Something True encompasses the narrative of two very unlikely people meeting and falling in love.
However, it's not that straight forward - actually it delves much deeper than that. In one instance it explores how elements of our 'day-to-day' life can prevent us from being our 'true' selves. In the other it examines the lost potential of a life lived to help benefit others.
Karelia cleverly weaves this into the narrative so that we do not even notice it, which makes it subtle, but also adds context to the individual characters and their backstory.
Personally for me, it was refreshing to see an F/F romance novel clearly using the Butch lesbian persona - strangely when reading previous novels this has not been the case, it has usually been the story of two femmes, which is good, but I feel like it gets repetitive so it was really enjoyable to have the inclusion of this persona.
As you can probably guess from the paragraph above, I really liked the character of Tate, she was like a breath of fresh-air within the F/F genre, not only with her being a butch, but her whole persona. It was clear that she is the type of person that is so loyal she will do anything to help out those she really cares about.
I liked her as a heroine, it was like an oxymoron, with her being the one everyone turns too in order to 'fix' things, but it was actually her that needed saving, but no-one could see that. I was routing for her the entire way through the book.
The reason for me giving this only four out of five stars is that in certain parts the book picked up pace and then slowed a little, which put me on a rollercoaster ride when reading this.
Also, the whole heroine aspect in the Romance genre seemed to make certain elements of this book a little predictable, however, there were also quite a few unexpected twists and turns along the way. So, not all bad.
An idea for another edition in the Out In Portland series could be Maggie and Lils story, we were not given too much on their history in this book, so I think there is definitely a good opportunity to tell their story. Just a thought...