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Hopeless Romantic

3.17  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Nick Fraser is a true romantic. He wants the guy instead of the girl, but other than that, he wants everything his favorite rom-coms depict: the courtship, the passionate first kiss, the fairy-tale wedding. But after breaking up with the love of his life, Nick wonders if anything fairy-tale will ever happen for him.

Then he meets Katie, who’s just like a rom-com heroine. Sh
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Published April 8th 2017 by Riptide Publishing (first published December 2016)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*1.5 stars*

Woah, this book is just an absolute minefield. I sort of regret even starting it because now I need to unpack and explain all of this baggage.

I usually don't bring authors or their personal lives into my reviews, but I whenever I read a book with a trans character I usually do some quick research to see if it is an "own voices" story from the author. My brief research into Francis Gideon revealed that the author seemed to identify as genderqueer (going by "they" or "he/him," dependin

This is an extremely transphobic book. The author clearly didn't do their research on how to talk about trans people, and regardless of that, looking *just* at this protagonist and his thoughts/beliefs about trans people and how he interacts with the trans woman he's falling for... this character has no business dating a trans person. He misgenders her repeatedly but she is still charmed by him and kisses him IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS EXCHANGE

Under spoiler because holy migendering batma
DNF @ ~45%

For a book written by a nonbinary author, this is one of the most transphobic novels I have ever had the misfortune of reading.

Read the full review on my blog.
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
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Xan West
Feb 12, 2017 marked it as do-not-read  ·  review of another edition
Based on my experience reading another book by the author that centered a trans character (review here) and reading this review which quotes the text of the book, I have decided not to read this book. Warning: the review itself is rather transphobic, so I am going to reproduce the quote from the text here that convinced me not to read this book, in case you want to see that without wading through the review.

Warning, the quote I put under the spoiler warning is deeply transmisogynist and cissexi
I'm a big proponent of books with trans* and gender non-conforming characters who are fully developed and authentic, and Hopeless Romantic definitely ranks high in that regard with the book's heroine and romantic interest, Katie.


Romance novels, with their thin plots, expected arcs and outcomes, are not my favorite.
That said, I will try to do justice to what is truly a very sweet, well written story.

The Strong Points

Katie is awesome. She's a realistic transwoman in her twenties, attendin
When Nick Fraser meets Katie he's a bit confused. He's attracted to her, which, as he identifies as gay is a bit confusing. When he meets up with her again he finds out Katie is actually transgender, but Katie is also smart, funny, sweet, and as into music and punk culture as Nick and the more time he spends with her, the more his feelings grow, which sets Nick on a path to figure out if he bisexual or maybe gay with an exception.

Hopeless Romantic is a coming of age new adult story told entirely
Vanessa theJeepDiva
I enjoy reading new to me things. I’ve read a few books that featured a transgender person as the main character. The blurb here got my interest so I gave it a whirl. Now keep in mind that I’ve never had any interaction with a transgender person in real life. I’d like to think I wouldn’t have some of the misconceptions that Nick did. I’d like to think I’d get the necessary pronouns right but honestly who knows. I did enjoy reading Nick and Katie and how they figure out how to make their attracti ...more
Lila Hunter
Rating: 4.5 stars

Originally reviewed for Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.

Hopeless Romantic has the feeling of a coming of age story, but the characters are older than average. Which created the illusion of reading to parallel stories. Nick’s re-discovery of his sexuality and how he acted around his friends being one and his conversations with Katie about philosophy and music showing their maturity, the other.

I’m not a music person, but I’m part of the same generation the characters used t
Esther Jones
This is an odd book. Other reviewers have talked about how the author is clearly not trans and some have called the book transphobic. I am not trans and don't feel qualified to speak on that, but I will say that it made me very uncomfortable when the waiter at the restaurant calls them "gentlemen," and Katie brushes it off, saying that she gets called "sir" all the time. This also makes no sense, as it has been established earlier in the book that she doesn't look male. Nick sees her as a woman ...more
I was wary of the premise of this book and I should have listened to myself and not picked it up.

I got 1/3 of the way in and there was a conversation the was basically misgendering and then correction, and then a lack of understanding followed up by a kiss? And it just made my skin crawl.
Josephine (biblioseph)
Please notify me if this book is re-released after being read by a sensitivity reader.
Lisa The Novel Approach
After running into each other, literally, and then running into each other again in the more figurative sense, Nick Fraser and Katie Miller discover their common love of music and 80s and 90s rom-coms, and it sparks some of the conversations that make this novel such a sweet and charming read. I’m a huge fan of an author who knows how to use dialogue to not only advance the story but help readers get to know the characters, and these two charmed my socks off with their debates and banter and the ...more
Trigger warnings for transphobia and acephobia.

