Harper Bliss excels in writing age gap romances, and this is no exception!

What was the book about?
Ash is still putting the pieces of her life back together after her very stressful divorce. When she is sitting at her Mothers birthday party, she runs into her mother’s friend, Gloria. Something sparks between them, but neither is at a place in their life to pursue something more, especially with the family ties they have. But when both women can’t stop thinking about the other and struggle to keep their distance, would it be so wrong to have a fling? Or could it be something so much more?

Featured Tropes
Age-Gap, Family Ties, Toaster Oven

Book Strengths
Phenomenal book. And intense… so bloody intense. 

I absolutely adore this book in every way possible. It was magical, and I was utterly sucked in. Gloria and Ash’s love story surpassed all my expectations, and I just sat back and enjoyed the ride. 

I have to give a shout out to the secondary characters in this book because they made some of my favourite scenes even better. Especially Sindu. Every woman should have a Sindu in her life being her cheerleader.

I love this authors work, and many of her novels are my all-time favourites, but this one is currently fighting the others for the top spot. 

Chemistry
Ash and Gloria had a magnificent chemistry, like off the chart, fireworks bursting in the sky kind of chemistry. I swear their first kiss was one of the sexiest first kisses I have ever read. And the sex scenes are sexy as hell and knocked my socks off. This book was full of the hotness I look forward to in Harper’s books. 

The not sexual chemistry between Gloria and Ash was also lovely, and It allowed the reader to see a side of them both that was vulnerable but only for each other. 

Heating Rating
🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 

Wrap Up
Listen, if you haven’t read this book already, then you’re crazy and should be dashing out to buy a copy. This book is one hundred per cent one of my favourites in 2020. 

Star Rating
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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I love books set in Australia. It makes me love my chosen home even more… especially when Cheyenne Blue paints such a picturesque photo in the mind of the reader! 

What was the book about?
After being sidelined again by her family, Stevie stumbles drunkenly from a party on her family’s boat and ends up on someone else boat. Fast forward to the next morning where she wakes in the middle of the sea. 

Pleading with captain Kaz to turn around seems to be getting her nowhere as Kaz is on a timeline to sail to Melbourne for a protest. Trapped on the boat, Stevie decides to accept her circumstances, much to her dismay. What she isn’t expecting is the feelings she is having for Captain Kaz, and why is she all of a sudden enjoying their adventure? Shouldn’t she be desperate to get home and start her new job? Why does she wish for more time with Kaz?

Featured Tropes
Australian, Stowaway, WLW romance

Book Strengths
Do you know why I enjoy Cheyenne Blue’s books so much? Her characters are real, and they give me hope for the real world. Her characters have real emotions, authentic thoughts, moments of jealousy and above all, they love (as we all do) with caution and hope. 

What an interesting concept. Being trapped on a boat with another woman for a week and having no one but the two of you was quite a genius, romantic storyline.

I especially liked Stevie and how she saw the world. The emotionally raw moments, especially with her family, made her seems so real like I could feel her sorrow and vulnerability. 

As someone who enjoys sailing, I have to say that this book felt so relaxing to read. Cheyenne Blue used accurate descriptions, making me feel like I was on the boat, and I had dreams of being lulled to sleep by the ocean after finishing it.

I am sincerely hoping that Alana and her lovely daughter will be the next story from Cheyenne Blue. I can almost see the story forming in my brain. She was my favourite character (aside from Stevie), and I can see her getting into some romantic trouble. #swoon

If I have to choose a favourite section of the book, I’d say the moments in the end with Stevie and her mum and the epilogue. You all know I love a good epilogue, and this one was great. 

Book Weaknesses 
My one and only would be that I felt the story slowed substantially in a few areas where I would of like things to have ramped up. 

Chemistry
The chemistry is undeniable between Stevie and Kaz and really hot when they finally hit the sheets. I think I liked the build-up in this book to the sex because when it does happen, it’s explosive. Both Kaz and Stevie are so lovely together, even their non sexual chemistry is beautiful, and I enjoyed watching them become vulnerable with each other on an emotional level.

Heating Rating
🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 

Wrap Up
Thoroughly enjoyed ‘All At Sea’ and I would recommend enjoying it with a wine or beer on a hot summer night. 

