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The Touch of a Woman by KG MacGregor
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The Touch of a Woman

by KG MacGregor

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Ellis Keene-Rowanbury has to start her life over again after being widowed in an office rampage. While moving to an apartment complex in Sacramento to start over, she meets Summer, who is going through a drawn-out breakup with her girlfriend. The two quickly become friends, which leads to more, although Ellis has always seen herself as straight until this point.

I really liked Etched in the Shadows by this author, so I was really looking forward to reading this book. It wasn't quite as good as EitS, but it was a decent read regardless.

I really liked the fact that Ellis' husband was the shooter/murderer in the situation, which isn't revealed right away. I was wondering why their estate was tied up in legal problems, but I never put two and two together until Ellis revealed that it was her husband who was responsible for the shooting. And that was really unique for me, so I really appreciated that the author "went there."

However, the rest of the book was just so-so for me. The romance between Ellis and Summer didn't pack any heat, and I spent almost half of the book being pissed off at Ellis, who was completely willing to toss her relationship to the side because her daughter didn't approve (having seen that almost happen to my mother because of my step-dad's daughter being a royal bitch, I have no tolerance for such nonsense, even in fiction). Summer, on the other hand, comes across as pretty passive, which I also don't like reading about in fiction.

The premise may have not lived up to the execution for me, but I still found this book relatively readable. KG writes very well, and unlike some lesfic I have read, I never found myself bored (even though I wanted to throttle Ellis more than once). Three stars. ( )
  schatzi | Mar 26, 2016 |
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A workplace rampage leaves Ellis Rowanbury grieving her husband of twenty-six years and feeling more adrift than she ever thought possible. Her finances in shambles, she gratefully accepts a junior-level job at a magazine in Sacramento and wills herself to move on. Summer Winslow has pieces of her own to pick up, pieces that were scattered when her partner began drinking again. Fighting pressure from all directions to patch things up, she finds a welcome break from the drama in Ellis, her mysterious new neighbor. Happy to have a friend on her side, Summer is caught off-guard when her feelings for Ellis take a romantic turn. With the tragedy fading behind her, Ellis too entertains the possibility of romance. A handsome coworker is eager to fill the void in her heart, and it's clear he can give her a life much like the one she lost. Only now she's paralyzed by a stunning discovery--she's fallen for a woman.… (more)

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