This is a slightly different style of review as this one is for a Lesbian Fiction anthology edited by Victoria Villaseñor and published by Bold Strokes books. This collection is nothing short of sexy and the theme is Silk and Leather so you can imagine the delicious eroticism at play. Like with most anthologies, there were some hits and some I wasn’t as keen on. I have to say though, there were only two in the whole collection that wasn’t for me and in a book of twenty stories that’s an impressive result.
There are definitely stories that stood out from the rest. Here are my top 5 in the anthology: (These are listed in order of chapters)
Engagements by M. Ullrich
Taking a Leap by Kitty McIntosh
The Bet by Sandy Lowe
The Key to Happiness by Jeannie Levigs
Marks by Nell Stark
I also want to give a shout out to the new authors who did a spectacular job, and their stories were fantastic debuts to the writing world. The two in particular that stayed with me after I closed the book were:
In A Place Like This by Rebecca Stieglitz
Nicolette by C.A Hutchinson
Heat Rating 5 flames
Wrap Up If you fancy something sexy and intriguing, you’re going to want to get your hands on this anthology soon! Enjoy.
What’s this book about? When Charlie chooses a career in New York and a beautiful older woman over her childhood sweetheart, Emma, she thinks she’s made the right decision. Fast forward five years, and she’s lost the job and the girl that lured her there.
She needs to move back to her home town to live with her parents. Emma doesn’t want anything to do with Charlie, but through work, they keep seeing each other.
The chemistry and old feelings are still present between them, but Emma can’t trust Charlie, and she’ll just leave again when something better comes up, right? So why put her heart on the line a second time.
Book Tropes Second-Chance romance, Femme-Femme, Oh! The angst, Small-town, Slow Burn.
Book strengths I love a redemption story, and this one excited me as soon as I read the synopsis. As usual, the writing is tight, and the pace is perfect. Georgia Beers knows how to make her books flow so the reader can kick back and enjoy.
The storyline itself was a good one and held its own authenticity from other second chance romance and redemption tropes.
I really loved reading Charlie’s growth from her younger self in the prologue to her now-adult attitude about life. I think the secondary characters were the stars of the show, and I particularly loved Sandy. Every time she was on the page, I wanted to be her friend.
Book weaknesses Here’s the thing, you all know how I love an epilogue, well there isn’t one in this book, and I think I would have been ok with that if there had been two things. Firstly, I think the characters needed more page time to establish more of a connection before they rode off into the sunset. And secondly, I just felt like the ending wasn’t the ending. I went back and forth a few times to make sure my kindle had it right.
Chemistry Like most second chance romance books, the chemistry is interwoven into the past love story, so it’s always tenacious with usually an undercurrent of abhorring which I think heightens the allure they have to each other. Georgia Beers nailed this with Charlie and Emma. In the moments they get page time together, it was very prominent.
Heat Rating 3 flames
Wrap up This isn’t my favourite Georgia Beers book, but if you’re into redemption/ second chance romance books with a sweet romantic undercurrent, I think you should definitely read Flavor of the Month.
A low angst love story that you can sit back and enjoy!
What was the book about? Mason Liner works for her fathers recording company. She is a guru in the music biz and a fixer when music stars take the wrong path, but her latest project is to get music diva, Sophie Ruddy back on track after her last public scandal.
Victoria Ruddy has been managing her mother’s music career most of her life. But when her mother takes things a step too far, she teams up with Mason to help her mother and her self destructive behaviour.
Mason and Victoria don’t need to like each other to have the same goal. But when walls come down and the attraction goes up, they can’t help but see the possibility of something life-changing between them.
Book Strengths I am semi-new to Ali Vali, and the more I read, the more I can’t believe I was so late to the party because I really enjoy her stories. I really like the low angst element of this book because it left me to concentrate more on the love story between Mason and Victoria.
Mason, in the beginning, I wasn’t one hundred per cent keen on but by the end, she was my favourite character. She was really something else, and when she was vulnerable with Victoria, you could see the real Mason. Victoria, I just wanted to cuddle from the get-go, and I was so happy that Mason steps up to this job more than once.