Star Rating
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
(4.5 stars)

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Clare Ashton is a goddamn genius ❤️

What was the book about?
Jessica Lambert is over her life of fame and all the expectations in it. When she is rescued by the most beautiful woman she has ever seen, she starts to see what could be instead of what is. She can’t stop feeling an emotional connection to the beautiful hero.

Anna is not a hero, but when she sees a frightened woman on the tube, she can’t stand around and do nothing. Letting this woman into her home, let alone her carefully secluded life is not something she would typically do, but she can’t help but open her world up to this woman who has captured her heart.

But Jessica’s life is waiting for her outside Anna’s flat, and she can’t ignore it forever. And Anna can’t stop herself from wanting what she can’t have. Can life get any more complicated?

Featured Tropes
Age Gap, Movie Star, class disparity

Book Strengths
What an excellent book. I was so intensely glued to the page from the moment I began reading. Clare Ashton has once again written an exceptional book with a plot that is entirely original. The tension between the characters was bloody delicious and kept me on my toes the whole time.

I haven’t laughed this much at a book in ages! Jess falling over her mouth in the first few chapters was the best. She just says exactly what she’s thinking and it was such an endearing quality. I have seen a lot of myself in Jess’s quieter personality, and it made me intrigued by her more than any character I have ever read.

I completely fell for Anna. She was without a doubt, my favourite character in the book, and I was crushing on her so very hard by the end. Major swoon! Age gap romances… what can I say!

What I loved best about this story is that it shows another side to the fame and fortune trope. That movie stars might love acting, but they don’t get a personal life. 

The secondary characters in this book were part of some of my favourite scenes, especially Penny, whom I adored!!! I think Penny needs her own romance as I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to her character. 

Character Chemistry
I don’t think I’ve read chemistry that is more prevalent than in this book. The attraction and sexual chemistry were there in spades, and you could feel it emanating from the page when Anna and Jess were in the same room. In regards to emotional chemistry, that was also ubiquitous and Clare Ashton wrote it so well, I could almost feel it.

Heat rating
🔥🔥🔥🔥

Wrap up
Strap yourselves in book lovers because this book is going to take you on the ride of your life. I can’t wait to reread it very soon… maybe tonight!

Star Rating
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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Even through the horrors of war love can be found and held on to.

What was the book about?
Think back to World War I, 1915, a time when women had to fight for the basic rights of being equal and to be able to vote. Johanna Lennox, a Scot from a working-class background and a trained nurse who is extremely good at what she does and has seen the worst of war can do to a human being. Into this mix add Ellie Winthrop, an upper-class young woman and who has lived relatively sheltered life, who signs up to the Voluntary Aid Detachment after a family member has been killed.

Johanna is fed up having to deal with many of the VAD recruits who have no real experience and nothing beyond a glorified idea of what the causalities of war might be. However, she is struck by and drawn to Ellie and her quiet efficient way of caring for the wounded men. A deep friendship is struck which grows deeper but is threatened when Johanna has to return to Scotland following her mother’s unexpected death. Johanna tries to stop their relationship as she feels that there will only be heart ache and volunteers to be sent to the front to help with the casualties. Ellie doesn’t accept this and continues to fight for what might be and what she knows is her future.

Featured Tropes
Historical, Medical, Romance

Book Strengths:
I loved reading about these two strong women. I felt I was there, seeing war and love through Johanna’s and Ellie’s eyes. This book is in no way a history lesson but a lesson in how love can grow and endure even in the most terrifying places. 

Character Chemistry
From the prickly start when they first meet Johann and Ellie’s relationship is a slow but consuming burn. Johanna’s willingness to sacrifice her happiness for what she thinks is best for Ellie considering her upbringing and societies convention is heart-breaking. Matron Campbell is a wonderful secondary character who helps both women on their journey.

Heat Rating:
4 Flames

Wrap up
Above all this is a story of love and how, through whatever is thrown at it, love will prevail.

Star Rating:
5 Stars

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I couldn’t put this book down.

What was the book about?
Verity Forsyth is retired. She spends her days with her nephew and planning dinner parties for her friends. Life got ultimately more interesting when Katie Ross moves into the flat below.

