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New Release: 5 stars for Fistful of Love by Renee Cronin (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #FF #DV @reneecronin78

Fistful of Love - Final CoverTitle: Fistful of Love
Author Name: Renee Cronin
Publication Date & Length: April 4, 2016 – 210 pgs

Synopsis

At the age of 23, social worker, Jeya Wellington was pretty much on her own. The devastating loss of her parents left her bereft and alone. Her best friend, Roman and his family have been like surrogates, but they could never replace what she lost. She needed a different connection. Shortly after losing her parents, she finds love and comfort in the arms of Rayne Watson, a correctional officer.
Rayne was exactly what she needed at the time, but now, two years later, Jeya wants out. She never expected love to come with bruises. She didn’t anticipate losing friends and living in fear. This was not her idea of true love. With the support of Roman, Jeya finds a way to leave. But Rayne isn’t letting go that easily. They made a commitment to each, and she has the tattoo to prove it – ‘Til Death Do Us Part.

Torn between the love she has for Rayne and the instinct to protect herself, is Jeya’s will stronger than her vow?

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FiveStars

A very moving, accurate and honest account of violence by one person on the one they profess to love.
One of the strengths of this novel, which the author describes as semi autobiographical, is the way the victim and the perpetrator are shown as normal everyday people. This normality is what makes this account so believable and so very terrifying at the same time.  Anyone we know might be experiencing the same situation and we as friends, relatives even co workers would not be aware of it.
Although a very emotive novel covering a spectrum of emotions it was the fact that the victim never one asked for sympathy that added to the poignancy of the whole situation.
Ms Cronin recounted the novel in a non judgmental way thus adding to the depth and power of this difficult subject. It allowed the reader to arrive at their own conclusions and question their own awareness and understanding.
I found this a very compelling novel, one I am so glad I read. Some novels you read for pleasure this novel is one to read to make you think, to make you question and to even make you aware.
Although this is a delicate subject to write about Ms Cronin has to be congratulated and applauded in being able to present it in such a readable and understanding way.
A novel I would urge everyone to read, it’s not about the sexuality of those concerned, it’s about how violence can affect anyone.
~Chris

Excerpt

It’s over.

Two simple words, intended to signify the end, were instead just the beginning. Jeya took a deep breath, and the pain that pierced her side served as the reminder she needed. She hit the send button. Unexpected relief instantly washed over her. “I did it. Step one. Now for step two.” Jeya placed her phone on the bed and stood up to double-check her suitcase. Going over the checklist in her mind, she felt confident that she had the essentials. A week away from home required more than she’d anticipated, but she had no intention of returning until the rainstorm had passed. Jeya took a second to acknowledge the double entendre of the word. Her girlfriend, Rayne, was definitely a hurricane. Her temper was unpredictable and left damage in its wake similar to that which Hurricane Gloria had. She knew she’d be safer at Roman’s house for the next several days.

The lyrics to “Dangerously in Love” cursed the air. The perfect ringtone to describe her relationship. She braced herself as she walked to the bed and picked up the phone. Jeya anticipated nothing less than an explosive response from her short-tempered girlfriend.

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4.5 and 3 Stars for Ana Adored for Anastasia Vitsky #FF #Spanking @AnastasiaVitsky

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Title: Ana Adored
Author Name: Anastasia Vitsky
Publication Date & Length: Feburary 28, 2015 – 226pgs

Synopsis

Shy Ana has two secret passions: she loves other women and she has always harbored an intense fascination with all things “spanking.” Unfortunately, her current girlfriend, Peyton, has no interest in indulging what she refers to as “sick and deviant” fantasies.

But when their latest argument becomes one black eye too many, Ana’s had enough. Finally finding the necessary courage and strength of will, she orders Peyton out of her house and out of her life. Break-ups with abusers are never easy or painless, and in the emotionally chaotic aftermath of hers, Ana turns to the only friend she has – a woman she met online more than a year before on, of all things, a plant forum.

Miranda is everything Peyton is not. She listens. She understands. She accepts. And when she unexpectedly offers Ana a plane ticket to fly out to Ohio and meet with her, face-to-face for the very first time, Ana doesn’t hesitate for long. She packs a bag and goes on vacation; ten days, prepaid, at the Castle, the most infamous BDSM resort in the world.

On the surface, everything seems so perfect and magical. But Ana isn’t at the Castle long before she realizes she isn’t the only woman with secrets. Miranda Hardwick, the Castle’s most feared and respected Mistress, has a few secrets of her own.

As the lines between fantasy and reality and friends and lovers begin to blur, both women quickly realize that if their blossoming relationship is to survive, they’re going to have to put their secrets aside – Miranda, with her strange “emergencies” that keep calling her away, and Ana, with Peyton, who just won’t accept a life without Ana in it.

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FourandHalfStars
Content warning: This story has a scene of domestic violence between one of the main characters and the woman she’s with at the beginning of the book. Some readers may need to be aware of that ahead of time.

This novel was slower-paced than most of Ms. Vitsky’s work. I was drawn into it immediately, but the rhythm of the story was somewhat inconsistent. That may be due in part to the length. That said, it was a good read that gave me a lot to think about.

As is usually the case with Ms. Vitsky (and why I like her writing so much), there’s an ongoing theme of sin/redemption and remorse/forgiveness. I liked the way Peyton’s version was juxtaposed with Miranda’s and the careful analysis of how both women affected Ana at a deep level.

I loved the wild, wonderful cast of supporting characters. They were every bit as important as the two main leads. The various goings-on in the Castle and among the staff had me hanging on every word just to see what would happen next. I found myself wishing they were real people I could meet.

This story has my all-time favorite kind of sensuality: steamy, romantic, and beautiful all without long, graphic descriptions of body parts and sex acts. There was just enough detail to please me without making me feel as though it were too much, and it fit well within the context. The few more characteristically “dirty” words used were another kind of juxtaposition–Ana’s innocence vs. Miranda’s ease–and it worked perfectly.

Most of all, my favorite part was the open, honest way Ana reflected on her journey toward accepting the parts of herself she’d kept hidden. I loved the message that no one is wrong or broken or should ever feel ashamed for their needs and desires.

This is a good curl-up-with-a-blanket-and-tea kind of book.

4.5 stars
Amy
ThreeStar
Well, I can honestly say that this is not what I expected. I expected to have one floundering woman who was fantasizing about someone dominating her and spanking her.  What the story delivered was two floundering women – one who was trying to come to terms with her desires and the other who was a very bad dominant.
This was a frustrating book at best. While the story line was easy to track, there were so many “misunderstandings” that it became redundant and somewhat boring. The most exciting parts were when Peyton came back in to the picture and despite my hatred for her, she breathed life back in to the story.
Overall, this story lacked heat, was not a good showing of what a true fantasy “Disneyland” would be like and also showed, that despite her reputation for being a great Domme, how terrible she really was at earning the trust that Ana had put in her.
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I am a multi-published author of F/F DD fiction, an active blogger, and a coordinator of various events to bring together writing, reading, and kink communities. Look for events such as Christmas in July, Advent Calendar, and Spankee Doodle Dandy.

My current releases include The Vengeance of Mrs. Claus (12/8/12), Desire in Any Language (1/18/13), and Editorial Board (3/2/13) from Blushing Books.

My newest release, The Way Home (Kat and Natalie, Volume One), came out 3/6/2013 and reached #31 on Amazon’s Top 100 list for F/F fiction.

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