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Love is Enough

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  149 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Angie Antonelli has the life she’s always wanted—a promising political career, a supportive family, and great friends. The one thing missing is what she hoped she’d have by now, a committed relationship with the woman of her dreams.
Jan Clifford has been taking a break from dating while she figures out how to create a life that is more fulfilling than the country club socie
Published September 11th 2014 by Cindy Rizzo
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I enjoyed Love is Enough even more than Exception to the Rule. It's really a great romance novel. Just a little sappy at the end, but very well written with great dialogue. With these two novels Cindy Rizzo has proven to be a good romance writer.
4.5 stars
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
Is it fate or a lucky coincidence that I read this right after Madam President ? All the political fireworks I was expecting but were non-existent in the former is right here, in all its glorious colors. And all the while, I'd merely expected this to be just another fluffy romance, from the title and the cover. Well, I'm very pleasantly surprised.

The romance between the leads is of the love-at-first-sight variety. Friends and family applaud and approve, so most of the first half is pretty smooth
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Angie is a congressman going into bat for the little guy. Jan is the scion of Boston old money. They fall in love on a blind date, and spend a few blissful pages realizing how perfect they are for one another. Abruptly, an old flame of Angie's unexpectedly appears back in her life, and a new mall project which threatens small businesses pits politician and businessman against one another.

Yeah, it's alright.

Although the book tries hard to paint Angie and Jan as a meeting of unlikely souls,
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a very good book. I am partial to stories about politicians. This was more about the intrigues of a political race than politics itself. A strong supporting cast. It's the first book I've read by Cindy Rizzo, and I'm going to be reading her others. ...more
2.5 stars. Stop eating up my reviews, Goodreads! Here I go again...

I'm not the target audience for this book. I don't like insta love, soul mates themes and unnecessary breakup trope (at least when it's handled this way). It's also cheezy. The politics side of things was engaging but otherwise, I didn't like much of anything else.

The book criticizes superficial rich people and then keeps focusing on superficial things. A couple of characters are characterized mainly by how good they look and alm
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Let me get this out of the way right at the top: I don't like politics. I never really have. That was a tough row to hoe when I was living with a mother and grandmother who spent about 75% of their waking hours watching or talking politics.

Don't get me wrong. That doesn't mean I ignore politics. Not at all. I have to pay attention to it because, you see, I vote. And if I'm going to vote intelligently, I have no choice but to pay attention to politics. And, being a lesbian, I have a lot at stake
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is significantly better than the previous 'Exception to the Rule'. It was awesome to meet all that great characters again. ...more
A good follow up - could be read as stand alone - excellent story but a bit of throwing everything including the kitchen sink at the plotline. Loved the comeos from some perfectly drawn characters and tied up some unresolved issues from book 1.
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading Love is Enough. I loved the pace of the book, from the steamy love at first sight connection between Angie and Jan to the behind-the-scenes political wrangling. I enjoyed reconnecting with old friends Robin and Tracy from Exception to the Rule and meeting new characters who added a lot to the story. Rizzo's inclusion of transman Hadley gave the reader a peek at the life and challenges trans folks have to deal with every day in their lives. Angie's mother Jeanette was a t ...more
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are diverse. Angie is a rarity in today's world, a politician who truly cares and works for her constituents. Maybe the country is really moving forward. We have a female VP. Let''s elect those who will work for us and not themselves. This book, while fiction, gives us hope for the future. A well written and fun read but does give you hope for a better world. Love and friendship make the world go round. Sally
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-be-read
Loved it

I liked the characters and supporting characters as well and look forward to reading more from this author can't wait.
Terry Baker
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Angie Antonelli’s life is well ordered and going smoothly. Her political career is jogging along steadily, she has a loving family backing her every step of the way and some fantastic close friends she’s known since college. There is one thing Angie’s missing and dearly wants, a loving relationship with her dream woman.

Jan Clifford has a top notch job in her family’s investment company. After breaking up with her previous girlfriend, she’s currently taking a break from dating. That is, until sh
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
A book about friends, family and finding yourself. As adults it’s difficult to change the direction of our lives, careers, loves. Love Is Enough is a gem of a book, a traditional romance with strong female characters striving for success.

