His Kind of Woman by Nona Raines
Publication Date: June 13, 2013
Genres: Erotica, LGBT, Romance
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Synopsis:When Roy Girard went looking for Victor Varrano, he never expected a woman to answer the door. He soon discovers that Victor is now Venetia. Roy's startled, but even more surprised by his attraction to her. As they spend time together, he doesn't want to let her go. But she's sure to dump him when she learns his secret.
Venetia's falling hard and fast for Roy. But when she learns that his brother was the bully who tormented her in high school, she's shattered. She can't wrap her head around the fact that the man who made such amazing love to her could so completely betray her trust.
Review:When I was first contacted about joining the review tour for His Kind of Woman, all I needed to know was that it was a M/F transgender erotic romance. It didn't matter that I'd never read Nona Raines before, there simply aren't nearly enough romance novels out there involving transgender women, and I wanted to not only experience it, but help spread the word.
I am delighted to say that this was a lovely read, a truly romantic tale that demonstrates a wonderful understanding of what it means to be different. In fact, much of the story revolves around the idea of bullying (past, present, and future) and rejection (family, friends, and strangers). If that sounds too dark, or too heavy for a romance, rest assured that it's also a story about understanding and overcoming.
While I was initially a little uncomfortable with the way Roy thinks about Venetia and the kinds of questions he asks himself about her, I have to give Nona credit for taking such an authentic approach to her romance. Yes, there's a little lust/infatuation at first sight, but this isn't a tale of insta-love. It takes Roy a while to overcome his own fears and insecurities, but the friendship/courtship between him and Venetia is very well done. Similarly, it takes a lot for her to open herself up to the risk of rejection, but I loved that vulnerability.
Although there's some talk of BDSM and power exchange relationships in the early chapters (that I'm both surprised and relieved didn't go anywhere), most of the erotic elements are saved for the end, and they are quite tasteful and very well-done.
At the end of the day, it's clear that Venetia is indeed His Kind of Woman - all woman, inside and out, despite what biological history might otherwise suggest.