Monday, May 14, 2018

What it Seems by Sydney Blackburn (#crossdressing #romance #demisexual)

Oh my, what a lovely story this was - a beautifully diverse tale of friendship and discovery, starring two delightful boys, neither of whom know what (or who) they want.

What it Seems is the perfect title for Sydney Blackburn's quirky romance, since it is all about seeming on a physical and emotional level. Michael falls in love with Darcy at first sight, and then spends the next year looking for her, only to find out 'she' is actually a 'he'. Adorably androgynous, Darcy is neither transgender nor a drag queen, but an actor who just happened to cross-dress for a pair of roles.

One of the boys thinks he is straight and the other asexual, but things are not what they seem. What begins as an adorably awkward friendship quickly gets complicated, especially once they begin practicing kissing for Darcy's big role. It is a sweet, funny story, and one that explores questions of sexual orientation and identity.

Sydney Blackburn is a binary star system. Always a voracious reader, she began to write when she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read. She likes candlelit dinners and long walks on the beach… Oh wait, wrong profile. She’s a snarky introvert and admits to having a past full of casual sex and dubious hookups, which she uses for her stories. She likes word play and puns and science-y things. And green curry. Her dislikes include talking on the phone, people trying to talk to her before she’s had coffee, and filling out the “about me” fields in social media.

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