Mason and Victoria have a great dynamic and their friendship shone through numerous times to show that this wasn’t just about love, but about something deeper and more aligned to soul mates.
I feel there is a story with secondary character Belle… I just wanted more of her. I also felt there could be something between Victoria’s best friend, Josette and Mason’s assistant, Scarlet. I know Josette was portrayed as straight, but she is a toaster-oven romance waiting to happen.
Book Weaknesses I would have liked more flashbacks. We get one flashback from Mason about a previous relationship but still, I felt if anyone deserved a flashback and a window into the past it would be Victoria and her childhood/ young adult life with her mother.
Character Chemistry The chemistry between Victoria and Mason is off the charts, and their sex life was sizzling hot! The also had a beautiful and loving relationship on top of it. Like I said before this is a love that soul mate stories are made of.
Heat Rating 4 flames
Conclusion This is a delightful book that has jumped into my re-read pile. It’s definitely the perfect story to curl up in bed on a lazy Sunday and read all day.
An action-packed romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
What was the book about? This is the third book in the After Dark Series so please read Infiltration and Pursuit first otherwise you will miss out on reading a fantastic series!
Tyler, Brooke, Jennifer and Caden are back and we are introduced to the two main characters of this book, Dylan Prey and Emma Quinn.
The story leads to Russia to tie up the dangerous loose ends. Dylan has been working undercover within the Russian mafia for 3 years and is almost to the stage where she can bring it all together. Emma is a NSA cyber analyst “geek” and hasn’t worked in the field at all. Teaming these two up with the rest of the group to get the job done has its problems but each woman is most certainly capable of doing her own part without a doubt. Raw emotions, danger and love will out.
Featured Tropes: Action, adventure, romance
Book Strengths Every single character in this book, as with the two previous novels, are very well written. They aren’t cardboard cutouts they are so vivid. I love how you are drawn into the danger with the characters and you are willing them on.
Character Chemistry: Dylan and Emma are brilliant together, they complement each other, and they spark from the very beginning which eventually turns into a flame. Tyler and Brooke, Jennifer and Cayden are still wonderful in their own couples.
Heat Rating 5
Wrap up: I have to say that I have really loved this series. Jackie D hasn’t actually said that this is the last book yet. But if she does then it’s a great ending and I will miss the characters. I look forward to reading more novels by Jackie D as I am sure they will be just as entertaining and enthralling.
What was the book about? Robyn has been forced into Sherwood Forest after she makes an unlawful mistake that could ruin her family further. She plans to stay hidden, but meeting a new friend in little John starts her on a new path of risking it all to help the people she loves.
When she stumbles upon an injured woman in the forest, she decided to help the fair maiden. Little does she know that this woman will change her life (and her heart) forever.
Book Strengths Nottingham was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. In all honesty, this review is after my second reading of this book because I struggled to review it after the first read. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, but because I adored it so much that words escaped me in how to describe how much I loved this book. It truly is outstanding.
Anna Burke had me on the edge of my seat with anticipation, and then she threw me a curveball that kept me guessing. This is not the fairytale we all remember. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still very much the story of the Robin, the Princes of Thieves (Maybe Princess of Thieves?), but it’s so much more.
Robin Hood is one of my favourite childhood stories and more often than not, I wanted to be Robin, not Marian, but I was always forced into the Maid Marian role because I was a girl. But this book made all my childhood dreams come true. I’ve already got Anna’s version in my head for my son’s next bedtime story… just need to miss out a few adult scenes and remember that it’s now Robyn with a Y.
I’m not going to go into the character development of Marian and Robyn because you should just buy the book and enjoy the ride. Because Robyn and Marian might be my new favourite characters in Lesfic. As for the rest of the crew, Will Scarlett, Little John, Tuck, and Midge to name a few, star in unexpected but worthy roles and honestly the story wouldn’t have been as epic without them.
