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You're My Kind

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  507 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Would you give your first love a second chance?  

Justine Thomas and Maddie Kind met at university and were the couple most likely. Everybody said so. That is, until Maddie left without saying goodbye.

Ten years later the pair are reunited at a friends funeral, and now Justine cant shake Maddie from her life. But why is she back? Why did she disappear? And more

Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published March 18th 2019 by Custard Books
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Corporate Slave
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Gaby LezReviewBooks
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Justine Thomas and Maddie Kind were a couple at university until Maddie left without saying goodbye. Ten years later, they are reunited at a friend's funeral and Maddie wants to make amends for her past behaviour. Justine is not very keen to let Maddie back into her life but both have changed and this new Maddie is kinder, caring and still gorgeous. Will Justine keep her distance or will she give their relationship another try?

'You're my kind' is a second chance romance that starts with a
I'm blaming Diane Warren and Toni Braxton for the unlimited love that I have for second chance romance.

Let's address the troubled lesbian in the room. You'll need to have the shittiest yet legit excuse/s to leave your partner/gf of 4 years without any explanations and no matter what they are, it is still one of the worst thing to do to someone you claim to love. To the other reviewers, I agree with you.

Let's talk about cancer just for a moment. It's the disease that have taken quite a number
Les Rêveur
Justine never understood why Maddie, after 3 happy years together, left her without an explanation. Justine has never really gotten over Maddie and still measures up every woman to her and even now, after ten years, shes the only woman who she has really connected with. So when a mutual friends funeral comes along, she is pretty nervous about seeing her for the first time in ten years. Hoping this is a one-off, she braces herself and needs to get through the day but Maddie has other plans. Shes ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Clare Lyndon is one of my favourite authors. I usually like her books and this one was no exception. Nice main and supporting characters and a good storyline. No angst really, which is good for me because I dont like too much angst. 4 stars and waiting for Lydons next book. ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Main stumbling block for me - I just cant get past the fact that Maddie just left Justine, girlfriend of 4 years, high and dry after listening to her loser father that shes just not relationship material. What!?! No words and a decade later just waltzed in and wants to be friend, if not more. Hmmm 🤔

Verdict - Just an ok read for me...
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
One thing I really enjoy about Clare Lydon's books (the few that I have read) is that she knows how to tell a story. I was thinking about that as I wrapped reading this book. I think the missing link in many of the books I have read recently is the authors don't know how to put a story together where it will keep the reader engrossed. Anyway, You're My Kind is one of those books where it tells a story.

This story is about the second chance at love for Justine and Maddie. I must admit, there is
There are certain authors who I just love - and I know, whatever the mood, whatever is going on with my own life, they will remain true, beautiful, tearful and fulfilling. Clare is such an author & for that I bow down and say a heartfelt thank you.
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representation: lesbian mc's, f/f romance, bisexual side characters

there's nothing wrong with clare lydon's writing, i've just found the books i've read by her to be pretty boring. i think i'll listen to the audiobooks instead
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. Theres some great storytelling in this one. Nothing crazy happens, just two women and their friends going through life, and that is exciting enough. ...more
Pam Holzner
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, scribd, hoopla
I listened to this on Hoopla (but it is also available on Scribd) and if you like Clare Lydon, feel free to add at least one star. Mostly her style doesn't do much for me and I keep puzzling over why. I keep thinking that there's not enough drama, but that's just a guess.

I liked the second chance aspect of this. In her London series, there's usually a bit of insta-lust/love (or at least that's what I *think* I remember). So I believed that the characters were great first loves, never really got
Kitty McIntosh
Clare Lydon certainly played with my emotions on this one. Youre My Kind is the story of Justine and Maddie and their road to love after splitting ten years previously. Justine has never been able to get over it and professes to hate the very mention of Maddies name. But when she unexpectedly turns up again on an already awful day, Justine is forced to start confronting her feelings.

Now, I was determined to hate Maddie too, on Justines behalf. But she crept up on me. I wanted to resist her, but
Alexis  (TheSlothReader)
DNF at 30%

I'm fairly bored by the plot and I dont find the character overly memorable. The baking/cake stuff was pretty cool though
Carol Hutchinson
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just adored this second chance romance from Clare Lydon.

Following Justine as she is catapulted into the doom and gloom of a returning ex, and all the feelings that resurface as a result, Justine has to come to terms with Maddie being back in her life, but will she stay this time?

