Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Release day review of Equality by Helena Stone

Equality (Dublin Virtues #2) by Helena Stone 4*
Blurb : Love is love. But what if the fight for equality gets in the way of building a relationship?
Lorcan Barratt has never considered himself relationship material. After his parents made it perfectly clear they’d never welcome a partner of his into their home, he learned to love his own company and can’t imagine sharing his life with another. After a single passionate kiss with Eric Kavanagh—the night before he travels to Canada for three months—Lorcan’s no longer sure he wants to be on his own. The problem is, he has no idea what sharing his life with someone else might entail.
Eric Kavanagh grew up in a loving and supportive family and always assumed he’d end up in a committed relationship. Sure that he’s found the one, Eric doesn’t worry about the fact that Lorcan has no experience when it comes to love and relationships. They are good together, so what could possibly go wrong? 
When both men get involved in the marriage equality referendum in Ireland, it appears to bring them even closer together until Lorcan’s insecurities get the upper hand and he shuts Eric out. Will the fight for a yes-vote cost them their relationship or will they be able to find a balance between the love they share and the need for equality?

My Review: I received a free copy for review purposes.  I was looking forward to reading this having recently read Patience the first book in the series. It was lovely seeing the four friends interact again and I loved how Lorcan and Eric seemed to fall so easily into a relationship. Not that it was all hearts and roses as Helena sets the whole story around the Ireland referendum for Equality for LGBTQ People and their right to get married. I liked seeing this momentous occasion from the point of view of the people involved (even if they are fictional!) as it gave the whole story a sense of tension that didn't relate to the romance, mind, the romance wasn't without it's odd hiccups to add spice to the story. Over all I really enjoyed it and hope to read book three, Renewal soon.

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