Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Genres: Erotica, LGBT, Romance
Earlier this year I had the distinct pleasure of taking part in the review tour for His Kind of Woman by Nona Raines. It was a lovely read, a truly romantic tale that demonstrated a wonderful understanding of what it means to be different. While it took on such difficult topics as family rejection, bullying, and coming out, it still managed to be positive and uplifting.
With Her Kind of Man, we get the long-awaited next chapter in the romance between Roy and Venetia. Although it is clear they are both very much in love, things are not perfect between them, largely because their romance is still under wraps. Roy is the kind of man who does the wrong thing for the right reasons, and it drives a pretty deep wedge into the tale. In an effort to protect Vee and the kids of her SPECTRUM youth group, he has kept their entire relationship a secret from the guys at work. In his defense, some of the truckers he works with are homophobic and violent, but when the truth comes out, he does a very poor job of explaining himself.
Raines continues to explore the themes and threads of the first book here, forcing Roy and Vee to decide what they want from each other, and from a relationship. Both have fears to confront, and a lot of them begin with the elephant in the room - the death of Roy's brother, about whom neither is willing to talk.
Needless to say, there is still some pain to this second story, and more than a few uncomfortable moments to be dealt with. Harsh words are spoken, and relationships strained. Fortunately, this is a romance, not a tragedy, and you get the sense that Roy and Vee come out of the story stronger, more in love, and more committed for having faced their fears.
He's careful to keep his private life completely separate from his nine-to-five. He knows his work buddies wouldn't understand. And he doesn't want Venetia exposed to their crude, narrow-minded views. It's his job to protect her.
But when his two worlds collide, he has to make a choice. In trying to protect the woman he loves, he asks for more than she can give. In his need to keep her safe, he risks pushing her out of his life forever.