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TWO 4 stars for Bankers’ Hours by Wade Kelly #MM #Romance @writerwadekelly @dreamspinners

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Title: Bankers’ Hours
Author Name & Publisher: Wade Kelly (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 25th, 2016 — 290 pages

Synopsis

Even though bankers’ hours leave long weekends for romance, cosmic intervention is Grant’s only option when money doesn’t buy happiness and he’s got virginity in spades.

Grant Adams is a twenty-six-year-old bank teller who’s unlucky at love, yet hopelessly hopeful. After years of horrific first dates, he’s convinced he’s saving himself for true love. Surely he has bad taste in men because it couldn’t possibly be his persnickety nature that’s sent them packing.

Tristan Carr has been in a holding pattern since his daughter was born fifteen years ago, which suits his workaholic lifestyle just fine. This ex-Navy turned auto mechanic never wanted anyone interfering with being a weekend dad. For Tristan to rearrange his perfectly orchestrated life, a guy will need to be special. Or in the case of the newest employee at his bank, the guy will need to be adorable, shy, and open to the prospect of forever when it shows up at his window.

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 FourStars

This was a cute story and I fell in love with 26 year old, Grant Adams. He’s so quirky with a low self confidence and he’s a mama’s boy. lol. Still, with all his quirks, he was hard to not love.
His story starts with his sudden move to another town cause his job was closed down and he had been transferred to a new bank. There he meets Tristan, a divorced auto mechanic with a teenage daughter. I related a lot to Grant, actually. It’s surprising how much and that’s why I loved this story. He and Tristan were so very cute together, even though the sudden marriage threw me off. I thought they agreed to marry for all the wrong reasons in the beginning even though I was cheering for them.
I liked that Grant had a best friend who he could talk to, I liked Tristan’s daughter, who stood by her father when he admitted that he was gay, and I disliked Tristan’s ex-wife. She was a major B-word. lol.
Cute story with a cute cast of characters that makes the story worth reading more than once.
~Cookie
FourStars
I actually enjoyed this read, except for maybe having to deal with the same fear as Grant…I think I screamed just as loud as he did *shivers tremendously*.
 
Tristan is an amazing man. Where do I even start? He puts his personal life on hold to raise his daughter.  He joins the military, offers to marry the “thing” (I personally cannot call her a human let alone a mother) who gave birth, keeps his sexual orientation in the closet knowing it may cost seeing his daughter, gives child support money without a court order, owns and runs a successful auto garage and is a very patient man.
 
Grant is just an odd one-of-a-kind. His OCD issues and quirkiness have kept him from finding the right one. But really, the right one just hasn’t come along to accept him for who he is and for Grant to want to change and be a better man. Tristan is the one that is patient with Grant and helps Grant (both intentionally and unintentionally) to let go of his issues.
 
Yes, this was a shot-gun romance. I loved that Grant comes to support and defend Tristan from the crazy “thing” (who I still cannot label as a female human). Grant may be quirky but he is solid when coming to protect Tristan. You go Grant!
 
Now, that “thing” in question…..OMG!!!! Please…2 weeks in a psych ward? No, no, no way. More like lifetime. Unfortunately it is common that parents use their children as pawns. It frustrates the ever living heck out of me and I want to send them to the Bermuda Triangle so they are long forgotten. They are not parents, and this particular breathing human can join them.
 
The secondary cast of characters were fabulous. Even though this is fiction, so much of this story truly happens in real life, no it can be believable. Overall, this story is more of a “good laugh and eye-roll” type of story. Trying to get out of a funk….this is your story. No need to think. You will just laugh, shake your head, roll your eyes, kind of like an “OMG, did that just happen?” rom-com.
~Keri

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3.5 Star Review for Sleight of Heart (Morality of Magick #1) by Aisling Mancy @AislingMancy #MM #Paranormal #Romance

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Title: Sleight of Heart (Morality of Magick #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Aisling Mancy (CoolDudes Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: March 14, 2016 — 194 Pages

Synopsis

A vampire mage, a Romani young man, and a forbidden love that won’t be denied.

