Author: Tia Fielding
Genre: Transgender Romance
Length: Short Story, 24 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 25th 2012)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Blurb: Sloane would’ve given anything to have been born with the right body, but he hadn’t. He’d have given anything to have his family back, but his father insisted that until Sloane was ready to become his heterosexual daughter again, he wanted nothing to do with him. So Sloane dealt with the challenges of living transgendered as best he could. Luckily, his best friend Jace was there with him every step of the way. Jace is the best man Sloane has ever met, but Jace is gay and Sloane still doesn’t have the right parts – until Jace proves that he loves Sloane just the way he is.
Review: This is the first transgendered book I have read and there were some parts of the story I found fascinating and others that I wasn’t thrilled with. Since this is a very short story at only 21 pages it seemed like we didn’t really get to know the main characters very well. Sloan was born female but was never really comfortable in her own skin. She came out to her parents as being transgendered and it was not accepted well. Sloan began living as a male and the one person he could rely on no matter what was his gay best friend Jace. The two of them room together at college and Jace is there for Sloan through all the doctors’ appointments and emotional breakdowns that arise. Sloan does not want to go through the surgery to become anatomically male because of the possible complications. Slowly, Sloan begins to realize that his feelings for Jace are more than that of a friend but doesn’t think that Jace would be interested since he is anatomically female.
Being my first book that deals with the issues of a transgendered character, I admit that I am not sure how things would work between someone who is a gay male (Jace) and someone who is anatomically female (Sloan). I had trouble with that angle but the deep feelings that Jace and Sloan have for one another are very obvious. Jace is the rock that has held Sloan up for years and even though the physical part of the relationships moves rather quickly, I did like that they had a history together. I wish the story was longer so that I could have better understood the issues that each of them had to deal with to get to that point in their relationship. It felt slightly rushed and I was left feeling a bit lost at the end.