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TWO 5 Star, ONE 4 Star, and ONE 3 Star Reviews for Rewriting the Ending by H.P. Tune #FF

CoverTitle: Rewriting the Ending
Author Name & Publisher: H.P. Tune (Yiva Verlag)
Publication Date & Length: April 6, 2016 – 304 pgs

Synopsis

Juliet is an author with a deadline. A big deadline…and a ratty old backpack, and she’s on her way to Belgium. Mia has a one-way, first class ticket to anywhere. Today anywhere happens to be Scotland. The one thing she knows is that money can’t buy happiness, and she has no idea what does. A chance meeting in an airport lounge and a shared flight itinerary leaves Juliet and Mia connected. They’ve known each other for only twenty-four hours and they are destined for separate countries. How do you forge a future when the past keeps pulling you back?

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FiveStars

Juliet and Mia meet at the airport and an instant connection is apparent.  Mia is from a rich and powerful family and has spent her life putting up a front.  Juliet seems carefree and adventurous and Mia wishes she could be more like her.  They travel together part of their journeys and promise to keep in touch.  They do so via email and end up thrown together when Juliet is attacked and needs Mia’s help.  Mia takes Juliet back home to Scotland with her and the two women slowly get to know each other.
I really found myself engrossed in this book.  It wasn’t just a fluffy romance but a heart-wrenching love story between two very broken women.   Both have had awful experiences in the past and are trying to get past them the best way they can.  Mia’s story was so sad and made me feel so angry on her behalf.  Her ex and her family had treated her appallingly because of her sexuality but also because she wouldn’t toe the line.  The utter cruelty involved was terrible.  The author really got that across so well and has an amazing talent to make the reader feel intense emotions. I loved the character of Mia; she had a beautiful soul and had the patience of a saint with Juliet!  Juliet, a writer trying to find the inspiration for her second novel, is an entirely different type of person.  Although she seemed happy-go-lucky when Mia first met her, there was so much more to her and it became more pronounced as the book went on.  She was carrying a lot of hurt from the past and would not allow herself to be happy.  Mia had to try and make her see that she could love and be loved but Juliet did so much agonising I felt irritated at her.  Both of the women had to get through the hurt and their love for each other was the way to do it.  This was a beautiful story, with so much depth and intensity of feeling.  I felt truly touched by it.
Kitty Kat
FiveStars
I found this a really addictive read. It is a well written and beautifully portrayed romance.  A journey of finding love without feeling afraid, discovering yourself and finding your soul mate.
An epic tale that encompasses passion and romance alongside fear and apprehension. Made more believable through demonstrating many of the hurdles and recriminations experienced by many same sex couples by their family, friends and relations.
We learn how both women’s past life experiences influence their behaviour now and on their future together. How their relationship evolves from friendship to companionship to full blown passion.
A satisfying and fulfilling conclusion rounds off an enigmatic and beautifully written love story.
Chris
FourStars
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, things happen slowly in an organic way that seems to mirror reality, filled with baggage and issues and fears. On the other hand, things happen  s l o w l y. It felt like it took forever for things to progress, only to have them regress. And I’m still uncertain as to why Julie acted the way she did, or what made her change. Mia has her problems too, but is able to keep herself moving forward. I’m not sure her patience and willingness to allow Julie space are realistic. It would be extremely difficult to watch someone leave you while you’re sitting next to them. This book was a lot of in-the-head story, meaning that it was a lot about the two women’s struggles to overcome the bad things that happened in their lives, a lot of introspection, a lot of thinking. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can get a bit wearing in a book so long. At the end, we’re left with no sureties, no guarantees about a happy ending, just a hope that they continue on together, and the knowledge that they’re both trying. It’s a good book if you like a slower pace, with a lot of examination of motive and feelings. If you’re more action-oriented, this might not be the book for you. I did end up enjoying it; I like the fact that both women are reaching for their dreams with each other as support.
Amy P
ThreeStar
An airport romance, sort of. I loved the premise of them meeting and I
thoroughly enjoyed getting know each woman. The character development
was terrific and I felt that I truly knew both of the ladies fairly
well. I would say that I had wished the story would have progressed a
bit faster; however, I understand that the complexity of the
characters warranted the extra time.

I did have some issues with how trusting she was and how she allowed
someone she barely knew to take care of getting her cards,ID, etc
replaced after the attack, but she really didn’t have many other
options.

