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Like a Book

by Bette Hawkins

Trish Carter has found the other side of an unsatisfying relationship and is now ready to embrace a new job and a new life. She isn’t expecting to test the limits of her fresh start on her first day at work though. The striking young author, June Williams, grabs her attention from their first conversation and Trish can’t seem to stay away from her.

When the two women form a pact to test the theories June is researching for her book, they quickly discover that romantic friendships are easier on paper. Their contract clearly stipulates which types of intimacy is allowed and which aren’t. Holding hands is okay—but kissing certainly is not.

At first the deal seems perfect. They can be close to one another without risking too much. But what happens when they cross the line and the boundaries of the contract conflict with real life?

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Genre Romance
Length 214 pages
Publication Date August 16, 2018
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781594936036e
Editor Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Cover Designer Judith Fellows

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FROM THE AUTHOR

"When I first started thinking about the setting for Like A Book a library was a strangely obvious choice. I’ve been obsessed with books and reading throughout my life, leading me to spend a very nerdy amount of time hanging out in libraries. I was also drawn to the concept of a counterintuitive setting. Libraries might not be the first thing called to people’s minds when thinking about romance and lust, and I liked the idea of a relationship developing in an unexpected place. Plus, I was confident that I’m not the only person who is attracted to a well-read woman (see the stereotype of the sexy librarian).

Almost nothing in the world has shaped me more than books. Whenever I’m wrestling with anything and want to understand it, my first instinct is to read about it. During the period when I first began to explore my difference in the pre-internet world, I went through my parents’ bookshelves in search of information about being gay. Sadly, the only thing available was an outdated textbook with a paragraph about homosexuality that didn’t give me much hope.

So, I searched elsewhere. Long before I ever thought of writing them myself, I stole my mother’s (heterosexual) romance novels. I can recall the realization at thirteen that I was focusing on the female half of the pairing and ignoring the male hero as much as I could.

Finding lesbian content could happen in unexpected places. For instance, in my small town’s second-hand bookstore I came across a paperback biography of the lesbian model Gia Carangi and a book about Marlene Dietrich. As I got older I discovered the world of queer literature and read everything I could get my hands on. Now that you can obtain anything you want on a device, I’m super grateful for it, but glad I also know what it was like when you couldn’t.

My affinity for literature led me to study it at university as part of an arts degree. In class, we learned about the idea of romantic friendships. The concept stayed with me until I decided to fold it into Like A Book.

These days I read two or three books a week, everything from classic literature, to romance novels, to non-fiction. I don’t care so much what it is, as long as its absorbing. Reading is a gift that increases our empathy, teaches us, entertains us, and can make us feel less alone. For those reasons and more, this book is my little tribute to it."


—Bette Hawkins

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The Lesbian Review
Like a Book is Bette Hawkins’s second book and it has a lot of good things going for it (especially June!). If you enjoy contemporary romances, especially those set in Australia, you should check this one out. I look forward to seeing what’s next from this author.

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Lex Kent’s Reviews - When it came to the romance I enjoyed it. I felt the two women had good chemistry and I absolutely believed in their connection. I would not call the sex scenes spicy, but they were intimate and you felt the characters deepening their connection by being together.

This is not a smooth sailing book. There is a good amount of angst. However, it is not overdone. While I found myself bothered and even tearing up a bit over the angsty issues, it wasn’t the kind of angst that gets me angry. It didn’t feel forced or just thrown in. It was a part of the books conflict and the characters needed to grow from it. I would recommend this to romance fans who don’t mind some angst in their books. I will absolutely be reading what Hawkins writes next.

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Pin’s Reviews - There is some angst, some drama, some insecurities, and beneath all that quite a nice love story—although sometimes frustrating, the chemistry between the protagonists worked. This was an easy, enjoyable read for me, and I am looking forward to more nice stories by the author.

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