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Tailor-Made

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  146 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Before Grace Henderson began working as a tailor in her father’s bespoke suit shop in Wiliamsburg, Brooklyn, she established a hard and fast rule about not dating clients. The edict is an easy one for her to follow, considering the overwhelming majority of the shop’s clients are men. But when Dakota Lane contacts her to commission a suit to wear to her sister’s wedding, Gr ...more
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Published December 1st 2017 by Bold Strokes Books
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Lex Kent
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: f-f-bsb-romance
3 1/2 Stars. This was better than Wallace’s other two books she released this year, but wasn’t as good as some of her older work. I like Wallace as an author and I also like that she writes many main POC’s. I’m always happy to read books with some diversity in them. I enjoyed this read but had a few issues with it.

Dakota is a model who is well known for her androgynous look. She models and wears mostly men’s clothes. With her sister’s wedding approaching, Dakota decides to get a suit professiona
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MJS
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This story was just straight-up charming. I loved both characters, although Grace did annoy me a little, especially towards the end. I was worried this would be one of those ‘player keeps on playing whiled she decides if she can settle down’ books, but Dakota was far from that, and I confess to being half in love with her myself by the end of the book.

The chemistry between Grace and Dakota was immediate but this is a slow burn, althoug
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Rosi
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is a kind of fairy tale, by the way it is developed and especially by its end and there are some things that are not quite coherent. It is clear that many of the characters in romantic novels are very stereotyped, but I believe that in this case, Dakota has too many topics. Also, does not it seem that her behavior is absolutely credible, being a top model and working as a bicycle messenger? Fairy tale. Then, the doubts of Grace and her changes of attitude towards Dakota seem somewhat a ...more
Xan West
Note: I do not recommend this book to trans and/or non-binary readers, or butch readers.

A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I wanted to read this because it was a romance with a Black MC who was a tailor of bespoke suits. I was excited for all the tailoring details, and that it centered around a long-time Black-owned Brooklyn family business in a neighborhood that was gentrifying (Williamsburg). It promised complex family dynamics and a bunch o
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Stephanie
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the characters in this book. However, I wanted much more. So many of the actions of both characters just didn't make any sense. It moved too fast and didn't give this reader enough build-up.
The end was way too cliche' and way too perfect.

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Romie
To put it simply : this is boring. And offensive most of the time.
I didn’t find the relationship interesting: it has this weird vibe of insta-love topped with a LOT of cheesy moments that ad nothing to the story—probably what made me dislike it so much.
I disliked Dakota’s character, I found her full of herself and though she tried to challenge what gender really means, she playing with the idea of gender, but at no moment is she presented as anything but cis.
Grace wasn’t much better to be honest
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Anja
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
A solid 3, I liked Grace and Dakota and how the story played out, but in the last quarter of the book there were quite a few whys. Why did Brooke actually show up? Why did Grace qalk out on Dakota? Why are Grace's sister so superficial?
Arien
3.5 stars. A bit too fairytale like for my taste but otherwise a pleasant read. Never have I read a lesfic book that involves tailoring and it's nice to tackle new topics. Keeps me engaged.

But other than that this is a fairly typical butch x femme story. Both characters were nicely developed though Grace's wishy-washiness was too forced at times. She did a lot of 180° seemingly without much extrinsic pressure. It was also not quite clear why Dakota changed her player ways too. It's all a bit su
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Jess
I received this book free from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books in exchange for an honest review.

This review was first posted to Love Bytes: LGBTQ Book Reviews. It has been slightly edited here for content.

This is Yolanda Wallace’s twelfth (!!!) book and my personal favorite work of hers so far. Wallace has proven to be a varied writer who crafts diverse characters in a wide range of settings, and this take on a simple, sweet, butch/femme love story really showcases her soft writing style and fi
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Pippa
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesbian-romances
Grace Henderson works as a designer and tailor in her father’s bespoke suit shop in Brooklyn. Working in the family business has all the perks and problems you’d expect, but Grace loves the chance to create for her clients.

