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5 Star, 4.5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for A Touch of Temptation by Julie Blair #FF #Erotica

CoverTitle: A Touch of Temptation
Author Name & Publisher: Julie Blair (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: May 17, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

Stanford law graduate Kate Dawson is focused on the future laid out for her—partnership in her family’s law firm and marriage. When she moves to a cabin in the Santa Cruz Mountains to study for the bar exam, crossing paths with her intriguing neighbor leads to a journey of sexual awakening and self-discovery that wasn’t part of the plan.

Landscaper and handsome butch top Chris Brent has a well-deserved reputation as a considerate lover. Avoiding relationships with all their emotional messiness, she indulges in her favorite pastime at sex parties and with casual lovers. She enthusiastically agrees to initiate her cute neighbor to ways of sexual pleasure.

Sex was the deal. Falling in love ruins everything. Or does it?

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FiveStars

Kate misses her bar exams after becoming ill and her gran suggests she go away to her cabin for a couple of months to recuperate and study for the next round of exams.  Her mother expects her to become a hot-shot lawyer, marry a suitable man and take her place in society.  Kate begins to question these expectations, especially when she meets Chris, her lesbian next door neighbour who wakens in her a craving she never knew she had.
This was an amazing story with two very likeable main characters, who were both fighting against strict rules they had set up for themselves.  Kate was going to go along with her mother’s wishes and end up miserable for the rest of her life and Chris had vowed never to fall in love.  When Chris initiates Kate in the ways of lesbian love in the sexiest of ways she sees that there is no turning back.  The problem is she wants a relationship and not just sex, whereas Chris has spent her whole adult life avoiding love and enjoying a very varied sex life, with parties, many partners and a bit of risk.  Would either of them be able to change enough to be happy together?  Finding out the answer was very hot, delicious and truly fascinating.  Julie Blair has a wonderful imagination and put it to good use in the steamy scenes between Kate and Chris.  I was constantly surprised.
The other characters in the story were well written too.  Kate’s Gran, Katherine,  was a gem and without her things could have been very different.  She was the catalyst in the tale and I loved her.  Kate’s mother was an awful woman – manipulative, single-minded and immensely annoying.  But we always need a baddie! In this book we had two as Nicole, Kate’s college friend was an evil, calculating bitch and a thorn in Chris’s side.  The lovers had to fight against their own expectations of themselves as well as that of other people in their circles.  Homophobia just under the surface was bad enough, but they were also fighting the bi-phobia of some friends.
This was a beautiful love story between two people that just had to be together.  Their journey together was full of tension and worry as well as some very sexy moments.  A well deserved 5 Stars.
Kitty Kat
FourStars
I must admit I found this novel to be a bit of a dichotomy,  I couldn’t decide if it was a passionate romance or an erotic affair.
In the end, for me, the loving relationship between the two women won through. Ms Blair’s clever interpretation and articulate writing of the growing relationship between two very different women was a pleasure to read.
The ending finally tipped the scales on the romantic front. An emotional and at times steamy novel well worth reading.
Chris

FourandHalfStars

This was a really nice story. Kate has her life planned out, not ever really realizing that the plans aren’t actually her own. Everything is going according to her mother’s plans, and she goes along with things because that’s how she’s been trained to think. Until a life-threatening illness forces her out of her planned life. To get herself back on track, she takes her grandmother’s advice to recuperate and study at her Gran’s cabin outside the city. While there, she meets Chris, a butch landscaper who knows who she is and what she wants. She doesn’t want a messy relationship, so she focuses on casual sex with many different partners. This way feelings aren’t involved. The two strike up an unexpected friendship based on small home improvement projects and a love of old movies. Kate decides to enlist this Lesbian Casanova to help her explore and learn about her own sexuality. In the ensuing ‘lessons’, both women find that emotions aren’t easy to keep from having. Now they have to fight for their relationship because Kate comes from money, and affluence, and this is not acceptable in her social circles. When Kate’s mother learns of their relationship, things come to a screeching halt, and it looks like it might be over. Kate has to find the courage to stand against the pressure of the ‘perfect’ life, and Chris has to accept that she’s worthy of someone she thinks is out of her league. I love the story line, and like that Blair has included some exploration of BDSM and power dynamics, but accurately explaining how it works and how to make it safe without too much fuss. I really enjoyed the book.