Character Chemistry Ok, so the chemistry between Marian and Robin is undeniable. Their connection and love is beautiful and all-encompassing. There is also a friendly chemistry between Robyn and Little John. They have instant comradery and it deepened into a friendship that was more of a close sibling relationship rather than a fast friendship. I loved the scenes John and Robyn as much as the ones with Marian and Robyn.
Heat Rating 2 Stars
Conclusion This is an extraordinary book that has left me in flux for the second time. Anna Burke is a remarkable writer, and I honestly couldn’t be more excited about what’s to come next… maybe another fable from the Tales of Robyn Hood? Who knows! I do know this, though… I’ll be at the front of the queue.
What was the book about? With the backdrop of an AA meeting, Max (Maxine) stands and takes us through her life story beginning at the time she arrived in San Francisco in 1981. This is a raw, moving journey of one woman’s redemption. Max and her best friend Chris (Christopher) set out to make a better life for themselves, leaving Cleveland for the more open city of San Francisco. The change of city is not what they expect at all and Max and Chris are front and center of this horrible and heart destroying time when Chris contracts AIDS. Max’s addictions eventually pulls their friendship apart and they suffer catastrophically. The choices that Max has to make at this time decides her future and whether it will be a long or short one.
Featured Tropes: Redemption, historical
Book Strengths: For me this book was a slow start but once I was hooked, I couldn’t put it down. Even though I was well aware of the havoc and destruction that AIDS created in the early 1980s, reading this brought it all back. I cried, I yelled and wanted Max to prevail all the way through the book. The rawness will touch you and make you think. The other characters which Max meets all have a profound effect on her life. Her choices are her own and how she finds redemption is profound.
Book Weaknesses: None. Just make sure you have a box of tissues in easy reach.
Heat Rating 3
Wrap up This book affected me deeply. For me there were two stories, of course the main one of Max and her life, her choices and her future but also one of AIDS and is awful affect it had on a generation. After finishing this book, I remembered two men I met in Sydney at a hotel I worked at in 1986, one from SF the other from Sydney. The guy from Sydney was not well at all but we tried to help him as much as possible. About a month after they left the hotel, we received a bouquet of flowers thanking us for our help and letting us know that he had died.
Being an expert thief doesn’t stop you losing your heart.
What was the book about? Crime and love… two reasons to meet online.
Opportunities to retire from life as a thief don’t come around often. Benny is determined to make this one pay. In her online efforts to help execute her escape plan, after pulling the biggest heist in her career, the last thing on her mind is romance.
When making friends online, Evelina did not expect to find love. After finding her Darby though, she is certain she has stumbled upon her soulmate. She will do whatever it takes to bring Darby to Italy so they can finally meet face to face.
Two women have very different reasons for being online. Will they both get what they want, or will putting trust in someone they have never meet in person turn out to be a disaster?
Featured Tropes: Opposites attract, international love, sort of a second-chance
Book Strengths: The details. The details of the criminal activities, the details of the locations, the details of the food, drink, language…all of it was excellent. Then there’s the pacing. The story moves along in a slow, slow, fast, fast, slow pace which matches the speed jumps of an actual heist. One of the parts I enjoyed was that misunderstandings, miscommunication and even non-communication are used a metaphorical device. All of those misunderstandings and reverse communications are basically how Benny lives in her non-identity, in not revealing her true motivation, in her inability to express her wants and needs. Seeing her actually having to communicate truthfully is painful for her, but wonderful for us.
Oh! And the heist? Oh my gosh, so well written. I held my breath the entire time.
Book weaknesses: For a while, Darby was such an unpleasant character that I simply couldn’t find any redeeming qualities in her personality. I understood that her actions were contextual, but when Evelina started begging for Darby’s love and attention, I wanted to tell her to let Darby go. Luckily, Darby got her act together, redeemed herself and gave Evelina a reason to continuously throw herself at Darby’s feet. (Metaphorically).
Character Chemistry: Darby and Evelina’s chemistry really only started once Darby arrived in Italy. Then as events progressed, their chemistry heated up.