Lord Taliesin Solitaire was born albino, cursed mute by the fey, and betrayed by a vampire lover. For two hundred years the vampire mage has vowed never to love again and has only used sex as a means to a meal. Until a palm-reading gypsy finds himself in peril and Taliesin can’t resist rescuing the beautiful young man.

Pesha is the eldest but smallest son of King Vaida Sinclair, the oppressive ruler of the Kåle Romani Compania. Deemed impure by his father, Pesha is shunned and mistreated by his band and six half-brothers, and one brother in particular wants him dead. His pale, silent savior gives him safety, security and a love he never could have imagined. As Pesha falls in love with his handsome white knight, his half-brother does the unthinkable.

Can Taliesin rescue Pesha from the cruel clutches of his half-brother a second time?

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ThreeandHalfStars

Sleight of Heart is an entertaining and heartwarming story. Both Taliesin and Pesha have good depth and character. Their romance is sweet and sexy.

Including terms from the Romanes dialect is an interesting choice and definitely makes this book stand out. But I found, especially in the first half, that it took away from the story instead of enhancing it. A bit of translation early on would have helped me to understand it better. Instead, some parts were awkward and confusing.

This is a good introduction to an intriguing world. I can see lots of potential for this series, and I’d like to see what happens next. That said, I think this book does also stand alone quite well, with only a few unanswered questions.

On the whole I enjoyed this story and the characters. I recommend this for someone looking for a unique take on an urban paranormal and fantasy romance.

*I received an unedited copy, and my review assumes that the errors will be corrected prior to publication. I received a free copy of this book to read for Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.*

Amanda

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5 Star Review for Naughty By Night (Grad School Guys #2) by Devon Rhodes #MM #Romance @devonrhodes @PridePublishing

CoverTitle: Naughty By Night (Grad School Guys #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Devon Rhodes (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 17, 2016 – 101 pgs

Synopsis

Normally, finding the hot neighbor in bed with your boyfriend would be the end—not the beginning—of a wonderful relationship.

Marty can’t catch a break. Unable to confess to his neighbor Kevin that it’s Kevin he’s interested in, he ends up using advice to make a move on Jason instead. He moves too slowly, though, and Kevin and Jason end up dating each other, leaving Marty out in the cold.

Everything changes the morning Jason wakes up to find Marty in bed with him and Kevin. Jason wonders whether he’s made a big mistake in committing to Kevin. Marty’s mortified—he’s wanted Jason from afar for ages, but never had the courage to act on it. And Kevin is plotting something naughty that will give all three men what they’ve wanted all along.

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released as a short story by another publisher. It has been considerably expanded for release with Pride Publishing.

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FiveStars

This turned out to be an extremely interesting book that could have turned out so bad if it had not been the three guys that it was actually about.

Marty is not the type of guy in my opinion that is really comfortable in his own skin. He can handle the hook ups and such but it is what happens afterwards that makes him withdrawal into himself. He is not one to be able to carry on a conversation with others because I believe that he over thinks things and he projects his over thinking into being extremely awkward which then leads to dead end relationships with just about any one so he sticks to himself.

Kevin is the exact opposite of Marty. He turns everything into an opportunity of meeting new people and putting himself out there. He is the walking party and he decides to take Marty under his wing and drawl him out of his shell so he can get up the courage to ask out the mystery guy that Marty likes. Which in some crazy way he does but Kevin is just not to perceptive because Marty has a crush on him as well as the hot accountant that works next door to where Marty works, Jason.

Marty never gets up the courage and ends up losing both Kevin and Jason and the kicker is about losing them, he loses them to each other.

I love how Devon Rhodes took a relationship between these three men that seemed virtually impossible and was able to make them all into something more.

I started this post out by saying that this could have turned out so bad if it was not for the characters that it was about. Well to elaborate on that, I meant that these three men did not start out mutually deciding to start a relationship between the three of them. It started out as friendship and Kevin knew that they all had at least an attraction between the three of them but he decided it needed to be taken a step further. This could have turned into an epic failure and they could have lost each other.

