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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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4 stars and 3.5 stars for Finding Hekate (Cicatrix Duology #1) by Kellie Doherty @Kellie_Doherty #FF #lesbian #SciFi #ScienceFiction

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Title: Finding Hekate (Cicatrix Duology #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Kellie Doherty (Desert Palm Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 7, 2016 – 265 Pages

Synopsis

Mia Foley is running away from the attack that changed her life. She’s captain of a new spaceship when the Acedians find her and try blasting her peaceful crew from the black. She must sever her bonds in order to run, again. But she’s grown fond of this crew, particularly Cassidy Gates. Staying with them will jeopardize their safety, and they have much closer fears than the Acedian hunters. Mia’s time is running out. She’s becoming one of them.

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FourStars

Some times you read a book to take you away from the mundane and into the unknown. This book catapults you into the stratosphere. It is full of excitement, thrills, the unexpected and throughout the entire book throbs a passionate undercurrent. A growing love  that one person can’t acknowledge and the other can’t deny.
The plot is very intricate, the characters strong and resolute. Ms Doherty weaves a tale that is as imaginative as it is innovative.
I have  to admit that although totally intrigued and absolutely unaware of the creative ending I was also a little disappointed. I personally would have liked to see more resolution. However Ms Doherty certainly succeeded in making me need to read the next book in the series, which I will be awaiting in great anticipation.
~Chris
ThreeandHalfStars
I feel a little ambivalent about this book. First, I didn’t connect to Mia, especially at first. She was so withdrawn and closed off that it was difficult to empathize with her at all. And her vacillating feelings for Cassidy made me like her even less. I couldn’t get into the book at first. Even after her fight on the first planet they were on, it didn’t engage me. It wasn’t until she found the stowaway that I started being drawn into the story. There was something about the enhancements to her strength and speed that really started catching my interest. That said, I wasn’t sure about the reactions of the other people Mia came into contact with. Jeff became so angry, and while I understand some of it, it seemed like it was more than the situation merited. Will became withdrawn and passive, and I’m not sure I understand that reaction either. The last portion of the book was exciting, and based on that and the extremely brief description of the next book, I would probably be interested in picking it up. It ends kind of abruptly and with no real feeling of satisfaction. More like a to-be-continued episode instead of having any sort of natural pause in the story. It did make me care about the story, and even the people in the story, even if I like Cassidy a bit more in this book than Mia. But it’s hard to feel like I’d be able to connect anymore to Mia in the next book since she’s becoming even more unemotional as her transformation progresses. Like I said, ambivalent.
~AmyP

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4.5 stars and 5 stars for Collide-o-Scope (Norfolk Coast Investigation #1) by Andrea Bramhall #FF #Lesfic #Lesbian #Romance #Mystery

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Title: Collide-O-Scope (Norfolk Coast Investigation #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Andrea Bramhall (Ylva Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: April 10, 2016 — 310 Pages

Synopsis

An unidentified woman is found murdered on the North Norfolk Coastal Path and newly promoted Detective Sergeant Kate Brannon and Kings Lynn’s CID have the task of figuring out whom, how, and why. A job that’s made more difficult when everyone of the forty residents in the village has something to hide and answers her questions with a string of lies.
Georgina Temple has her own secrets to keep, and her own reasons to keep them. But her growing attraction to Kate makes it increasingly difficult to keep them.
Kate’s investigation into the woman’s death brings delves into the heart of the tiny fishing village where nothing and no one is quite what they seem.