The author did a terrific job of spinning a lovely, slow burn romance
with the right amount of push and pull. I did appreciate that the
characters weren’t perfect and we saw them adjust and admit to their
flaws.

Tori

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5 Star, TWO 4 Star and 3.5 Star Reviews for Deal-Breaker by Siri Caldwell #FF #Romance

CoverTitle: Deal-Breaker
Author Name & Publisher: Siri Caldwell (Brussels Sprout Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 8, 2016 – 260 pgs

Synopsis

This was not the plan.

After a career-threatening injury, backup dancer Rae Peters crashes at a friend’s in a middle-of-nowhere college town to recover. She’d rather be onstage performing with a rock star than stuck in a swimming pool doing rehab exercises, but at least the people-watching is good. Make that person-watching, because she only pays attention to one person: the cute water aerobics instructor who’s always lugging around accounting textbooks like she might be smart.

Jori Burgess is a grad student with a young daughter and a blackmailing ex-boyfriend. She’s got her hands full being a single mother, and studying, and teaching at the pool, and pretending to be someone she’s not. The last thing she needs is one more complication, but Rae is one complication she can’t resist.

Rae has no trouble resisting, because she promised herself a long time ago that flirtatious straight girls were not for her. Even if they claimed they weren’t that straight. Especially if they claimed they weren’t that straight. Really, thank you, but no. She’s not going to fall for someone who’s got red flags plastered all over her very attractive…uh…personality.

Being friends, though? Being friends is not a problem, and neither is dancing together, and neither is holding on a little longer than is strictly appropriate, and neither is…

Yeah. This could be a problem.

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ThreeandHalfStars

Rae is a backing dancer for a big star who just happens to be her girl crush from high school.  When she is injured on stage she has to take time to rehabilitate at a quiet resort where Jori, a grad student, is the aerobics teacher.  They are attracted to each other but Rae thinks Jori is straight as she has a kid and appears to have a boyfriend, Axel.  Axel is actually gay and had blackmailed Jori into pretending to date him to keep his parents happy.  Rae meanwhile was pretending to date her female rock star boss, Kaoli,  as it seemed to be selling more records and getting her a higher profile.
There were a lot of misunderstandings between the two women and plenty of stubborn opinions keeping them from getting together.  I found Rae’s bi-phobia really irritating and offensive.  She was obviously supposed to be like this because of her high school experiences but it was too full on and took her too long to see that she was being awful to Jori.  Jori was adamant that labels didn’t matter to her and wouldn’t define herself as anything at all.  This was maybe a bit naive of her.  She was a lovely character though and very capable and strong.  The love story was  tentative and lovely when it finally got there in the end but it was a bit of a long-drawn out process.  The minor characters were either irritating – Axel and Kaoli- or not fleshed out enough.  The lesbian resort owners could have played more of a part but were underused. I give this book a 3.5 as it was a decent enough story but never managed to get me hooked or to care enough about the characters.
 Kitty Kat
FourStars
This book was awesome in so many ways. I’m going through physical therapy right now, so Rae’s regimen and dedication was awe-inspiring. I could understand what she was going through, although I agree with Jori that she should have found a physical therapist that would suit her needs rather than go without one. She really could have hurt herself further, and never returned to dancing. I loved that Rae finally grew enough to realize that she didn’t want Kaoli, and was able to put her into her past where she belonged. And I loved that Rae also realized before it was too late that her fears about Jori were based on her past with Kaoli, and that she needed to realize that they weren’t the same people. There are so many things to like about this book. What I didn’t like was Jori’s need to not label herself. Yes, she was honest, but so many things could have been made clearer if she had answered questions about herself instead of deflecting. And I really think she should have done something to shut Axel down at their graduation. That whole thing was stupid on his part, and he was already suffering under a deficit of character. I didn’t like that it took so long for Rae to finally tell Kaori where she could go, especially since she knew she was being used. But, everybody learns in their own time, and I’m glad Rae learned IN time. One more thing I really liked in the story, was how joyful it was for the professional dancer to dance with the woman she loved, not caring about how good or bad they were. That was a nice touch.
AmyP
FourStars
In Deal Breaker we meet Rae and Jori. This was a classic sweet and
spicy story about two women that are attracted to one another but one
is pretending to be straight. I enjoyed the instant spark and the
buildup.

The author did a great job at taking a classic idea and making the
characters unique enough that they grab your attention and you want to
know more about them. I felt their instant spark and could almost see
it on the page. The push and pull of the story wasn’t as tedious as it
has been in some books; however, it was a bit predictable.

