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5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for Best Laid Plans by Jan Gayle #FF #Romance

CoverTitle: Best Laid Plans
Author Name & Publisher: Jan Gayle (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: July 12, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

Nicole James is a hard-working single mother who has dedicated her life to raising her son and providing a safe, loving home for him. Austin is a senior in high school now , and for the first time, Nicky is allowing some time for herself. When she meets Lauren Thomas, an architect at the firm where they work, they both fall deeply in love. Lauren is smart and charming and wonderful; she fits perfectly into Nicky’s family, which includes close friends who have stood beside her. But Nicky’s troubled past and Lauren’s societal fears present seemingly insurmountable challenges.

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FiveStars

Nicky is a talented draughtsman, with a teenage son and a very complicated and scary past.  Lauren is a successful architect, new to the firm and absolutely gorgeous.  The women are really attracted to each other and after some initial flirting they have some very hot dates together that end with some great sex.  Lauren is not out though and the main problems they encounter are related to that.  I found that aspect of the book very interesting as it seemed strange that she felt she couldn’t come out to her mom or at work in this day and age.  She had good reasons though and her struggles were well written and made for a fascinating read.  I really wanted her to find the strength to be open as her relationship with Nicky was so dependant on it.  They made a great couple and the love and tenderness between them was evident.  The love scenes were beautifully constructed and felt very real and true.
The other part of the story, regarding Nicky’s ex boyfriend, Michael, was scary and horrible and the threat was there throughout.  The tension was well done and Jan Gayle knows how to crank it up a notch when required.  Nicky was such a great character – strong, intelligent, feisty and very sexy.  She had been through so much for her age but had managed to make so much with her life.  I wanted her to be happy at last with a woman who really loved her.  I really enjoyed this book and would love to find out what happens next……
Kitty Kat
FourStars
There are actually some parts of this that I don’t know how I feel about, but most of it is a nice, romantic story of two women who fall inexorably in love with each other. Lauren, however, isn’t out, either at work or with her family. In fact, no one but her sister knows, and Lauren’s fear is founded on an incident from her childhood involving her mother and her uncle. This means that when the two women are discovered together in public by an executive in their company, Lauren withdraws completely, and ends up hurting Nicky. Nicky gets to a point where as much as she cares about Lauren, it isn’t worth it to be treated in that manner whenever someone sees them together. She breaks things off. For Lauren, Nicky may just be the one person important enough to come out for. Nicky’s past isn’t all roses either. She was abused at home, along with her mother, by her stepfather. And as a teenager, when she ends up pregnant by the boyfriend she’s using to prove her heterosexuality, she finds out that he has a lot more in common with her stepfather than she’d thought. Now, fifteen years later, her ex is getting out on parole and she doesn’t know what to expect. It may cost her, and those around her, their lives. This is the part I don’t know how I feel about. I like the story of Nicky and Lauren getting together. I liked seeing Lauren grow and realize that Nicky is important enough for her to start living openly and honestly. This part of the book I really enjoyed. The end was a bit violent, which was kind of out of the blue, and jarring. Also, everybody just kind of took it in stride, with no big blowups or freakouts. I would have expected more of a reaction. All in all, it was an enjoyable read, and I liked it.
Amy P

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5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for Just Enough Light by A.J. Quinn #FF #Thriller

CoverTitle: Just Enough Light
Author Name & Publisher: A.J. Quinn (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: July 12, 2016 – 264 pgs

Synopsis

Kellen Ryan has taken the survival skills she learned on the streets and used them to create an elite search-and-rescue operation, as well as the first home she’s known in forever—a sanctuary in Haven, Colorado, high in the Rockies.
A small mountain town was the last place Harvard-educated Dr. Dana Kingston expected to find herself. Still, when she’s offered an opportunity to partner with Kellen’s operation and develop a medical triage center, Dana follows her heart. Dana falls hard and fast for the enigmatic Kellen. But she quickly realizes Kellen’s heart is as carefully guarded as her past, and breaking through will take time. Except time is the one thing they may not have, because a deadly threat has returned, and this time he plans to finish what he started.