Devon made these characters so that completed each other perfectly and made it so that each of them was the missing piece to the puzzle that completed itself once they all came together. It is easy to write book about threesomes but to make these characters so perfect for one another is a true gift because each of these characters have such different personalities. I do not see it being easy to bring these three different personalities together to make each one of them whole but Devon accomplished it and added bits and pieces of humor along the way. Was a great read and cannot wait for the next book in the series.

Tosha

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3 Star Review for Gays of Our Lives (Queers of La Vista) by Kris Ripper #MM #Romance @SmuTasticKris

CoverTitle: Gays of Our Lives (Queers of La Vista)
Author Name & Publisher: Kris Ripper (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: July 11, 2016 – 226 pgs

Synopsis

Emerson Robinette only leaves his apartment to get laid and go to work. Having MS—and trying to pretend he doesn’t—makes everything more complicated, especially his fantasies of coming on strong and holding a guy down. Finding a partner who’ll explore that with him isn’t Emerson’s idea of a realistic goal.

Until a chance meeting with a hipster on a bus makes him reconsider. Obie is happy, open-hearted, and warm; what’s more, he gets his kicks being physically dominated, spanked, and teased until he’s begging. It would be perfect, except for one thing: Emerson isn’t made for happiness, and he doesn’t see how a guy like Obie would settle for a cynic like him.

But as far as Obie’s concerned, the only thing keeping them apart is Emerson. Can Emerson handle a boyfriend who’s more invested in his future than he is? Emerson’s barely convinced he has a future. But when Obie’s smiling at him, anything seems possible.

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ThreeStar

I honestly don’t know how to rate this book. At times I hated it because all Emerson did was whine and complain and it drove me nuts! Obie was such a sweet guy, you couldn’t help but love him and want him happy. I didn’t really even start to like Emerson until almost 75% into the book when he finally toned down the complaining. Emerson was great with Dred and getting her to the hospital and handling the situation. I thought the chemistry was great between Obie and Emerson and the students in Emerson’s class were great secondary characters.

Angie

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ONE 4 Star, TWO 3 Star and TWO 3.5 Star Reviews for Stubborn as a Bull by D. L. King #FF #Romance #erotica #lesfic

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Title: Stubborn as a Bull
Author Name & Publisher: D. L. King (NineStar)
Publication Date & Length: March 27, 2016 — 43 Pages

Synopsis

Kat, a bartender at Artemis, is a free spirit. She likes hooking up with random hot girls whenever she wants. Getting serious is the last thing on her mind. But her best friend thinks it’s time for Kat to grow up and settle down, like her.

Lil, a local restaurateur, is new to the scene and becomes smitten. Lil’s stubborn, but Kat’s skittish. And, like a cat, the more she’s chased, the faster she runs away. Kat’s got too many plans to settle down now—like that hot butch or the stripper who comes in with her friends… But Lil’s stubborn: Stubborn as a bull.

Stubborn as a Bull contains adult content suitable for mature readers only.

