Review: Take Two by T.B. Markinson and Miranda MacLeod

They were the perfect couple until pride got in the way…

Yellow, Film

Gina Mitchells has a problem. The assistant professor is in charge of her college’s Pride festival committee, and the celebrity grand marshal they’d painstakingly recruited has just blown up the internet with a major scandal. Messing up the festival could ruin her chance to be approved for tenure. There’s exactly one famous person Gina knows who could save the day as a last-minute replacement.

The problem? The woman is Gina’s ex-girlfriend, and to say the relationship did not end well is an understatement.

Sophia Rossi has starred in so many squeaky-clean holiday romances since moving to Hollywood that everyone calls her the Queen of Christmas. An important new contract has her filming in a quaint New England town, but there’s a catch. It’s Sophia’s hometown, and surviving a month with her meddling, relationship-obsessed mother and sisters might be too much for Sophia’s sanity to bear.

When Gina reappears in Sophia’s life with a proposition, Sophia has one of her own. It’s a match made in heaven, if only they can get over their past heartbreak long enough to convince everyone they’ve rekindled their old spark. But can this fake relationship lead them to a second chance at love?13

My thoughts

Had to read in one sitting! Laughed, got teary-eyed, and sighed with happiness at the happy ending. T.B. Markinson and Miranda MacLeod have provided a much-needed escape from the world with Take Two

I don’t know about anyone else, but I love reading about Christmas in the Summer. Now this is not a Christmas story as this story takes place during the month of PRIDE, but it has Christmas themes throughout. 

Take Two is a second chance romance that works for me. I think I would have made the same decision that Gina made even if at the time it didn’t seem “right”.  The fact that neither woman has moved on? Heart-melting!!! 

I will confess to wanting to slap one of Gina’s students a time or two upside the head as I was saying, “Oi vey! No! No!” (chuckle). This is what Markinson and MacLeod have done with Take Two, they made me laugh and got invested in Gina and Sophia.  

In the craziness of the world right now, Take Two was exactly what I needed to get away from it all. Loved it!

I received a free copy of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Books in the “I Heart SapphFic Pride Collection”.

Further Details:

Published by: June 1st 2022
Cover Design by: Victoria Cooper
Edited by: Kelly Hathaway
Narrated by:
Series: I Heart Sapphfic Pride Collection #3; Settings: Sholan Falls, MA, U.S.
Pages: 188
Secondary Characters include: Lesbian, Non-Binary, Gay


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