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Exception to the Rule [Kindle Edition]

Cindy Rizzo
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Winner, 2014 Debut Author Award, Golden Crown Literary Society!
Finalist, Contemporary Lesbian Romance, 2014 Rainbow Book Awards!

What will keep you safe—and sane—when you find yourself in a new and unfamiliar place convinced you'll never find anyone like you?

For Robin and Tracy, it's the rules they set for themselves as they begin their first semester at Adams University near Boston.

Robin is determined to hide in her room writing until she can get back to her homeless gay friends in New York City, whose easy exchange of sex and friendship inspires her creativity. She's sworn off perfect princesses like Tracy Patterson, no matter how attractive she finds the mysterious Southerner on her hall with the long blonde hair and tight jeans.

And Tracy has no interest in cynical, smart-mouthed Northerners like Robin. She has her own set of rules—fine-tuned back home in North Carolina where she had a fake boyfriend and an uncomplicated string of older female lovers, including her mother's best friend. Here at college, she already has her first conquest planned, and it's certainly not Robin Greene.

This is a love story about two young women who can only find their true selves by finding one another. But are Robin and Tracy willing to give up all they think they know in order to find happiness?

Sometimes in life, the person who will matter most is the one who's an exception to the rule.

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About the Author

Cindy Rizzo lives in New York City with her partner, 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. In the 1970s and 1980s she wrote for Boston’s Gay Community News and has published essays in the anthologies, Lesbians Raising Sons and Homefronts: Controversies in Non-Traditional Parenting. She was the co-editor of a fiction anthology, All the Ways Home, published in 1995 (New Victoria) in which her story “Herring Cove” was included. She serves on the boards of Congregation Beth Simchat Torah in New York and Funders for LGBT Issues. She is the mother, and her partner is the step-mother, of two grown sons and a wonderful daughter-in-law. You can contact Cindy by email at, via Facebook, through her blog,, or on Twitter @cindyrizzo.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 409 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494225557
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GW5ILF8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,652 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant debut novel 2 Mar. 2014
By Telstar
Format:Kindle Edition
Northerner Robin Greene and Southerner Tracey Patterson first meet when they arrive at Adams University, near Boston, for their first semester.

Both girls are experienced in the art of seduction. Each girl has arrived at college with her own set of self imposed rules.

Robin's set of values includes holing herself up in her room and pursuing her writing, until she can get back to her homeless friends in New York City. Robin tells herself frequently that she won't have anytime for blonde haired princesses like Tracy, with all her southern charm and her girly looks.

Tracy, herself, isn't enamored with loud mouthed, brash northerners like Robin. The older, more sophisticated woman is more Tracy's style. In fact, she's got her sights set high on just the right woman to while away the time. Certainly not Robin though. Tracy's rules stemmed from her home in Durham, North Carolina. She had set her life up with her gay best friend as her beard and pursued a number of older women, including her mother's best friend.

As time goes by, both Robin and Tracy begin to realize that the person who will become the most important in their lives, will be the exception to the rule.

This is Cindy Rizzo's debut book. What a brilliant first book. It's very well written and edited, a pure joy to read. I love the storyline. Although this is a young adult book, it can be enjoyed by all. In fact, although I'm not American and of course the settings are different, it brought back a lot of previously hidden emotions for me.

This is a wonderful story of self discovery and coming out. Cindy Rizzo really gets into the hearts and minds of her characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected. Excellent. 12 Dec. 2013
By Jules
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read a lot of books. Since becoming the happy owner of a kindle I've read e-books I probably might have not picked up on in the past. Often, the quality is poor. Often, the dialogue is ropey. Often, the characters are paper thin and unbelievable. I can't quite bring myself to make some awful pun on the title of this book, but I could. I would seriously suggest giving it a read. The characters are relatable, real, smart, funny and sexy. The dialogue sparkles, the plot is well-paced (and interesting in its own right), the romantic elements realistic and well integrated with the story. A very high standard for the genre, never mind for a first time author. This book really deserves to be a success.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A lesbian romance grounded in the real world 17 Oct. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a difficult book to review. There is, certainly, a lot to admire and enjoy about it, in that it's not just a lesbian romance that sits in its own world. It is very grounded in LGBT life and reality. While the focus is on three girls of good background and exceptional talent, the story takes us amongst the homeless and abused of New York and Boston. Neither of the two romantic leads are pure, innocent creatures; rather, they are strong-minded and intelligent young women who are sexually experienced but have never really been in love. There is clarity and honesty in the writing that makes it feel very autobiographical, and the careful detail that goes into the academic environment adds to this sense of reality.

It's definitely worth a read, for many reasons, but I found it difficult to maintain interest. I was stuck at 49% for a long time and it took an afternoon of trains and planes to get me through to the end - I think because it's less a story than a chronicle. The lesbian romance is stretched out over a whole year, and a collection of unnecessary epilogues - and I think I would have been tempted to end the story at exactly a year, because everything after that feels indulgent. Also, the narrative often feels more descriptive than intimate, which distances the reader.

In conclusion? I'm happy I got through to the end of it and I enjoyed it - but I wasn't thrilled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful, entertaining and engaging tale. 15 Jan. 2015
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Cindy Rizzo's debut novel shares the story of three young women, each trying to find their way as they start their journey into adulthood. They meet at Adams University near Boston and spend as much time learning about each other as they do in class.

Robin Greene is an aspiring author from New York; edgy and mysterious she works hard at keeping that persona in place. Believing the distance she maintains from others allows her creativity to course through her veins.

Tracy Anderson has travelled from Durham, South Carolina, in a bid to spread her wings and experience life. Training to be a psychologist she struggles with the pressure not to be the southern blonde princess everyone expects her to be.

Robin and Tracy become unlikely friends, due in most part to Angie Antonelli, the best friend to both. A politics student enjoying University life and developing her own diplomatic solutions when dealing with Robin and Tracy.

The book is about young love, friendship and discovering your path in life. It touches on LGBT homelessness and the struggles associated with coming out.

Exception To The Rule is a wonderful, heart-warming story. Superbly written, with three-dimensional characters and a perfect supporting cast, making for a delightful, entertaining and engaging tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joyride
It took me a bit to warm up to the main characters in the beginning. Maybe because I had difficulties to relate to either of them. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Hesch
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Joy to Read
At last I have found an author in Cindy Rizzo who tells you how it is.

The story centres around Robin Greene, an aspiring author, from New York and Tracy Anderson,... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I loved this book and found it a welcome breath of fresh air to les-fic. Would recommend to anyone looking for a real gritty, interesting and engaging romance!
Published 17 months ago by angela
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
A great story from Cindy Rizzo, hopefully leading to another book about the same characters, I have read this book several times and love the way it grips you to almost the end
Published 17 months ago by Sally Trotter
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive
Great book. Kept me up when I should have been sleeping because I just couldn't stop reading! A must read!!!
Published 18 months ago by MissInfallible
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely an Exception to the Rule
For a first time novel this book is extremely well written. Not only does the story follow the student lives of the two main characters Tracy and Robin, but also of their Lesbian... Read more
Published 19 months ago by B. G. Pardy
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Once you start this book you can't put it down. Don't be put off that this is Cindy's first book, you wouldn't think it. Read more
Published 19 months ago by T. K. Hathaway
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening
First of all I have to say how much I enjoyed this book. The world's of three different kind of women, carefully intertwined amongst the trials and tribulations of the further... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ghost Lover
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