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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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3.5 Stars for Actual Stop (Agent O’Connor #1) by Kara A. McLeod #FF #Mystery

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Title: Actual Stop (Agent O’Connor #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Kara A. McLeod (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: June 14, 2016 – 312 Pages

Synopsis

Special Agent Ryan O’Connor’s life is exactly on track—she’s with a wonderful woman, and she’s doing something she loves. Sure, her boss can’t stand her, but she figures if that’s her biggest problem, she’s pretty damn lucky. She should have known it was too good to last and that when fate finally slapped her, it would do so hard enough to leave a mark.

When Ryan’s ex-girlfriend, Special Agent Allison Reynolds, suddenly reappears in New York, her carefully constructed world is thrown into chaos. As they’re forced to work together, Ryan is compelled to confront several realities that she wishes she could avoid. One of which is that it’s terrible to mix the past with the present. The other is that it’s not only the past that paints the present with lead.

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ThreeandHalfStars

There are a lot of things to like in this book, although there are a couple of things that are a bit lacking. I like McLeod’s style of writing, and the flow made it easy to keep turning pages. I found the details of her Secret Service job interesting, and liked hearing about the various different departments that we don’t usually hear about. However, I found Ryan to be a little immature. She’s still hung up on her ex, Allison, a fellow agent who dumped her, but she’s been seeing Lucia for the last six months, and doesn’t consider that a relationship. Obviously, after Allison, feelings aren’t her strong suit, but I find it annoying that anytime anything ‘feelings’ related came up, Ryan shoved it all to the back burner and ignored it. Definitely not a way to not hurt the person you’re involved with. With that type of introspection and lack of self-awareness, I don’t find it surprising at all that Ryan hasn’t moved on at all in the four years since Allison left. Nor that she has no clue what Lucia really feels for her. At the same time, she castigates and self-flagellates enough for her shortcomings that you’d really expect her to try to resolve some things. I will say that there were several unresolved issues at the end of the book that definitely tie into book two. It isn’t quite a cliffhanger, but definitely ways that you can see where the next book will go. I’ll withhold my own suppositions and suspicions, but would gladly pick up the next book in the series. I’d like to see how some of those threads are tied up. Pretty good for a debut, and I can only expect things to get better.

AmyP

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4 Stars for Order Up: A Menu of Lesbian Romance & Erotica (Anthology) edited by R. G. Emanuelle & Andi Marquette #FF #lesfic #anthology

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Synopsis

Join Chef R.G. Emanuelle and sous chef Andi Marquette as they return to the kitchen to cook up another menu in their continuing quest to explore the sensuous qualities of food and illustrate how the act of preparing and eating it can engage much more than simply taste and smell. Food can become many things, from a gateway to greater intimacy to the creation or rediscovery of a connection. To help them in their quest, Andi and R.G. rounded up another group of cooks who created an array of dishes and meals, which they present to you here in a menu that ranges from sweet and romantic to sultry and seductive, from a relationship’s first tentative taste to the many layers of one that has simmered long and slow.
Each story also ends with a recipe. Some require cooking implements while others are whimsical accompaniments that don’t require cooking at all—at least not in the traditional sense. After all, food serves as more than sustenance—it’s a trigger for love, laughter, sex, pleasure, and carnal and sensory satisfaction. Whatever your palate prefers, you’re sure to find something tasty here.
The menu includes dishes by Andi Marquette, Brey Willows, Cheri Crystal, Cheyenne Blue, CK Combs, Emma Weimann, Jaye Markham, Jove Belle, Lea Daley, Liz McMullen , Marie Sterling, N.R. Dunham, Pascal Scott, R.G. Emanuelle, and Rebekah Weatherspoon.

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FourStars

Anthologies hold such highs and lows for me. I’m always excited to crack one open to see what tasty bits fall out. I love discovering an author either new or new-to-me who I can obsess over while looking for more written by them. And I absolutely love reading stories from authors I already stalk – um, I mean, follow. It’s like spending a little time with a beloved friend; you just know you’re going to enjoy it. I have to admit, reading the blurb about this book conjured images of food and sex – which I actually avoid – it’s messy, after all. But the idea of it is sensual and erotic. That isn’t exactly what I got in this volume. That isn’t to say that the stories weren’t good – I don’t think I read a story in the bunch that I didn’t like. But the flavor was heavily spiced with romance, not erotica. And I’m not sure that’s even a fair or accurate opinion. After all, it means different things to different people. But just like in a Thai restaurant where you order with a number letting them know how hot you want things, what may be a 3 to one person could be a 5 to another. I think I would have been much more content if the word ‘erotic’ hadn’t been in the tag line. That being said, the stories were full of romance and love and hope; they were all enjoyable and overall, I really liked the anthology.

