Title: Woodsworth's Scoop
Genre: LGBT Contemporary Romance
“If you find your love is married, pray that she be poly!” This is the advice that GLBT clinic director Lexi Woodworth gives to the reader in Woodworth’s Scoop. Lexi has been around the block a few times and has gotten bruised along the way. She’s watched her friends develop successful, loving lesbian relationships, but she has been too busy with her career to put much effort into a romantic relationship of her own. All that changes, though, when the beautiful RN Jennifer Scoop walks into her office and offers to help with the overrun clinic.
Lexi is instantly attracted to Jennifer. She feels a connection to her that she’s never felt with anyone else before, and she senses that Jennifer feels the same way. There’s only one problem. Jennifer is married to Trey. Lexi is devastated by the news until Jennifer explains that her marriage is not a typical one. Jennifer and Trey practice polyamory. Trey has his girlfriends, and she has hers, as long as they keep their relationship with each other the primary focus of their romantic lives. Lexi is uneasy about the relationship at first, but she agrees to the arrangement because she believes that what she feels for Jennifer is worth the risks, and there are plenty.
Not only is Jennifer married, but she also has three children, one of whom is a teenager who does not agree with the lifestyle that her parents have chosen. Lexi must learn how to build relationships with each of the children without encroaching too far into the family circle. She must also contend with the occasional jealousy and possessiveness of Jennifer’s husband. And all this while running a clinic! Still, Lexi finds a way to make it all work because she loves Jennifer. In fact, she loves Jennifer so much that she wants to marry her and be with her forever.
Of course, they can’t have a traditional wedding ceremony, but Lexi is a pagan, and she’s not interested in one of those. She just wants a simple ceremony where she and Jennifer can publicly declare their undying love for each other. As the wedding approaches, Trey becomes more and more protective of Jennifer. The teenage daughter’s embarrassment and disapproval also increases. Add to that the intrusion of Lexi’s parents into the wedding plans and the Unitarian minister, who may not be as supportive of the union as she seems, and you’ve got a recipe for action that will keep the reader on the edge of his/her seat.
In the end, the wedding does take place, and Lexi’s parents and Jennifer’s whole family are all involved. Even Trey, who said at first that he would definitely not be there, joins in the festivities to show his wife that he loves her more than he loves himself. It’s a “happily ever after” situation for all parties involved, as they put aside their differences to celebrate love in all its forms. And Lexi learns that love really does conquer all—except maybe pre-wedding jitters.