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FiveStars

Dana moves to Colorado to work as a doctor at a rescue centre and clinic. She wants to be her own person and make a difference . Kellen runs the rescue part of the service and once they meet she is never the same again. How can either of them ever go back once they make a connection that overwhelms them both. This is a really great read, full of raw emotion and depth and at times a realisation of how awful people can be to each other. We find out how someone can be at the worst place imaginable and yet find a way to deal with it and turn it around. We find out that families come in all shapes and sizes and that loving each other is what makes a family, not blood. Kellen was an amazing character, the strongest yet most vulnerable woman. Dana managed to get past all of her defences and the love between them was staggeringly beautiful. The love scenes were scorching but the most tender imaginable. There was no doubt that they were meant for each other.
As both women become one they have to deal with a shooter determined to kill Kellen. The impending threat makes this an edge-of-the-seat read that I never wanted to end. A well deserved 5 stars.
Kitty Kat

FourStars

I have to say that I have enjoyed every AJ Quinn book that I’ve read, enough to keep an eye out for new books as they’re published. Here again, Quinn gives us a fast-paced, suspenseful plot and characters with depth. The book is a bit heavy though, as many of Quinn’s books are. She tends to address pretty difficult tragedies that her characters go through, and I actually find it amazing that she’s able to address them so well, without falling into the trap of wrapping everything up in a neat little bow by the end of the book. In this book, Kellen has a horrific past, bad enough that it still affects her to this day. She’s been able to open her heart and her home to two young girls who’ve suffered some of the same things she has. She’s tried to put roots down, despite not knowing how, and always being on the edge of running for safety, because in her life movement is safe. Into this semi-stable life comes Dana, who has her own issues, but the attraction between the two women is instant. I love the compassion and patience that Dana shows, not only with Kellen but with the girls as well. This is a group of people whose need for each other brings them closer and closer together. There are external forces coming to bear on Kellen, from her childhood and her more recent past, and all that pressure makes her want to run. Dana’s acceptance of who Kellen is allows Kellen to become more settled and sure of her footing. This was an exciting book, but again, there were a lot of weighty issues that became exposed through circumstances out of Kellen’s control. That may be too much for some readers to get through. My personal feeling was that it was a little much; after the reveal of Kellen’s past I wondered how she and Dana could make their relationship work because so much is unresolved for Kellen, and fear makes her flighty. Again, good job from the author of not allowing love to miraculously heal everything. These are issues that won’t easily go away, and I respect Quinn for not trying to wrap everything up in between the covers of the book. If you like romantic suspense, I’d definitely recommend this one.

AmyP

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5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for Exchange by C.F. Frizzell #FF #Romance

CoverTitle: Exchange
Author Name & Publisher: C.F. Frizzell (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: July 12, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

Shay Maguire doesn’t realize how much of a fresh start she wants until she meets local newspaper editor Mel Baker in rural Tomson, Montana. But can she swallow being on the “dark side” of a town-wide development controversy if Mel sees her as the enemy? Jeopardizing revenue with her anti-development crusade, Mel earns Shay’s respect and empathy, but frustration mounts when Shay learns fear of devastating financial loss keeps Mel from revealing her lesbianism.

What Shay doesn’t know is that Mel’s life is controlled by a much stronger family secret. With both her newspaper and her love hanging in the balance, Mel is put to the test. Should she stand her ground? And will Shay still be there when the dust settles?

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FiveStars

Hot butch Shay moves to a small town where closeted newspaper editor Mel tries to stop developers running roughshod over the town by ignoring safety and by-laws.  Shay takes a job with the developers as a short term measure to raise enough money to buy her own garage repair business. Shay’s attempts to stay honest and decent within the company cause her problems but as she gets to know
Mel things begin to look up.

I really enjoyed this book as it dealt with issues such as developing rural areas, fear of unemployment, small town politics and the environment. By far the most important part of the story for me was the homophobia in some families and the devastation that can cause. Mel, in a time of weakness and heartache, had made a bargain to stay in the closet. How awful that someone should ever be put in such a situation by their own family! The hate from members of her own family was truly wicked. Shay was the saviour in this story . Her love for Mel was all-encompassing, intense and tender. The romance in this book was so beautifully written, so strong and extremely sexy. The love scenes were scorching and played such a vital part in showing how much they loved each other.

Mel was constantly worried about her secret coming out and this fear coupled with the menace from the town’s resident baddie really cranked up the fear factor for the main characters. C F Frizzell really knows how to write tension! A great read, a real roller coaster of emotions with a sensational love story. A well deserved 5 stars!
Kitty Kat

FourStars

This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I really liked the unabashed way Shay presented herself – butch and unapologetic about it, and I also liked the way Mel was into the way Shay looked. The big problem is the small town setting, and the small minds inhabiting it. Definitely a place where gossip thrives and everybody seems to know everybody else’s business. Mel has a lot to lose by accepting her attraction to Shay, but she’s lived without love or passion for so long that she can’t help but be drawn in. Their attraction for each other keeps drawing them closer and closer. After the first rumor starts, Mel decides that she might as well go for it. As a backdrop to this, there is the issue of commercial development in the town, and Mel’s fight for oversight to make sure construction is being done safely and according to code. Her expose on some shortcuts have resulted in some hard feelings and threats. Add in a family that is extremely conservative and not open to her sexuality at all and things are set for an epic showdown. When Shay finds out how much Mel actually risked and lost, she feels angry and hurt that Mel didn’t tell her, and doesn’t expect Mel to stand by her at all. It was interesting to see how things were resolved, and what community actually means when people stand up for each other. The story kept me engaged and turning pages, and I really enjoyed it.

