“Misty and Me” by Catherine Paulson from Best Lesbian Romance 2012 (Cleis Press). Edited by Radcylffe.
This next entry is short and sweet. In the small town she came to in order to rebuild her life, a woman named Jules finds herself drawn to her new best friend, a young mother by the name of Misty. Jules thinks the attraction is one-sided, but is pleasantly surprised, at the start of the story, to learn that she’s wrong. Misty, however, has a much harder time afterward, battling her inner demons. She worries what people will say and do if they find out, and that fear threatens to tear the two women apart.
All in all it’s an engaging, sensual piece, but I wish it had been a little longer. Several questions came to mind while I was reading it. I’d like to know more about the characters’ lives prior the start of the story. What drove Jules to pull up stakes and start life over in a new town? How did the two meet? What transpired between Misty and the man who is the father of her child? Was she married? Is she now divorced? How does her relationship with her son influence the decision she makes regarding Jules? I wish all of these things had been answered in the text.