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3.0 out of 5 starsShe's the mayor. If u didn't already know.
Reviewed in Canada on January 1, 2018
Good quick read. Nice build up to the romance scene. Kinda boring after that. The mayor seems very full of herself always reminding her partner what she does for a living. Pretty sure she wouldn't have time to get involved in a relationship considering the disaster that's occurring in her town. Over all , it was good.
I LOVED this book. It was so well written. I loved the characters, they were well crafted. And their names well chosen. I definitely recommend this as a MUST READ! If you're looking for a good lesbian romance this is a great one.
I loved the story of Joy and Scarlet and read with pleasure how they grew and changed thoughout the novel. I would recommend this to anyone. One thing though, I would love the back story on why Eamonn get so red-faced around Joy. I can feel the giggles starting already.
I highly recommend this book! I love this book. Clare Lydon is a terrific writer. I love how she develops the story and the characters. (P.S.-I have all her books to the present and look forward to more in the future.)
5.0 out of 5 starsNothing to Lose is another good read. I was worried when I realised one ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 17, 2016
An old friend introduced me to Clare Lydon’s books last year. I said, don’t be daft, why would a middle aged, heterosexual male with a liking for political thrillers want to read a Lesbian Romance. I was instructed to read it, mostly because she was looking for back up for her first meeting at a book club. I was hooked from the first page, now I’m a fan. Nothing to Lose is another good read. I was worried when I realised one of the characters was a Mayor of a local council, worried because so often this is done wrong, often written by people who think the local Mayor has power, but Clare understood it is just a Civic Head with no executive functions, she got it right. So why is this middle a aged, heterosexual man with a liking for political thrillers a fan of Clare Lydon’s work? Easy, she is an artist, a great story teller and keeps the reader interested until the final word of the final sentence on the final page. The characters are real and the books are fun. Keep writing and I will keep buying.
Added on 3 July 2017
Last week the mother of a 17 year old told me her daughter was struggling to come to terms with her sexuality. I gave her a copy of the book Nothing to Lose. This morning her mother told me that the book was read in one afternoon. Her daughter has described it as life changing. Her mother described it as life saving. They now have a happy, confident and proudly out daughter
5.0 out of 5 starsNothing to lose...and everything to win
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 21, 2016
Scarlet has nothing to lose because, in her own mind, she is lost already, submerged as she is in her feelings of self-pity and worthlessness, screwed over by her now-ex wife and having cut herself off from her previous life, friends and family. She wallows in her underground bunker of a basement flat and only emerges to go to work. And to go to football on Saturdays. A knock in the middle of the night with the warning to evacuate her flat immediately due to an imminent flood doesn’t see her drowning further in her sorrows. Rather she floats upwards, buoyed up by new friendships strengthened and forged in the face of disaster and shared misfortune. Phew – that was a bit heavy! What I really meant to say was that this is a great new book from the wonderful Clare Lydon, all about all of the above, people pulling together and how something so devastating can have such a positive impact on people’s lives as well. Of course, there is also the mayor, the lovely Joy, who gives the homeless Scarlet a roof over her head until the floods subside and she can get back into her flat. Clare wouldn’t be Clare without a healthy dose of romance – Scarlet and Joy pussy-footing around each other - and Joy has her own problems to contend with and overcome. No more spoilers – a great read, likeable characters, believable and well described story-line and lots of humour. Much recommended with 5 stars awarded. (Plus there is a tantalising extra chapter...) Oh and also lots of hot sex
There are (I think - I did count!) 8 British lesfic writers whose books I'm always going to read - Kiki Archer, Claire Ashton, Angela Peach, Andrea Bramhall, LT Smith, HP Munro, Cari Hunter...and Clare Lydon. All are consistently readable and enjoyable. As usual, Lydon doesn't disappoint with this light and fluffy fare as gloomy Scarlet finds her Joy. There's mild angst and drama but nothing to deeply depress; just perfect romantic lesfic escapism!
5.0 out of 5 starsThis is not just a lesfic novel...... This is a story of hope for everyone.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 15, 2016
I had the pleasure & honour of reading this in the earlier stages, and promised to give an honest review….. However I do try not to leave any spoilers for future readers.
This is quite an unusual ‘love’ story, as we meet the leading character at (probably) the worst time of her life, yet it is a beautiful story of hope! No slow introduction, no build up….. Just BAM, first page and your there, with Scarlet and her ‘situation’.
The other leading lady (Joy) she meets is fabulous…… but is also full of her own imperfections and hang ups. This in my opinion is what makes Clare's books stand way out amongst the crowd. Her characters are people you know, they're people you want in your life…. And people you miss once you've finished reading the last page.
It's full of twists and turns, humorous situations, drama and wonderful characters. I do hope we hear more about them in future.
As usual Clare Lydon provides a superbly written book, a very moving story about Scarlett, a woman approaching middle age who has had her share of personal traumas and even moved to the other end of the country to start afresh, and Joy, a woman of a similar age, who is the town's mayor, and who has spent her life trying to avoid the truth about herself.
A (almost) natural disaster throws the two women together, and each of them quickly comes to realise that the other woman is exactly the person they need to make their life complete.
As can be expected from this writer, there is a very interesting and likeable cast of supporting characters, and plenty of typical Clare Lydon humour. You will be rooting for these two to succeed, and hoping that Joy can get past the biggest obstacle to her happiness - herself.