Barring Complications by Blythe Rippon is a delightful lesbian romance so beautifully written that once you start reading you won’t be able to stop until you witness the characters’ happy ending. It’s about second chances, making amends and be brave enough to be who you are despite what people would think of you.
As a closeted lesbian who has completely focused her life on her job, putting aside any kind of personal life, Victoria not only will have to fight against ghosts from her past, she will have to make amends with her nature to embrace a life full and whole. There is where Genevieve Fornier gets in. The brilliant lawyer has never felt ashamed of what she is and who she loves and she’s not about to start now when she has to fight for one of the most important cases in her professional life. Little will she imagine that, doing her job, she would be face to face with the only person who has touched her very soul leaving there an eternal imprint.
Both Victoria and Genevieve will have to face a life-changing case, the former as a justice in the Supreme Court and the last as the lawyer responsible of defending a transcendental case which can change the life of a lot of people whose only desire is to be able to marry the person they love.
There are several things I loved about this book. First of all, both main characters are mature women, something that’s difficult to find in romance books where everyone is gorgeous, young and rich. Being near their fifties, both Genevieve and Victoria know what they want and which mistakes they won’t make again, having paid an impossible price in the past.
Another excellent detail is how the author changes from one character’s POV to the other, giving us information about the two sides, which lets us know how they feel and felt in the past. More than that, we get to know the whole story and how their decisions affected each of them.
The case, the judicial part, doesn’t control the story in any moment but creates the perfect situation not only for having these two interesting and incredibly well developed characters meeting again, but for them to contact in a level that talks about intimacy and deep feelings once shared. You see, when you aren’t allowed to talk to somebody, you have to come up with some other way to communicate. The scenes in the pool are moving, subtle and beautiful, and the author gets to explain the extent of what they feel without the need of words or a situation where Victoria and Genevieve would be forced to save the distance that has separated them for so long.
The amazing secondary characters add so much to the story that if they weren’t there you would miss them miserably. Sometimes this kind of characters are not that important or don’t add too much to the plot, but Blythe Rippon weaves a perfect framework where all the pieces are essential.
I could say more but everything would go in the line of how much I enjoyed this book so I’m going to stop here and recommend this one fervently. Blythe Rippon, keep them coming!