Even at that, the well written book is worthy of the read!

Tori
FiveStars
The opening chapters transferred me back to an old fashioned British Farce. With the reader representing the audience and all the characters being the actors. Everyone but the two leading females knew exactly what was going on and who was playing what part. It was amusing and the asides really brought a smile to me face. The two women each voicing their own concerns – out loud but only heard by then. This unique approach to writing really drew me.
As the novel progressed the emotions and the tensions became more palatable. Less humour  and much more passion. Ligh heartedness was replaced by the true and sometimes cruel response to same sex relationships.
The conclusion almost reverted by to  theater type drama, the reader just waiting to see the final reaction of the main participants, this magnifcent author did not let them down!
A really imaginatively written book that covered the whole gambit of emotional joy and angst, of trust and betrayal, of lies and deceit and finally of true love and trust.  I certainly enjoyed reading this book from such an innovative author.
Chris

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5 Star, 4 Star, and 3.5 Star Reviews for Taking a Gamble by P.J. Trebelhorn #FF #Romance

CoverTitle: Taking a Gamble
Author Name & Publisher: P.J. Trebelhorn (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: May 17, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

Cassidy Holmes doesn’t want a “real” job. Buying storage units and selling the contents isn’t the easiest way to survive, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. She has no desire for a relationship, but when she meets Erica, everything she thought she wanted begins to change.

Erica Jacobs is a career postal worker with odd hours. Who wants to date a woman who’s asleep by eight o’clock every night? She yearns for the type of relationship her parents have, but finding the right woman isn’t easy.

Cass likes taking a gamble on storage units, but not in her love life. Erica might very well be the one, but Cass is determined to fight it. Every step of the way.

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FiveStars

This is a truly superb feel good novel. Ms Trebelhorn is obviously an accomplished writer of engaging and riveting tales.
Not only is this a very readable novel but it is full of humour and convincing, beautifully written and conceived realities about falling in love for the first time.
Both characters are instantly likable and recognizable. The introduction of their very different families brings depth as well sadness to the story line. I think the way some families deal with their children being gay was highlighted in this book in a very constructive way.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and found it difficult to put down it was so engaging and intriguing. I was fascinated by the dialogue and loved the way they made statements to each other, then we heard  what each woman really wanted to say, from the discussion she was having to herself, inside her head.
A delicious book that I can genuinely recommend to any one who has ever been in love or is looking for love.
Chris
FourStars
In so many ways, this is a sad story that ends in hope. Both these women are wounded, and doing their best to keep going in the face of their hurts. Cassidy’s childhood was a nightmare of mental abuse and periodic observation of the physical abuse her mother went through. It has given her an extremely jaded view of relationships and she vows never to be trapped like her mother was. This translates to a lot of one night stands and near-anonymous sex, and a decided lack of anything remotely resembling a girlfriend. Ever. Erica thought she had the perfect family growing up, but when she confesses to her parents who she really is, they cut off all contact. Now, her little brother has done the same thing and suffered the same consequences. The difference is that he’s only 15, while Erica had waited until her 20s. Although betrayed by her parents, she still idealizes their marriage. It’s what she wants for herself. When these two women meet, there is instant connection, and a draw that both find hard to resist. But will either take a chance with the other when they both want such different things? Changing your self-esteem is difficult, and it takes time, but every journey begins with a first step, and Cassidy has to take that first step before she can contemplate going forward with Erica. With the chorus of voices surrounding her, it’s a wonder that she didn’t follow her feelings sooner. The ending is a little abrupt in some ways. But in other ways, I understand why it ended this way. This wasn’t so much about them fixing their relationship, or making it perfect. It was about the leap of faith and courage it takes to take the gamble in the first place. So yes, tying up more loose ends might have been nice, but it’s really unnecessary. The point of the story has been made; love is worth the gamble. Things might not be smooth sailing in the future. But the important thing is to take that deep breath and leap.
AmyP
ThreeandHalfStars
I loved meeting Cas and Erica. Their instant connection was well
described and believable. They were adorable together and I saw the
problem coming before it happened; however, it was still no fun to
watch. I hated that they made the other go through all that. However,
I understand the need for the conflict. It could be the books I have
been reading recently; however, that is a very tried and true argument
and I was hoping for a slightly different spin on the traditional
story. I also felt the ending was tied up in too neat of a bow so soon
after such a large meltdown, but that could also be  personal
experience.