Heat Rating: 3 flames
Conclusion: The title is called Stealing a Thief’s Heart, and while Evelina makes every effort to steal Darby’s heart, there is no theft in the end. Darby’s heart is given willingly. And the journey to get to that point is wonderful.
Such a wonderful story to just fall into and in love with!
What was the book about? Carly was a sought after superstar in the film industry not that long ago, and now she’s more of a fallen star. She needs to find a way to get her name in front of all film-makers once again. When her agent gives her a chance at the last attempt to rectifying her career, she doesn’t care what it is, and she is going to take it – even if it is theatre.
Stage manager Lauren loves her job. Yes, she tried and failed at being an actress but being a stage manager is everything she never knew she wanted. When Hollywood bad girl, Carly Daniel turns out to be the next productions main star, she knows she’s in for a crazy ride. But what she expects and what she gets is completely different. In fact, Carly has set her sights on Lauren and their chemistry is undeniable. Even the shows director can see they have something special.
But Carly is an actress from L.A and Lauren is a stage manager at the McAllister Theatre, Minneapolis. How could that ever work in the real world?
Featured Tropes Hollywood romance, Theatre buff, Soul Mates, co workers, Femme-Femme.
Book Strengths I loved To The Moon and Back. It was everything that I was looking for from the moment I picked it up. Melissa Brayden never disappoints, and I always know I am getting a phenomenal story. I have to say, the past three books by this author have exceeded all my expectations. She certainly has raised the bar of late.
What really shone through in this book was Mellissa Brayden’s love of the theatre, from working in it to being part of the audience. As someone who also adores the theatre, I had high hopes for this story, and it did not disappoint.
I loved the Carly and Lauren dynamic from the beginning. Lauren is this organised, methodical character with a big heart and caring nature, whereas Carly is also caring with a big heart but is unorganised, doesn’t get too worked up about schedules and just wants to have fun. When they have to work together, it’s a disaster in the beginning, but what is clear is the attraction and Carly is very upfront about her attraction to Lauren. It was very sexy how upfront Carly was.
I really enjoyed Lauren’s character. She was engaging and the more she let her walls down and became vulnerable, the more I warmed to her, and by the end, she was my favourite character.
I could honestly hole up in that theatre and be friends with the entire cast. But Lauren and Carly would be top of the list. Melissa Brayden has a way of making us feel like we are part of the story as well as feeling what the main characters are feeling. It’s a winning formula.
I am pretty sure we had a slight window into Melissa Brayden next book series in this book, and it has made me even more excited to read it. Look out for mentions of Vineyards… just Sayin’!
The Epilogue was a massive winner for me, and it just showed a beautiful side to Lauren and Carly’s relationship and tied everything up in a nice bow. It was like a lovely book hug to end the story.
Character Chemistry The Chemistry was prevalent from the moment Lauren and Carly meet. Even though Lauren is really annoyed by Carly’s lack of timekeeping, she still feels a connection. The build-up to the first sex scene is almost uncomfortable. It’s like one big foreplay session… very sexy!
Heat Rating 3 Flames
Conclusion Melissa Brayden knocked this one out of the park… Were we surprised? No. Will we be lining up for her next novel? Most definitely. This book is fantastic and a sure-fire way to uplift the spirits during a crazy time in the world. Go grab a copy and have some guaranteed fun!
If you’re looking for the sweetest (and sexiest) second chance romance then this book is for you!
What was the book about? When Bobby Del Ray finds an injured puppy on her ranch, she heads to the local vet only to find her childhood sweetheart has replaced the regular vet. It has been years since Bobby and Grace have been in the same room, but the attraction to one another is still prevalent, and Bobby knows she is about to lose her heart all over again.
Coming back to her hometown was never part of Grace’s plan, but with her father’s death and her friend asking for help at his vet practice, she knows it is the right move for now. Seeing Bobby Del Ray? Not part of that equation until Bobby walks into her surgery looking like everything she ever wanted. Can these two rekindle their once-great love, or is it too late?