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ThreeStar

A quick easy to read mild erotic novel.
Rather predictable but snappy, interesting and a fun way to wile away the time.
I would have liked more of a story line and stronger characters hence the three stars, but a fresh and uncomplicated read.
~Chris
ThreeandHalfStars
I feel wishy-washy about this story. Part of me wants to rate it higher because it was well-written and a nice, quick, interesting read. But the other part of me keeps dragging me back to a couple of plot points that I have a problem with. Truthfully, this story might be considered erotica, and I definitely don’t have a problem with erotica. But it seems to me that the story is struggling to be considered a romance, and that’s where some things kind of break down for me. Kat seems extremely shallow to me, and because of that, it’s hard to believe she feels anything deeper with Lil than she does with the other two we see her with. And it’s hard to understand why Lil is so stubborn about her anyway; not only does Kat ignore her to hook up with other women, but she seems to actually dislike Lil at first, so why does Lil keep coming back for more? Also, and this may just be a personal thing, but if I’m reading a romance about two people finally getting together, I don’t expect to read explicit details from casual hook-ups that occur before the two lovers get together. All that does is convince me that Kat is incapable of the sort of relationship Lil seems to want. And Kat seems to have a lot of sex. I don’t understand why sex with Lil is any different. It isn’t like they got to know each other any better than any of the others Kat had sex with, so what changed? Again, this almost seems to be a mixture of erotica and romance, but if so, it missed the mark for me.
~AmyP
FourStars
I have to say I really enjoyed this sexy little story. It had some fun, hot scenes, but then we got to see a relationship sort of develop on another front.
While I thought the story was really really well written and I did enjoy reading it, I think it was missing a bit of romance to the actual relationship.
It was fun to read about Kat’s exploits, but the relationship felt sort of rushed and we missed out on the true romance of them coming together for reasons other than sex.
Renee
ThreeandHalfStars
Kat works in a bar and picks up plenty of girls to sleep with. When Lil shows an interest she doesn’t seem impressed and carries on going home with girls for fun.  When her best friend Carla sets them up to spend time together they hit it off and eventually get it together and have explosive sex.  This was a fun story to while away some time and very hot.  I wasn’t too keen on Kat as she was a bit of a user and showed no respect for the girls she was picking up.  I thought he sudden about-face when she got together with Lil didn’t entirely ring true.  I liked Lil though and felt she deserves someone who would treat her well.  I’m not sure Kat was that person. Nevertheless a happy ending and a decent story.
Kitty Kat
ThreeStar

This was a quick, hot read; however, I would class it more erotica than romance, as we don’t see much romance developing with the characters. The story was hot, well written, and engaging; however, my issues with the story originate with Kat.

Kat seemed to be likeable upon first blush, but upon further reading I found her to be shallow and more about a fun time than a long time, which there is not anything necessarily wrong with; however, I feel we don’t see enough character development to support her quickly being a relationship kind of woman. I know with short reads it is challenging to fit everything in that needs to be; however, it is hard to fathom how Kat can go from basically hating Lil and brushing her off to wanting to be with only her.

I also don’t understand why, even after being ignored and blown off, Lil keeps going. I guess as the reader I don’t understand what keeps Lil from moving on, and honestly part of me wanted her to blow off Kat and find someone worthy of her.

It was a fun and sexy read; however, I had trouble liking the main character enough to truly enjoy the book.

Tori

Excerpt

“Strong, like Russian bull. Right. More like bullshit. Or more like ‘stubborn like a bull.’ Shit… I mean, really, what is it with her? I just don’t get it.” I lifted the hose out of the caddy and added more Diet Coke to Carla’s glass. It was the middle of the day—too late for lunch but too early for happy hour.

Carla took a drink and gave me a piercing look. “What are you talking about? Or should I say who are you talking about?”

“It’s that dyke, Lily, or Lil. Whatever. She’s always coming in here, bugging the crap out of me. Like just before you got here. She snuck up to the bar while I was changing out one of the kegs and said something like, ‘Hey little lady, want me to help you with that?’ I practically cracked my skull open on the top of the beer cooler. And then she grins and says that ‘Strong, like Russian bull’ thing and makes a muscle. She makes me crazy.”

“I don’t know who you’re talking about. What does she look like?”

“Yeah, you know her. She’s got short brown hair. Not boy-short, just short and kind of wavy. She’s maybe in her late thirties, but she looks like she’s in good shape—like she works out or maybe plays some kind of sport. She wears jeans and T-shirts, mostly. You know who I mean. Lil.”

“Kat, you just described half the women who come into this place. So, what else does she do to annoy you?”

I grabbed a glass of water and told Carla all about it. The way Lil always seemed to be there when I looked up, but how she never bought a drink. And the way she bullied customers at the bar when they started getting the least bit rowdy. She was costing me tips.