Other than that, the book was good and I did enjoy reading it.

Tori

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5 Star, 4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Goslyn County by A.M. McKnight #FF #Crime @wordmc46

CoverTitle: Goslyn County
Author Name: A.M. McKnight
Publication Date & Length: November 28, 2015 – 305 pgs

Synopsis

A mostly black community with its roots in farming, Goslyn, Virginia lay just south of the State’s Capital. The once small, close-knit county had grown rapidly in the past two decades and boasted a population of just over fifty thousand. But the county’s crime stats had grown as well, and the latest offenses included several break-ins and rumors of a meth lab. Time had brought many changes, and many of the longtime folks of Goslyn no longer recognized their community and longed for days gone by.

Goslyn PD Detective Olivia “Ollie” Winston loves her family and friends and shows it through her sense of humor. Just like her neighbors, she too worries about the recent events, and it’s her job to find out who’s behind the crime spree.

While investigating three burglaries, Olivia meets IRS Special Agent Maureen Jeffries who is pursuing a tax fraud suspect. Their cases are connected, and both soon discover they have much in common, personally and professionally.

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FiveStars

A really wonderful book, a delight to read.
The fantastic opening chapter explained how the two young friends friendship between them was so close, and how supportive each girls family was, and the different  gender preference of each girl. This set the tone for the whole book.
After setting the tone, Ms McKnight moved on to present day and once again reinforced the strength and love in the family, this time through the humerous encounter between Ollie and her grandmother and the tv!!! Encounters many of us have had similar experience of.
As the book progresses we are given relevant information  about all her family, friends and  significant others. All are which are carefully choreographed and woven into the story line in an interesting and fascinating way. Without almost realizing it odd discrepancies begin to reveal themselves, out of character behaviour is exhibited. The plot weaves its mystery and nothing is fully revealed until we reach the end of this marvelous book.
One nice touch was the revelation towards the end that secret first love can be revealed and reciprocated.
I think what drew me to this novel was not just the outstanding story line but the exceptional and beautifully portrayed family dynamics. A really different approach to an engaging and captivating novel.
Chris

FourStars

Goslyn County is a really enjoyable read and stands out from many other lesfic crime novels.  It is set in a black community and has a very positive and inspiring outlook that appealed to me.  The crime part of the book was well plotted and kept my attention but for me the best part was the budding romance between cop Olivia and IRS agent, Maureen.  I felt it was dealt with in a very grown up way and the characters themselves had a maturity and depth to them seldom seen in the genre.  Olivia and Maureen meet through working on a case and there are tensions around this as Olivia’s boss is intent on causing her problems.  He implies there is impropriety and it causes the women to take things slowly until they are sure about it.  I am glad the author decided on a slow burning romance as it made so much sense with these characters.  The importance of family and community came through and made the minor characters so important to the whole novel.

KittyKat

ThreeStar

This was a fun read. I enjoyed getting to know Olivia and Maureen. I
loved the dynamic between the women and enjoyed watching their love
story unfold. There were times that I wanted to scream at one or both
of them, though mostly Olivia, about their stubbornness but it was
still a fun journey.

I hope the finished book is better edited and formatted than the ARC
we received as there were many times I couldn’t tell what was the
author was trying to say.

The story was engaging and entertaining, as well as hot and spicy in
the right places. Good read.

Tori

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5 Star, 4.5 Star, 4 Star and 3 Star Review for Personal Foul by Lucy J. Madison @LucyJMadison #Lesfic #FF #Romance #SportsRomance

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Title: Personal Foul
Author Name & Publisher: Lucy J. Madison (Sapphire Books)
Publication Date & Length: March 15, 2016 — 266 Pages

Synopsis

Kat Schaefer’s career is on autopilot. She’s an elite basketball official in the WNBA after surviving an extremely rocky childhood but still finds herself adrift in her personal life almost two years after her longtime girlfriend dumped her. Kat’s well-ordered world turns upside down again when she meets a hotshot rookie named Julie Stevens who knocks her world off balance with her stellar play and captivating eyes.

Despite Kat’s best defense, she falls hard for the young player but she’s unable to open herself up to love again. Her solution is to retreat alone to the magnificent beaches of Provincetown, Massachusetts to heal old wounds and to figure out what the future holds.