AmyP

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4.5 Stars for Ashes Fall by Adrian J. Smith – #F/F #Firefighter #Romance #UrbanFantasy #Horror @adrianajsmith

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Title: Ashes Fall
Author Name: Adrian J. Smith
Publication Date & Length: September 1, 2014 – 221 pgs

Synopsis

Eleven years after the love of her life dies, James hopes everything would be normal and works to construct her reality as such. Her adopted daughter, Lily, finishes her sophomore year of high school with nothing other than good grades, a best friend for life, and goals for the future. James, after stepping back into the dating world, has a girlfriend with a steady, non-life-threatening job. Life is as peaceful as it can be. But a day at the waterpark with her daughter reveals the largest crack in the façade.

And nothing can stop chaos from ensuing.

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FourandHalfStars

This book had intrigue and suspense.  It was one of those books that you can’t put down,the writing was so good it just drew you in and had you hooked.
The story of James and Lily’s gift was exciting, it was a perfect Sci-fi book. James was a very strong and loving character.  She faced challenges any mother wouldn’t want to have to face.  Lily was a very difficult young woman. The turn of events throughout this book were more drastic than I thought they would be.
I wish I would have realized there were more books before reading this one, I had no problem following the story with this book, everything was written very clear, but it would have been nice having read them in order, at first I was left wondering more about the back story. Definitely need to get the first two. Loved this book, just bet the first two are just as good.
Sherry

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Adrian J. Smith, or “AJ” as she is often called, is a part-time writer with an epic imagination, sharp wit, and kind heart that gets her into a bit of trouble when it comes to taking in all the neighborhood stray cats. Being obsessed with science fiction, Smith often goes off on tangents about the space-time continuum. She is also a part-time lunatic with a secretive past. It’s been rumored that she was once a spy for the government, but anyone who has gotten close enough to know the truth has never lived to tell the tale. When traveling around the world on various classified tasks, Smith requires the following be provided: buffalo jerky, mimosas, and eighty-six pennies. This is all we know about the reclusive woman.

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3.5 & 3 Stars for How Still My Love by Diane Marina – #FFRomance #lesfic

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Title: How Still My Love
Author Name: Diane Marina
Publication Date & Length: May 20, 2014 – 151 pgs

Synopsis

Beth Anders is just fine with her single life. Why mess with the heart when it isn’t broken? Being alone means never dealing with hurtful ex-girlfriends, or parents who have shunned her for being gay. Being alone has its perks – she’s just fine on her own. Or so she thinks until the young, vivacious and sexy Toni Vincent enters her life. In one moment, Toni quickly unlocks Beth’s heart and the two women plan a future together.

But when Beth learns that Toni may not want the same type of happy ending she had in mind, fate steps in yet again to steal her happily-ever-after. Toni wants things that Beth might not be able to provide. When an interested new woman steps into the picture, chaos erupts.

Can Beth fix things before it’s too late, or will she lose Toni forever? Travel with Beth on this funny and heartbreaking journey to true love.

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ThreeandHalfStars

At first, I wasn’t sure how much I would like this story. The beginning was great, and then it seemed like it took a long time for the plot to get going. I didn’t find my interest piqued until about halfway through. After that, the pacing sped up, and I enjoyed the rest of the story.

My biggest concern was that it was too slow-paced for the first half, and I didn’t have any real sense of who these women were. It was mostly spent dwelling on the progression of their too-perfect relationship. I got very tired of hearing how beautiful they were, as though anyone not thin, feminine, and pretty wasn’t welcome. The characters felt bland and somewhat stereotyped.

I found it a little strange that at the end, their assessment of their relationship was that they’d moved too fast–I honestly didn’t sense that; it felt like they moved at snail’s pace, actually. I wish instead of showing us so much of the “honeymoon phase” the author had concentrated on character development and their personal histories.

The second half of the story was wonderful. We finally got to see some of their personalities emerge (though still a bit less than for my liking). The tension felt real, and I liked that they had some very real feelings about their lives and situations. From the halfway point, it felt like a quick read as everything moved forward.

The sensuality in the book was at a heat level perfect for my taste–hot but not over-the-top, and it felt right for these characters. I enjoyed how loving it felt between them and how their emotions came into play during intimacy. It was really lovely. And of course, I always enjoy a happy ending.