“And there was that time last week when this cute butch was hitting on me, and Lil shoved her way in front of the woman and asked something inane, like if I knew what time it was, or something. The girl just backed out of the way and decided to go hit on someone else, I guess…and she was cute, too. I don’t know, Carla, the bitch is out to get me, but I didn’t do anything to her. I swear. Hell, I don’t even know her.”

Carla started to grin.

“What?”

“Geez Louise! Can’t you tell when someone’s flirting with you? Or has it really been that long?”

“Flirting? Well, she’s not my type,” I said. I gave Carla a wilting look and went back to doing the prep work for the evening. Flirting? Is that possible? If it was, it was like the way boys used to flirt with girls in third grade. I was seriously waiting for her to punch me in the arm—and then I’d have to smack the crap out of her.

I wiped down the bar after restocking, and then I began preparing the drink garnishes and gave Carla another refill.

“You know, Kat, I’ve known you for seven years now, and I still don’t know what your type is. Just who are you looking for?”

She put a ten on the bar, and I leaned over and gave her a kiss. “Maybe I’m not looking for anyone. Do I have to be?”

“I don’t know what I’m gonna do with you.” Carla shook her head on her way out. She opened the front door to bright, glaring sunlight and waved as she stepped outside. The door shut behind her, wrapping the place in twilight shadow again, the way a bar should be.

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5 stars for Golden Dancer (Dangerous Dancers #1) by Tara Lain #MM #Menage

CoverTitle: Golden Dancer (Dangerous Dancers #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Tara Lain (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: April 12, 2016 – 181 pgs

Synopsis

A reporter and the thief he’s investigating both fall for a golden dancer forging a ménage of love and lies that could send one to prison and one to the morgue.

Mac MacAllister is obsessed; the online news reporter needs enough evidence to write a story accusing billionaire art collector Daniel Terrebone of stealing The Golden Dancer, a priceless work of art, from Horst Von Berg. The story promises the recognition Mac craves. But then Mac meets a real golden dancer, ballet star Trelain Medveyev, and his attraction to the man rocks his formerly straight world.

When the mysterious Terrebone “collects” this beautiful dancer, too, Mac rushes to the rescue like a knight in shining cargo pants and plunges into a three-way passion that tears him between love and guilt. Can Mac keep investigating when his story could send one man to prison and another to the morgue? Will this reporter get his story or get his men?

 

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 FiveStarsI am just going to be completely honest here and say that at first for maybe the first chapter or two I did not think I was going to truly like this book. But I pushed ahead and by the time I got to the third chapter I was hooked and completely engrossed in this book.

This is a book that revolves around a man that thinks he is straight and is a reporter (Mac), a man who is out in the open gay and proud of it and a premier ballet dancer (Trelain), and a man that is a billionaire and possibly a thief (Daniel). These are three completely different men and somehow or another they just complete one another. They are all three the most unlikely pair but once they are all together it is as if the pieces to the puzzle finally click into place to make it a complete puzzle.

But among these the men there is also a huge mystery that Mac is trying to unravel but at the same time trying to decide if unraveling this mystery is worth maybe possibly losing the two men he has fallen in love with. Daniel is also in the dead center of this mystery because if Mac’s theory is correct then one of the men he has fallen for is a theif. Then their is Trelain, well he is just an innocent bystander all the way around and has no clue what either of the two men he is in love with is up.

This book was beautifully written. Tara Lain made this trio into such a beautiful love story. I am so glad that I kept reading it because this was an amazing story and I would have completely missed out if I had not finished reading it and gave up after the first couple of chapters. And to elaborate, the first couple of chapters was not bad it was basically background layout to what was to come. I just could not see the full picture at the time.