AmyP

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4 Star Review for Bitten by Eden Darry @EdenDarry @NineStarPress #FF #lesfic #ParanormalRomance

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Title: Bitten
Author Name & Publisher: Eden Darry (NineStar Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 11, 2016 – 70 Pages

Synopsis

Dr Gray Davis is looking for a peaceful, sun-filled holiday on a remote island, but then she meets Beau Pickford. The attraction is immediate.

Unfortunately for them, Brody Douglas is also on holiday, and a stone carving he finds by the river makes him sick—sick enough to kill him. But when he awakens, he’s not who he was before, and Gray and Beau find they have to fight for their lives and a way off the island.

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FourStars
A really enjoyable and almost light take on a horror story. When I first began reading I thought it was going to be a typical lesbian love story, how wrong was I!
This tale develops into quite a gripping tale that keeps the readers interest with interesting characters, at times horrifying graphics, but at all times tongue in cheek.
It was really good to read a satisfying love story with just a different edge.
The different characters balanced each other out and the added comic element were a bonus. The ending was positive and not over the top. A good and colourful read.
Chris

Excerpt

Gray Davis settled back into her seat and sighed. She closed her eyes, shutting out the low, excited hum of the passengers around her. She had been waiting for this holiday for months. Last year, she finally qualified as a GP and taken up a position in a busy surgery in West London. Gray loved her job, but lately it seemed like she hadn’t done anything except work. When the weekends came, she was too exhausted to go out with her friends. As a result, her love life was pretty barren as well. Gray’s best friend, Julia, finally staged an intervention. One Sunday morning, she had forced her way into Gray’s flat with an armload of travel brochures.

“Gray, I’m not leaving until you book one of these.”

Gray picked up the first one on the stack. “Sapphic Cruises? No chance.”

Julia simply sat down on Gray’s sofa, smiled sweetly, and leaned back with her hands behind her head. “Pick something, or I will beat you to death with the entire stack. I got on the tube with those. They’re bloody heavy.”

“I don’t need a holiday. I’m fine.” Gray plonked down on the sofa opposite Julia. She knew she was acting like a moody teenager.

“Gray, nobody has seen you in months. You haven’t had a girlfriend in what, three years? You’ve probably closed up down there.”

Gray laughed at the serious look on her friend’s face. “That’s not possible. Besides, I don’t want a girlfriend. I don’t even have time for a goldfish.”

“That’s what I’m saying!” Julia leaned forward and clasped her friend’s hands gently. “I know your career is important to you, but you have to slow down, Gray. Take some time to come out with us once in a while. And,” she gestured at the brochures, “book a fucking holiday.”

Defeated, Gray sat back and perused the glossy covers, shuffling them like a deck of large cards. She was exhausted. She’d been working non-stop for months at the new practice, hoping that by putting in the hours, it wouldn’t be too long before she was made a partner.

She’d been working towards this for such a long time. Being a partner would mean sharing in the surgery’s profits, as well as the added responsibility of hiring and managing staff. Not to mention the even longer hours. Maybe she did need a trip.

Gray stopped when one brochure caught her eye. On the front, a group of smiling women were holding hands as a blazing sun set behind them over a sparkling clear sea. She sensed Julia looking expectantly at her. “Why are they all LGBT travel brochures?”

“I told you. You need a break, and you need to give your vagina a spring cleaning. Two birds, one stone.”

Gray snorted with laughter and opened it.

So, here she was, on a plane, waiting for it to take her off to an island in the Caribbean. She glanced at the two empty seats next to her and then up the aisle where a couple more people made their way down, she wondered if she might get lucky enough to have all three seats to herself. Grinning, she closed her eyes and leaned back again.

Gray willed her mind to shut down and relax, even though it kept returning to work. Julia was right, she did need a holiday. The practice manager wasn’t thrilled at the idea of her taking time off. When Gray told her, she pursed her lips as if she were sucking a lemon and said, “You’ve only been here five minutes, and you want time off already?”