Amy P

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4 Star and THREE 3.5 Star Reviews for Roadside Rescue by Caitlin Ricci #FF #Erotic

CoverTitle: Roadside Rescue
Author Name & Publisher: Caitlin Ricci (NineStar Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 27, 2016 – 35 pgs

Synopsis

After her girlfriend leaves her for an ex, Kelly takes off with her mustang, Shoni, and as many of her things as she can pack into her truck. The flip of a coin has her going west along I-70 from her home in Missouri, sending her toward Colorado. While driving through Dove Creek, she gets a flat tire on her trailer. She has a spare, but in his panic, Shoni manages to jerk the trailer enough to damage the wheel.

Her salvation comes in the form of sexy mechanic, Brigid, who owns a shop nearby. With a few days to wait for the wheel, the two get to know each other. A bit of fun isn’t all Brigid wants from her, but Kelly isn’t ready to jump into anything new so soon after her break up, and when Brigid offers her a job, Kelly doesn’t want to tie her life to someone so completely again.

Kelly is in need of some stability, and that’s exactly what Brigid is offering her. If she’s willing to take a chance on letting another woman into her life again, Brigid might be just who she needs.

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FourStars

Kelly leaves town and a cheating girlfriend and heads off with her horse towed behind her truck with no plan as to where she will end up.   When she blows a tire outside a small town and has to get the local mechanic’s help things suddenly start looking up.  This is a lovely, sexy and romantic story of love coming out of nowhere and changing lives forever.  Things happen very quickly but it all feels just right and I thoroughly enjoyed this short read.  It had likeable characters in Kelly and Brigid, was well written had certainly had the feel good factor.
Kitty Kat
ThreeandHalfStars
This was an enjoyable little short, but it suffers a little from the length of the story and the small amount of time that elapsed within the story. I liked the instant chemistry between Kelly and Brigid, and the way they were drawn to each other. But it felt like everything moved way too fast. It hasn’t even been a full day and Kelly has decided to park herself in Dove Creek to explore things with Brigid. I know that Kelly really doesn’t have any plans, nowhere to go, nobody to go see, so it isn’t out of the realm of possibility for her to consider staying for a while, but this seemed way too fast for such a decision. Pretty much what I want is more story for both of these women to get to that point. Also, Kelly keeps saying that she doesn’t want to move this fast, and rely so much on her relationship with Brigid, but she goes ahead and does it anyway, which seems to perpetuate her past mistakes. This reads as more romance, with the attendant emphasis on feelings and hope for the future, than it does erotica, which is more what I would expect for such a short look into their meeting and interaction. It isn’t a bad story, but I would consider both of these women kind of flighty, impetuous, and a bit unrealistic. That said, there were things to like as well. I liked Shoni, and enjoyed hearing a bit about mustangs. I would’ve liked to understand more how Kelly acquired him and why. And like I said before, I do like the interaction between Kelly and Brigid.
Amy P.
ThreeandHalfStars
This was a nice short that started at a good pace, but then moved faster than expected. I hadn’t realized it was a shorter story until I was at the end. It was disappointing to have to say goodbye to Kelly and Brigid so soon; however, they were lovely to get to meet.I do still feel that the pacing of everything was a bit fast: who breaks down and then just decides on a whim to stay there and find a job in a small, out of the way town.

At any rate, the author still created interesting characters that made me want to see more of them. For those that don’t want all the drama of a longer story, this is for you.

Tori
ThreeandHalfStars
I was so excited to get to read this book and I was left a bit disappointed. I loved Brigid and I loved the premise/plot of the piece. However, I thought the movement was too fast in some places and too slow in others.

I felt the sex scene was thrown in because “it’s romance so a sex scene is required” when it truly wasn’t. It’s not that the scene was bad; it just didn’t fit with the pacing of the rest of the piece and I felt Kelly needed to be a bit more in tune with Brigid’s reactions to flirting etc to make it more realistic.

If the sex scene had been eliminated or even moved to the ending of the piece, then I believe this piece would have flowed very nicely. The writing technique was fantastic and I hardly got stuck while reading.