Tosha

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4 stars and 3.5 stars for Finding Hekate (Cicatrix Duology #1) by Kellie Doherty @Kellie_Doherty #FF #lesbian #SciFi #ScienceFiction

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Title: Finding Hekate (Cicatrix Duology #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Kellie Doherty (Desert Palm Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 7, 2016 – 265 Pages

Synopsis

Mia Foley is running away from the attack that changed her life. She’s captain of a new spaceship when the Acedians find her and try blasting her peaceful crew from the black. She must sever her bonds in order to run, again. But she’s grown fond of this crew, particularly Cassidy Gates. Staying with them will jeopardize their safety, and they have much closer fears than the Acedian hunters. Mia’s time is running out. She’s becoming one of them.

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FourStars

Some times you read a book to take you away from the mundane and into the unknown. This book catapults you into the stratosphere. It is full of excitement, thrills, the unexpected and throughout the entire book throbs a passionate undercurrent. A growing love  that one person can’t acknowledge and the other can’t deny.
The plot is very intricate, the characters strong and resolute. Ms Doherty weaves a tale that is as imaginative as it is innovative.
I have  to admit that although totally intrigued and absolutely unaware of the creative ending I was also a little disappointed. I personally would have liked to see more resolution. However Ms Doherty certainly succeeded in making me need to read the next book in the series, which I will be awaiting in great anticipation.
~Chris
ThreeandHalfStars
I feel a little ambivalent about this book. First, I didn’t connect to Mia, especially at first. She was so withdrawn and closed off that it was difficult to empathize with her at all. And her vacillating feelings for Cassidy made me like her even less. I couldn’t get into the book at first. Even after her fight on the first planet they were on, it didn’t engage me. It wasn’t until she found the stowaway that I started being drawn into the story. There was something about the enhancements to her strength and speed that really started catching my interest. That said, I wasn’t sure about the reactions of the other people Mia came into contact with. Jeff became so angry, and while I understand some of it, it seemed like it was more than the situation merited. Will became withdrawn and passive, and I’m not sure I understand that reaction either. The last portion of the book was exciting, and based on that and the extremely brief description of the next book, I would probably be interested in picking it up. It ends kind of abruptly and with no real feeling of satisfaction. More like a to-be-continued episode instead of having any sort of natural pause in the story. It did make me care about the story, and even the people in the story, even if I like Cassidy a bit more in this book than Mia. But it’s hard to feel like I’d be able to connect anymore to Mia in the next book since she’s becoming even more unemotional as her transformation progresses. Like I said, ambivalent.
~AmyP

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4.5 stars and 5 stars for Collide-o-Scope (Norfolk Coast Investigation #1) by Andrea Bramhall #FF #Lesfic #Lesbian #Romance #Mystery

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Title: Collide-O-Scope (Norfolk Coast Investigation #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Andrea Bramhall (Ylva Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: April 10, 2016 — 310 Pages

Synopsis

An unidentified woman is found murdered on the North Norfolk Coastal Path and newly promoted Detective Sergeant Kate Brannon and Kings Lynn’s CID have the task of figuring out whom, how, and why. A job that’s made more difficult when everyone of the forty residents in the village has something to hide and answers her questions with a string of lies.
Georgina Temple has her own secrets to keep, and her own reasons to keep them. But her growing attraction to Kate makes it increasingly difficult to keep them.
Kate’s investigation into the woman’s death brings delves into the heart of the tiny fishing village where nothing and no one is quite what they seem.

