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A Place to Call Their Own by L. Dean Pace- Frech – #M/M #LBGT @deanpacefrech

A Place to Call Their Own

Title: A Place to Call Their Own
Author Name: L. Dean Pace-Frech
Publication Date & Length: July 2012 – 149 pages

Synopsis

Is it possible for two Civil War veterans to find their place in the world on the Kansas Prairie?

When the War Between the States ended in 1865 many Americans emerged from the turmoil energized by their possibilities for the future. Frank Greerson and Gregory Young were no different. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Frank yearned for his own farm, away from his family—even at the risk of alienating them. Gregory, an only child, returned home to claim his inheritance to help finance their adventure out west.

Between the difficult work of establishing a farm on the unforgiving Kansas prairie, and the additional obstacles provided by the weather, Native Americans and wild animals, will their love and loyalty be enough to sustain them through the hardships?

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FourStars

This book was set as a historical novel that takes place after the civil war – it was a story of two determined friends/lovers, Gregory and Frank, who wanted the freedom to live their lives together.

At first I was a little unsure of the story. There were a lot of descriptions that I didn’t feel really added to the story, they were more filler. However, as the story continued, the author was able to developed the relationships between Gregory and Frank’s neighbors, that they ended up settling near. It was refreshing to see a story that was able to capture how hard living off the land is and show what lengths people would go to help their fellow neighbor and farmer.

I do wish that we could have learned a little more about their time in the service and seen the relationship between the two main characters be developed a little more. The reader only saw the surface of their relationship. We saw how hard working they were and read about how they wanted to move West to live together, but I didn’t really see how their relationship grew – it was simply that they had a relationship.

The author took the reader on a long, arduous journey that had some ups and downs, but was an overall feel good story.

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AuthorBio

With inspiration from some historical tourism sites, the love of reading, and a desire to write a novel, L. Dean Pace-Frech started crafting his debut novel, A Place to Call Their Own, in 2008. After four years of writing and polishing the manuscript, he submitted it for publication and Musa Publishing offered him a contract in early 2013.

Dean lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his partner, Thomas, and their two cats. They are involved in their church and enjoy watching movies, outdoor activities in the warmer weather and spending time together with friends and family. In addition to writing, Dean enjoys reading and patio gardening.

Prior to novels, Dean did some technical writing in his career.
He has written another complete fiction manuscript and has a third manuscript outlined

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3.5 Stars for Sweet Spot by Lucy Felthouse #F/F #LBGT

Sweet Spot

Title: Sweet Spot
Author Name: Lucy Felthouse
Publication Date & Length: June 18, 2014 – 70 pgs

Synopsis

Virginia Miller is an up-and-coming tennis star. She’s gone from a ratty tennis court in a park in south London, England, to the world’s top training facility—Los Carlos Tennis Academy in California. In awe of the talent around her, Virginia is all the more determined to make the most of the opportunity and show that she’s worthy of her place there. Her mentor, Nadia Gorlando, has every faith in her.

But Virginia finds herself distracted—Nadia, as well as being a top-notch tennis player, is seriously sexy, and Virginia’s mind keeps wandering where it shouldn’t. Will her crush get in the way of her career, or can she find a way to push the other woman out of her mind before it’s too late?

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ThreeandHalfStars

This novella had very good pacing in it, and I was able to get into the mind of the MC very quickly. What I loved was being able to hear V’s voice in my own head as I read through the novella. The plot line is quick, but it still allows for anticipation of the romance aspect to be built. I was definitely rooting for V to get over her fears and do something about it.

The twist in the middle of the book was an interesting one, and one that I saw coming. It was not unexpected, and I’m glad it wasn’t. My only issue is the resolve from the twist seems to have happened far too quickly to be 100% believable to me. I felt the resolve had to come about more quickly in order to get enough sex into an erotica romance novella, which I can understand, but at the same time, with the twists subject, it didn’t seem like it flowed together well.

The erotic aspects of this novella were very hot and tantalizing. It fit with the two characters and kept the story moving. Overall this is a very well-written erotic romance novella. I wish there had been more erotic scenes throughout it, but alas, can’t always please a young woman’s heart!

3.5 stars – AJ

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ThreeandHalfStars
This is a short, sweet, sexy romance. It was a quick and fun read

I tend to prefer a lot of plot, even in romance and erotica. Sweet Spot delivers a pleasantly surprising amount of interesting storyline for such a short work. Another thing I enjoyed was that although there is good, steamy sex, it doesn’t overbalance the rest of the story.

There were only two disappointments with this work. First, the women in the story fit what I call the “acceptable lesbian” stereotype–feminine-but-not-girly, athletic, and attractive even by men’s standards. I prefer to see a bit more diversity in both body type and along the gender-expression spectrum. Second, the sex had a few too many erotic cliches, such as “tongues battling” and a whole lot of female ejaculation. Again, some diversity in sexual experience would be nice.

Even so, the characters are likeable and the story is cute. I definitely appreciated the side of social justice delivered in the second half of the novella. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to checking out other works by Ms. Felthouse.

3.5 Stars – Amy

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AuthorBio

Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati.

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3 Stars for Spring Fever by Barbara Winkes – #F/F #LBGT

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Title: Spring Fever
Author Name: Barbara Winkes
Publication Date & Length: August 1, 2014 – 176 pgs

Synopsis

What does not kill love… makes it stronger.
Callie has a hard decision to make when her ex, Nicole tries to blackmail her with an old secret. The timing could not be worse as Maggie still suffers from nightmares related to previous traumatic events. Andy, a new resident, is eager to make friends and promote the prejudice Callie and Rebecca have grown tired of. They have learned that trust is the most important thing in a relationship, and when you have it, hate cannot touch you.

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ThreeStar

Spring Fever is the third book in a series, and yes, it’s important to read the first two books first. I dropped into a story that was in many ways already concluded. The whirl of romance has passed. The acute threats have been conquered.

What’s left is a sweet, cozy story of two women building their life together in a small town. Familiar and presumably beloved characters make cameos with successes and struggles of their own. It’s a book about family, and while it may lack passion, there’s a great deal of warmth.

The “villain” is one-dimensional and behaves in histrionic ways that couldn’t quite get me to suspend my disbelief. However, her behavior reminds me that the internal and external conflicts involve people who aren’t villains, just people—the unhappy ex-husband, the questioning minister, the recalcitrant parents and teenagers. There’re good lessons in this pleasant, communal novel.

~C. E. Case

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AuthorBio

A psychologist/trauma counselor by training, Barbara Winkes left her native Germany to live with her wife in Québec City. Telling stories has always been her passion. She loves to write suspense and romance with female protagonists who try to solve the puzzle of their love life, a murder case, or sometimes, both.

Lesbian fiction with high drama and happy endings:

Barbara’s debut novel “Autumn Leaves” and the follow-up, “Winter Storm”, published by Eternal Press, tell the love story between two women in a small town, where neighbors take an interest in the life of others. The thriller “Secrets” followed November 2013.

2014 releases will include “Spring Fever”, book three in the series about Callie and Rebecca, and the standalone romance “The Interpretation of Love and the Truth”.

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