Best Lesbian Romance 2012 Complied by Radcliffe

images (3)When I came out years ago I read a lot of lesbian short stories hoping, as I’m sure many of us do, to find characters and plots I could relate to so that I’d feel less alone. I hadn’t read any lesbian anthologies for a while so I was thrilled to be asked to write a review of ‘Best Lesbian Romance 2012’ and ‘Best Lesbian Erotica 2012’ – and I wasn’t disappointed by either.

‘Best Lesbian Romance 2012’, which is edited by the superb Radclyffe, comprises 17 stories featuring all types of women who find love – and often lust – in a myriad of circumstances. In fiction more often than in reality, the object of the protagonist’s desire feels the same way and naturally one thing leads to another…

There is something in these stories that will connect with every reader; glimpsing the woman of our dreams in a restaurant, in the prosaic setting of the café we pop into every day, harbouring feelings for a friend but never daring to disclose them or the pain of seeing an ex with her new girlfriend.

With only a few pages to draw you in, the characters don’t have long to make their mark yet I did feel myself connecting with them in nearly every story. My favourite tale was ‘Blazing June’ by JL Merrow. The writer has such a natural voice I was totally absorbed by the end of the first page, I felt like I was listening to someone tell me the story rather than reading a book and I genuinely cared about the characters.

Each of the romances shows how different we all are. We may come in many shapes and sizes with all manner of neuroses and desires but perhaps we are all joined by one thing, that we want to meet the woman of our dreams. In these pages you can experience that feeling over and over again as it happens to a host of superb characters.

Reviewed by Sally Mayor of Word|Nerd

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