Monday, November 30, 2015



Author:  Mary Beth Daniels

Publish Date:   2013

Publisher:  Rev It Up Press

Category:  Romance

Received from:  Purchased on

Date completed: 07.11.13

Description from the publisher:

A picture is worth a thousand laughs.

Wise-cracking wedding photographer Zest Renald has just been served divorce papers when she agrees to accompany a lesbian softball team during their elopement to California. She's doesn't know anything about gay marriage, and her only exposure to lesbian culture is an addiction to the talk show Ellen. But with her assets frozen and her husband claiming their house for the Other Woman's Love Child, she needs the job.

Zest's gaffes and notoriously bad gaydar endear her to the brides, as well as Bradford, the beautiful male stylist who travels with them. Just when Zest is figuring out how to manage her attraction to the unattainable "safe" man, they arrive in California amidst the worst anti-gay protests San Diego has ever seen.

When the minister the women hired turns out to be a Prop 8 zealot hell-bent on preventing the wedding, Zest and the brides are chased across the city in a hilarious yet poignant attempt to foil the protesters and tie the white knot.



This was a fast-paced romp with a great cast of characters.

The romance in this book isn’t just between Zest and Bradford.  There are also eight brides at the center of this story and several other couples are introduced to emphasize the idea that love is love is love.  Why would anyone want to deny another person of this basic need, desire, and right?  When it came to civil rights, we were all reminded that the constitution says “we the people,” not “we the white, male, wealthy people.”  I would remind you that it also does not say “we the straight people.”

I can relate with Zest.  I have no gaydar.  I’m horribly insecure about my own looks and constantly worry that I may say something that will be misinterpreted. It was wonderful to experience this trip to California with Zest, Bradford, and the Texas Brides.  I would love to spend a day in real life with these people and their fabulous friends.  I feel as though I have received an education in the life of those who are gay, but in the most FUN way.  What I learned was some things are cliché because the cliché is real life, some become the “inside joke” and some are pointed out as the homophobic hype that they are.  It was also wonderful to see Zest come to terms with the break-up of her marriage. 

I would love to see Ms. Daniels return to this fun group for a follow-up story.

Editing/Grammar:  B

 Other books in the series:

  1. Passion Potion
  2. (not yet released)


Other Books from this Author:

  • Heteroflexibility


Nome de Plume: Starla Cole

  • Naughty Santa
  • Dirty Pirate Hooker
  • Goddess of Bondage
  • Couples Play #1
  • Couples Play #2
  • Couples Play #3
  • Couples Play #4
  • Pricks & Needles



originally posted 07.11.13 on my previous website closed that site because I promoted authors and their books. 

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