Gray tried not to let her thoughts run away with her. She was good at inventing disaster scenarios. Her biggest fear since booking was when she came back and they told her they’d picked another doctor for the partner position. It was unlikely, and if it did happen, there were plenty of other places she could work—even go in as a partner without the probationary period this surgery required. Even so, it didn’t stop her worrying. She liked it there, and it had a good reputation.

She wished she hadn’t let Julia badger her into it if she was going to spend the whole two weeks stressing about her job.

Gray must have drifted off, because she woke suddenly as someone huffed down into the seat beside her. She felt a strong leg press against hers and a sharp elbow in her side.

“Oh shit, sorry.”

Gray opened her eyes and sat up, annoyed. Typical that she would be sat next to the person who thought they deserved more space than everyone else. “Can’t you be a bit more careful? You’re right over on my side.”

“Sorry, sorry. These seats are so small. Once we take off, I’ll move into the aisle seat, I promise.”

Gray turned to look at the woman next to her, about to ask that she at least move her leg, when she stopped, unable to speak. Oh my God, she’s gorgeous. The woman was tall and muscular. Her thick brown hair was cut short and framed a face with cheekbones most models would die for. Her full mouth widened into a cocky grin that said stare away, I’m used to it.

It was the grin that helped Gray find her voice. Out of all the seats on the plane, she was the one stuck next to the lesbian Lothario. Refusing to give her the satisfaction, Gray flicked her eyes over the handsome woman dismissively. “Thank you.” Turning away, she felt the woman put a gentle hand on her arm. It tingled in the place where they touched. Gray smelled something citrusy and fresh as she leaned close.

“I’m Beau Pickford, by the way. What’s your name?”

She thought about making up a name for the hell of it. Beau Pickford was still pressed against her, and it was annoying. Although, in all fairness, the seats were small. “Gray Davis.”

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4 Stars for A Gathering Storm (Travelling Companions #2) by Amy Paine #Bisexual #FF #EroticRomance #ShortStory @NineStarPress

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Title: A Gathering Storm (Travelling Companions #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Paine (NineStar)
Publication Date & Length: June 13, 2016 – 70 Pages

Synopsis

Marriage is proving hard for Millie, and as her love for Benita grows new wings, she is thrown into the impossible position of risking all for the thrill of a love so exciting, so deep and heart stopping that her life could be changed forever.

Millie faces a gathering storm of emotion that is about to topple her over the edge into an instruction in sin. On the one hand, she must fight to sustain her marriage and secure a certain future for her impoverished mother. On the other, she longs to break free to chase the dream of a forbidden love.

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FourStars

This is the second in the Travelling Companions series and I enjoyed it very much.  In the first book Millie and Benita meet on a train and become lovers.  Now Millie has to marry to save her mother from poverty but is distraught at the prospect of losing her lover.  The story is one of deep love and attraction and a feeling that the world is acting against the two women.  Set as it is in the 1920s they have to hide their relationship and once Millie marries this will become ever more important.  Millie’s character goes through some changes in this volume  as she adjust to life as lady of the manor and has to find ways to keep seeing Benita.  She is completely obsessed by her and now that she has to have regular sex with her husband it has become more obvious that she is a lesbian! The sex scenes are very hot and quite varied.  As Benita learns more about being a lesbian she is able to bring that to their physical relationship. I also saw quite a change in Benita too as she wants to take more control and in some ways I found it an unattractive trait.  I felt she took it too far.  This was a really good short read and I look forward to the next in the series.
Kitty Kat

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The church looked lovely. The pews were decked out in foliage, and the large vases of spectacular flowers in their Greek urns, from Hemsby’s gardens, flanked the doors and naves.

Millie gathered her skirt up in her hands. It was difficult because the dress was so huge and elaborate, made up of copious lengths of lace and silk. Its train and long veil tangled around her arms and legs as if the confounded dress were trying to tell her something.

No, no, she must not think like that. She pushed such nonsense from her head. It would be hard enough as it was to get through what lay in front of her. Millie pasted a smile onto lips that didn’t want to smile at all. She had to think ahead, to think of the good points of being married to James.

Her uncle smoothed his hand along her thin arm. “Darling, there’s no need to be nervous.”

“No, I know. I’m not. Well, just a little…perhaps,” she replied, forcing a weak smile.

