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Lauren Laurano Series – Sandra Scoppettone
In this series, you have five books: Everything You Have Is Mine (1991), I'll Be Leaving You Always (1993), My Sweet Untraceable You (1994), Let's Face The Music and Die (1996), and Gonna Take a Homicidal Journey (1999). In these books, you will follow a lesbian private investigator called Lauren Laurano.
For the little story, I was fifteen when I discovered that I was lesbian. I grew up in a small city in Belgium (Google is your friend if you don’t know), so it was hard to come out and find your identity if you were gay. To give the picture of the mentality of my damn town, you had to be born in the city if you wanted to be considered as a member of it. If it wasn’t the case, you were a stranger (even 50 years later). Get the picture? I was desperate to learn about my sexuality, and without internet at that time (FYI, I am 25), it was tough. Hopefully, I had these books and a British TV show called Bad Girls that helped me a lot. I am kind of grateful for these two amazing supports because without them, I would have ended up hating myself for being gay (to have parents who are a bit homophobes didn’t help).
The problem is in the French literature (yes, French is my first language), the translation of books is slow and not consistent. Guess what? The first three were translated. The last two… were not, and impossible to find in English.
More than a year ago, I came to Calgary (Canada) and “hourray” I found the last two at the library. Thankfully, I was able to read and understand English to enjoy the stories.
My first books with a lesbian character.... Anyhow, the books are quiet short (less than 200 pages each), but they are just amazing. I love Lauren, she is addicted to chocolate, her computer (not during the first book ha ha ha), and her girlfriend Kip. She is human, full of weaknesses, full of humour, and… LOVES BOOKS! Most of Lauren’s friends are book lovers! Just for that, the books worth the read! Plus, the writer wasn’t shy about the sex scenes. It is not Fifty Shades, but it is not the prude stuff that you could expect in the 90’s. I know there are better books than these ones; however, I think you should give it a try.
I don’t want to tell more about them unless I want to give away all the surprises that you can encounter in these five books.