AJ

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5 Star, 4.5 Star, 4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Above the Law (Lone Star Law #2) by Carsen Taite @carsentaite #FF #Mystery

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Title: Above the Law (Lone Star Law #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Carsen Taite (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: June 14, 2016 – 264 Pages

Synopsis

DEA Agent Dale Nelson paid the ultimate price for her service when her wife was killed by drug dealers. Now she’s assigned to a task force investigating the suspects and she doesn’t need the distraction of the beautiful but infuriating reporter, Lindsey Ryan. Despite her initial resistance, Dale discovers that Lindsey is as talented and capable as she is attractive. Will she get a second shot at love, or will the peril of her job rob her of the chance at happiness again?

Investigative reporter Lindsey Ryan will do whatever it takes to get the truth. As a favor,she agrees to anchor what is supposed to be a puff piece on the DEA. However, despite the reluctance of the striking Agent Nelson to share any information, Lindsey learns power and politics are at play, and exposing the truth could not only be dangerous, but could jeopardize her chance at love.

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FiveStars

I really enjoyed this well written and totally enthralling novel.  Two strong, yet emotional character very different in outlook and personality. This novel draws you in from the opening chapter.
Along with a complex, fast moving and totally absorbing plot the tension of the growing passion between the two woman pulsates with intensity and ardor.
Right up to the final moments this book will have you hooked. Great and well executed conclusion.
Chris
FourandHalfStars
Dale works for the DEA and is still mourning the murder of her wife a year ago. When she is forced to ‘babysit’ Lindsay Ryan , famous TV reporter she’s not too pleased. She needs to keep working on a case involving a drug cartel and, along with some help from her friends, feels she is getting there. This PR job is interfering with that.  I really enjoyed this book. The drugs case involved some of Dale’s friends and their family members and it was a high tension, fascinating story. I loved how the revelations kept coming and connections were made. I wanted to find out more and more. I haven’t read the first book in this series and I felt I was playing catch-up a bit. Once I got it clear in my head and worked out where all of this came from I really go into it.  The highlight for me, though, was the slow-burning relationship and intense attraction between Dale and Lindsay.  Both had been alone for a while and were reluctant to get involved. That didn’t stop me wanting them to just get on with it! Carsen Taite really knows how to write sexual tension and never fails to please. A great read with plenty to pique the reader’s interest.
Kitty Kat
FourStars
This was an excellent book in so many ways. It’s actually my first book from this author. Taite is definitely talented at the suspenseful thriller. The criminal/lawful aspects of the book were tightly plotted, with excellent pacing, and totally engaging. My problem in this book came from the romance element. Dale and Lindsey had a lot of chemistry that both fought strongly against. Then, all of sudden, both are admitting to deep feelings about the other. Strong enough that both felt comfortable talking about things they didn’t want the other to do. It seemed like there wasn’t  whole lot of ‘get-to-know-you’ or ‘let’s-spend-more-time-with-each-other.’ They simply went from an attraction that they didn’t talk about or admit to, and jumped to a full on desire to be together in a deep, loving way. In other words, it doesn’t seem like an organic progression of the relationship. So while I give kudos for the suspense, I say there needs to be a bit more development for the romance to work. This is book two in this series, and I would definitely pick up the first one, and the next one as well.
AmyP
ThreeStar
Lindsay is a likable, sweet, and caring person that you can’t help but want to succeed. Where Lindsay is open, Dale is closed off and guarded; that makes the couple a natural choice. As things normally go, just when we think they have finally gotten it right, something happens and they go their separate ways. The question is, will it be
for good?

The story of Lindsay and Dale was one that I had a hard time getting into. It took me seeing them together a few times before I really started getting sucked in to their story. I loved the crime investigation aspect of the book and I am sad that we didn’t get to see Lindsay more involved with the group on that.

My biggest gripe is all the loose ends left at the end of the book. I thought that surely ‘The End’ at the end of the book was placed there in error; however, as the book does end there, it must not be. Without spoiling too much, there is an investigation that is going on, which is pretty focused on throughout the book; however, even by the end of the book we don’t know its outcome. We also find out, almost in passing, that there may be a traitor among our group of friends, but I don’t recall finding out the person.

I feel the lack of properly finishing the book really hurt the book in the end. I had really enjoyed the book until that point and the book would have been a 4 or 4.5 stars for me; however, now as a reader I have to wait on the following book and purchase it to see what happens.

Having said that, Lindsay and Dale are great and I am happy to have met them; however, I don’t know if I will keep a look out for the second book or not.