At first, Verity is annoyed by her new neighbour’s callous behaviour in regards to her motorcycle being parked in the garden. Still, when an unfortunate event happens, both women are thrown together, and when they get to know each other better, they are more alike than they first thought.

Can these women put aside their differences and move forward with a friendship that has the possibility of much more?

Featured Tropes 
Romance, age-gap, enemies to lovers, 

Book Strengths
What an incredible story and honestly it’s probably my new Amanda Radley favourite. The book flowed so effortlessly, and I couldn’t believe it when I had finished. 

This is probably the first Radley book that I would be alright if there weren’t a follow-up. Don’t get me wrong it would be a massive perk if there was, but this book finished just beautifully, and I was left with all the feels. 

I loved Katie, she was tenacious, and she hid her vulnerability of past hurts. The reader could feel her sorrow at times. She was a wonderful character to read, and as her walls came down, she became my favourite character.

I had the biggest crush on Verity throughout the book. The way she changes throughout the book was excellent, and I was swooning all over the place. Talk about the perfect woman!

Character Chemistry
The chemistry between Verity and Katie is slow to start as they are at odds with one another, but as the book progresses, you see the spark, and it forms into something beautiful. 

As with all Amanda Radley books, the sex scenes are fade to black, but you still get a feel for the emotional and sexual chemistry during the build-up to the sex scenes.

Heat Rating
Two flames

Wrap up
A remarkable book which is no surprise with Amanda Radley holding the pen. This is definitely my favourite Radley book to date, and I can’t wait to start it all over again. Not got plans for the weekend? Well, you do now!

Star Rating
5 Stars

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A fun romantic romp

What was the book about?
Penny Rothmoor is the heir to a successful casino in Las Vegas but apart from that nothing seems to be going right for her. Her father’s response to the situation is to put Penny on an extended break from her role as Operations Manager. For a workaholic like Penny this is a disaster and all on the day that she is supposed to meet her Mother’s long-lost friend. Lauren Hansen, a successful artist has troubles of her own. Initially on her way to her 10th anniversary vacation she finds herself in Vegas sans partner and wondering how she will spend the holiday alone. Out of obligation to her friend, Lauren still wants to meet up with her daughter. Their initial meeting is quite literally by accident and from there to a quite dinner they end up in a bar with Penny’s friends. After a full-on night of tequilla and a promise made to meet Lauren in Hawaii so they can both have a vacation without worrying about their individual problems, Penny takes the plane to join Lauren. Sea, sun surf and well who knows when you are just being Vacation People!

Featured Tropes
Romance, age-gap

Book Strengths
For a debut novel it’s great. This book is fast moving and a fun enjoyable read and it doesn’t pretend to be anything else. The main characters are possibly too good to be true but isn’t that what fiction and escapism is all about? The sex scenes were hot and not overdone. I’d really like to read Cheri Ritz’s next novel.

Book Weaknesses
A minor thing for me is that the reader knows that there is age gap between the main characters, but it isn’t really mentioned or elaborated on.

Heat Rating
4 Flames

Character Chemistry:
Penny and Lauren’s relationship develops relatively slowly but took off in the end. I would have expected more in relation to the obvious age gap though. However, that didn’t take away from the story. 

Wrap up
Fun read for a debut novel. I will be looking out for more books by this author.

Star Rating
4

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This was an entertaining, funny and different kind of book

What was the book about?
This book tells the personal, romantic and family relationships story of Jenna through the years. Girlfriends and family make an appearance, including her mum’s dog, which she proclaims as Jenna’s little brother.

Featured Tropes
 Lesbian / romantic comedy

Book Strengths
This book is written in a very different way than any book I have read before. It is written in the first person. The narrative is interesting; we get to meet Jenna and the most significant relationships she holds through her life as an adult, personal, romantic and family. Has curious moments, some inner dialogues are very funny, those with animals involved are hilarious, I enjoyed that very much.

Book weaknesses
Starts a bit slow but gets better and funnier mostly from the middle to the end.

Character Chemistry
Since we revisit the key romantic relationships Jenna has got through the years, there are a few women involved. Some of those relationships are short, and a few a bit longer. The chemistry is different with each one of them. 

