For The Love of April French by Penny Aimes _ Blog Tour & Review

For the Love of April French by Penny Aimes is available in eBook and trade paperback on August 31st!

An Entertainment Weekly Best Romance of Summer 2021!

“This book gave me every last one of the Intense Romance Feelings I crave.” —New York Times bestselling author Talia Hibbert

April French doesn’t do relationships and she never asks for more.

A long-standing regular at kink club Frankie’s, she’s kind of seen it all. As a trans woman, she’s used to being the scenic rest stop for others on their way to a happily-ever-after. She knows how desire works, and she keeps hers carefully boxed up to take out on weekends only.

After all, you can’t be let down if you never ask.

Then Dennis Martin walks into Frankie’s, fresh from Seattle and looking a little lost. April just meant to be friendly, but one flirtatious drink turns into one hot night.

When Dennis asks for her number, she gives it to him.

When he asks for her trust, well…that’s a little harder.

And when the desire she thought she had such a firm grip on comes alive with Dennis, April finds herself wanting passion, purpose and commitment.

But when their relationship moves from complicated to impossible, April will have to decide how much she’s willing to want.

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Read on for an excerpt from For the Love of April French

April French was having what she considered to be a good night. She was lonely and she was horny, but the lovely thing about Frankie’s, even on a Wednesday, was that she was prob¬ably not the only one. And the welcome wagon gambit was working. New doms always responded well to a little attention. She wondered how many of the hookups in her limited sexual history it accounted for—post-transition, of course. Her sexual history pre-transition was not only limited but singular.
On second thought, that was a depressing thing to contemplate. She decided to steer her mind back to the present, because her present was damn good-looking. He was Black, looked to be about her age, dark-skinned and tall, with narrow hips and shoulders that were probably narrower than hers, too.
There were clear hints of lean muscle under his suit, and the suit looked expensive. She didn’t really care about the name brand, but she had to admit the cost was reflected in how well it draped his body. He had short-cropped, wiry hair and that sexy kind of two-day stubble thing happening. A reassuring bass voice and an unreadable calm that made his face a handsome mask. The tightly wound dominants were almost always the most fun to see come unraveled with desire.
“So. You can flirt,” she said, trying to keep her voice even despite the smile tugging the corners of her mouth. It wouldn’t do to tip her hand just yet about how attractive he was. “And you wear nice suits. What else should I know about you?”
“Well, I just moved here,” he said. “Which you also knew. My name is Dennis. I came here from Seattle.”
She nodded, as Aerith set down a new Painkiller in front of her. “I’m April. Grow up out there?”
“No,” he said, shaking his head. “Illinois, actually. Little tiny town.”
“Oh hey,” she said, her smile shifting to be a little less flir¬tatious and a lot more genuine. It was always a treat to meet someone from the same basic context; someone she could count on to get it. Not that she expected to spend much time talking about growing up in the Midwest, but it was still a nice bonus. “Ohio. I went to school out East, though, and worked there for a while.”
He laughed. “So a lot like me, but in the opposite direc¬tion. UC Santa Barbara.”
She bobbed her head. “Wesleyan.”
They exchanged graduation years; she guessed he was prob¬ably thirty-five or thirty-four to her thirty-two. “What took you out there?” he asked.
“It was as far away as I could get without driving into the
ocean,” she said with a laugh. “And they had good financial aid. You?”
“About the same, about the same. Lots of loans, in the end.” She nodded as he went on. “While I was getting my masters, a couple of my friends got a start-up going and brought me in, and we headed up the coast to Seattle.”
“Ooh,” she said. “A techie. I should’ve known.”
“Oh? Why’s that?”
“Well, most of the folks who come here from the West Coast are,” she said. Especially the ones who could afford that suit.
“You’re right, anyway. I was the support team, not the talent, though. My degree’s in technology management.” He sipped. “Start-up life isn’t for the long haul, so I came here to take a job as CTO for a small firm. What about you?” he asked.
She fidgeted with the little straw in her drink, then drew it out. Chomped a cherry deliberately. “Poli-sci major. I don’t use it, though.”
“Hm.” His eyes watched her mouth. Good. “So weird, isn’t Austin where they have that political particle accelerator?”
He was smirking at his pun, and she snorted. “Queeons and Kingons?” At his blank expression, she added, “You don’t read Terry Pratchett, do you?”
He shook his head. “No, I was just teasing.”
Her smile snatched at the corners of her mouth again. “Teasing’s okay.” She was fighting herself not to relax fully into the moment, to keep up her boundaries until they crossed the preliminary hurdles. This might not be anything, yet. But he was cute, and he was funny, and he was—so far—gentle. She thought she could really like this guy. She knew she liked the way his eyes settled on her, the weight his gaze seemed to have.

