There were several reasons I chose to read Before Now by Joy Argento. The cover caught my eye first. Having a well-made cover is very important. It can be the difference in a sale or not. The author’s name also made me notice this book. I know Ms. Argento is a good author since this is not the first book I’ve read of hers. I really became interested when the blurb talked about it being both historical and contemporary romance. I love a good historical fiction story, and sometimes they are hard to find in lesbian fiction. The idea of the contemporary characters having a past life together, and then remembering that past life as they meet and fall in love really intrigued me.
Unfortunately the story didn’t quite live up to my expectations. The premise of the story is very good, and some of you may find that you really like the tale. I just never connected with the characters in either time period, and if I can’t connect with the characters, I won’t enjoy the story.
The book is well written. Those of you who like stories that are different, especially stories that span different time periods, might enjoy this tale.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.