Heat Rating
1 Flames

Wrap up  
This is, in general, a light funny and entertaining read, to laugh and forget about life for a bit.

Star Rating
3.5 Stars

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. It has everything I want in one; romance, sex, drama, comedy and a solid story to take you on an adventure.

What was the book about?
Dirt Nap continues from where Gallows Humor left off. So if you want to enjoy the whole story I would definitely recommend you read Gallows Humor first.

Corey Curtis is still recovering from the injuries she suffered from her fall and at times it is extremely debilitating. Her girlfriend Dr Thayer Reynolds is supportive as ever even with a issue she has to deal with at the hospital. Corey is getting back into work at the morgue and she has been called out to work with her mentor from college to collect a very and I mean very decomposed body. This discovery sets off a chain of events that could end in serious trouble. Keeping Thayer and Corey on the straight and narrow is Thayer’s grandmother Lillian. 

Featured Tropes:
Medical, whodunit, romance

Book Strengths:
Throughout the whole novel I was entertained. There were times when I laughed out loud at the situations the women found themselves as well as from the snappy dialogue, in particular from Lillian. There was a pace to this story which pulls and doesn’t drag at all. I was so connected to Thayer and Corey and their group of friends. 

Character Chemistry:
Corey and Thayer are wonderful together. No its not all roses and their relationship feels so real. Their chemistry is also off the charts. There is a deep friendship between Corey and Sargant Jim Collier even though it goes through some rocky patches. All the different friendships bring the whole novel together. 

Heat Rating:
4.5

Wrap up:
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. It has everything I want in one; romance, sex, drama, comedy and a solid story to take you on an adventure. I can’t wait to read Carolyn Elizabeth’s next novel.

Star Rating
5

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Loved this book so much I listen to the audiobook straight after reading it!

What’s the book about?
Serena is living hand to mouth. Every paycheck counts and she makes them count. On an off day, she buys a lottery ticket, and it changes her life forever!

Gabrielle is ready for the next step in her Architecture career, but she has to compete to get the promotion. When she lands a Pet Day Care project funded by the newest lottery winner she knows if she can knock this out of the park, it will get her where she wants to be.

The more Serena drives Gabrielle crazy with the design, the more she develops feelings for her. But she needs to push those feelings to the side because falling for a client would ruin everything… right?

Featured Tropes
Slow-Burn, Animals, Client-contactor, Lotto winner, F-F

Book Strengths
This review will be slightly different. I’ve read the book and listened to the audio and to make sure I cover all my bases, I’ll add a short audio version review at the bottom. 

Ok… onwards! This book was fantastic and in a time such as now, it was the escape I sorely needed. I only wish I could have hung around in Serena and Gabrielle’s world a little longer. 

I’m not sure if it’s actually the case but this book felt longer than others by Kris Bryant and honestly, I was so ready for that. She’s such a phenomenal writer (and one of my favourites) that she could write War and Peace and I’d be excited. 

Lucky is written in the third person narrative which is quite the departure from script for Kris Bryant who writes typically in the first person. In my opinion, she’s one of only a few authors who I can read in the first person and thoroughly enjoy. However, the writing in this book was so tight and insightful that I’d almost only want Kris Bryant to write this way in the future. She nailed the emotion, tension and above all else – attraction, and we needed the third person to understand it all. Beautifully done, Ms Bryant! 

I’ve never read a first chapter that captures not only my attention, but set the tone so astutely for a novel! You really enter this book feeling Serena’s anguish and struggle due to her financial situation. So when Serena won the lottery, I burst into tears, knowing how deserving she was and ready for the story to make her dreams come true… 

I adored Serena, and she was, without a doubt my favourite character. I really felt a part of her more than anyone else throughout the story and shared in her emotions and reactions. She took me on the most significant journey. Whereas I was crushing on Gabrielle pretty hard from the get-go… what is it with me and crushing on fiction characters in books? *queue my wife’s eye roll* 

I think it should be left a mystery until you read the book but look out for a character from a previous novel! I squealed so loud when I realised it and then reread their book. 