Tori

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5 Stars and TWO 4 Stars for Hurricane Season by B. J. Phillips @bjwrites01 #FF #Romance #Lesfic

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Title: Hurricane Season
Author Name & Publisher: B. J. Phillips (Desert Palm Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 5, 2016 – 201 Pages

Synopsis

Shawn Richards (aka S.K. Richardson) is a romance author. She’s had her heart broken badly again and is done with love. Ditching San Francisco, she moves back home to Southwest Florida to get her feet back under her and finish her latest novel.
Carrie Alexander is a huge S.K. Richardson fan, but has no idea what she looks like. She does, however, like the looks of the new neighbor down the street, Shawn Richards. Drawn to each other as friends, Shawn still tries to keep some distance in spite of what she’s beginning to feel for Carrie. Carrie isn’t the kind of woman you just have a fun night with and then move on. Carrie’s the kind you fall in love with and make love to, and live happily ever after with—but she just can’t let herself trust her heart yet. After all, the last time she fell for one of her fans, it ended badly. Carrie is looking for ‘happy ever after’ just like in all those romance novels she reads. Shawn could be the one, or maybe Carrie’s fooling herself and there’s really no such thing as all that romantic stuff in Shawn’s books. Shawn is afraid she can’t deliver on that ‘happy ever after’ she knows Carrie wants—and she wants, too, truth be told. Destiny might have given them a push when Carrie tripped at the local grocery store and literally fell into Shawn’s arms. But fear could cost Shawn the woman of her dreams.

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FourStars

This book is an enchanting love story. Purely a romantic novel detailing the meeting and eventual falling in love and accepting each others love, nothing more, certainly nothing less.
The back drop of the effect of the hurricane was realistically described adding colour and excitement to this affectionately told tale of two women’s burgeoning  relationship.
If you are looking for a tale relating solely to love and affinity then I can recommend this book.
The story line was at times a little compartmentalized, and relied solely on the relationship between the two women, but some times this is all you need if you are seeking a little escapism.
Chris

FourStars

This is a pretty good debut novel. Shawn and Carrie meet by accident and are drawn together by attraction and desire. The problem? Shawn’s last relationship was a trainwreck and she’s still trying to recover from it. It makes her wary and closed off to taking a chance on the possibilities she senses she’d have with Carrie. And that’s a lot of the plot, and possibly the problem as well. Carrie does a lot of waiting around for Shawn to get her stuff together, and gives her more than one second chance. That’s a lot of waiting for someone she isn’t sure will ever take the chance to be with her, and truthfully, as nice as Carrie seems, she also seems like a doormat because she’s so passive about letting Shawn make all the moves. And it doesn’t help that anytime Shawn does make a move, 30 seconds later she runs away, then hides for the next week. I’d say on paper, that doesn’t necessarily sound like a good story, but I actually enjoyed following along as the two try to find their way to each other. Besides occasionally wanting to smack each upside the head to make them wake up, the characters are basically likable, and they do make you root for a happy resolution. I liked hearing about all the stuff they did to weather the hurricane at the end, however it seems to me there was a lot of hype about the storm but not much happened, unless you count the way they spent their time waiting. It seemed like a buildup of tension about the storm, but the storm didn’t actually do much. Anyway, the book is sweet and romantic, and an enjoyable way to spend some time.

AmyP

FiveStars

This is a very sweet, beautifully romantic book and I felt that I really knew the characters and wanted them to be together forever.  Shawn has been badly treated by a former lover and is very wary of getting involved again.  Carrie is a hopeless romantic, who loses herself in the kind of novels written by Shawn.  Shawn knows Carrie wants the whole package and not a quick romp so keeps backing off when things get interesting.  Believe me this is very frustrating – and not just for Carrie!  They are obviously hugely attracted to each other and Carrie is very patient with Shawn, letting her get to where she needs to be.  I really liked both main characters.  Carrie was a strong, capable woman who could see the big picture.  I was glad she was willing to wait for Shawn.  Shawn was lovely and sweet but very scared of being hurt.  As she begins to see that she and Carrie are soulmates I found myself swept away with the romance of it all.  It was lump in the throat kind of stuff and so beautifully written. The other characters, their friends, were well rounded too.  I especially liked Kelly, Shawn’s old school friend, who was a bit smitten by Carrie too but could see that her friend was crazy about her.  I really want to read more from this author now and can’t wait for her next book.
Kitty Kat

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TWO 4 Star and ONE 3 Star Reviews for Drag Prince Charming by B.A. Huntley #FF #Romance @LT3Press

CoverTitle: Drag Prince Charming
Author Name & Publisher: B.A. Huntley (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: June 29, 2016

Synopsis

When 33 year old Katharyn reluctantly returns home to recover from an illness, she is forced to attend several elaborate parties with eligible gentlemen she has zero interest in. All to make her stubborn, pushy mother happy.

