Mystery, romance, animals, and a great setting – what’s not to love?
Last year, I went to the Lone Star Lesfic Festival in Austin, Texas to rub elbows with some of the greats of lesbian fiction. While I was there, I met a lot of authors whose books I had loved in the past, but I also met some whose work I had never read before.
Renee MacKenzie is one of the latter. I won her book, Anywhere, Everywhere, in a drawing, along with an awesome t-shirt that I wear to the gym. (Reppin’ lesfic while working out? I think that gives me double lesbian points.)
I finally got around to reading it in late December of 2016, and finished it in the first week of January.
Gwen Martin’s life in the Ten Thousand Islands area changes irrevocably when a mysterious woman moves onto the houseboat once owned by the Martin family.
Piper Jackson is hiding from a very evil man, a drug lord. He wants her dead. Now, she has no idea who to trust, if anyone, in the small SW Florida marina community where she has taken refuge. Her photojournalism job has become precariously deadly. Is she in over her head in her relationship with Gwen Martin and her friendship with Gwen’s brother, Wyatt?
Tracy Snyder is freshly out of drug rehab…again. Will Wyatt take her back? Can Gwen forgive Tracy for the things she did while using drugs?
Without trust, can the budding relationship between Gwen and Piper survive? Or will the answers to the questions continue to haunt them?
Renee MacKenzie did not disappoint with this book. The mystery is suspenseful and deep, the major characters have backstories and quirks that make them memorable, and I loved reading about the Ten Thousand Islands and Everglades, and all the animals that swim, creep, and crawl through them. (Though I will admit, I still don’t really know the different between Everglades, Everglades City, and the everglades.)
This one was sort of a slow burn, though, that was easy to put down for the first half, but once things really revved up in the middle, I found myself wanting to know more. That being said, the end seemed a little rushed in places, which felt like an editing issue to me.
Overall, this was a great book. I give it four of five stars for being engaging, funny, suspenseful, and a hot romance. I recommend it to readers who enjoy lesbian fiction, suspense, animals, and unique family dynamics. I’ll definitely be looking for more books by this author.