Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: Perfect Rhythm
PUBLISHER: Ylva Publishing
LENGTH: 315 Pages
RELEASE DATE: September 20, 2017
Pop star Leontyne Blake might sing about love, but she stopped believing in it a long time ago. What women want is her image, not the real her. When her father has a stroke, she flees the spotlight and returns to her tiny Missouri hometown.
In her childhood home, she meets small-town nurse Holly Drummond, who isn’t impressed by Leo’s fame at all. That isn’t the only thing that makes Holly different from other women. She’s also asexual. For her, dating is a minefield of expectations that she has decided to avoid.
Can the tentative friendship between a burned-out pop star and a woman not interested in sex develop into something more despite their diverse expectations?
A lesbian romance about seeking the perfect rhythm between two very different people—and finding happiness where they least expect it.
This story is told in third person and from both heroines point of views. Given it’s my preferred style of narration, that simple fact was a win right off the bat.
True to what I’ve come to expect from this author, the characters are fully fleshed out, three dimensional women. I adored them both and for very different reasons. Again, due to this story being told both by Leo and Holly, I got to know each intimately, no pun intended. Because obviously this is not that kind of story.
Leo is a Rockstar who is close to burn out. Due to her father being unwell, she returns home for the first time in fourteen years. To say her relationship with her parents, or more so father, is strained is putting it mildly. My heart bled for her, and it also sang.
Holly is a complex character and I take my hat off to the author for writing a novel that might help some readers to understand what it’s like for someone to be asexual.
My one gripe with this story was chapter 22, I really could’ve done without it. To me it cemented the saying, ‘you just haven’t met the right woman’. That might sound harsh as Jae goes to pains to do the scene justice, even starting the chapter with a warning, however… okay, I can’t say more without spoilers.
As with any book I pick up by this author, and others published by Ylva, it’s extremely well-polished and flows like a dream.
Not only is Perfect Rhythm story about sexual orientation, but also one of mending bridges with loved ones. Would I recommend it to other readers? Hell yes.