Featured Tropes Second Chance Romance, Soul Mates, Small Town Romance, Oh! The sex.
Book Strengths I really enjoyed this book and once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. This is not a story driven by angst but more of a sweet (but incredibly sexy) story of finding your way home. I loved the pace and how easy this story flowed and at no moment did I think Grace and Bobby were not meant to be together. Their connection was undeniable, and at one-point, Grace even says that she can’t see Bobby right now because she forgets everything else but Bobby when they are together. This is the perfect example of their relationship… All encompassing.
I think the storyline is more focused on Grace’s journey. Bobby is forthright from the beginning about what she wants, and how it has never changed. For me, it made me crush on Bobby even harder. She wants Grace, and that is all that is important. End of story. She is a romantic soul, who honestly deserves the world, and wow can she ramp up the sexy in the bedroom… She is perfect… A sweet, unassuming human who cares about everyone else before herself, and she is hot!!!! #swoon
But Grace is a more complex being. She has been hurt badly, and not only by the heartbreak of Bobby, but also her cruel parents. This has really done a number on poor Grace. Bobby breaks down these walls one brick at a time and starts to let Grace heal. When this happens, we see a more vulnerable Grace, one who deserves her second chance.
I really enjoyed how there is no pretense in the beginning for Grace and Bobby. Their feelings for each other are evident and it means everything in this story especially because their friendship is at the heart of everything.
The epilogue (as with lots of books) was my favourite moment. It was like a big warm sexy hug!
Book Weaknesses This is a small thing, but I would have really enjoyed some more Bobby and Grace time. I felt like Grace was doing all the right things with trying to work things out before jumping into things with Bobby, I just wish the jumping in happened sooner because I just wanted all the page time with them both.
Character Chemistry Ok let me tell you, the sex is off the chart hot!!! Not quite erotica but heading in that direction. Wow! And Grace and Bobby’s sexual escapades just ramp up their connection and chemistry. I would not want to be in a science lab with these two because they are combustible. Angie Williams certainly has the sexy talk down!
The sexual chemistry is beyond but after their sexy times, they have fun too which just adds to their relationship and closeness. Just being jovial or sincere, these two hit the jackpot finding their way back to each other.
Heat Rating 4.5 Flames
Conclusion For her first novel I think Angie Williams knocked this one out of the park. I will be following what she does next very closely! Star Rating: 4.5 stars
This is my favourite Aurora Rey novel to date! It was fantastic.
What was the book about? Julia Pierce is starting again after her wife leaves her for her personal trainer new and to make things worse, she is heading home to live in her grandmother’s house and to work in her family’s winery. Her life is turned upside down until she bumps into childhood friend Taylor in town. Taylor is not only handsome but incredibly sweet. The attraction is there from the beginning but she’s not looking for Ms. Right, she is looking for Ms. Right now.
Being a notch on Julia’s bedpost couldn’t be further from what Taylor wants. She has had a crush on Julia all her life but falling into her bed would be too hurtful in the long run. So, they become friends and Taylor even offer’s to be her wing woman during Julia time of exploration but the more time they spend together the more their feeling grows. Maybe their love really is in the last place Julia looks?
Featured Tropes: Childhood crush, Starting again, Small town romance, Oh! The Sex.
Book Strengths: This book is the perfect book to kick your feet up, relax with a glass of wine and enjoy. I’m a big Aurora Rey fan because her deliciously engaging books feature strong women who fall for sweet butch women. It’s a winning recipe.
This is my favourite Aurora Rey novel to date! It was fantastic and ticked heaps of boxes for me. I think the author also wrote outside her comfort zone more in this book and really developed her craft to a higher standard which must have been tough because she already writes impeccably.
I loved Julia from the get-go and could honestly understand her plight. She was left in the wreckage of her marriage so guarding her heart was the priority and boy did she try and avoid heart ache. I really enjoyed her dating antics and more than once had a cringey moment and wished she would just run into Taylors arms.
