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Now out of the closet, Holly throws herself into the arms of a leather-clad stranger. She risks everything and sets out to pierce the deep shroud of mystery surrounding the woman she has come to love....

Title : Substitute for Love
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ISBN : 13051719
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Substitute for Love Reviews

  • Ulla
    2019-05-17 08:37

    This is one fantastic novel!

  • Kennedy
    2019-05-05 04:23

    Enjoyed this book very much. I like to read about how others work to overcome the challenges in their life.

  • Cheri
    2019-04-27 08:27

    The thing I liked the most about this book was the separate development of the main characters. And the author tells a good story.

  • Jenna
    2019-05-19 05:39

    So, despite being written by Karin Kallmaker, this novel works better as lesbian fiction than it does as a romance. The two leads rarely interact, and when they do, their interactions are almost entirely physical. While it tries to be a love story, I never quite believed that part of it.What I did believe was Holly's half of the equation. She was a terrific character in a number of ways. See what I did there? Equation? Number? See, she's a mathematician, and I...umm...never mind. Anyway, I loved that side of her personality, the ways in which she tried to fill in the variables of her life in an attempt to 'solve it.' While Holly and I couldn't be more different, I understood her and empathized with every part of her story. She had a wonderfully unique perspective, and her journey of self-discovery and self-empowerment was marvelous to behold once the scales finally began to fall from her eyes.Reyna's story...well, it wasn't that. The metaphor that was used over and over was that Reyna was living in a cage, and that pretty much summed up her half of the book. She spent almost every page lamenting her terrible situation, sinking deeper and deeper into a horrifying, inescapable quagmire laid out by her father. Despite that, we didn't see a lot of who she actually was. We found out what she was doing, what she wasn't allowed to do and how she felt about that, but I never felt like I knew who she was as a human being or what she wanted out of life, aside from a general desire to be free from controlling influences.Additionally, while I felt Holly's story progressed nicely and had a believable outcome, the resolution to Reyna's story wasn't quite as plausible. I won't go into spoilers here, but it felt like the antagonist of the story gave up far too easily for someone who'd demonstrated callousness, cruelty, ruthlessness, and a complete disregard for human life.Criticism aside, the writing here is lovely. To people who've read any of Ms. Kallmaker's other books, this shouldn't come as much of a surprise. She knows how to set a scene, turn a phrase, and I'm fairly certain she could make me believe that even a sheet of plywood was a beautiful creature overflowing with emotions. She has a gift for imagery and metaphor that adds sumptuous layers to everything she touches.I'd strongly recommend this book, with the caveat that readers go into it aware that it starts slowly, is dripping with angst, and reads more like two separate stories -- Holly's story and Reyna's story -- for the vast majority of the novel.

  • Gaelle Cathy
    2019-05-04 06:23

    Admittedly, there aren't any Kallmaker's book that I haven't -at least- appreciated. So, call me a fan maybe, but still there is something with that book that's very different. The writing, the feeling, it was different. Also I've liked that some issues in this book gave me a glimpse of what it was (is) for people who can't come out for many different reasons. I've faced more difficulties in my life for being a vegan and animal activist than for being gay. Actually, I've never had ANY difficulties at all with that issue so....I've found it very interesting, sometimes appalling, sometimes very sad to be face to face with some of those issues, in that novel. So, yes, that's my second favorite Kallmaker (after maybe Next Time). I've loved it all.

  • Netty
    2019-05-04 08:35

    I could only mange to get to 35% I was just soooo bored, which surprised me as I've read a few of this authors books and I've loved them. I think the main problem was the story is just so slow, page after page of meaningless rambling about the same subject.

  • The President
    2019-05-27 03:27

    lost interest

  • Frances
    2019-05-17 00:36

    My, my, my absolutely delicious!

  • Kelly
    2019-05-07 03:48

    My first lesbian fiction written by a lesbian author!

  • Nikki
    2019-05-25 08:47

    I absolutely loved this book. Fantastic attention to character background that is too often lacking. Could not put it down.

  • Baylee
    2019-04-30 04:27

    Puoi trovare questa recensione anche sul mio blog ---> La siepe di moreHo iniziato a leggere Substitute for love soprattutto per due motivi. Il primo era che avevo voglia di leggere un romanzo con protagoniste delle lesbiche. Ehi, case editrici italiane, toc, toc, quando vi deciderete a darci anche libri che parlano di lesbiche? O dobbiamo rassegnarci al fatto che non esistano (come il Molise)? Insomma, ci sono CE come Dreamspinner Press e Triskell che pubblicano letteratura romantica gay, non vedo perché non si dovrebbe pubblicarne anche di lesbica.Il secondo motivo era che volevo leggermi qualcosa di leggero, compatibilmente alla scarsa collaborazione fornita dal mio cervello in concomitanza con temperature oltre i trenta gradi. Ho fatto un giretto su The Lesbian Review nel tentativo di evitare un bidone e la scelta è ricaduta su Substitute for love e direi di non essermene pentita.L’aspetto che mi è piaciuto di più di questo romanzo è stato l’insolito sviluppo narrativo per un libro di questo genere – tanto da farmi pensare che sia in bilico tra il romantico e della blanda letteratura lesbica (non necessariamente romantica). Infatti, più che alla storia d’amore tra le due protagoniste, si dà grande spazio alla loro storia personale, a ciò che le porterà a incontrarsi – solo nella seconda metà del romanzo. Posso capire che una trama del genere faccia storcere il naso a chi ama l’incontro tra le/gli amanti già dalle prime pagine, ma questa “dilazione” ha fatto sì che ci si affezionasse a Holly e Reyna, si capissero bene i motivi delle loro scelte e in ogni caso non toglie niente allo sviluppo della loro relazione.Il romanzo è del 2001 ed è una specie di compendio a ciò che può accadere a una persona e/o coppia omosessuale inserita in una società che non garantisce loro uno straccio di diritto e dove il pregiudizio si respira insieme all’aria. Insomma, fa incazzare parecchio. Per fortuna, però, non mancano i momenti spassosi, che, anche se seguono il cliché del genere (battute salaci rivolte a una “neofita” et similia), mi hanno fatto divertire.Non mancano nemmeno i momenti in cui si alzano gli occhi al cielo, momenti causati prevalentemente da coincidenze “sospette” e concentrati di sfiga che saranno pure possibili, ma fanno un po’ effetto “nuvola di Fantozzi”: non hanno raggiunto la mia soglia di fastidio, ma è molto caldo e potrei aver preso un abbaglio (o un’insolazione)...

  • Allison
    2019-04-26 04:36

    Loved the book! Loved the Marc Ivar/ MacGyver joke and character!!!

  • Annie
    2019-05-05 08:25

    The author tells a good story I really like this book. It was hard for me to put it a side.

  • Ellen
    2019-04-29 00:35

    Still MeaningfulMore than a decade later this book's subject matter is still timely. How saddening that a large portion of the world's population are still so obsessed which others' sleeping partners. Focus on your own relationship already, and stop getting divorced. Weaving math theory into Holly's thought process produced unusual and clever metaphors. Not many of us have friends who are at that level of math understanding. Karin not only serves up great romance, but also brings characters to life that we would not ordinarily meet, making her books so compelling.Frankly, I did find the immediate attraction and deep connection very plausible between Holly and Reyna. Anyone who cannot understand must not have experienced "chemistry" with another that is off the charts, and that sizzle that let's us know we're in for quite a ride!