Bigotry in the small-town South may not seem like the ideal setting for an M/M romance, but that is actually why it is the perfect setting for an M/M romance. Stirling Harper is the inexperienced, closeted single father to a transitioning daughter whose Bible Belt grandparents cannot accept that Oscar is now Alexa – and are taking Stirling to court over it. Which is both the worst and best time for him to meet, and employ, the openly gay, amazingly qualified Jericho Johnston (terrific name) as a nanny for the summer. Stirling has long suspected that he was same-sex attracted, and meeting Jericho confirmed it for him. But falling in love isn’t easy for two men in the South. Especially when one of them could lose his daughter because of it. Charming and thought-provoking, if occasionally frustrating, Worth Fighting For is a romance novel that also has a lot to say about social justice, and justice in general, and says it in such an accessible way that its lessons are absorbed almost without noticing them. A wonderful addition to this landmark series. (And that cover! Oooh boy!) – Clara Shipman
4 1/2 stars.
Worth Fighting For by Wendy Qualls
Heart of the South #3
Lyrical Shine | M/M Contemporary | August 14, 2018
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