Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: Don’t Go There
AUTHOR: Kate Genet
PUBLISHER: Inamorata Press
LENGTH: 329 Pages
RELEASE DATE: December 11, 2013
Teresa probably wouldn’t admit she’s in hiding from her own life; she simply feels that being back in her tiny home town will keep her out of trouble. Spending her days painting, she’s turned her back on more than her past, she’s let go of all her hopes and dreams for the future and while this new life is a struggle, she’s determined not to let anyone tempt her into changing course.
But Scarcity wants to know her – Teresa’s the only other lesbian in this tiny dot on the map after all, and Scarcity’s position in life feels increasingly precarious. She’s coming of age and coming out into a world that seems more hostile than welcoming. Things at home aren’t all they could be and the more experienced Teresa might be able to offer her a helping hand, and a safe place in which Scarcity can truly be herself.
Teresa’s frightened of her though. The girl stirs up too many feelings in her, and she doesn’t want to be reminded of needs that are going unfulfilled. It would be much easier if Scarcity would just leave her alone – on her own, Teresa can’t repeat her worst mistakes. Unfortunately, what she’s doing can barely be called living, and when Scarcity insists on being part of her life, Teresa may have to re-evaluate everything she thinks she knows about herself and the choices she’s made.
This story is told in third person and from dual point-of-view. It is equally Scarcity’s story as it is Teresa’s. In the sense that a lot of the story is about their separate lives while Teresa keeps the much younger Scarcity, AKA Fliss, at arm’s length.
Being a kiwi gal myself (residing in New Zealand) I was really looking forward to reading a book set in my home country, however it took until around the 87% mark before I even discovered where the story was set. I’ll suffice to say there’s really not a lot about N.Z. in the plot. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing; just don’t expect to read much about the country.
Bruno, the German Shepard, makes a great secondary character, he plays a huge part, and dog lovers will be in heaven.
I think this is the first book I’ve read where one of the main characters, Teresa, has explicit on-page sex with three different people. Again this isn’t a bad thing, she was a free agent, but something new to me.
I understood her reluctance to let Fliss in, given her youthful age, seventeen, but again having grown up in N.Z. it didn’t push any buttons for me. The age of consent is sixteen, and due to Fliss’ home life the girl had to grow up extremely fast. In fact, at times I found her actions and words more mature than twenty-five-year-old Teresa.
Speaking of Fliss’ home life, her brother Adam, a cop at that, is a character I hated with a passion. I wanted to rip his balls off and feed them to him. Be warned readers, this book contains violence.
Teresa is also dealing with a nasty break-up, so there’s a sense of mystery, wondering what went wrong between her and Jane. The reveal of such turned me off her character. Lucky for Teresa, Fliss didn’t have the same reaction as I did and happily explained Teresa’s actions away. Kudos to Teresa for taking ownership of her actions.
As mentioned above there’s explicit content in this story. People who are fans of strap-on sex will be in for a treat. Is that a spoiler? I don’t think so.
Summary, I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more by this no longer new-to-me author.