Taylor was a everything that I love in a strong but sensitive butch. I nearly swooned right of my seat more than once. And the change in the typical dynamic of the femme being the non-fling types and the butches are looking for no strings was awesome, and I love when authors mix it up.
I loved the short-lived secondary characters Amber and Bianca. Especially Amber I’d love for her to find love she was my favourite secondary character. I laughed a lot in her scene.
Character Chemistry: Oh! The sex in this book is sizzling hot. Some light BDSM moments and some very hot sexy talk. Aurora Rey really surpassed herself with these scenes. This reviewer was left all hot and bothered.
Heat Rating: 4
Conclusion: Fantastic book. I cannot recommend this book enough. I think this book is a little bit of sustenance for the soul during our currently global pandemic. ‘The Last Place You Look’ will lift you up and make you forget for a while. And leave you feeling like you’ve had a warm (but sexy) hug. Go grab yourself a copy and enjoy!
I am still coming down from my emotional high from this book. What a phenomenal story!
What was the book about? Gretchen and Jax are madly in love and have been for most of their lives; they are happy and have the most adorable baby boy. Well… That’s what Gretchen remembers when she wakes up from an accident with a brain injury.
But things aren’t what she knows. Jax’s is acting distant and strange, and her son is now an energetic toddler. What has happened to her life?
Featured Tropes: second-chance romance, big twists, a new favourite, emotional, I’m not crying… you are!
Book Strengths: So it’s 2 am and I’ve just finished What the Heart Remembers Most, and I am sobbing while typing up my review notes in my phone… Why? Because this book broke me and then put me back together again.
M. Ullrich is a favourite of mine because of her out of the box writing and her ability to wreak havoc on my poor heart, but by the end, making me feel emotionally sated. It’s a tricky combination that she just gets right, every time. This book is above all others in that regard.
I felt so much for Gretchen when she wakes from a harrowing accident to find out that her life is no longer what she remembers. The woman she is devastatingly in love with is no longer hers. Every moment when Gretchen would learn something new and hurtful about her relationship with Jax, the further her heart broke, and as the reader, I felt like I was on that journey with her. I kept crying during these scenes because I felt what she was feeling. It was scary but intoxicating at the same time. I couldn’t put the book down.
Jax, I just wanted to hug and tell her everything would be ok. She was a beautiful soul that got lost just as much as Gretchen had. I kept shouting in my head to the book “You are both meant for each other! COMMUNICATE!” But they didn’t hear my woe’s.
This is where I need to watch what I say next because with every M. Ullrich book there are big twists and extensive turns and trust me you do not want me to spoil Jax and Gretchen’s Journey for you. I will say this Gretchen and Jax are soul mates and if you are a romantic like me, then they deserve your time because no other couple deserve the Happy Ever After like they do.
Character Chemistry: The chemistry between Jax and Gretchen is different from normal books because you’re seeing them after seventeen years together. They have an underlying connection that you know is there but don’t see until Gretchen wakes up. It’s obvious that these two have chemistry and when they do hit the sheets, they set them on fire, but it’s the unspoken connection that really had me glued to the page. The love that conquers the hurt. Now that was unbelievable.
Heat Rating: 3 Flames
Conclusion: Like I said, I am a massive M. Ullrich fan, and I typically rate her books five stars because I love her writing. But one book has always been at the top of the list, and that’s Life in Death. Her other books have come close too but never quite get top billing like Life in Death does. Well, that my friends has just happened because What the Heart Remembers Most is standing toe to toe with it, fighting for top spot. In fact, it’s probably at the top. Go do yourself a favour and grab this book… You can thank me later!
Lola Keeley certainly knows how to write an epic story.
What was the book about? Elin Larsson is tennis player world number 1 and a true champion. She is close to breaking the record of most winning Grand Slams and everything she does is focused to achieve that goal. It’s a make it or break it deal and her main concern is not to aggravate her injuries before she reaches her goal. Time is an issue and the pressure too much, making her hesitant of her motivation and final goal. It isn’t an easy road and turns more complicated when her fellow player Toni Cortes Ruiz turns in the scene. As they keep crossing paths, the attraction grows to complicate the road. There’s an incident inside the women’s tennis circuit that will change the rules. What happens when the battle extends outside the court? Will they put all on the line to succeed?
