Roller Girl is a lovely and lovingly written romance with a side of joyful friendships. North's prose is excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed Tina, Joe, and the cast of secondary characters. I found the romance to be on the lower-angst side; the conflict quickly resolved. Utterly happy none of the romance issues involved Tina being a transwoman. She was who she was, and was accepted by her old friends, her new friends and her community (as it should be). The derby parts were well-researched and flowed well with the romance.
Roller Girl (Lake Lovelace #3) by Vanessa North
Transgender Contemporary Romance
Series: Lake Lovelace (Book 3)
Paperback: 154 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (March 21, 2016)
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Recently divorced Tina Durham is trying to be self-sufficient, but her personal-training career is floundering, her closest friends are swept up in new relationships, and her washing machine has just flooded her kitchen. It’s enough to make a girl cry.
Instead, she calls a plumbing service, and Joanne “Joe Mama” Delario comes to the rescue. Joe is sweet, funny, and good at fixing things. She also sees something special in Tina and invites her to try out for the roller derby team she coaches.
Derby offers Tina an outlet for her frustrations, a chance to excel, and the female friendships she’s never had before. And as Tina starts to thrive at derby, the tension between her and Joe cranks up. Despite their player/coach relationship, they give in to their mutual attraction. Sex in secret is hot, but Tina can’t help but want more.
With work still on the rocks and her relationship in the closet, Tina is forced to reevaluate her life. Can she be content with a secret lover? Or with being dependent on someone else again? It’s time for Tina to tackle her fears, both on and off the track.
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