I would definitely recommend this to fans of romantic, happy-ever-after stories. Other readers might not be as concerned with the pacing as I was.

3.5 stars.

Amy

ThreeStar

This book was a complete love story from the start of a relationship to 8 years or so into it. The book it’s broken into three sections.
The first section was overall the best written, but I had a hard time connecting with the characters, specifically Beth, who’s the POV we read from. The author throws a lot of history in Beth’s direction but it doesn’t seem to really make a dent in how she leads her life. It’s as if Toni is able to wipe her past abusive relationship away to where it doesn’t affect Beth at all after their initial meeting. This to me was very unrealistic.
The second section is filled with story telling instead of showing. It moves quick but is rather dull because of the lack of scenes. This part is also far more interesting than the first section as there are actual problems and complications to their relationship. The history Beth has has come back to bite her but not because of her abusive relationship; it’s because of her parents. This section skims over the many problems Beth had and focused on one fight. The rest was simply telling surrounding that fight and became something I had to force myself to read. This section is one where slowing down might have been extremely effective.
The third section of this book is where, in my opinion, the actual story takes place. It still has a lot of telling and not enough showing but it’s where problems are worked on, tensions high and characters who are most relatable. I would have loved to see this whole section spanned out and delved into a lot more deeply as it was the most interesting part of the book. This is the part of the book most relatable to the reader.
I think this book suffered from a lack of a focus. The story told needed to be trimmed down to the story relevant and there needed to be gobs less telling than showing in the last 50% of it. I struggled to find a connection to the characters because all the emotions that were connectable–the despair and loneliness–were told and not shown. It seemed as if the author was afraid of delving into such a dark and deep emotion.
I really wanted to like this book more. Perhaps if it was just the third section I had read with a bit better story telling then I would have loved it.
~AJ

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Diane Marina lives in the Mid-Atlantic US with her partner of 18 years. She is the author of several short stories published in the US, as well as a full-length novel, How Still My Love, which was published as a third of a trilogy titled Triple Delight. She plans to expand on the original story and re-publish the novel in 2013.

When not writing, she spends her time reading, hiking, running, and traveling. When she’s not traveling, she’s dreaming of all of the places she’d like to visit.

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3 Stars for Jade by Skylar Wood – @SkylarWood623 #F/F Romance

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Title: Jade
Author Name: Skylar Wood

Synopsis

Jade Tanner appears to have it all. To the world she is a self-made billionaire and business woman extraordinaire. However, it’s lonely sitting atop the corporate world, and more and more Jade can’t help but feel empty inside.

A secret sexual fantasy life begins as she starts chatting online with a beautiful young escort named Twylla Star. Becoming deeply immersed in this fantasy world, her desire to meet this woman soon becomes so overwhelming that Jade finds herself booking a date with her.

Meeting the delectable Twylla in Las Vegas, Jade is unprepared for the impact Twylla has on her the moment she holds the other woman in her arms. What started out as an unfettered sexual weekend with someone she’d never seen again, suddenly turns into something more.

When lust turns to love, are they strong enough to let go of the past to build a future together? And what will happen when the real world comes crashing back in?

Review

ThreeStar

As a lesbian erotic novel, Jade is a huge hit. Lots of sex, fantastic sex, diverse sex. This is a book to bookmark and re-read and keep handy.

As a story, Jade is a poorly-implemented cliche. The rich-girl-meets-prostitute story has been done before, and better.

The character Jade is shallow and unappealing. Her cohort is one-dimensional, if attractive. There are efforts to create plot and movement between sex scenes, and they are generally ridiculous.

Did I mention it’s hot? Two stunning, desirable, physically attractive women go at it in beautiful ways. I think this book has appeal… just not for me.

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Skylar Wood lives in the very beautiful, lively and fun filled City of Edmonton, Alberta Canada, where there is always something going on, summer or winter. She feels it’s a great place to be.

Skylar is a reading fanatic and only wishes she had more time to do it. Jade is her first venture into the writing arena. She says that writing is hard work but it’s a refreshing change from her nine to five job. It provides fantasy and escape. She truly enjoyed writing Jade, a lesbian romance novel, stating it was a neat sexual fantasy to explore through the pages of a book and that writing Jade and seeing it publication has been one of the best experiences of her life.

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