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FourandHalfStars

Kate is a detective sergeant in the  Norfolk police force and is out to prove herself as worthy of her new promotion.  A quiet rural English setting is perfect for this tale of a murdered lesbian campsite owner.  Connie was found shot in the early morning after being out walking her dog and photographing the beautiful sunset.  It seems inconceivable that anyone would want to kill her but as Kate discovers there is more to a small Norfolk village than meets the eye.  She meet some very unpleasant people and there are plenty of suspects but why Connie?  Her growing relationship with one of Connie’s friends could cause problems, more than she could ever know.  Gina has a wild young daughter and has some secrets of her own but Kate is drawn to her.  I thought the attraction was well written as it was gradual but powerful.  Neither were sure it could work but I so wanted it to as they were so right for each other.  The murder mystery was interesting and full of surprises. It goes to show you never know what is going on right in front of you.  And the most odious of people may not be the most dangerous.  Appearances are deceptive.  Andrea Bramhall can certainly write a great story and she had me fooled.  I want to read some more of her work now as I really enjoyed this one.
Kitty Kat
FiveStars
When I began reading the prologue I thought it was going to be a wax lyrical type of book – then boom. How wrong was I. This is a fast paced brilliant and innovative piece of work by an obviously dynamic author.
The characters are superbly portrayed, believable, likable and above all, human, they both have their strengths and both have weaknesses. The description of the scenery and the problems associated with its location added great depth to this colourful and picturesque novel.
The plot itself is fast paced and with lots of red herrings adding both intrigue and suspense.
In additional to being a terrific murder mystery, you have the added bonus of a tender and warmhearted romance slowly yet deftly emerging.
The ending was both dynamic and sensational, a very fitting conclusion to a superb novel.
Chris

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5 stars and 3 stars for Along Came the Rain by Alison R. Solomon #FF #lesfic #Lesbian #Mystery

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Title: Along Came the Rain
Author Name & Publisher: Alison R. Solomon (Sapphire Books)
Publication Date & Length: April 15, 2016 — 266 Pages

Synopsis

Wynn Larimer would be the first to admit she has a bad memory and that lately it’s been getting worse. But that doesn’t explain how she has ended up in jail, accused of kidnapping two teenage foster kids. Now she’s in the fight of her life to clear her name. Her burning question: who has framed her and why?
Wynn’s partner, Barker, is hanging by an emotional thread. Not only are the missing girls her social work clients, but to make matters worse, her beloved Wynn seems to be losing her mind. How can she ensure the girls are brought to safety while dealing with a partner who is increasingly scattered?

Wynn and Barker must race to uncover the truth before Wynn is charged with a serious crime that could imprison her for years. But what will happen to their relationship when both discover things about each other that will change their lives forever?

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FiveStars

This novel totally drew me in, it amazed me, it scared me and it made me think.
Although at times I found this a very difficult subject to read about Ms Solomon handled this controversial subject in a very astute way.
I was completely amazed when the perpetrator was revealed having accepted, with regret, the misjudged and first likely suspect. This was a real credit to the authors creative writing skills and obvious impeccable research.
Due to the darkness and despair, which were a necessary part of this challenging novel, the ending was a much appreciated, uplifting and satisfying conclusion.
A very different novel, but certainly one not to be missed.
~Chris
ThreeStar

I’m not even sure where to go first. I’ll start with the format. I’ve only recently started liking first person povs. I think it’s more difficult for me to get into a book where ‘I’ am the character and not just following along beside the character. I know that is a personal preference. There are many people who absolutely love first person. My problem in this book is the head jumping. I believe there are a total of three characters whose point of view is written from, and the pov changes each chapter. In my opinion, and again with the caveat that it’s my own preference, I believe that any book written from more than one pov should change to a third person narrator. Next on my format list is the timeline. I didn’t like the way the author changed ‘when’ she was writing about. For example, the first chapter happened a week or two after two foster girls went missing. The next chapter happens two days after the girls disappear, the next chapter, the day they go missing, and the fourth chapter happens a couple of months before. This makes me feel like I have to actually write down what happens when, just to keep things straight. I just don’t like that type of bouncing around, although I understand why it’s used here. The first chapter has a lot of impact, and then there’s a back up to explain what led up to that. Still, not a fan of that much jumping.

My next problem with the book has to do with content. This part is ALL about content so it’s all my personal opinion about how what I read made me feel. I’ll try to get through this part without too many spoilers. First, reading about dementia or Alzheimer’s is difficult. It’s a subject that I have fears surrounding it, because I’m afraid it could happen to me. So it isn’t something I would choose to read about. However, it IS important to the plot, and once I got past some of the initial scenes concerning this it became a bit more bearable. Next is what happens to the girls after they’ve disappeared. The only way I can say anything about this without a spoiler is that it was shocking to read with no prior preparation, and I didn’t particularly care for it. And finally is the part about who was behind it all and how it was resolved. All I can say about this part is it’s cray-cray. The whole book seems like a ride on the seedy, crazy part of town.

