Barring Complications

It’s an open secret that the newest justice on the Supreme Court is a lesbian. So when the Court decides to hear a case about gay marriage, Justice Victoria Willoughby must navigate the press, sway at least one of her conservative colleagues, and confront her own fraught feelings about coming out. ­­

Just when she decides she’s up to the challenge,­­ she learns that the very brilliant, very out Genevieve Fornier will be lead counsel on the case.

Genevieve isn’t sure which is causing her more sleepless nights: the prospect of losing the case, or the thought of who will be sitting on the bench when she argues it.


Rainbow Awards
Winner, Best Lesbian Debut
Second place, Best Lesbian Romance
Third Place, Best Lesbian Book

Gold Crown Literary Society
Finalist, Dramatic/General fiction


“One of my favorite book of the year for sure. Everything in this book is done so well that it was actually difficult for me to take brakes to do important and so much needed things like sleep! This is a book that I will re-read for sure. A wonderful and actually perfect debut that will make me wait impatiently for her next book.” – Rainbow Awards judge

“The idea that this is Mrs Blythe Rippon’s debut lesbian, contemporary, romance novel is astonishing as there was such depth, breadth, life, realness, vitality, and anticipation that seemed to thrum throughout every word, every sentence, every paragraph, and every page. It was lovely to read a story that had at its core a couple not only fighting for their own love, but for the rights of all same-sex couples to be able to marry in the US.” – Rainbow Awards judge

“Blythe Rippon weaves a compelling tale from the very first page. It is a multilayered story, a story which sweeps the reader away right from the start. Ah, those grand opening chapters introducing the justice and the counselor, those moments of subtle humor, those poignant moments of sadness and joy. The prose is evocative, fresh, and to the point. The main and secondary characters are well-developed and enticing. Court procedures, the dealings and wheelings in the LGBT community, the pressure by the press, the threats of weirdos opposed to all things queer, a pinch of romance are all thrown into this book and add up to a great, complex read, a novel which explores and celebrates one of our greatest moments.”  -Lambda Literary Review

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