Y’all know how much I love a good epilogue right? Well, let me tell you this book has a fantastic last chapter and epilogue! In fact, I would have forgiven Kris Bryant for not writing an epilogue because the previous chapter was so good. HOWEVER, the epilogue that does come is incredible and so very delicious! Major swooning for Gabrielle afterwards! 

Character Chemistry
Wowser!!! The connection emotionally and sexually between Gabrielle and Serena was intense and so very sexy! There is much sexiness to enjoy in this book… trust me! 

Heat Rating
4 Flames

Audiobook
I was apprehensive the audiobook would possibly ruin how much I loved this book, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Brittni Pope did a fantastic job of depicting the characters and I thoroughly enjoyed her narration, especially her version of Serena. 

Conclusion
Wonderful book that honestly should be at the top of your reading list for June. Go grab yourself a copy now… you can thank me later!!! Enjoy! 

Star Rating
5 Stars

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I’ve been waiting for this book since reading Write Your Own Script.

What’s the book about?
Carmen Lyttleton is running her empire as a talent-agency executive. She has some big names on her docket and she works hard to make sure they get the best of her skills. When she meets tattoo artist, Ash Taylor, her carefully planned out life gets thrown up in the air. Firstly, she’s straight so why can’t she stop thinking about Ash and as more than a friend.

Ash had the high flying life Carmen has once. But she gave it all up to open a Tattoo studio and enjoy her life. She’s had her heart broken by a straight woman before so she needs to push her feeling for carmen to the side and concentrate on the life shes cultivated for herself. She must protect herself from the same heartache… right?

Book Strengths
This book takes slow burn to a whole new level, and for someone who isn’t always a massive fan of slow-burn, I understood why the author wrote it this way. You couldn’t rush Carmen and Ash’s romance because of Ash’s past hurts but also because of Carmen’s not-so-straight revelation. Carmen is learning about a new side of herself and Ash is learning to open up a side of herself she’s had to deny for a long time.

I really enjoyed watching Carmen discover the new side of her personality and sexuality! She was on the most significant journey, and it was a delight to watch her open up instead of living in denial.

I would call this book a sequel, as it follows on from the authors other book Write Your Own Script and I was so glad that we got some glimpses into Tamsyn and Maggie’s now happily ever after. I especially loved all the advice they gave to Carmen.

I actually wrote this in my review of Write Your Own Script

“I absolutely loved it. I’m really hoping Tamsyn’s agent; Carmen gets her own story (she so needs to jump the fence) because I want more from all these characters…”

Les Reveur

I’m so glad my wish came true!

The epilogue was my absolute favourite thing about the whole book. Short, sweet and deliciously good.

Book Weaknesses
My one and only would be that I felt the story slowed substantially in a few areas where I would have liked things to have ramped up on an emotional front.

Chemistry
The chemistry is undeniable between Carmen and Ash. Their emotional connection is definitely more prominent than the sexual one in the beginning, but with Carmen and Ash, I think that means more to the reader knowing the history. But when they do fall into bed, there are fireworks!

Heat Rating
Three flames

Wrap Up
This is book is a fantastic follow up and I really enjoyed getting to know Carmen more. Now if A.L. Brooks wants to jump into the future and write the lovely, Sophie’s story… Trifecta?

Go grab a cuppa and settle in for Carmen and Ash’s beautiful love story.

Star Rating
Four stars

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Wow! What a story! It’s been two weeks and I’m still not quite over it. 

What’s the book about?
Morgan Ashworth works for death as one of her many minions. She’s the best at her job and truly believes no one can do it quite like her. She lost who she thought was her soul mate many years ago so what’s the point in trying to find the replacement when she knows it’s just not out there. She is happy doing her job and is content that her only friend is Death. End of.

That all changes when she has to administer an afterlife package to one of her employees, Jane Smith. It’s not helping matters that she is insanely attracted to Jane but also that Jane has a bucket list that Morgan can help her achieve before she signs her afterlife package… The only problem is that if number 12 on the list (Sex with my boss) is to be ticked off, then the attraction is definitely mutual. Which means Jane can throw Morgan’s carefully planned existence into disarray because Morgan cannot fall in love again. She can‘t, right?