One night, she meets the beautiful seamstress and drag king Renata. In order to fool Katharyn’s mother until Katharyn moves back out, Renata dons male apparel while taking her out on the town.

But the deception can’t last forever, and once she’s well again Katharyn will not just move out, but return to a life of traveling, meaning she’ll be leaving Renata behind her one way or another…

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FourStars

Katharyn goes home to stay with her parents while recuperating from an illness.  Her mother is intent on setting her up with dates with eligible young men, even though she knows her daughter dates women.  Katharyn is too nice to confront her mother and goes on these awful dates, much to the amusement of her sisters.  While on one of these dates she meet Renata and falls for her.  When it transpires Renata also has a drag persona, Mateo, they decide to pretend she is seeing this man to keep her mother happy.
This is a sweet short story with likeable characters and is a light read to take on holiday.  I enjoyed the scenario and felt it was all done for the best intentions.  Katharyn just hadn’t worked out how to stand up to her mother yet and found an option that worked for everyone.  Renata was very understanding and I liked that she cared enough about Katharyn to wait till she was ready. The minor characters were well written too and came to life.  This was well done for such a short book.
Kitty Kat
FourStars

I really liked this story. And there was a lot to like. The chemistry between Renata and Katharyn is great, and kind of magical, drawing me in to their conversations and interactions and leaving me wanting more. Katharyn seemed like a pushover, until you realize that there is a core of steel there that allows her to be true to herself, even in the pressure from her mother. And Renata is willing to do a lot in order to get to know Katharyn better, but never allows Katharyn to mix up who she truly is with Mateo. It’s an interesting dynamic. There are a couple of things I’ll point out that held me back from an even better rating. First, as with a lot of short stories, while I was reading it, I kept wondering why it wasn’t longer. There was a lot of room to be able to turn it into a longer story, which may have made it fuller and deeper. However, even while saying that, at the end of the story, I was satisfied, so I guess it didn’t actually have to be longer. That’s just my own penchant for wanting to spend more time with characters that I like. Next, the relationship between the two seems to happen off the page. By that, I mean that while we’re there a bit when Mateo and Katharyn are together, we get told that they’re engaging in courting rituals. We don’t actually see, or read, about them interacting as Mateo and Katharyn in that deep way that would indicate them getting closer, and I miss that. Third, I’m not sure exactly what time period this occurred in; the beginning made me think of Pride and Prejudice, especially with all the names of the sisters, but it’s described as contemporary, which didn’t feel quite right either. I did love the last question for Katharyn’s mother from Renata, since I had wondered the same thing, and I loved the answer. That made me laugh out loud, something that doesn’t often happen for me. In all, a lovely short, fun and engaging.

AmyP

ThreeStar

I loved the concept of this book unfortunately, for me personally, I found Katharyn’s  character and circumstances did not require or necessitate the deception on which the story was based.
On a positive note it was an agreeable and charming love story and if you are looking for a lesbian based fairy tale this book is ideal.
Ms Huntley writes well but for me this novel was just to predictable.
Chris

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TWO 5 Star, ONE 4.5 Star, and ONE 4 Star Reviews for Embracing the Dawn by Jeannie Levig #FF #Romance

CoverTitle: Embracing the Dawn
Author Name & Publisher: Jeannie Levig (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: June 14, 2016 – 264 pgs

Synopsis

Does love have a chance when no one knows she wants it?

Jinx Tanner is an ex-con trying to piece together a life on the outside and heal her relationship with her half-sister who hasn’t spoken to her in over twenty-five years.
Romantic love is now here on her radar. E. J. Bastien is a business executive with her life and heart under control. She has a successful career, a woman in her bed whenever she wants one, and a healthy relationship with her grown children—as long as they don’t find out she’s gay. She has no desire for romantic entanglements.

When these two women awaken after a one-night stand to find their lives inextricably entwined, love has its work cut out for it.