She was having absurd notions, as if she were delirious. Maybe, despite the preparations, James wouldn’t show up. Of course, that was wishful thinking. She was about to marry into the Hemsby fortune, and last-minute hitches didn’t happen to a family like his. But still she thought about it, as she had so many times over the last week or two. Wondered what it would be like to be free, free to live and love who she wanted. And she did love, didn’t she? But it wasn’t James.

She fluffed out her dress, smoothed the silk and satin with her hands.

It was a perfect day for a wedding, with a clear blue sky and not a cloud in sight. The crowds from the village had turned out in their finery, lining the one main street flanked by the jolly houses in burnished golden stone, the sunlight reflecting from their windows. The little public house was decked with bunting.

She passed beneath the lychgate and, glancing up, noticed the servants from the house that was soon to be her home. Some of them she liked. Davies, her maid-to-be, for instance. Others, such as Foukes the butler, she didn’t like quite so much. He was stodgy and patrician, and she’d once heard him whispering about her to the housekeeper. He’d said she was a fly-by-night. But she could cope with it. She had to.

Her mother, Patricia, arrived behind her in the car. The lines on her face seemed less etched than they had been of late. She was responsible for that, Millie thought with a sense of pride. She had saved the day—was saving the day, and salvaging her mother from a life of penury. When her father had died, leaving them in so much debt, the lovely dower house had been about to be taken off them. Then, amazingly, James had come along out of the blue. Her own angel. Ready to save her, incorporate her into the kind of wealthy lifestyle her mother had dreamed of, had wanted for her but never expected her to get. Sometimes she wondered how she had managed to trap him, when to all intents and purposes she wasn’t his type. James was a playboy who frittered away his considerable income in Monaco. She knew he’d had affairs, but none of those women had suited him and she had. She was flirtatious, she supposed, but she had always acted so coolly towards him, and maybe that was the reason. He had taken her reticence as morality when, in fact, the true reason was she just didn’t have an eye for men, not at all. No, her interests lay in a rather more feminine direction.

The little gatehouse waited for Patricia Carruthers, and Millie knew she was content with it. Content to have her daughter on her doorstep.

While she would be Lady Millicent Alice Hemsby. Her heart did a flutter. Any other girl would be delirious with joy, and she was grateful, she truly was, except…She loved someone else; she didn’t love James. Yes, he had been kind to her, made her immensely grateful, rescued her, but she couldn’t love him, not in the way he wanted because…because…

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5 Star and TWO 4.5 Star reviews for Heart of the Pack (Wolfgang County #1) by Jenny Frame @JennyFrame91 #FF #Romance #Shifter

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Title: Heart of the Pack (Wolfgang County #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Jenny Frame (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: May 27th, 2016 – 264 Pages

Synopsis

Selena Miller accepts a job in Wolfgang County, jumping at the chance to get away from her overbearing family. Crippled by anxiety, she’s determined to start a new, independent life.

As Second of the Wolfgang pack, Caden Wolfgang is used to having her orders followed without question. When the Alpha allows a human to work in the heart of their business, Caden is horrified. Haunted by a childhood tragedy at the hands of a human, Caden makes it her mission to keep Selena from threatening everything they’ve built.

When contempt turns into attraction and passion flares, can their love survive Selena learning the truth of what the Wolfgangs really are?

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FourandHalfStars

In this lovely tale we meet Lena and Caden, one a hesitant woman who
is ready to get away from her “normal” life and the other the Second
of the Wolfgang pack. The two women are off to a rocky start because
Caden hates humans and Lena hates being told what to do. However,
working in close quarters has a funny way of getting people to talk.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the first page! I was pulled into
the story and couldn’t put it down. The romance between the two women
was beautifully written. I loved finding out about the pack and
meeting many of them. The pack dynamic they have is so interesting. I
wouldn’t mind moving there!

Wasn’t 100% happy with some aspects of the ending (won’t spoil the
ending for others); however, I am now looking forward to book two.

Tori

FourandHalfStars

This book was fun, with an engaging, energetic pace that kept me turning pages. I enjoyed Selena’s journey from anxious and beaten down to confident and proud. I also liked watching Caden find someone to end her loneliness, to give her the home and family she so desperately craved. This seems like the first in a series, since Leroux survives not only the first encounter with the Alpha Dante, but also the second confrontation at the end. This indicates further strife between the two packs. The fact that Leroux still lives is rather vexing, but if there are further books to the story, I suppose it would be okay. The story is good, and I loved reading it, but at the same time, some of the writing seemed a bit simplistic. It felt like this was a first novel, definitely the first foray into this genre, and the depth of characterization and setting just missed being there. I was a little surprised by that, having listened to Frame’s first book in audio, but I truly enjoyed the book, and am looking forward to her next release.