About the Author
Penny Aimes is a trans woman writing contemporary romance about trans women and other people who don’t always find themselves in romance novels.

She was assigned Hoosier at birth but has lived on the east coast and in China before landing in Austin, Texas. She lives in the heart of the music district with her wife and a very small bird with a very loud voice.

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About the Author
Penny Aimes is a trans woman writing contemporary romance about trans women and other people who don’t always find themselves in romance novels.

She was assigned Hoosier at birth but has lived on the east coast and in China before landing in Austin, Texas. She lives in the heart of the music district with her wife and a very small bird with a very loud voice.

Connect with Penny Aimes

[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

For the Love of April French by Penny Aimes exceeded all my expectations. If you’re looking for a kink romance with good transgender representation or just a romance with solid characters and a memorable story, then you need to give For the Love of April French a read.

New to town, Dennis decides to check out a kink club recommended by his friend. It’s mid-week and he doesn’t expect to meet anyone, but the chance is always possible. Here he meets April and is instantly taken with her. April is a transgender woman who thinks Dennis is way out of her league, but doesn’t turn down his attention. A one-night stand ensues, but Dennis already knows he wants more but can see Aprils hesitation, so they agree to a no strings attached arrangement. The entire time, April is just waiting for the other shoe to drop and this thing between them to die out while Dennis is trying to prove to her, he’s in this for real. In the end, will April’s lies by omission and self sabotage ruin something amazing.

“Oh, my sweet doll,” he sighed. “You had me, though. You always had me.”

Where to start with what I loved about this book. April and Dennis were both complex, far from perfect characters. April was so much stronger than she gave herself created for. Seriously, her inner voice was horrible and kicked the crap out of her self-esteem. It broke my heart that she didn’t see herself worthy of forever love. Dennis falls hard and fast for April, and he tries to hold on to her with both hands, lavishing her and showing her how beautiful she is. He was a caring, vulnerable, attentive Dom, always checking in , pushing her boundaries without hurting her , always trying to be what she needs. He’s never been with a transgender woman before, so he does make some mistakes, but as soon as he recognizes them he apologizes. At one point, he tells her it’s not her job to educated him and fully commits to educating himself so that he never accidentally offends or makes her feel uncomfortable. I appreciated that April and Dennis’ both had to work on themselves to be ready for each other and that they fought for their relationship in the end.

“His love for the woman who knew him so well twisted and tangled and planted deep roots in his chest.”

While this is definitely a BDSM/Kink romance, it’s surprisingly sweet without sugarcoating the kink play. Our couple partakes in a Dom/Sub relationship, light bondage, impact play, edging, and lots and lots of orgasm denial. The intimacy starts off hot and heavy with their one-night stand but mellows out while our couple is working through the parameters of their dynamic and semi long distance relationship because of work travel. The most important part about BDSM is open intimacy communication between couples, and it was ever present with check ins before, during and proper after care.

The story is told in 4 parts, which I thought was an interesting way to write it. The beginning we see from both April and Dennis’ POV off their meeting. Then the second part follows April during the next six months, followed by Dennis’ side of those same six months. You might think it would be redundant, but it wasn’t because we are given scenes between them in Dennis’ that weren’t in Aprils. The book finished off with dual POV of their relationship at it’s climax and the mending of it that follows.

For the Love of April French 
was simply a wonderfully written romance with high emotions and lots of steam. The only thing holding me back from a solid 5 stars is that it took me a moment to get use to the way the story was told.

Rep: Black MC, Transgender female MC, LGBTQIA+, BDSM /Kink
CW/TW: transphobia, misgendering, discussions of transition surgery.

—Written by Amanda—

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