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FourandHalfStars

Kate is a detective sergeant in the  Norfolk police force and is out to prove herself as worthy of her new promotion.  A quiet rural English setting is perfect for this tale of a murdered lesbian campsite owner.  Connie was found shot in the early morning after being out walking her dog and photographing the beautiful sunset.  It seems inconceivable that anyone would want to kill her but as Kate discovers there is more to a small Norfolk village than meets the eye.  She meet some very unpleasant people and there are plenty of suspects but why Connie?  Her growing relationship with one of Connie’s friends could cause problems, more than she could ever know.  Gina has a wild young daughter and has some secrets of her own but Kate is drawn to her.  I thought the attraction was well written as it was gradual but powerful.  Neither were sure it could work but I so wanted it to as they were so right for each other.  The murder mystery was interesting and full of surprises. It goes to show you never know what is going on right in front of you.  And the most odious of people may not be the most dangerous.  Appearances are deceptive.  Andrea Bramhall can certainly write a great story and she had me fooled.  I want to read some more of her work now as I really enjoyed this one.
Kitty Kat
FiveStars
When I began reading the prologue I thought it was going to be a wax lyrical type of book – then boom. How wrong was I. This is a fast paced brilliant and innovative piece of work by an obviously dynamic author.
The characters are superbly portrayed, believable, likable and above all, human, they both have their strengths and both have weaknesses. The description of the scenery and the problems associated with its location added great depth to this colourful and picturesque novel.
The plot itself is fast paced and with lots of red herrings adding both intrigue and suspense.
In additional to being a terrific murder mystery, you have the added bonus of a tender and warmhearted romance slowly yet deftly emerging.
The ending was both dynamic and sensational, a very fitting conclusion to a superb novel.
Chris

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5 stars and 3 stars for Along Came the Rain by Alison R. Solomon #FF #lesfic #Lesbian #Mystery

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Title: Along Came the Rain
Author Name & Publisher: Alison R. Solomon (Sapphire Books)
Publication Date & Length: April 15, 2016 — 266 Pages

Synopsis

Wynn Larimer would be the first to admit she has a bad memory and that lately it’s been getting worse. But that doesn’t explain how she has ended up in jail, accused of kidnapping two teenage foster kids. Now she’s in the fight of her life to clear her name. Her burning question: who has framed her and why?
Wynn’s partner, Barker, is hanging by an emotional thread. Not only are the missing girls her social work clients, but to make matters worse, her beloved Wynn seems to be losing her mind. How can she ensure the girls are brought to safety while dealing with a partner who is increasingly scattered?

Wynn and Barker must race to uncover the truth before Wynn is charged with a serious crime that could imprison her for years. But what will happen to their relationship when both discover things about each other that will change their lives forever?

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FiveStars

This novel totally drew me in, it amazed me, it scared me and it made me think.
Although at times I found this a very difficult subject to read about Ms Solomon handled this controversial subject in a very astute way.
I was completely amazed when the perpetrator was revealed having accepted, with regret, the misjudged and first likely suspect. This was a real credit to the authors creative writing skills and obvious impeccable research.
Due to the darkness and despair, which were a necessary part of this challenging novel, the ending was a much appreciated, uplifting and satisfying conclusion.
A very different novel, but certainly one not to be missed.
~Chris
ThreeStar

I’m not even sure where to go first. I’ll start with the format. I’ve only recently started liking first person povs. I think it’s more difficult for me to get into a book where ‘I’ am the character and not just following along beside the character. I know that is a personal preference. There are many people who absolutely love first person. My problem in this book is the head jumping. I believe there are a total of three characters whose point of view is written from, and the pov changes each chapter. In my opinion, and again with the caveat that it’s my own preference, I believe that any book written from more than one pov should change to a third person narrator. Next on my format list is the timeline. I didn’t like the way the author changed ‘when’ she was writing about. For example, the first chapter happened a week or two after two foster girls went missing. The next chapter happens two days after the girls disappear, the next chapter, the day they go missing, and the fourth chapter happens a couple of months before. This makes me feel like I have to actually write down what happens when, just to keep things straight. I just don’t like that type of bouncing around, although I understand why it’s used here. The first chapter has a lot of impact, and then there’s a back up to explain what led up to that. Still, not a fan of that much jumping.

My next problem with the book has to do with content. This part is ALL about content so it’s all my personal opinion about how what I read made me feel. I’ll try to get through this part without too many spoilers. First, reading about dementia or Alzheimer’s is difficult. It’s a subject that I have fears surrounding it, because I’m afraid it could happen to me. So it isn’t something I would choose to read about. However, it IS important to the plot, and once I got past some of the initial scenes concerning this it became a bit more bearable. Next is what happens to the girls after they’ve disappeared. The only way I can say anything about this without a spoiler is that it was shocking to read with no prior preparation, and I didn’t particularly care for it. And finally is the part about who was behind it all and how it was resolved. All I can say about this part is it’s cray-cray. The whole book seems like a ride on the seedy, crazy part of town.