Featured Tropes
Paranormal, Boss-Employee, Age-Gap

Book Strengths
This book was exceptional, and that’s not surprising as E.J. Noyes wrote it and she does blow me away every time she puts pen to paper to take us on the journey with her. E.J. Noyes is an exceptional author; there are no two ways about it. She has the ability to draw me into the story so much that I feel like I’m hovering over the characters being almost voyeur in their life. For me personally, it takes on a whole new element of reading. There are a handful of authors that can do that for me and she’s certainly one of them. 

Ok, so enough about the author and on to the book! Wow! What a plot and the characters were equally amazing to read. It was written in the third person which totally worked and is not the norm for this author, but she pulled it off beautifully. The pace was perfect and I couldn’t believe I had read through the night to then realise I had finished it, I was so immersed in the story. I loved Jane and Morgan equally and for very different reasons. I don’t want to go into backstories and plot too much because I think it could ruin the journey for you, but it’s one hell of a ride. 

I do want to shout out to the secondary characters though because some of the moments with Cici, aka Death and Jane’s mother, were my favourite scenes. Those two were hilarious but also just fantastic characters to read. 

I think the whole concept was fun and so out of the norm, I almost wonder how the storyline to came to be. Where did the inspiration come from? 

Character Chemistry
Jane and Morgan have chemistry in spades. In and outside the bedroom. They have kinetic energy that draws them to one another. They also feel a lot of each other’s emotions and are incredibly in tune. And let me tell you… They set the sheets on fire!!! 

Heat Rating
4 Flames

Wrap Up
Outstanding book! I want the world to stop spinning for 24 hours so that I can read it all over again. An immensely satisfying novel that is a perfect way to escape from his crazy world! 

Star Rating
5 stars

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I loved this book so much that I read it twice in a row!

What was the book about?
Rome has travelled to Italy to pitch her app to an app developer in her namesake city of Rome. That’s where she meets Nadine, a high-end escort with a thirst for life. Rome is drawn to Nadine as she has never been attracted to a woman before. Firstly she’s straight, and secondly, she doesn’t get attached.

But Nadine is different and brings out things in Rome she never knew she had in her. As they begin to spend more time together and get closer due to a scandal surrounding them, their feelings runs deeper.

But Rome is only in Italy for a short time, and Nadine is an escort that Rome has discovered she’s not ok with, in fact, it makes her downright jealous. So how can this ever work? Love knows no bounds, right?

Featured Tropes
Toaster – oven, Straight girl, Escort, Foreign affair

Book Strengths
I love an excellent Lise Gold novel and this is one of my favourites by her to date. I was immersed in the story from the first chapter and felt like I was part of the story. The story flowed beautifully and I read it in one sitting then started it all over again!

Nadine and Rome’s relationship takes us on a journey of self-discovery for both women while being sexy as all hell… Oft the sexual chemistry but I’ll get to that soon.

Lise Gold upped the bar on her writing in this book. Much like ‘Living’ she made the character’s realistic and added an element that drew me further into the story and totally captured my attention.

I think Rome was my favourite character, maybe because I saw a lot of myself in her. I loved how she embraced the city of Rome, and everything Nadine showed her. Nadine oozed charisma, and I think I fell in love with her a little bit because the crushing (or was that lusting?) was real!

Chemistry
The chemistry between Rome and Nadine was palpable and sexy as all hell. A few times, my mouth hung open with the sheer sexiness of them both together. Lise Gold definitely knows how to write a sex scene. There is also the intimacies that Rome and Nadine shared outside the bedroom that further endeared me to them, they really had a beautiful love story.

Heating Rating
Four stars

Wrap Up
This book is phenomenal and best enjoyed with a glass (or bottle) Frascati and lots of yummy Italian cheese. I highly recommend you grab your copy as soon as possible!

Star Rating
Five stars

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Delicious Chemistry which a few twists and turns! 

What was the book about?
Lindsay listened to a past-life hypnosis tape when she was a teen with her best friend, Patty. Something happened that left her changed, forever. Knowing her past life has always left her feeling uneasy and unsure of love, to the point her marriage broke down or at least that’s why her husband said it did. 