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FiveStars

I have no hesitation in giving this book 5 stars as it is one I’ll remember for a long time. This is the touching and beautiful story of two very different women who find they can’t live without each other. Jinx and E.J. are, on the surface, complete opposites who should have nothing in common but their attraction is so strong that neither can fight it. Jinx is an ex-con with a very scary past and I wondered whether E.J. could ever get past that. E.J. seemingly has it all – a great career, beautiful apartment, perfect family. That may be true on the surface but she has serious issues to get past; the most important being telling her kids she is gay. Both women have great friends they can rely on and with their help they begin to see that they have a future together. The two main characters are well fleshed out and I especially liked Jinx. She was a strong woman who spent her life looking after others. There is so much depth to the book and the backstories of Jinx and E.J.are especially well done. I felt myself really caring what happened to them. The love scenes are tender and beautifully written and totally believable. Jeannie Levig has the gift of drawing the reader completely into her world and making them want to stay there. An exceptional story.
Kitty Kat

FiveStars

Seldom have I read such a passionate and insightful love story as this. Ms Levig’s novel flows like a magnificent river, sometimes roaring other times meandering but always effortlessly and impressively moving gracefully on.
A very different take on romance. The leading women were mature and each had their own demons to explain and to overcome. Jink’s background was very unconventional for a romantic novel, while E. J. had to confront the problems and anxieties felt by many older lesbians who had previously been married to a man and had children.
This heart warming and at times poignant novel was written with such depth of emotions that at times I was laughing at the humour at other times crying at the pathos of the situation.
This is just one of those exceptional reads that eclipses so many others of the same genre. I loved it and highly recommend this amazing book.
Chris
FourandHalfStars
I really enjoyed this book. This made me really think about how society treats ex-convicts, and the limited choices they have once they’ve paid their debt to society. It’s hard to imagine that when faced with this type of prejudice after they get out, that they keep trying to stay clean. Without her friends, Reggie and Sparkle, I think Jinx would have found her turnaround even harder to do, and that’s kind of depressing, because she really has paid for her mistakes. This doesn’t even touch on E.J. and her issues. E.J. hasn’t really been living for quite some time, her fears getting in the way of her becoming the person she truly is. She’s never lived as herself, always becoming someone acceptable to the people in her life who are supposed to be the ones who love her unconditionally. These fears interfere with her having a relationship with Jinx, even though she’s unable to stay away from her. I’m not sure that anybody but Jinx would have put up with being jerked around like that, and Jinx perhaps puts up with it because she hasn’t ever really had an adult relationship. I liked Sparkle’s take on it, and the way she treated E.J. the second time they met. There are just so many, many relationships in this story that are awesome. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone like Jinx, but boy would I like to. I loved the evolution of the relationship between E.J. and Jinx, and how it gave each of them the strength to change and face things honestly, because what they had together was worth it. Definitely a recommend.
AmyP
FourStars
Opposites attract in this lovely story that follows ex-con Jinx and successful business woman E.J. Things are super heated and their chemistry is depicted so well it is almost visible to the eyes. However, once the secrets of the past are out, will things remain the same? And then there is the matter of E.J.’s children having no idea she prefers women. The greatest rewards are never easy to obtain, and things aren’t easy for these ladies either.

I liked meeting E.J. and Jinx; the author did a beautiful job depicting them. I enjoyed watching their story unfold and ended up liking the book more than expected.

The story had good pacing and was well written. Lovely novel, a lot of sweet as well as some spice. And boy was it spicy. Certain parts of the book were definitely not read-in-public safe. However, they were tastefully written and erotic to read. Great mix of sugar and spice.

Tori

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THREE 4 Star Reviews for The Butch and the Beautiful (Queers of La Vista #2) by Kris Ripper #FF #Romance @SmuTasticKris

CoverTitle: The Butch and the Beautiful (Queers of La Vista #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Kris Ripper (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 22, 2016 – 250 pgs

Synopsis

Jaq Cummings is a high school teacher who really wants a committed relationship—as long as it doesn’t keep her out late on school nights or interrupt Sunday mass with her dad. She is absolutely not about to fall for the hot-mess divorcée she hooks up with even if said hot mess pushes all her buttons. Jaq’s white knight days are over.

But one hookup with Hannah becomes two, then coffee, then more incredibly hot sex. And unlike most of Jaq’s exes, Hannah’s not looking for someone to come on strong. In fact, Hannah comes on plenty strong enough for both of them. But she’s just out of a disastrous marriage, she’s in the process of moving across the state, and Jaq can’t take a chance on yet another relationship where she defaults to being a caregiver instead of a partner.

Just when Jaq decides her relationship with Hannah is far too precarious, a crisis with a student reminds her of her priorities and makes it clear that sometimes, you have to take big risks to get what you really want.

