I like this story, I really like it. It's a love story between a transgender woman and a straight man. It's a story about their courtship, about her problems 'fessing up, about his problems coming to grips with it, and how their love for each other overcomes.
It's a story about a wonderful family, a big Italian family, and how they take her in. And we see a bit about her work, which is not for the faint of heart.
And of course there's a bit of drama to spice things up.
It's a captivating story, told well - er - told well in the sense of narrative. Unfortunately technically it's fairly awful. In the first chapter there are constant changes between the first person narrator and third person: suddenly "I" turns into "she" for a sentence or two, or even half a sentence, and then it changes back. The male protagonist Brian turns into a David for two paragraphs and then turns back into a Brian. The painter Pollock turns into a Pollack, and there are a few grammatical howlers as well.
It really could do with a heavy edit.
Nevertheless, I like this story, the problems it has have made for my only giving it an 'appeal' rating of 7, it would have been a 10 otherwise. Still, I recommend it highly. Qhml1 has some very interesting tales to tell.