Les Be Honest
A Lesbian Romantic Comedy
by Sarah Robinson
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Pub Date 13 Feb 2024 | Archive Date Not set
The highly anticipated second standalone romantic comedy in the Queerly Devoted series by Sarah Robinson is a steamy story of lesbian romance and elder millennial drama as Yasmeen explores how to become a bad*ss boss in a neighborhood that wants to shut her and her dreams down with an intriguing and infuriating woman who has never heard “no” before in her life.
After several failed businesses—including an edible panties subscription box—the eternally optimistic Yasmeen Kiani feels like her next launch has to be the big break. When she sees a FOR LEASE sign at the corner lot on her street, she decides it’s time to try, try again. While there are over 1,000 gay bars in the United States, there are less than 25 lesbian bars total (a real life fact! See the Lesbian Bar Project)…and Yasmeen has decided that she is going to open the first in her Arlington, VA neighborhood. Unfortunately, the neighborhood is not on board with her plan.
Tyler Adams has been the president of every club or organization she’s ever been involved in. Class valedictorian, president of her college sorority, even prom queen twice, including a high school she didn’t go to. Tyler does nothing second best just like her father, a real estate mogul who she has a close yet tumultuous relationship with and who owns the building she lives in. A full-time podcaster on top of helping her father lease his property out, including to a new business by a woman she finds incredibly attractive, Tyler hosts one of the country’s most listened to shows on true crime yet her personal life and sexuality are the biggest mystery to her fan base.
Tyler isn’t used to facing opposition, but Yasmeen is no stranger to having to fight for what she wants and she’s about to teach Tyler that failure isn’t the end of the world—just the beginning of the war.
What Yasmeen didn’t expect was for Tyler to teach her some battles are not worth fighting…but the one for her heart is.
I really enjoyed reading this LGBTQIA+ book and seeing the relationship between Tyler and Yasmeen develop.
This was another book that was a light and airy, but it was really good. Yasmeen and Tyler were the stars of the book. Yasmeen was African American and a bit of an airhead who was forever starting businesses that flopped. Tyler was white and an award-winning podcaster. Together they decided to open a lesbian bar. Yasmeen's father, sister and brother were very supportive of her gayness, while Tyler's father was totally right-wing and homophobic. But he supported his daughter and everything she did.
Yasmeen and Tyler met when Yasmeen was searching for a site for the bar. It turns out the site she wanted was owned by Tyler's father and Tyler was the manager. They had to get approval by the neighborhood board which they did. But Tyler's father went behind their back and sabotaged everything. So they had to find a new site, which they did.
They did major advertising and they marched in the gay pride parade. That day. Tyler told Yasmeen that she was in love with her and Yasmeen did not handle it well. Tyler left and distanced herself. It wasn't long before Yasmeen realized she was in love with Tyler as well.
Like I said, this book was light and easy, unlike the more intense books I'm accustomed to. But I very much enjoyed it. I identified with the lead characters and I liked the way the story flowed so smoothly. I credit the author for that. And I gave it five stars.
'I was trying not to be nervous, but his squinty eyes were literally cutting holes in me like Swiss cheese.'
This book is fast paced and absolutely incredible. A romance between an uptight, rule-stickler and a go-with-the-flow, optimist. This novel touches on the importance of lesbian bars and the safe space they provide for many people. The sexual tension and romance is well-written, I read this story at the gym: and oh my did it get the adrenaline flowing!
The characters are so lovable and relatable. Especially Yasmeen, who has had some failed business and romance attempts in the past but she didn't let that stop her going after what she wants. Tyler who chooses to love her father, despite the hurt it causes her, shows how truly strong and admirable she is.
Sarah Robinson is an amazingly talented author, and I am truly grateful for the beautiful experience that comes with reading her books.
Excellent addition to Baby Bank. The banter was hilarious and it was a fun and easy read. Just what I needed!
Les Be Honest was such a great book. Not only was the storyline fantastic, but I fell in love with the characters too. This book brought up a lot of important topics for the LGBTA+ community regarding their struggles with maintaining relationships with their families and wanting to create safe spaces within the community for them. I loved how Yasmeen was determined to make that happen with her vision in mind. The romance between Yasmeen and Tyler was cute. I love how their chemistry grew as they pretended to be together to win Tyler’s dad over for the building permit approval. I really enjoyed the ending as they both had to discover what was more important to each of them.
This is the second book in the Queerly Devoted series, but it is as good if you read it as a standalone. Robinson delivered once again with a book with two strong women and a romance with sexy chemistry and is filled with witty dialogue that will make you laugh out loud.
Thank you to NetGalley and to the Publisher for giving me a copy of the book.