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Title: The Second Mango
Author: Shira Glassman
Cover Artist: BSClay
Publisher: Prizm Books
Reviewer: Sean
Genre: Fantasy & Sci-Fi
Type: Romance
Pairing: Lesbian & Heterosexual
Length: Novel
Heat Rating2 Stars
Book Rating4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

 


Blurb:

Queen Shulamit never expected to inherit the throne of the tropical land of Perach so young. At twenty, grief-stricken and fatherless, she’s also coping with being the only lesbian she knows after her sweetheart ran off for an unknown reason. Not to mention, she’s the victim of severe digestive problems that everybody think she’s faking. When she meets Rivka, an athletic and assertive warrior from the north who wears a mask and pretends to be a man, she finds the source of strength she needs so desperately.

Unfortunately for her, Rivka is straight, but that’s okay — Shulamit needs a surrogate big sister just as much as she needs a girlfriend. Especially if the warrior’s willing to take her around the kingdom on the back of her dragon in search of other women who might be open to same-sex romance. The real world outside the palace is full of adventure, however, and the search for a royal girlfriend quickly turns into a rescue mission when they discover a temple full of women turned to stone by an evil sorcerer.


Review:

As a whole novel, I really enjoyed the world Shira had created. The characters development were done extremely well. I felt like I’d known them good enough even the minor characters. Nothing was missed from it. I loved learning a lot about Rivka’s past and how she’d changed after her lover died. 

Out of everything, Rivka was my favorite character. Shulamit was also a great character but sounded a bit too immature for her age especially her being a queen. I still didn’t get enough details about why she had a digestive problems. I guessed she was allergic to gluten since I had a friend who had the similar issue and she was allergic to gluten. I totally understood why the author decided to included a digestive problem otherwise she wouldn’t meet her sweetheart in the kitchen who happened to disappeared later on.

As an only one lesbian in her kingdom, she was determined to find herself a new mate somewhere outside of her kingdom. She escaped secretly but was rescued by a tall man who happened to be a woman behind the mask. Soon, they became close and Rivka, unfortunately, was straight and had no desire for women. It didn’t end the friendship between Riv and Shulamit. Instead, Riv was more than happy to help her finding her love of the dream by protecting her along the journey. 

Know what made their journey even cooler? Riv’s awesome horse! It could shift into dragon when stamina allowed it. It was a good surprise when I read the novel. Upon the quest, they bumped into something they couldn’t believe their eyes when all women Shulamit supposedly to meet and find her match were all in stone! 

It turned from love searching into a rescue mission. The mission was well described and kept me reading because it was that good. Upon the successful mission, Shulamit met someone she never dreamed to see again and she wasn’t alone. Riv met someone, too! The ending provided a great shock ending. 

I highly recommended you to check it out. You wouldn’t be disappointed with how wonderful world the author had created.