Review: The Road To Her by K.E. Payne

Life starts to imitate television when two actors meet and sparks fly off and on the set.


Sparks fly when twenty-year-old Holly Croft, star of the UK soap Portobello Road, meets Elise Manford, the actress who’s going to play her on-screen love interest in the soap’s first ever lesbian storyline.

Enigmatic Elise’s super-confident attitude and unwelcome advice drives Holly to distraction at first, but as fans go wild over the story-line, and the pair start to spend more and more time together, Holly begins to see another side to her costar. Liking what she sees, Holly slowly finds herself falling in love, but can she ignore her growing attraction to Elise when the lines between fact and fiction begin to blur?

Holly is a well-known actor on a soap opera and has been on the show for eight years (since she was 12). She is comfortable with her sexuality though not “out of the closet” and has been in long-term relationships.

Enter Elise, fresh from a long-term visit to the United States, an upstart brought in to be Holly’s character’s new love interest and to stir up controversy and interest in the soap opera. Elise stirs up all of those things in Holly herself and inadvertently and unknowingly stirs these things up in Elise who up until this point has always thought of herself as heterosexual.

Two young girls falling in love, one who is secure in her position in life and with her own sexuality and one coming to a new job, experiencing new things, but has more experience with the world in general. Sparks do fly and I have to admit that I might be “too adult” to understand the severe insecurity that Holly goes through in The Road to Her by K.E. Payne.

The story is told through Holly’s viewpoint, but it would have been nice to see how Elise came to her end conclusion’s as everything seemed a little to pat. There are things that as an adult would be warning signs that are just accepted in the end and that “true love will prevail”. (laugh)

Maybe I am just to old to be reading this type of romance.

I got this book from my library. I love my local library and you should check out yours too. Request LGBTQ+ books and they will stock them! #ebooksforall

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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K.E. Payne     

Further Details:
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books, 9781602828872, 16 July 2013
Cover Design:
Pages: 288
Settings: United Kingdom
Sex: PG-13

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Editor’s Note: previously published on PRW on 7 February 2019. Edited with updated content & PR standard formatting on 8 May 2020.


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