AmyP

FiveStars

This book is just brilliant. Ms Frame has written a book that puts the ‘absolute’ into page turner. Once I started reading I found it difficult to stop, even my cat had to remind me to feed her.
For  the first time, for me, I have not been appalled by the term “submissive female” – Ms Frame gives her characters such depth, such emotion  that every term made sense. She turned the most fearsome animal into one that could only be admired and loved.
A really well written love story that incidentally involves  changers as well as humans. The worst of human traits were displayed by some, while one of our leading woman invoked the best. The wolves on the other hand exhibited that which many of us search for in a partner, support, trust, safety and total love and fidelity. Ok some of the wolves were a bit on the nasty side, but this just reinforced  how they were in the minority, and hey they never succeeded in love or war.
This was a beautifully related love story, with dynamic characters and an exciting plot, it was just an idyllic novel. I only hope  that their will be a sequel???
Chris

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NEW RELEASE: 5 Stars and 4.5 Stars for Lost & Forsaken: Missing Persons #1 by Adrian J. Smith @AdrianAJSmith #FF #Crime #Mystery @SupposedCrimes

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Title: Lost & Forsaken (Missing Persons #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Adrian J. Smith (Supposed Crimes)
Publication Date & Length: June 1, 2016 – 242 Pages

Synopsis

Detective Grace Halling has a nice ring to it, or so Grace thought until she receives her first case.

Grace has been visiting Harold Crighton for years, and when he suddenly goes missing from the Campbell Home with seemingly no trace, her world is thrown into a spin. From finding her feet as a detective to learning how to be a better girlfriend to Amya and trying to find her place in a new and different world of no longer being a beat cop, Grace plows ahead and grits her teeth.

Although not the lead detective on Harold’s case, Grace is determined to put as much effort into finding him as possible. That is until she’s saddled with her own case and her focus becomes divided.

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FiveStars

I have read all of the Officer Grace books by Adrian J Smith and loved them.  I could not have asked for a better start to Grace’s career as a detective as this novel is  brilliantly plotted, bringing old friends back  and seeing Grace deal with a lot of baggage.  She is still getting over having to shoot cop killer, Cynthia, the death of her friends Daniel and Carol, and her new commitment to a life with Amya.  When her friend Harold goes missing from his care home she finds herself having to deal with her own feelings, her guilt and sickening homophobia at work.  I loved seeing Grace grow as a person in that she had to finally deal with her problems and find a way to give some meaning to her life by helping others.  With Amya’s help she became more open and their relationship became stronger.  I so want it to work out for them and felt that they were beginning to really make progress.  I just hope Paige isn’t going to be a problem! At work her first two cases were gripping and kept me reading well into the night.  The writing was so engrossing with not a wasted word in the whole book.  This is the best by far of all of the Grace books and I feel that the characters have become fully rounded and are perfectly melded into an ensemble that really works.  A well deserved 5 Stars – I can’t wait for the next one!
Kitty Kat
FourandHalfStars

This book was a wonderfully engaging read. It really kept me turning pages. I was extremely interested in the relationship between Grace and Amya, because they seem to have so many issues that they’re working out or around. One of those issues is the resolution last year of the case of a serial killer who was killing cops. Grace survived an attack that killed many of her colleagues and friends, and ended up killing the attacker, but it has left her with emotional scars. It seems as though Grace is dealing with emotional scars from even before this incident, and it makes me want to know more about her. Those problems weren’t really plumbed in this book, so it left me wondering if they’re discussed more in the previous series. Amya intrigues me with her compassion, empathy, and understanding of Grace. The actual cases that we see Grace dealing with draw you in and make you care about these people who have gone missing from their own lives, and I definitely rooted for Grace to have a happy resolution. I’m interested to see how things develop with Paige in the next book, and how Amya deals with how that relationship makes her feel. By the end of the book, I want to go back and read everything I can about Grace and Amya, and how they got to where they are now. And I’m also looking forward to reading more about their journey together.

AmyP

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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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