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FiveStars

Kat is a basketball official and is still getting over her girlfriend Danielle walking out on her.  She is a workaholic and intent on avoiding personal relationships at all costs.  That is until basketball hot-shot Julie comes on the scene.  After initially avoiding her as she could lose her job over a relationship with a player, she gives in and they spend days together having amazing sex.  Julie is in love but Kat doesn’t want to tie her down so early in her career, so she disappears of to that great lesbian mecca, Provincetown and lives the quiet life.  I love love love books set in Provincetown.  It sounds like the most wonderful place and Kat certainly find peace there.  She finally gets over her appalling childhood and Danielle leaving her and becomes a happy, centred person a last.  Can she finally let herself be  happy? When Julie turns up again I feared they would never be able to make it up.  Julie’s heart was well and truly broken.  It was a hugely emotional reunion and so well teased out.  They were soul mates and I so wanted them to be together but had Kat hurt her too much?  Their makes up was extremely hot and sexy and beautiful.  I found the ending so utterly romantic and perfect.  A lovely read and well worth 5 Stars
Kitty Kat
ThreeStar
Technically this was a well constructed novel. An enchanting romance. The scenes describing the on court action were electrifying.  The ending beautifully contrived and passionate.
I did find the constant reference Kay made to her age and Julie’s difficult to understand. Another problem I had was believing in what the actual attraction was between the two women, once it was supposedly beyond  a physical one.
A good summer read if you are looking for a romantic entertaining love story.
Chris
FourStars
I wasn’t exactly enthusiastic at the beginning of this book. The story seemed a bit sluggish and didn’t draw me in much. I blame two things for this: first, I really hate narration in the present tense, and second, there was a lot of exposition that seemed to bog things down. The first thing many people may have no problem with. I have narration pet peeves. I dislike first person head-hopping, first person present tense, and third person present tense, and that’s going from least objectionable to most. I did get used to it in this story, but every once in a while it would snag my attention and irritate me all over again. The second thing didn’t get better further on in the book, but my attitude about it changed. See, Kat lives in her head. She dwells on things and over thinks them, and isolates herself in order to self-examine. So while in the beginning things seemed slow, as the story progressed, things began to feel a little more deliberate, a little more examined, and a little deeper for Kat. And we joined her for that journey. One other thing that bothers me in this story is how fast the feelings developed. Kat and Julie see each other for the first time in a game and that night they share a dance and a kiss and an instant connection. Then there’s a game where they clash. And the third time they meet leads to a couple of days in bed together and at the end of that period of time they’re in love. It just seems to me that the depth of the feeling has no real basis; they don’t know each other in any other way than physically. That said, I enjoyed Kat’s journey to fix herself. I was surprised at some of the twists the plot took and that made the book more than I expected. I like that Julie knows what she wants even if she’s so much younger than Kat. In all, this ended up being an interesting and engaging read.
AmyP
FourandHalfStars
This was an entertaining, fun ride that I didn’t want to end. I enjoyed getting to know both Julie and Kat. The character development was spot on and I enjoyed seeing them both go through the spectrum of working through their feelings and past. I would like to have gotten more time with Julie; however, I understand that Kat’s journey was the one we were following.
The intimate scenes were tasteful and hot. And the book as a whole was well written. My biggest issue with the book was how abrupt Kat left and how she was void of contact with everyone. I understand why, but it was still sudden.
All-in-all, I really enjoyed the book and I will be looking more into Madison’s books in the future.
Tori

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FOUR 4 stars and ONE 3 star Review for Sarah & Jude by Marie Piper #FF #Lesfic #Romance #western

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Title: Sarah & Jude
Author Name & Publisher: Marie Piper (NineStar Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 4, 2016 — 26 pages

Synopsis

ude Farraday is as rough and hard working as any man on the Tate ranch in Nebraska, and by far the best at breaking horses. Sarah Tate, daughter of the ranch boss, finds herself drawn to Jude despite the danger a relationship between the two of them could bring. After all, Jude is a woman.

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FourStars

This was a well-written short story that I finished in under an hour. I loved being able to hear the character voices in my head, the way Jude spoke versus the way Sarah spoke. The plot is simple, which is expected for short stories, so I wasn’t wowed by it at all.

 

The connection between the two characters is strong, and Sarah has quite a bit of character growth in such short pages. The sex scenes weren’t has steamy as I expected them to be. That’s not to say they weren’t good, they were very well written. I guess I just expected more? Don’t know why. I did enjoy the world Ms. Piper created in just a few short pages. There were enough details to give it life and not make it overbearing.

 

Overall a great read for a lunch break!