So I didn’t like the book. However, I will praise two things. I liked the technical expertise of Solomon’s writing – by which I mean her writing is technically great. Her sentence structure, vocabulary, and grammar are all above average. And the book itself is well plotted and well written. Her style is very easy to read. So this book didn’t do it for me, but I would take a look at others she’s written to see if I’m interested.

~AmyP

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TWO 4 Star and 5 Star Reviews for Surrender Forever (Surrender Trilogy #3) by Raven J. Spencer #FF #Romance

CoverTitle: Surrender Forever (Surrender Trilogy #3)
Author Name: Raven J. Spencer
Publication Date & Length: April 29, 2016 – 113 pgs

Synopsis

Her team confronts Carter with disturbing information. Is Penny stealing from her, betraying her by working with Carter’s enemies? Nick seems to think so, but Carter doesn’t want to believe her wife could turn against her. She makes inquiries of her own, but what if Penny finds out the woman she loves questioned her integrity? They will have to rebuild the trust between them which takes more than the undeniable heat between them—but once you surrender, it’s forever. Their love will lead them.

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FourStars

This is the third book in the trilogy but can be read as a stand alone novel.
A lovely romance, great characters and just the right amount of angst and doubt to carry it through to the the idyllic end it deserves.
An enjoyable read, one you can relax with, because you can have total faith in the author’s ability and understanding of her readers to guide her characters through the pitfalls and challenges they face, and, come out still loving and trusting each other.
A great book for anyone who believes that Love is all that matters.
Chris
FiveStars
Carter and Penny are back from their long awaited honeymoon, blissfully happy.  Nick, head of security for Carter, informs her that he has found evidence that Penny is stealing money from her and that she is in cahoots with their worst enemy.  I was annoyed at this turn of events as I just wanted them to live happily ever after.  Carter asks Nick to investigate and her friend Collette also delves into the mystery, but keeps it all from Penny.  When Nick takes it upon himself to ‘kidnap’ Penny again and interrogate her, Carter finds out and is furious.  When Penny walks out no-one could be surprised.  Their relationship seemed great but Penny is horrified that Carter doesn’t trust her.  It takes a lot of grovelling and a complete re-organisation of the security set-up for Penny to even listen to Carter again.  I really enjoyed this book as it developed these wonderful characters even more and the situation forced them to trust more and give up some control.  Carter finally sees that she has to let Penny be privy to all her secrets and become part of the team she has built.  Saving women in abusive and dangerous circumstances is what she does and Penny wants to help.  Penny becomes stronger and more assertive and I think this helps their relationship.  The book is very erotic and it really works.  But they are more than just lust.  This story finally brings them to a point where they can be equals and it is wonderful.  A great read and thoroughly recommended.  Be sure to go back and read the first two!
Kitty Kat
FourStars

This was probably the best book in the series in terms of the relationship between Penny and Carter, although for plot I would have to go with the first book. This book had some interesting developments, mainly about a potential problem with Penny that requires investigation, and how Carter and her closest employees react to the situation. And how Penny reacts when things finally come to a head. I’ve been pushing this whole time for Penny to stand up to the power imbalance between her and Carter. This book sees Penny start to stand up for herself. There’s a very big imbalance between them anyway because Carter is extremely rich and is a successful businesswoman, and Penny is a hardworking college student who doesn’t come from a family of means. Carter seeks to redress this by giving half of her company and assets to Penny, but it doesn’t quite work because Penny doesn’t have the background to wield that power effectively. And truthfully, Penny doesn’t want that. What she wants is an equal partnership with Carter; she wants Carter to talk to her and treat her like her opinion matters. And at the end of this story, it seems like Carter finally, finally understands what Penny needs, and what the cost of ignoring those needs might be. A very satisfying resolution to this trilogy.

~AmyP

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