A loving family and supportive friends surround Angie Antonelli, her work consists of building up support for her re-election and hopefully a second term in Congress. With her mother heading her campaign Angie has to stay focused and as little personal time to
Narielle Living
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First, let me say up front that I really enjoyed this book. It had romance, political intrigue, interesting characters, and a few good plot twists.
As the book blurb states: Angie Antonelli has the life she’s always dreamed of—a promising political career, a supportive family, and great friends. The one thing missing is what she always hoped she’d have by now, a committed relationship with the woman of her dreams. Jan Clifford has been taking a break from women while she figures out how to create
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great story, once again, from Cindy Rizzo.
Angie, I knew and loved from Exception to the Rule, but getting to know her in all her glory was fascinating. Smart, funny, political, compassionate and driven: Angie's an amazing character. Jan's just as wonderful, and sharing dressing dilemmas was interesting. How can you be yourself when everyone around you fits a certain mold? Mix these two with their eclectic group of friends and a political arena and you have a story that will entertain as much as
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A worthy sequel

“Angie reached for Jan’s arm and smiled sadly. ʼI touch you here when I need to feel stronger. Somehow you’re always generous and lend me some of that power you’ve got in these arms.ʼ”

You see, I knew who I wasn’t, but I had no idea who I was. I had run away from something, but I had no clue where I should be going.”
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Absolutely beautiful!!! OMG, this story TOTALLY rocked & then some!! There's nothing like finally finding the love you've wanted, waited & weeped for a
Jun 18, 2021 rated it it was ok
I liked the writing depth but I dont liked the political world plus this book shows like being rich is bad .ur partner is not actually ur partner but like showpiece chip...all just pros and cons and how can some1 can be useful to u...even main character was same....I get that she was great she was just opinionated..and I feel sorry for jan .. she hav to give more in relationship plus she had to give up her family and why because they were old money ... huh well that money made up ur life .educat ...more
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm giving it a 4 (maybe 3.5 but better than 3 - like the Olympics maybe a 3.75!!!!). Anyways I did enjoy the political backdrop of the book, the ethical/ moral issues they faced. I not normally a fan of sequels (ie characters being carried on and on - sometimes it's nice to leave them where they left off and imagine life was good). In the case of Robin and Tracy from Exception to the Rule, I didn't really like them all grown up. But overall I really enjoyed the story, it's pacey and interesting ...more
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
The characters were were perfectly drawn, each and every one of them. Not a single black-and white cookie cutter character, they were all layered, well wrought, with flaws and strenghths. Their growth over the course of the story was relatable and engrossing, and I think I fell in love a little bit with Jan and Angie both.
The writing was smooth, abundant with fact without ever resorting to info-dump.

Overall, a very enjoyable read.
Apr 13, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that likes the male mentality in a woman's body
I could not even get past the second chapter of this book. This writer captures the male mentality well with the assumptions of 'what I got in my pants will satisfy any woman' and 'we gotta keep the brainless, little woman happy'. None of these things are said its just the feeling I get from this book. What is with another woman acting like that. And referring to a woman as 'handsome'. VERY unappealing! I would give this book zero stars if I could. ...more
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Politics and business is at the center of this read. Which can make for interesting storytelling. I thought the read was engaging and entertaining from the beginning with the instant chemistry between Angie Antonelli and Jan Clifford. Angie's mom, Jeannette was a hoot. I thought the Nicky and Maria storyline was very different from the usual reads because of how much Maria wanted to make things better for Angie and her friends. Warm and fuzzy feel good read. ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, queer
Ultimately a good example of what I don't like about romance novels. It's just too much of everything. Too fabricated in places, too painfully sweet in others, plot points too predictable. The characters don't come alive in their molds and in the end everything ties up too nicely.

The writing made me cringe in places but I can't exactly put my finger on why that was.
Jen Silver
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read this book over the last two evenings - didn't want to put it down. It's a great follow up to the author's first novel, Exception to the Rule. The focus is on Angie Antonelli and her political career - and how this impacts her new relationship. Characters from her past, both good and bad, also feature in the story. ...more
This is an enjoyable, feel good read. I liked the story, variety of characters and deep friendships. Reading 'Exception to the Rule', I would say that the author only got better in her storytelling. Recommend reading. ...more
Elisa Rolle
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Cindy Rizzo lives in New York City with her wife, Jennifer, and the requisite two cats issued to every lesbian household (well, most). She has worked in philanthropy for many years and has a long history of involvement in the LGBT community, including membership on the founding board of Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), the organization that first brought marriage equality to the US. I ...more

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