Dakota Lane is hired as a male model for her gender-bending looks. However, for Dakota, it’s more than just a fashion statement. Looking for a special outfit for her sister’s wedding, Dakota asks Grace to design a suit. A suit might be their introduction, but how far will it
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Heidi
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Liked the characters. Nothing was a surprise or really different, but still a good light romance.
Tara
Yolanda Wallace did a fabulous job of developing two complex, interesting women who I found myself investing in and rooting for. They had chemistry from their first encounter, with their relationship development including a compelling push and pull to it as both women were battling between desire for each other alongside other concerns or challenges that could stand in the way of a relationship. They both had character arcs that were very good and I so happy when I saw where they ended up in the ...more
Velvet Lounger
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, traditional
i vacillated between 3.5/4 on this one...

Grace is a tailor, working at the family firm her father built up, mainly taking the women and younger clients, but gradually taking over the business from her father. Her work-life and home life are great, but her dating life is a mess, constantly trying blind dates with women her friends set her up with, and rarely making a second.

When rising supermodel Dakota Lane walks in late for an appointment, needing a suit for her sister’s wedding, Grace is annoy
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Catherine
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it
It's funny when I read the blurb I wasn't drawn to the book however I do enjoy Yolanda Wallace's previous books so thought I would read it anyways. I enjoyed the story more than I thought I would which was a nice surprise. I did struggle a bit with Grace as a character who I found to be a bit judgmental. Her sisters just sounded like brats so they weren't great additions to the book.

I didn't love the book but still enjoyed it enough to finish. The characters won't stay with me. A quick light re
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Natasha
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I received an arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, this is going to be tricky to review. I really wanted to love this but I just... didn't. There was a lot of discussion around gender which was good but both of the leads are cis. One of them, Dakota, does say she isn't a fan of labels and is overall more androgynous but in the end, the novel seems to only present her as cis. 

I should note I am cis but there were some
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Harker
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rep: Plus size Black Lesbian MC, Genderfluid presenting MC, supporting LGT cast, Filipino side character

CW: some homophobic comments/inferences 

Tailor-Made has lighthearted moments like many romance novels, but there are many depths within this novel. There's steaminess as well, plus it touches on serious subjects such gentrification and difficulties faced by the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Grace and Dakota may be the focus of the story, but once you pick up this book, you will find much more than their
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Kennedy
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-ng-okay
I enjoy romance novels and this read was sweet with some push and pull but communication is the key to navigate the challenges. I like the main characters. What interesting and unique careers they both have. The bike ride, caught in the rain, a meal in a quaint/trendy restaurant and a cute scene at a baseball game. The romantic in me smiles very big. Both characters are likeble and you want happiness and fulfillment to boil over for them. Grace Henderson has it all figured out from the business ...more
Sarah
I received a free pre release copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars. I was in the mood for a butch-femme romance and this one hit the spot! Sweet, but with plenty of sexual tension, no insta-love, but instead a relationship building over time, and interesting characters including not only Dakota and Grace, but their friends and family. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a sweet (with some steaminess near the end) contemporary romance.
Kay
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
#RWLChallenge: A Lammy Award winner

A bit predictable but I really liked it. Possibly the steamiest book I've read this year.
Martha
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hella hot, confident, grown-ass ladies with their own lives who aren't pining for a partner and don't immediately act without (for a while) considering consequences? Sign me up. And, yes, it's just as gratifying as it sounds.
A.W.
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review to follow.
JenReadsRomance
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: f-f
What a great romance! Tailor Grace Henderson is assigned the task of measuring and designing a suit for gender-fluid model Dakota Lane. There's instant chemistry, but Grace has the voice of her conservative father in her head, warning her that Dakota is too much of a wild child. Or it just that Grace is afraid of her own feelings for Dakota, who's nothing at all like the woman she usually dates?

