Carol reviews The Path Not Chosen by Q.C. Masters


The Path Not Chosen by Q.C. Masters
Publisher: Shadoe Publishing
Genre: Romance

Overview from Barnes Amazon:

“What do you do when you meet someone who changes everything you know about love and passion?

Paige Harlow is a good girl. She’s always known where she was going in life: top grades, an ivy league school, a medical degree, regular church attendance, and a happy marriage to a man. So falling in love with her gorgeous roommate and best friend Alyssa Torres is no small crisis. Alyssa is chasing demons of her own, a medical condition that makes her an outcast and a family dysfunctional to the point of disintegration make her a questionable choice for any stable relationship. But Paige’s heart is no longer her own. She must now battle the prejudices of her family, friends, and church and come to peace with her new sexuality before she can hope to win the affections of the woman of her dreams. But will love be enough?”

Review: 2 1/2 out of 5 stars:
I have to admit to having a like/hate relationship with this book.  The author did a great job of grabbing the reader and engaging them into the story from the onset.  Paige is a sheltered young woman and after entering college is faced with coming to terms with her attraction to her attraction to her roommate and the subsequent romance that ensues.  The process is anything but smooth.  The problem is that the author throws everything but the kitchen sink at Paige and Alyssa: coming out, parental rejection, alcoholism, health issues, jealousy.  With so many significant issues being introduced throughout the story the resolutions or lack thereof felt somewhat superficial.

Having said all of that, as I was reading this I thought that perhaps this book was intended for a younger group who would enjoy the sex scenes and gloss over the other aspects.  Masters style of writing was engaging and I suspect that as she publishes more her stories will only continue to be better.