 

~AJ

FourStars

Jude works on Sarah’s father’s ranch and is a tough as all the men, maybe more so.  She has to be.  She dresses in masculine clothes and works hard and this has come to the notice of Sarah.  I really enjoyed this short story as it had a bit of excitement, sexual tension and more than a hint of threat.  The two women are really drawn to each other and when they get together it is hot.  The characters were well written and I felt I knew them very quickly.  I wanted them to be together but it seemed impossible.  In the old West they were going to face enormous obstacles and even in such a short story the threat was palpable.  A good short read that holds out hope for maybe more in the future.  These two characters deserve a novel.
Kitty Kat
FourStars
A really short and enjoyable story. It was fast paced,with likable characters and I found it a real pleasure to read.  Predictable plot but that this does not detract from the fact that it is a fun entertaining story.
~Chris
ThreeStar
I am very conflicted about this story. The short story was well written; however, the pacing felt off. It felt rushed and the relationship is not really delved into. It feels unrealistic and could have benefited from them going into more detail about their feelings so that the relationship is more believable.
However, I found myself wanting to know more about the women and I enjoyed the setting of the story. The author did a great job pulling the reader into the story.
Other than the pacing and the believably, the story was a hot and spicy break from my day. Well done.
Tori
FourStars

This is a short, quick read that was entertaining and fun. There are some things that made perfect sense in this story and some that I questioned. Sarah obviously doesn’t quite fit into the stereotypical role of a woman on a ranch in the West in that time period. But I find two things strangely oppositional; she doesn’t feel like she fits the person her mother wants her to be but she doesn’t do anything to rebel, but also doesn’t hesitate to do things with Jude that would definitely not be accepted by her parents. Jude, too, has things that make me think; she does everything to fit in as a man, yet has no problem allowing Sarah to reciprocate love-making as a woman. She seemed extremely hesitant to allow Sarah to do that, but gives in quickly. Also, she knows how difficult it is for her to find a place in this man’s world, but has no hesitations about messing around with the owner’s daughter, knowing that if she was found out being fired would be the best result. Although these questions made me think more about the story, I found the idea that the two got together and decided to stay together a wonderful one for the time period. It was a sweet ending to a hot beginning.

AmyP

Excerpt

The stallion jumped a little but he didn’t fight. He’d wait before making his move. Almost broken, almost tame enough to allow himself to be ridden peacefully, the black-as-tar horse was sixteen hands of pure power. The tall rider on his back coiled in anticipation.

Sarah Tate washed a mountain of clothes in the basin as she knelt in the grass, but her attention wasn’t on soap bubbles that warm afternoon. It was fixed on the scene in the pen. Sweating in the sun, Sarah brushed a stuck piece of fair hair off her forehead and stood up, wondering if there’d be blood or broken bones in the next few minutes.

Jude Farraday worked as hard as any man on the ranch, fixing fences and driving poles like a rail worker and breaking horses better than any other hand. With the same sun-leathered skin, scraggly hair, and rough hands as the other boys, Jude seemed no different than the rest.

Sarah couldn’t see why folks said Jude was unnatural. She was just a hard-working woman, not much different than Sarah herself, except she was built like a boy and wore men’s clothes and did men’s work. Sarah hated washing clothes and felt in some way she understood the woman’s plight, even though she was nineteen years old and had never worn pants in her life.

The male ranch hands sat on the fence and watched as Jude expertly tamed the stallion. Sarah’s father had given Jude the task especially; she was notably better with the horses than the other men, and the horse had been expensive. Folks argued that Jude shouldn’t be kept on the ranch, but Sarah’s father knew a good worker when he saw one, and it was his vote alone that counted. Jude knew horses. Jude was valuable.

Like a coil, the horse sprung into wild action. Hoofs hit the dirt and kicked up dust, and Jude rode hard, taking the ups and downs with a stony expression. The horse bucked and jumped as much as it could manage in an attempt to throw its rider, but Jude hung on and didn’t go to the ground.

Sarah stopped washing and made her way toward the pen.

“Miss Sarah.” Some of the men nodded or tipped their hats to her. She barely heard them as she leaned on the fence and watched.

“Come on, you son of a bitch,” Jude called to the horse, a brave smile coming to her face. Sarah noticed the lean flow of Jude’s body and the way her strong thighs clung to the sleek flanks of the beast. Jude’s dark braid flew behind her, same as the horse’s tail, flipping along with the horse’s jumps and sidesteps.

She was beautiful.

 

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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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