When faced with a woman, Ren, who is the living embodiment of her past-self’s soulmate, she can’t think of anything else. Ren is so much like her past-life love that she feels an instant connection to her, and Ren is also feeling the pull to Lindsay. The only issue is Lindsay can’t tell Ren all this crazy past life stuff can she? And why would she anyway when Ren is about to leave to start her new adventure in Paris? This can only be a short term thing, so why waste this connection by telling her the story of her past self and jeopardizing her time with Ren. 

Featured Tropes: 
Reincarnation, small town, single mom

Book Strengths

Rach

This book was just a whole lot of fun from the prologue right to the end of the epilogue. It’s the kind of book you can just sit and let the story take you on the ride. I really enjoyed the premise being a little different from the norm and the idea of past lives and reincarnation really sparked my interest.

I loved Lindsay’s character the most and felt really connected to her throughout the story. To go through something so life-changing at such a young age and still come out the other side, a solid and beautiful person, was really inspiring. 

I also liked the idea of following not one, not two, but three lesbian romances. We are told the story of Mrs Stokley (whom I adored and who is possibly my favourite character), One of Lindsay’s past life as Katie and her love Roo, and finally the big love story of Ren and Lindsay who we are flowing in the book. It was like three romances for the price of one. 

For me, personally, the secondary characters made this book and would have not been the same without them. Mrs Stokely, Deb, and Patty are the best secondary characters I have read in a long time. I am silently hoping Patty gets her own love story because damn she deserves it. Also want to point out that Ren’s boss, Samantha King’s name pops up and I scream NO WAY! Sam will be forever my favourite Elle Spencer Character. So I am off to read Forget Her Not right after I finish this. 

Amy:
I loved this book so much. Everything about it just made my heart sing. I love the exploration of past lives and soul mates. To be fair though, I am biased because I am sure my wife and I have been on this merry-go-round together multiple times. Lindsay is such a hero. I spent the entire book rooting for her to get that happy ending she deserved. Like Rach I loved getting three romances in one book. Especially getting to see Mrs. Stokely come out of the closet in more ways than one. I really am in love with all these characters. Well, except Ben. He was just an ass. I am also going to piggy back off the fact that Elle gave a shout out to Samatha King. If you have not read Forget Her Not, drop everything and go do that right now.

Character Chemistry:
Rach:
Well, hot damn this was a sexy, sexy book! Elle Spencer upped the ante in this one with the sex scenes that were beyond hot but also drove home Lindsay and Ren’s connection further. Those two together were just a match made in sexy heaven!

Amy:
This book was sizzling. The chemistry between Lindsay and Ren was just electric. I could not get enough of these women together. There was never a doubt they were made for each other.

Heat Rating:
4 flames

Wrap up: 
Rach:
Another fun and sexy book from Elle Spencer that just made me swoon and ache for her characters. I am really looking forward to what’s up next for this author.

Amy:
Elle Spencer always delivers a stellar reading experience. The characters in her books always linger in my head, and not just for a few days, but forever. There are only a few authors that can achieve that for me.

Star Rating
4.5

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You know that children’s party game ‘Pass The Parcel’ where the kid holding the wrapped parcel when the music pauses gets to unwrap one layer of the multi-layered wrapping, and there’s a new wrapping underneath as a surprise? That’s what this story is. It’s a wlw pass the parcel. A plot twist turns up when you least expect it. It’s personal drama, couples drama, family drama, village drama. 

What was the book about?
When Peri Sanderson achieves her dream of moving from London to a cottage in the English countryside, she expects her domestic bliss will be complete when her wife, Karla, leaves her London job to join her. Peri sees their future together as growing vegetables, tending some chickens, and chatting with the locals by a roaring log fire in a quaint village pub. Sexy urbanite, Karla, has other ideas and they don’t include a move to the countryside. Secrets are everywhere. Peri quickly senses something not quite right among her rural neighbours, and Karla is not quite the worldly wise woman-about-town that she thinks she is.Temptation, betrayal and intrigue combine to change the lives of both women beyond anything they could have imagined. 

Featured Tropes
Cheating, Drugs, Slow-burn, Older lesbian, Divorce.

