Lori L. Lake is the author of seven published novels (so far), two books of short stories, and editor of two anthologies. She is a 2007 recipient of the Alice B. Reader Appreciation Award, a 2005 Lambda Literary Finalist in the anthology category, and winner of the 2007 Ann Bannon Award and a Golden Crown �Goldie� for Snow Moon Rising. Lori lived in Minnesota for 26 years, but re-located to Portland, Oregon, in 2009. When she's not writing, she�s at the local movie house with her girlfriend or curled up in a chair reading. She�s currently putting the finishing touches on a new mystery series due in 2012. For more information, see her website at www.LoriLLake.com.
Like Lovers Doby Lori L. Lake
Kennie McClain is a security guard who, unbeknownst to her tenants, owns the Allen Arms where she works. She�s still recovering from the loss of her partner three years earlier and has moved from upstate New York to Portland to escape bad memories. In her off hours, she rehabs apartments and
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A romance from Lori L. Lake, winner of the Ann Bannon Award
Kennie McClain is a security guard who, unbeknownst to her tenants, owns the Allen Arms where she works. She�s still recovering from the loss of her partner three years earlier and has moved from upstate New York to Portland to escape bad memories. In her off hours, she rehabs apartments and nurses a broken heart.
Lily Gordon, a nationally-acclaimed painter, lives in the Allen Arms penthouse. She�s beautiful and accomplished � and haunted after her lover ditches her.
Sparks fly in a big way when Kennie and Lily finally connect . . . but then in one shattering moment, Lily betrays her, and Kennie�s world comes crashing down, leaving her untrusting and in deep emotional pain. Can Kennie ever rise above these losses and risk her heart again?
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This book was all over the place for me. Not one of my favorites for sure.
Like Lovers Do on the surface is a routine romance. Two women meet and struggle to have a relationship. What raises this book above the crowd however is how the book is developed. Lake is able to reveal a lot about her characters with a few words, so she has more room for a richer story. Sometimes it's easy to read a book and feel that the characters are flat. That does not happen here. Kennie is a particularly appealing person. Her motivations are easy to understand and her emotions totally realistic. Her sadness over her partner's death and her sense of betrayal by Lily's behavior radiate off of the pages. Max is vibrant, vulnerable and the kind of friend Kennie needs. She opens Kennie up to introspection and a deeper understanding of what she can do for other people. Lily is exasperating because she won't admit what is wrong with her girlfriend and their relationship, but the reader can relate to that because Lily knows just how hurtful her behavior is for Kennie, yet cannot seem to change it. Many will recognize similar experiences. The only character that remains a puzzle is Lily's girl friend PJ. Even then she remains realistic because she alternates between someone the reader can dislike and admire. There is another story in this book. Many gay people find themselves building families of "choice." In a sometimes hostile world where rejection by family and society is common, they choose who to be close to, share confidences with, join with at holidays and where to place their trust. These groups may be only gay or a mixture of gay and straight, but their importance is that they supply the support and nurturing that do not come from blood relations. Kennie creates her family from the people at the Allen Arms. Lake shows how this dynamic works by contrasting those people with the behavior of Kennie's sister and brother. The message comes out very clearly that love comes in many forms and not always from the places that most people would expect. Like Lovers Do is an enjoyable book to read, with intriguing characters and an interesting story. It's good to see Lori Lake return with such a well written book.
I've just begun to read Lori Lake's books, and she is quickly becoming one of my favorites. This book made me, laugh, and at times cry. I couldn't put it down!!!