There's a real sense of fullness in this story, with Grace and Dakota both having rich backgrounds of
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Dannica Zulestin
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I finished reading this book really late at night, and I couldn't wait to review it, so I might have to edit this review later to be more precise or what have you. But I think the fact that it kept me up late reading says something about the book in itself.

The Premise
Grace is a tailor running the family business. She's a lesbian who only dates feminine women, and never dates customers. Dakota is a...well, as she says, "whatever I feel like on any given day", or in simplest terms possible, an and
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Miriam Joy
Real rating is probably a low 2.5*s, so let's live in hope that 2018 is the year that Goodreads gives us a half-star option...

I enjoyed the premise of this book -- enough to request it from NetGalley and be relatively hopeful about it -- but the execution was something of a disappointment, and as a result, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I'd hoped.

My issues were mainly stylistic. In particular, I felt there was too much exposition, and it wasn't particularly skilfully done. In the early cha
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Lauren loves llamas
Hello, opposites! Dakota is a playgirl and party girl. She’s such a playgirl that there’s an off-hand comment that one of the security guards at a building she delivers to is always good for a “quick round of athletic sex in the supply closet.” That’s some serious dedication to hookup sex! Dakota is confident in her sexuality and the androgynous image she models, and isn’t interested in relationships. In her words, she’s “never met anyone who makes me want to come back for more.”

Grace is set in
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laurel [suspected bibliophile]
A fairy-tale-ish story about two dramatically different women searching for love.

Grace is a tailor looking to expand her father's custom suit business. She's been on blind date after blind date, until model/bike messenger Dakota Lane walks in wanting a a custom suit for her sister's wedding. Dakota is nothing like Grace is usually attracted to: hard edges instead of soft curves, gender bending instead of distinctly feminine, and a player with lots of previous conquests. There's no denying the bu
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Kristel
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
ARC from netgalley

With all the flaws this book clearly has, I enjoyed it. It was confusing at times and things left me wondering, so I kind of want my friends of my lgbtqia+ community to read this and give me their opinion: I don't think I'm in the position to fully understand something I haven't experienced firsthand even if I am part of said community and had various chances to listen to a lot of different stories. I don't know everything so I'm learning everything there is to know in order no
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Pamela
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Grace Henderson is a master tailor in her father’s Brooklyn tailor ship. She’s been promised her father will hand over the keys to the shop when he retires. She has a rule against dating clients, which is easy to follow since the vast majority of their clients are men. Then Dakota Lane walks into their shop. Dakota is a handsome androgynous woman with two jobs—a bicycle messenger and male model. Grace is immediately drawn to Dakota, but reminds herself of her rule against dating clients and that ...more
Katrina
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finally a book about a POC that wasn’t too cookie cutter and annoying. She does end up with a non POC it was still a very good book. I liked Grace I could really relate to her predicament with her hair. Although a small part of the book this tends to be a huge issue in communities of color. I thought the addiction of Dakotas sister was awkward and unnecessary. Like why did she go to NY? There was never a good explanation and if she was having serious doubts about her marriage I don’t think it co ...more
Allison
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia, netgalley
A POC main character in a lesbian romance! A genderfluid main character in a lesbian romance! I can pretty much stop writing now - those are two good enough reasons to read this book.

So, if you can't tell, I was super excited to read a lesbian romance with diverse love interests. That said, though, this was a pretty good book aside from those two factors. I especially enjoyed Grace's family - they easily accepted her sexuality, but in other ways were in every way like every close knit black fami
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Yolanda Wallace is not a professional writer, but she plays one in her spare time. She has written seven novels, and her short stories have appeared in multiple anthologies. She and her partner live in beautiful coastal Georgia, where they are parents to four children of the four-legged variety — a boxer and three cats.

Yolanda Wallace also writes under the pen name Mason Dixon.
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