Clare just makes Justine so relatable in this emotional story as she overcomes heartache, and the realisation of what the future could hold for her. I had my moments of doubt, with Justine, as I connected with her
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
You're My Kind is a story about seeing the one who broke your heart after years have passed. I've read several of these stories some are more believable for me than others. The truth is, I've had that happen and well, frankly, I'd probably run the gal over if I ever saw her again... but that's just me. And well, it's a little bit Justine too although while she is really, really distrustful and angry, when she see's the ex, Maddie again all she can say is, "I have to go to the loo." There's much ...more
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, lgbtqia
I wasnt a fan of this. There was little plot and such there was was bland. The characters were flat and uninteresting. There was no chemistry between the two MCs to the extent that the main MC had to be all Tell not Show about her feelings and this led to a couple of really awkward, unsexy sex scenes. The whole premise of the book was that a decade ago, one of the MCs left the other with no warning or contact. Complete ghosting. But when we find out the reason, its a really dumb reason and made ...more
Maz Tucker
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this second chance romance. it had a lot of heart warming moments, that will leaving you feeling sad, but lots of great funny moments as well.
Great read.
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wanted to like this book more than I did. It somewhat redeemed itself at the end, but there were a few problems. It had this weird POV where the story was sort of, kind of told in first person. But it felt a little bit like first person stand-off-ish. Even, purportedly, sharing the perspective of one MC I didn't feel that I knew her all that well. Secondly, I felt the pacing was really off. We were at 70% (kindle reader here) before the MCs got together for the first time with very little real ...more
The avid  Reader
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this book though I really love the author. The only thing I loved is the friendships and I wanted more of that. The rest, eh. The second chance romance, eh. Three business, maybe.
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
well this sure did fill some time
M.E. Tudor
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonder Read!

This was a great story filled with love, friendships, loss and family. I truly enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to reading more of Clare's stories.
Pinkdturtle tina
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars. Its not that o didnt like this book, it just felt like something was missing. Good story line (these type are my fav) but it was like flatlining, not to the point I couldnt finish it. ...more
Jennifer Black
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
A solid read. Characters were well-written and believable. The author managed to strike a good balance between crafting a living ecosystem consisting of friends and families and developing the romance within it. I also liked how the protagonist didnt just initially fall head over heels for her ex.

I enjoyed the theme of this book. Made me tear up a bit at times and reminded me not to take family for granted.

Fuck cancer!
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer, fiction
Not sure KU is the way to go to apparently end my lesfic fast, but amazon practically forced another trial on me.

This was lovely even though second chance is probably my least favorite trope. All very charming and English and, well, feel-good, despite the themes of death and grieving.
Marty Preslar
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sweet and emotional multi-layered story, like a well crafted cake.

This wonderful book takes the best vibes from movies like "The Big Chill", mixes it with a fantastic second chance romance, nd adds the finishing layer of sweetness by having so much of the story resolve around cake.

The plot is layered well, with the mystery of Maddie's disappearing act, mentioned in the blurb, revealed gradually, with hints along the way. Meanwhile, the chemistry between the leading ladies is depicted superbly,
Han O'Connor
May 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was everything I wanted in a lesbian romantic comedy novel. Overall, the dialogue was quirky and kept me interested. There were parts within the dialogue where it wasn't clear who was talking which kind of bothered me.

The flirting and sensual parts delivered. These parts of the book weren't cheesy like they can in erotica novels, and they were real and honest in a way that I (a lesbian) could relate to.

The combination of mourning and romantic pursuit worked really well. I was tearing
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a nod to a certain movie mentioned in the book: Gripping. Its not Jane Austen, its not Henry James but its gripping.

A bit darker tones here in a story about love, life, death and cake. Justine is more than a bit bitter about her ex, Maddie, suddenly turning up to a friends funeral.. and even more so when she finds out Maddie intends to stay and wants to be friends again. Maddie, who ten years previously just up and left without any explanation! The nerve!

Basically it's still a romcom, with
T.J. Dallas
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesfic
Undeniably British, lol. I'll be honest; British romance (especially about baking) are at the bottom of my pile (in film, TV, and books) and to be even more honest, the only reason I bought it was because I'm doing a lesfic alphabet challenge and struggled to find a book beginning with Y, haha. But I actually really enjoyed it!

I didn't want to like Maddie, but she really turned around, and by the end, I actually liked her better than Justine, lol. Loved Dean and Gemma too. Dean reminded me of
D. Nyall
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a smashing read. While there are many lesbian romances available from a multitude of authors, one reason that I always look forward to a new Clare Lydon book is that she's mastered the art of producing believable, poignant, and humourous dialogue between her characters. Without this, any story would become flat and two-dimensional for me, but once again the author makes it look so easy - when, in reality, I suspect it's one of the most difficult things to pull off consistently.

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Clare Lydon is a London-based writer of contemporary lesbian romance. She's a No.1 best-seller on lesbian fiction charts around the globe with five full-length novels to her name, as well as writing the All I Want series, set to continue throughout 2016. If you love romantic comedies, prepare to fall head over heels in love.

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