren and the story is told from the POV of these two main characters which work well in this context. As characters, Andrea and Lauren are both well portrayed, developed and believable. Both women are very likable, strong independent women. The two women first meet at a fundraising event and although they are from very different professional backgrounds (one is a vet; the other an accountant), they hit it off as friends, at least at first.
The story was well crafted and rattles along at a decent pace. It is indeed a ripping yarn – in other words, it is a really good story, well told. The secondary characters, Hanna and Jo, are well developed and help to give the story both breadth and depth.
Without wanting to give too much away, there’s a moment in the story when one of the characters suddenly realises that she is strongly attracted to, or rather, in love with, the other one. I thought that this was a good dramatic device, but perhaps there could have been a greater buildup and more character development leading up to this realisation. It is for this reason that I have it 3.5 stars.
As with any romance, the sex scene(s) have to drive the story forward in some way, even if only in a small way. In this respect, intimate scenes are no different from any other. Whilst this is exactly how the author uses the sex scene in this book, there was only one and although it was great and well-written, I would have liked more.
However, overall, this is a good read; it was funny, romantic and there’s a heartwarming HEA.
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.