So I didn’t like the book. However, I will praise two things. I liked the technical expertise of Solomon’s writing – by which I mean her writing is technically great. Her sentence structure, vocabulary, and grammar are all above average. And the book itself is well plotted and well written. Her style is very easy to read. So this book didn’t do it for me, but I would take a look at others she’s written to see if I’m interested.

~AmyP

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5 Star and TWO 3 Star Reviews for Surrender to Me (Surrender #2) by Raven J. Spencer #FF #Romance

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Title: Surrender to Me (Surrender #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Raven J. Spencer
Publication Date & Length: February 14, 2016 – 141 Pages

Synopsis

Penny is finally ready to say yes all the way, but married life doesn’t start off as expected. While the attraction between her and Carter is deepening, Penny still struggles to adjust to her new life full of luxury and new responsibilities. Carter continues to keep secrets for a cause, and shares only reluctantly with her wife. Can they overcome those differences, and who’s going to surrender this time?

Intended for a mature audience due to various scenes of erotic nature

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Review

FiveStars

Carter and Penny are getting married after their very unconventional start together. Carter ‘kidnapped’ Penny in order to save her from a sex trafficking ring and they fell in love. Carter is a multi-billionaire, who uses her money to help women in perilous situations with abusive male partners. She tries to keep Penny shielded from this part of her life and that causes some problems between them. She is also a control freak and is finding it difficult to let Penny take some of that control and for them to become equals. I really loved this book, as I did the previous one in the series. The women undergo changes in this story though in that Carter is slowly being forced to realise that Penny needs to be a full partner in all that she does. When Carter finds herself in huge danger then Penny has to be let into her secrets. She becomes more of a part of the dark world that Carter has had to inhabit. Penny’s friends are still wary of Carter and the story Penny has told them of her unusual relationship. Penny has some niggling doubts but in the end loves and trusts Carter. I liked how Penny grew stronger and felt able to challenge Carter more. Carter made a start on changing and hopefully we will see more of that in the next book

 

Kitty Kat

ThreeStar

I found this book interesting, it allowed me to find out what was happening with Penny and Carter following on from the first book in the series. I applauded the scene at the awards presentation and felt it was strike for acceptance and recognition of same sex marriages, and it made me smile!
However it lacked the excitement and tension associated with the original. Penny’s repetitious moaning and self doubt about about her financial situation was a little wearing. Their sexual encounters were less erotic and the account of their wedding disappointing on the romantic front.
What I did feel was the first book in the series was a solid foundation and this novel was a securing up and beefing up of that, in anticipation of a shattering, and, climatic third novel. If this was Ms Spencer’s intention it certainly worked for me. I was definitely left wanting more, having more questions than answers and eagerly awaiting  the adventures and dangers and impending menaces left facing these two women.
Although one of a series it is a stand alone book.
~Chris
ThreeStar
This story is not an improvement on the first book. It actually pains me to say it but it’s true. At least the first book had some plot. This book seems like a placeholder book, as though the author wanted to write a trilogy for some reason. There may be some sort of resolution in the third book, but this book doesn’t add much to Penelope and Carter’s story. We still have an unequal relationship where Carter is controlling and keeping secrets, and Penelope is expected to live with it. There is no hint of compromise; Carter is basically telling her to take it or leave it, although she does expect Penelope to leave it. And I’m not really sure there’s enough there for Penelope to stay. But there’s still no real attempt to resolve this power imbalance and it makes it difficult to believe that Penelope would stay. Carter treats her like she’s a child, incapable of making her own decisions and withholding information that might allow Penelope to develop into a mature partner. But the biggest problem with the book is that nothing happens. Yes, they get married. Yes, they go on trips to other countries. Yes, Carter changes all the plans at the last minute and doesn’t tell Penelope why. And finally, Carter gets arrested in Paris, which is a little weird because she never did anything. But rather than using any of these events to help Carter and Penelope explore their relationship in an attempt to make it more equal, we have the same story of Carter making decisions for Penelope’s own good, and Penelope allowing it to happen. How are we supposed to believe that Penelope is more than a toy or a trophy wife if she doesn’t get to do anything? I will be reading book 3, but I’m not sure I’m looking forward to it anymore. I’d like to see the feisty, independent student stand up for herself and force a partnership on Carter.
Amy P.

 

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