Review: Hopeless Romantic by Francis Gideon

April 10, 2017 Review 0

Review: Hopeless Romantic by Francis Gideon

Nick Fraser is a true romantic. He wants the guy instead of the girl, but other than that, he wants everything his favorite rom-coms depict: the courtship, the passionate first kiss, the fairy-tale wedding. But after breaking up with the love of his life, Nick wonders if anything fairy-tale will ever happen for him.

Then he meets Katie, who’s just like a rom-com heroine. She’s sharp, funny, sweet, and as into music and punk culture as Nick is. What’s more, he’s incredibly attracted to her—even though she’s a woman. Nick has never considered that he might be bisexual, but his feelings for Katie are definitely real.

When Katie reveals that she’s transgender, Nick starts to see how much he doesn’t understand about the world, queer identity, and himself. He is hopelessly in love with Katie, but this isn’t a fairy tale, and Nick’s friends and family may not accept his new relationship. If he wants it all, he has to have the courage to make his fantasy a reality.

Title: Hopeless Romantic
Author: Francis Gideon
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: April 10, 2017
Genres: LGBTQIA, Romance
Pages: 289
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Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: three-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I enjoy reading new to me things. I’ve read a few books that featured a transgender person as the main character. The blurb here got my interest so I gave it a whirl. Now keep in mind that I’ve never had any interaction with a transgender person in real life. I’d like to think I wouldn’t have some of the misconceptions that Nick did. I’d like to think I’d get the necessary pronouns right but honestly who knows. I did enjoy reading Nick and Katie and how they figure out how to make their attraction and pure enjoyment of hanging out turn into something more.

Nick Fraser is a gay man. He’s always known he is a gay man. Meeting Katie turns out to be a very perplexing situation for him. He’s immediately attracted to Katie. He enjoys every moment they spend together. They share an interest in the same tastes in music and enjoy the same romantic comedies. Nick just has to work around his attraction to a woman. Once Katie shares that she’s transgender that when the real relationship problems develop. Nick is initially ecstatic. He believes that he has the best of both worlds. This raises all sorts of problems for Katie and where she is in her transition and living happily as she is.

I really wish Hopeless Romantic would have had alternating points of view. Francis Gideon gave readers all of this solely from Nick’s point of view. Nick doesn’t always handle Katie and where she is with her transition well. He makes many mistakes. This is all part of them working their way to a happily ever after but it would have been nice to see how Katie handles it all. I believe she did a fantastic job of explaining many things to Nick but that connection to her as a character was missing for me.

You’re going to go through all of LGBTQIA with this title. There is a ton of Q’s in the questioning. To quote Katie, due to what’s actually in her pants this is on the surface this could be seen as an mm romance to some but in reality there is so much more going on. Does Nick’s desire to be with Katie now make him bisexual? He ponders just that quite a bit. Katie adds the T into the mix as she is transgender. Where she is in her journey I had some questions that were never answered but in reality it is her business and not my right to question any of it. I’m just left curious as to why she wants some things but not others where her anatomy is concerned. Her surgical wants and dislikes are mentioned in one of her many conversations with Nick. To keep working through those letters an asexual roommate is thrown into the mix. That aspect seemed random at best. It all was a bit overwhelming at times.

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