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Substitute for Love [NOOK Book]

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A deep kiss and a single rule. Like most women in dead-end relationships, Holly Markham was used to finding substitutes for love. Like chocolate.
Fun times with good friends. Throwing herself into her work. But throwing herself into the arms of a leather-clad stranger was never on her list.

When Holly's best friend Tori takes her to a dance for lesbians only, she realizes that Tori is gently trying to push ...
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Substitute for Love

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Overview

A deep kiss and a single rule. Like most women in dead-end relationships, Holly Markham was used to finding substitutes for love. Like chocolate.
Fun times with good friends. Throwing herself into her work. But throwing herself into the arms of a leather-clad stranger was never on her list.

When Holly's best friend Tori takes her to a dance for lesbians only, she realizes that Tori is gently trying to push her out of the closet. While it was true that Holly had been trying to come to terms with her growing attraction toward women, no one expected Holly to take one look at the mysterious Reyna and fall hopelessly in lust.

Unable to resist the purely physical appeal of Reyna's sensuous demands, Holly quickly succumbs to Reyna's delicious seduction. After a night of delirious passion, Reyna gives Holly a long kiss and single rule: Call whenever you want me to make love to you. There can be nothing else. Although sexually fulfilled for the first time in her life, Holly soon realizes that pleasure without emotion is no substitute for love - a love she knows she and Reyna could share.

Knowing too well the high cost of living in shadows and denial, Holly risks everything and sets out to pierce the deep shroud of mystery surrounding the woman she has come to love.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013471573
  • Publisher: Bella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 234
  • Sales rank: 285,588
  • File size: 692 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2002

    ***Best Lesbian Novel of 2001***

    At long last, I finally read Kallmaker's critically acclaimed book, SUBSTITUTE FOR LOVE, and believe me, it was time well spent. This book is noteworthy and remarkable, and it very much deserved the Lammy nomination it got. . . . . . . . SFL is a well-plotted, intelligent, and nuanced book made all the more excellent by the way Kallmaker has woven thematic threads throughout. In addition, the story is well-written and capably edited, with memorable scenes and language. I found myself marking great passages (no, not the sex scenes! ) which I re-read when I finished the book. . . . . . . . Holly thinks she is a regular, run-of-the-mill straight woman. She has abandoned a promising math career because her long-term boyfriend, Clay, told her to, just as her overbearing aunt/foster mother has. Holly is, in actuality, an honest-to-goodness math wizard. Not only is she good at the subject, but she loves it. Instead of following her dream to be a math teacher and researcher, she works in an actuarial office so that *Clay* can be a teacher. She and Clay live rather predictably, with Clay's needs always coming first. 'They had worked hard to keep everything the same from day to day, as if tomorrow would never come and niether of them would ever change.' . . . . . . . . After ten years, Holly is finally ready to crack out of her shell. For this, she is not prepared, but as Kallmaker tells us, 'When dams burst, floods are inevitable.' Holly's shocking realization that she is attracted to women begins a series of events that lead her to the other main character in the book, Reyna. . . . . . . . . Unlike Holly, Reyna knows she is lost, but she is powerless to change her circumstances without harming her mother over whom her father has a chokehold. Reyna chooses to live a double life--one life that satisfies her domineering and over-reaching father, and the other life a series of one night stands carried out Friday nights after slipping away from the private detectives her father has watching her. Reyna works at her father's conservative think tank doing a job that is morally and ethically repugnant to her, but it pays her mom's medical bills and keeps her alive. She is trapped and spiraling further downward daily. . . . . . . . . And then, Holly and Reyna meet, and sparks fly. . . . . . . . . In addition to math/numbers analogies and themes, I loved the leitmotif of the sextant. Lost on a hike with friends, Holly is able to use a sextant and her math and mechanical skills to determine longitude and latitude in a key scene. But what she can do externally takes her much longer internally, and we are far into the book before 'she accepted that even with two mirrors, the horizon, and a familiar star to navigate by, she still wouldn't know where she was.' Neither Holly or Reyna know where they are, at least not until a lot of issues start getting worked out. . . . . . . . . . I liked the fact that this book was not a typical romance, nor was I able to guesstimate how it would turn out. I wanted it to have a happy ending, but right up to the end, I wasn't sure how that ending would look. It is to Kallmaker's credit that she has infused a genre book with such life, energy, and unpredictableness. Even the title has more than one meaning, with the word 'substitute' working on multiple levels. . . . . . . . . This is an example of lesbian fiction of the highest quality, well worth reading and rereading. I highly recommend it and find it to be, so far, my favorite book of 2002.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    a 68 year old dyke

    All i had were suicidal malajusted lezzies Now so many lesbian stories! This one started slow,but i stayed patience as Karin has written some good works and she didn't disappoint me.
    Advice also check out writer JAE...Backward to Oregon A must read.

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  • Posted January 12, 2012

    Great Read

    As usual, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2002

    Amazing!

    This book deserves every accolate is was presented with. The author has an amazing command of the language and words she uses. I found myself re-reading lines and passages just so I could remember them!

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