Book Strengths: You don’t have to be a tennis enthusiast to enjoy the book, although it gives a good glimpse of what it is to be in the circuit and in a game, the descriptions are very detailed and it’s fascinating how the author makes you feel like you’re being there, feeling that big rush of adrenaline.
It starts strong, great pacing, not a dull moment. There’s a double joy for those who love the sport though. Although, as I mentioned before; there’s no need to know the sport or understand it to enjoy the story unless you don’t like the sport at all. Ms Keeley did a great job with the writing, is very well written and makes you feel involved in the action and able to feel the energy whether you are a fan of tennis or not. It is simply marvellous. I could picture myself on the court, almost feeling the sun on my face, the wind through my hair, the humming crowd around, the court under my feet, the ball on one hand and the racket on the other. I got to say is very thrilling and exciting to be able to live all of this through the words.
I love tennis and books related to the sport. Also, I found very appealing and exciting about the book is the diversity, as well as the fight for equality; these aspects made it deeper. Another thing I liked very much is the fact that Tony is Mexican, there aren’t many in lesfic.
Two main topics are addressed in the story besides the growing romance, and all this conjunction of factors turned it in a very formidable book. It is a very well balanced book.
Book weaknesses: There are a few typos here and there in two of the languages, but nothing major or distracting. Also, some could consider it a bit long, but I think the length was needed to develop the story. Slows down a bit a couple of times but picks up rather quickly.
Character Chemistry: This book is fantastic, very well written and the characters are very likeable, also the chemistry between the main characters is simply perfect, they have enough differences to make them special, bringing a vibrant dynamic between them. They fought hard to overcome the obstacles and be together. Even when the romance isn’t conventional and not the main theme of the book, their love story is fascinating and very engaging. There are great secondary characters as well, and they all play an essential part of the game, inside and outside the court; mostly the families of the main characters. And talking about secondary characters, Elin’s mum is great; celeste is also another alluring character.
Wrap up: This is a wonderful and very well written book, with a lot of sports action, clever, funny dialogues, beautifully detailed and a lovely romance. It’s a very delightful story where family and fighting for what is right are the big themes. This book will leave you feeling like floating and very happy.
This is one of the most intense, emotional, inspirational and beautiful books you’ll find and one that invites to read more than once. It is a wonderful ride about inner strength, healing and forgiveness that will stay with you forever.
What was the book about? Harper Ray has had a very rough life, she is a musician at heart and has many emotional scars; her life hasn’t been easy, she is struggling to stay afloat and is willing to do anything to survive. When she is invited to play in a local festival, she meets Ivy Homestead who is a green witch and life coach; who has her own deal of guilt and inadequacy feelings. Will their strengths overcome their fears and help them fight their feelings poisoning their lives?
Book Strengths: I may not be too eloquent for this one, because it is hard to express with words how beautiful and magnificent this book is. Although, I can testify what a fantastic, peaceful feeling it left.
It’s a kind of feel-good book, positivism, good vibes and very insightful, brings you hope. It’s interesting how even when the stories of the characters are quite different from mine and I may not have a lot in common with any of them; I still can feel related to them. Although, maybe I was a bit cynical as Harper was at the beginning. But it is fascinating how close we can feel to them, I believe that closeness is due to the human connection and I got to say it is a very powerful one.
There are challenging but also very inspiring thoughts in the book. I won’t mention them to avoid spoilers so I’ll just say. I’m not one to be emotional but there’s a key chapter that is so formidable and eye-opener; that it was so hard to hold the tears, is simply brilliant. Reading this story has been one of the most intense and very very beautiful journeys I’ve ever experienced. This is like something we all need at some point, sometimes a lot more than others. My heart swelled with utter joy. Also, now I wish I could visit The Oasis Wellness and Retreat Center when you read you’ll understand what I mean.
