I started reading The Chosen One by T.B. Markinson for a buddy read on Lesfic Readers and Writers Slack channel. Unfortunately, I was unable to finish the book in time for the buddy read but once I finally got to it I couldn’t put it down.
Here is a short blurb about the book:
Girls are a risk college freshman Ainsley Carmichael can’t take. Her powerful political family sees her as the Chosen One who will someday be president. Upholding a carefully crafted veneer is second nature until the first day of class when Maya’s mysterious gray eyes hold her in thrall.
Ainsley may be out publicly regarding her sexual orientation, but she lives under the shadow of the Carmichael’s ancient but shrewd matriarch in this contemporary lesbian romance. The girls pair up for a history project, and it soon becomes clear Maya is hiding something when she cuts their first kiss short by pointing out they come from different worlds.
The privileged world of the Carmichael clan stands in stark contrast to Maya’s limited means. Ainsley’s sexually fluid, quirky, and carefree cousin helps her investigate, only to discover details of Maya’s past are sketchy at best as the suspense builds in this work of LGBT fiction.
Family scandal erupts, making the inevitable truth come out about Maya the Gray. Will Ainsley’s love for the enigmatic girl enable her to break her Carmichael shackles?
I wasn’t sure how I would like this book with everything political that is going on in the world today. But I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Ainsley’s story. I really liked the mystery surrounding the quotes Ainsley kept receiving. I was intrigued by her relationship with Suzy Q. It was heartbreaking finding out everything that Suzy Q has done to her in the past. It makes it easy to see why Ainsley has trouble letting people in. She doesn’t know who to trust because the people she has trust in the past have turned on her.
Maya’s story is what really sold me on this book. She was so intriguing I wanted to know what she had to hide. I was also really intrigued by how Maya’s past is connected to Ainsley’s family. It seemed like there would be much more to this part of the story. I’m hoping to read more about Maya in the second book in the series The Hidden One.
I would recommend this book to anyone who like new adult romances as well as political romances.
The Chosen One is available on Kindle Unlimited by clicking here.