Book Strengths
Jen Silver writes like those people who tell you a story over a cup of tea and start off chronologically but then remember a bit they left out so they pop it in, then keep going, but tell it from someone else’s perspective because that’s how they heard it first, then settle back into the chronology again. It’s endearing. 

Country Living is told from multiple perspectives. You get Peri, Karla, Syd (Karla’s rich lover), Dani (Peri’s best friend), Sharon (Dani’s wife), Martin (the neighbour), Hayley (neighbour), Bean (neighbour’s daughter), Rory (neighbour’s son), Raven (Peri’s new love interest) all telling their side of the main stories and letting us see briefly into a new story that’s developing entirely on its own. It could drive some readers a bit bonkers because it’s like peeking in windows but not stopping to get a good look, but I liked it.

Book weaknesses
We are left in no doubt who the ‘villain’ of the story is. The consequences of her actions hit Karla again and again as her life disintegrates. In fact, as one brick is taken from the foundations holding her life together, another is added to Peri’s, therefore solidifying her life-change decision. There is one point when I drew in a sharp breath because I thought the consequence about to befall Karla was too harsh. She avoids it, which I was glad about, because it would have been all too much; like hitting a nail with an anvil. Dani and Sharon are written in as the counterbalance to Peri and Karla’s exploding-to-pieces marriage. If there’s a weakness here, it’s that we are not given any opportunity to form or bring our own opinion about cheating to this story. Our opinion is already there for us. Luckily, I went in with that viewpoint already.

This is a tiny negative; I really disliked the title. Country Living. There was so much more to this book that those two words, and they don’t do the story justice.

Character Chemistry
The chemistry between Karla and Syd is loud and incendiary, and the sex scenes feature two women desperate with need. This is the point. Karla is addicted. Addicted to her next conquest, her next sex partner, the next secret she can keep from Peri. Syd is also addicted, except her addiction is to use sex as a tool to manipulate. 

Peri and Raven’s chemistry is quiet and gorgeous. I actually wish we’d seen more of their romance. 

Heat Rating
3 flames

Conclusion
It is a mesmerising sport to watch the path people travel when they are followed by the consequences of their actions. For Peri, her path is new, even at sixty years of age, but a lifetime of path-making experience trails behind her. I reckon she will be absolutely fine. 

Star Rating
4 stars

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Angsty and Hot

What was the book about?
Olivia Savage is newly divorced. She suffers from some pretty intense self esteem issues thanks to the emotional abuse of her ex husband. She’s also deep in the closet. Olivia believes herself to be fat and unattractive. She decides she is going to get in shape. On her first attempt at this she ends up running to the top of a mountain. Unfortunately, she failed to adequately prepare and ends up over exerted. Enter Eve Monroe. Eve, a personal trainer, is out for her regular Monday morning run when she comes across Olivia. She assists Olivia back down the mountain and offers her professional services. Eve manages to give Olivia her card before Olivia runs away. She runs away because she recognises an instant attraction to Eve and is headed back to the closet as fast as possible. 

Fate keeps throwing Eve and Olivia together. The tiptoe around their attraction to each other until Olivia decides to accept Eve’s professional help. The both agree to put their feelings on the back burner and focus on getting Olivia in shape. That goes about as well as you would expect it to (the feelings on the back burner, not the training). As they try to cultivate their relationship, they are faced with some obstacles and angst. 

Featured Tropes
Toaster Oven, Fitness

Book Strengths
I loved how this book addressed Olivia’s body image issues and her desire to get in shape. Eve made it clear to Olivia she was attractive and there was nothing wrong with her body the way the was. Then there was the sex! You can always count on Ronica Black for incredibly hot sex scenes. The writing was strong and there was great character development. I especially loved that the secondary characters were not just filler. They were crucial to the story.

Book Weaknesses
This might not be a problem for some people, but the book was, what I would consider, a little preachy about veganism. It wasn’t militant, just a little preachy. Oh and I would have liked an epilogue, but that’s also a personal preference.

Character Chemistry
I loved these women together. They had an instant connection that didn’t feel at all forced. It was very clear that they were just meant to be together, even though they had their issues. And did I mention the sex was hot!

Heat Rating
3 flames

Wrap up
I would love to see these characters in the future, maybe a short story.

Star Rating
4 stars

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