Book weaknesses: I can’t think of one unless the need for tissues to get through some emotional intense parts that might require them is one of them.
Character Chemistry: Harper Ray and Ivy Homestead not only are very different but also have very unlike childhoods and pasts. Even so, it is fascinating to witness their chemistry from the beginning. There’s an uncanny mix of feelings and music than got them together and that play an important part in their story. I enjoyed very much how well they complemented each other and how they helped one another to grow. The evolution from acquaintances to friends, and finally to lovers is special and inspirational.
Wrap up: This is the perfect book to accompany you anytime and definitely one to consider when going through hard times. This book is one that will lift your spirit and leave you with a feel-good sensation all along, and I am sure will resonate with you even after a while. This is a book to take the time to read and savour it.
What was the book about? Dylan does not want to fall for a police officer. She knows the heartache that can bring, so when she walks in on the very handsome Finley having sex with one of the hospital nurses, she not only knew that Finley’s a cop but also a reckless one. A reckless cop is something she has no desire for, but she can’t help but imagine what one night with Finley would be like? But it wouldn’t be worth the trouble.
Finley knows she wants Dylan the moment she lays eyes on her, but something is different. She wants to prove herself to this woman who suddenly means more than the flings she’s had in the past. Probably a bad idea though as not only does Dylan not seem interested but she’s Finley’s boss’s sister. It has ‘terrible’ written all over it. As Dylan pushes Finley away, it only makes her want Dylan more…
Featured Tropes Cops and docs, Family, Medical, Butch-Femme
Book Strengths I presume this was a grand finale to the Fairview Station series. I’ve read the other two books in the series, so I knew the background of sisters Jazz and Bennett and their now wives, but Dylan is my favourite Carlyle sister without a doubt. You can read these books as a standalone, but I urge you to go back to the start because it just intensifies the story and notably Dylan, who by book three felt like the most important family member aside from her Grandma. Who by the way, is a complete scream.
I love a sexy butch cop, and Finley Masters was everything I needed. Not only was she damn hot, but she was a tormented soul, and that my dear friends just made her even sexier. Oft… I love a good cops and docs trope. In fact, some of my favourite books are just that, and this did not disappoint.
Chemistry: These two had oodles of sexual chemistry, and when they finally hit the sheets, it was just damn hot! HOT!
Heating Rating: 4 stars
Wrap Up Great story that I know I’ll be rereading in the near future. I’m secretly hoping I’m wrong that this is the finale and that there’s more to come from the Carlyle Sisters.
The second installment in Carsen Taite’s Legal Affairs series
What was the book about? Abby Keane won the draw on her three friends and business partners to be the first to go on vacation after they opened their new law firm. When Abby arrives on holiday and meets Roxanne, she gets more than she bargained for in a relaxation vacation.
Roxanne is writing a review for her wedding blog and is scoping out this honeymoon hot-spot for her upcoming wedding review. It’s the perfect place to work with all the Sun, Sea, and unexpected no strings Sex. Both women decide that this will only be a holiday fling with no expectation or question into their life back home.
But when fate brings them back together on home turf and they are on opposing sides at work, can they ignore their fantastic chemistry?
Book Strengths This was another enjoyable romance from Carsen Taite. I particularly liked the setup and pace of the book. The protagonists fall into bed together first, running with their astounding attraction to each other, and then the rest of the romance follows from there, and I think this was just the kind of easy low angst book I was looking for.
I’m looking forward to the third book in The Legal Affairs Series. I have a feeling Grace is going to be my favourite out of these three legal powerhouses.
Weaknesses I wasn’t a fan of the character in this one as I had been in Practice Makes Perfect (book 1). I also found at time there was too much info on the events surrounding the couple instead of focusing on them.
Chemistry Abby and Roxanne had chemistry right off the bat. Their sexy vacation interludes were hot and steamy.
Heating Rating: 4
Wrap Up I think book one was still my favourite but I still thoroughly enjoyed the change of pace with this book.