Review: The Chosen One, by @iheartlesfic

Title: The Chosen One (The Chosen One #1)
Author: T.B. Markinson
Rating: 4/5 stars

“Girls are a risk college freshman Ainsley Carmichael can’t take. Her powerful political family sees her as the Chosen One who will someday be president. Upholding a carefully crafted veneer is second nature until the first day of class when Maya’s mysterious gray eyes hold her in thrall.

Ainsley may be out publicly regarding her sexual orientation, but she lives under the shadow of the Carmichael’s ancient but shrewd matriarch in this contemporary lesbian romance. The girls pair up for a history project, and it soon becomes clear Maya is hiding something when she cuts their first kiss short by pointing out they come from different worlds.

The privileged world of the Carmichael clan stands in stark contrast to Maya’s limited means. Ainsley’s sexually fluid, quirky, and carefree cousin helps her investigate, only to discover details of Maya’s past are sketchy at best as the suspense builds in this work of LGBT fiction.

Family scandal erupts, making the inevitable truth come out about Maya the Gray. Will Ainsley’s love for the enigmatic girl enable her to break her Carmichael shackles?” (description from Goodreads)

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I think what made me enjoy this book the most was that I wasn’t sure it was the book for me at first, but it ended up making me really want to read the second book as soon as I finished this one. I haven’t jumped into that book yet, but I’m sure I’ll do so soon.

This book involves a political family, the Carmichaels. That’s why I didn’t think it would be a perfect fit for me. The politics. I feel that I learned early on that Markinson included just the right amount into her book that it made me as a reader realize the importance to the characters, without it being a political book in itself. It was a romance, a coming-of-age in difference ways for characters, and had a great cast of characters. Plus it made knowing presidential facts sound like fun.

As I mentioned at the beginning, I’m eager to read the second book in this series to see where Ainsley and Maya are after what they (and all the other character) went through near the end of The Chosen One.

 

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If you’d like a copy of this book, you can find it on:

Amazon | Audible

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About the Author:

T.B. Markinson is an American writer, living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs, or reading. Not necessarily in that order.

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HRM – Life in Bits, by @IHeartLesfic and Harper Bliss

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Can a Christmas romance mend a life that’s broken to pieces?

Eileen Makenna is a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer who has traveled the world for over two decades, chasing the next big story. She returns home for the holidays shattered by a life-altering event and facing the terrifying prospect she’ll never be able to work again.

When Eileen meets Naomi Weaver, a small-town girl who dedicates her free time to helping those in need, Eileen is entranced by Naomi’s zest for life. Can Eileen overcome her inner demons and troubled family relationships to let Naomi in?

Best-selling lesbian romance authors Harper Bliss & T.B. Markinson have teamed up to bring this touching age-gap love story to life. Grab your copy of the holiday romance that’s the talk of the season.

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If you’d like to buy a copy of this book, you can find it on:

Amazon

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About the Author:

T.B. Markinson is an American writer, living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs, or reading. Not necessarily in that order.

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About Harper Bliss:

Harper Bliss is a best-selling lesbian romance author. Among her most-loved books are the highly dramatic French Kissing and the often thought-provoking Pink Bean series. She is the co-founder of My LesFic, a weekly newsletter offering discount deals on lesbian fiction.

Harper lived in Hong Kong for 7 years, travelled the world for a bit, and has now settled in Brussels (Belgium) with her wife and photogenic cat, Dolly Purrton.

You can follow Harper on her YouTube channel. She also has an Amazon and GoodReads profile.

Together with her wife, she hosts a weekly podcast called Harper Bliss & Her Mrs.

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