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FourStars

Jaq and Hannah make you root for them to end up together. From the description of the book, Hannah is a hot mess divorcee, but it’s Jaq who seems like the bigger mess. Jaq seems at first to be very together, very confident, and in a good place to know what she wants in a relationship, and apparently batcrap crazy isn’t it. But as the story progresses, it’s Hannah that seems to know more about herself and what she wants than Jaq. The more we learn about Jaq, the more messed up she seems to be. She has commitment issues, as well as bad taste in women. She tends to run as soon as anything crops up that may indicate that things might not work out as she desires. Hannah is more self-aware and self-examined, and it allows her to come to this possible relationship without the past dragging her back. Lucky for Jaq, her Dad and her friends make her take a look at herself and her self-destructive tendencies. This was a really enjoyable book, and I love the play on soap operas. I’m definitely going to have to pick up the story about Zane, and I might have to go back and read the male-oriented books as well. I liked the pacing and plotting in this book,and the author’s style flows in a way that kept me in the story. A new author on my list.

Amy P.

FourStars

Jaq is a high school teacher and seems to have been reluctant to let a relationship develop with anyone for a long time. That’s until she meets Hannah at a wedding and feels she wants more. Things don’t exactly run smoothly though, as Jaq constantly second guesses herself and takes one step forward and two steps back. She has been warned that Hannah is going through a messy divorce and is a bit crazy by her newly married friends, who also happen to be both of their exes! They have great sex on various occasions but I found it a bit mechanical and didn’t really feel the connection between them that kept therelationship developing. I found the character of Hannah to be very flippant and felt she put up a facade all of the time. I couldn’t see what Jaq found so alluring about her. I liked Jaq a lot more though and found the storyline of her helping gay teenage kids in her school much more interesting. I hope that is developed in further if there are more Queers of La Vista books. I also liked Jaq’s dad and felt he brought a lovely relaxed andaccepting tone to the whole story. This was a good read and was well written and flowed well.
Kitty Kat

FourStars

This was a very enjoyable, hot story that followed two women, Jaq and Hannah, who weren’t looking for a serious relationship but fate may have had other plans.

I totally fell in love with Jaq; she is a beautiful person that I really enjoyed getting to know better. The GSA kids were lovely to meet and I enjoyed the bits with the other teachers that we get to see.

Hannah is unique, but I still don’t see the crazy that everyone was warning Jaq about. Her little bombshell was a surprise, but I am glad they worked through it.

Even though the story was a bit cliched; it was a great story. The characters, including the supporting characters, were intriguing and exciting to get to know. Well done!

Tori

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5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for The House at the End of the Street by Stephanie Kusiak #FF #Paranormal

CoverTitle: The House at the End of the Street
Author Name & Publisher: Stephanie Kusiak (Sapphire Books Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 1, 2016 – 201 pgs

Synopsis

Natalie Hargrove, a previously accomplished artist, and Caitlin Cassidy should never have met. After all, Caitlin was only a twelve-year-old girl when Natalie was already dead and gone. But they did meet, and it was that dramatic encounter in the house at the end of the street that changed their lives forever. The moment was so powerful, so important, that it drew Caitlin, now a renowned novelist, back to her hometown twenty years later to seek out Natalie’s ghost. Taking up refuge in the dark, broken house, Caitlin believes that getting back to her roots and to the bottom of her experience with the ghost will somehow help heal the wounds her life has brought her.
Against the backdrop of a Victorian mansion, a story unlike any other unfolds between Caitlin and Natalie, and leaves them with one lingering question: even if love is enough to bridge the gap between life and death, is it enough to keep a ghost from passing on?

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FiveStars

This is a fascinating totally unique book. A book obviously written by a wordsmith. While you are reading  this absorbing book you will believe in ghosts.
A superb love story that one one minute can have you smiling then shortly after you could be wiping tears from your eyes.
The climax, the way it unfolds and comes to fruition is as amazing as it is beguiling. I was an artistic masterpiece – you would have to read the book to understand why I chose those two words.
A magnificent love story told with flair and passion.
Chris

FourStars

Caitlin is saved from certain death by a ghost when she was twelve years old. Years later she buys the house it all happened in and hopes against hope that she’ll see the ghost again. Natalie died in an accident years before but never found peace and moved on. She is furious that Caitlin is messing with herhouse and her things but comes to see that she is a good person. Once they meet again they slowly fall in love but it all seems impossible.
This was an interesting book about a sweet love story between two women who can never be together – but can they? I liked Natalie as she was a tortured soul that I just knew could eventually find love and peace if she was open to it. Caitlin was caring and patient and was willing to do anything to be with her. I enjoyed the pace of the story as it allowed the characters to reveal a lot about themselves. The author succeeded in keeping me interested and I grew to care for her characters.
Kitty Kat

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