It’s funny how some reviews write themselves and sometimes it is really hard. I guess, if Hopeless Romantic wasn’t a book with a trans character by a known to me author, I wouldn’t have picked it up, because contemporary romance usually doesn’t appeal to me that much. Or well, at least not all the books all the time ;-) I liked reading this story, though. It is sweet and romantic, takes its time to develop the characters and their love. I appreciate
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aar-review, netgalley
Full review -
Rated - B

What a treat to read a genuinely sweet romance that includes a gay male and a trans main character. Hopeless Romantic is a genre romance. Boy meets girl, boy courts girl etc., etc. complete with HEA.

Nick Fraser is a gay guy who wants all the trappings of the rom-com movies he loves, except with another guy of course. He doesn’t think that sort of thing is for everyone and doesn’t promote it as such, but he does want the fairy-tale co
Apr 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I really struggled with this story. The author attempts to explore complex ideas about gender and sexuality but the result feels more like an ill-informed and not terribly sensitive sex-ed resource than an actual romance.

Starting with Nick’s ‘straight for you’ storyline. He doesn’t understand his attraction to Katie and as a reader, there was never anything that made me believe the connection between the two of them was specia
I absolutely loved this book. I don't know anything about people who are transgender, so I can't speak about the books accuracy, but the book made me feel hopeful and sappy and I loved every minute of it! The book begins with Nick, who despite several failed relationships, he is a hopeless romantic. One day he (literally) bumps into a girl wearing a tee shirt of a band he loves as well and nothing is the same ever again. He finds himself attracted to a girl in perhaps the very first time in his ...more
Ije the Devourer of Books

I enjoyed reading this. Nick, a gay man, meets and falls for Katie. He is puzzled because he is gay and has only ever liked men and yet here he is falling for a woman. When he finds out that Katie is trans he immediately thinks he understands why he was attracted to Katie. To him because Katie is trans he feels that he is attracted to Katie because she was once a man.


And so Nick's education and questioning begins and he goes through the process of learning that Katie is a woman.

“You can a
Amber (bookstacksamber)
When I requested this on NetGalley, there weren't any other reviews up yet. The blurb made it sound like an interesting bisexuality discovery story with a love interest who was trans, and the author is non-binary so I assumed it would be an excellent own-voices read.

I read the first couple chapters, and they were okay but not really catching my interest. I came onto GR to see other reviews and was shocked by what I read. Lots of misgendering that's excused and brushed off by the trans character
May 06, 2017 marked it as no-intention-of-reading  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-mf

That cover is so misleading to me... This is a M/F romance.

You (me) will not enjoy this because the main character is an idiot.
Hopeless Romantic by Francis Gideon is a good introduction to Transgender topics, because it's light and funny, but it still address certain aspects of transgender culture.

My only criticism is that it's too light. I feel that the book would have more depth and interest if the author included Katie's perspective. It's interesting to be apart of Nick's journey as he navigates through his sexual identity and his relationship with Katie, but I really wanted to be apart of Katie's journey as well, a
Feb 04, 2017 marked it as wish-list  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hmmmm, 1, pub-riptide
Just saw the cover-reveal and another book I can't resist... hometown skyline on cover. :) ...more
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
Reviewed for Rainbow Gold Reviews. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

I have read a few books with trans characters in the past and so far each one has been pretty different. I have read a book that would be considered children’s about a boy who wanted to be a girl, a few books with gay transmen who fall for other men, a YA book with a straight teen boy who falls for a long time friend who transitioned from male to female, another YA book with a romance between a young trans m
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Shelley Chastagner
I am so glad to see a transgender as a leading love interest. Thank you! It isn't important to me that there are errors with what it means to be transgender. The author put it out there and it makes people question their perceptions, do some research, and maybe begin to see past their own preconceived ideas. I hope that the author takes what they've learned in feedback from others about being trans and keeps writing them as leads and love interests.
As far as the characters, I so liked Katie. Sh
Laurie McElderry
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The characters are realistic and memorable. The situation is interesting--what would it be like to be a cisgender individual in a relationship with a transgender individual? What challenges would both people face?

I feel that the book is more geared toward cisgender readers than trans readers. The POV is from the cisgender male, and Nick does mess up in his early interactions with the trans Katie. He needs to be educated, and I feel that that is partly what this
I actually disliked this less than expected given all the other reviews and stuff I've read about this.

I do think that Hopeless Romantic has a great setup and handles many important topics that are not common in the genre, but the way some things were handled and the combination of it all wasn't great.

My main issue with this book was Nick, the protagonist. He's impossible. I can't even 100% describe what about him bothered me so much, but the way he behaved, what he said and his thoughts frequ
Roclaf Alter -Ego
A fun story with a happy ending.

Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
Well done. Wonderful story. Not much of a pinnacle moment, but still a well rounded novel. Definitely would recommend!
K. Durham
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read it all in one sitting, not once looking at the clock or being distracted so engrossed in the story.
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