Not all heroes wear capes. Nor are they all good people.

What was the book about?
Harper’s girlfriend Caroline is a pediatric oncologist so of course work is her priority. Harper is fine with this, even though she sometimes wishes they had time for more than just sex, albeit hot sex. She’d like to be able to talk about her day at the job she hates or the charity work she loves. When a friend from work invites the couple to dinner at a fancy restaurant, Harper decides to attend despite Caroline canceling once again at the almost last minute. Harper’s evening is saved by Eliot, a late arrival at the dinner and the only person to pay attention to her. After spending the day at the hospital with her seven-year-old niece, Eliot, a comic book artist, doesn’t really feel like socializing and things get worse when her best friend volunteers her to help out Harper with a fundraiser she’s organizing. 

Featured Tropes
Age gap; Family; Infidelity

Book Strengths
The characters. At first I found Harper a little too naive to be true. Then I thought maybe she’s simply a good person, someone who sees the best in people and wants to do the right thing. She’s so busy looking up to her unappreciative girlfriend that she doesn’t see she’s as worthy of respect and love as anyone else. Eliot is a sweetheart too, and I really liked both families around them. 

Book Weaknesses
There could have been more character-development. Eliot and Harper are sweet but one-dimensional. And the conflicts resolve themselves a bit too quickly.

Character Chemistry
The chemistry between the two main characters is obvious to everyone (readers included) except Harper. It’s good and plausible but not off the charts.

Heat Rating
🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥

Wrap up
A cute and quick read. Don’t let the infidelity aspect deter you from reading this book, Harper and Eliot deserve a chance.

Star Rating
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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What was the book about?
When it comes to dating, Celeste has her walls up. She has been burnt before by dating someone from work and it going badly, so her plan is never to let that happen again. That is until Lisa Tobias walks into her staff mixer.
Lisa has a plan, and coaching the women’s basketball team at this university is only a stepping stone to bigger things. Meeting Celeste is not in her plan, and falling in love is even further outside the scope.

When two people hell-bent on not being in a relationship have chemistry like Celeste and Lisa… You know it’s only a matter of time until they fall.

Featured Tropes

Butch/femme, Work romance, Sports

Book Strengths

This was a nice easy read for my chilled out Sunday. It’s very low angst, and the attraction between Celeste and Lisa is simmering right from the first chapter. Readers that enjoy the insta-lust books will like this one, as you know these two are going to make it from early on.

My favourite thing about the book is that Celeste’s curvaceous figure is celebrated. She felt more real because of it, and in my mind’s eye, she was hella sexy!

Book Weaknesses
I felt the story didn’t flow at times and could be a little clunky. There was also a lot of convoluted sentences with little meaning or connection to the story.

Character Chemistry
The connection between Lisa and Celeste was definitely prominent, but I ‘d say the sex scenes drove home their chemistry more than their interactions. The sex scenes did turn up the heat and especially Celeste’s extracurricular activities… She has a very sexy hobby!

Heat Rating
3

Wrap up
If you’re looking for an easy-going read with low angst and a sexy, curvaceous women at the helm, then this book is for you.

Star Rating
3

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What was the book about?
Dana Lawson is a romance writer who is dealing with a broken heart, she can write happy endings for her characters but not for herself. After her best friend convinced her to take a break to overcome her writer’s block and heal her heart, she escapes to Emerald Bay in the South Shore of Nova Scotia. The first thing ahead for her is a visit at the local pub. Mac Mackenzie is the owner of the pub; she takes care of the local and her 14 year old niece Ellie. Sparks ignite when they met, but as both are struggling with commitment issues; their relationship is set in danger. Will Dana write her love story or tear up the chapters and throw them in the fire?

Featured Tropes: Fast pace romance, mild angst, humour

Book Strengths:
The story is good and has a good development, it is well-paced and the characters are lovely. Has a bit of drama, angst, romance, sex and humour. In general it’s a good book and a very enjoyable read. It is a fast paced romance. It is also very interesting to watch how the relationship between Dana and Max progress. I wanted to get some sense into Dana at times, but it is part of the joy to watch her find her way and come to her senses.

Book weaknesses:
Even when the book has some issues that needed to be polished, as well as some typos. But nothing major to compromise the story. Still, I would encourage people to read this book that is good and enjoyable. 

Character Chemistry:
Both characters are well developed, and it’s easy to feel the sparks going on between them from the moment they met. Also, the secondary characters are good. Ellie Mac’s niece brings a new light to the story as we witness how she finds herself and her way through love.

Heat Rating: 2.5    

Wrap up:
The story is good, well-paced and the characters are lovely. Has a bit of drama, angst, romance, sex and humour. I really enjoyed it, liked the chemistry between Mac and Dana.

Star Rating: 3  

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What was the book about?
Claire Fontenot left Kurt Savoy at the altar when they were only nineteen, because she had realized she was a lesbian and couldn’t marry him, however sweet he was. Fifteen years later, Kurt is still kinda traumatized, and so are both families. Blaze (Claire’s father) and Hubert (Kurt’s father) used to be best friends but are now ruthless competitors in the hot sauce business. When Claire is ordered by her boss to take two weeks off, she agrees to go visit her family, hoping she won’t have to face any member of the Savoy family. Then she meets Ivy, Kurt’s younger sister. Ivy was eight at the time of the disastrous non-wedding, so neither she nor Claire recognizes the other until they sort of go on a date. They both try to stay true to their families but the attraction is too strong.

Featured Tropes: Rom com, age gap, slow burn

Book Strengths:
There are a couple of really good scenes with Ivy’s family, one with her parents when she shares the secret that’s plagued her for years, and another with her brother a bit later. I also enjoyed everything about Claire’s painting, and there’s this one secondary character, Bruiser, who brings a nice whimsical touch to the story.

Book weaknesses:
There’s quite a few little things that just didn’t work for me. Like when Ivy is so surprised Claire is a lesbian even though earlier in the story she talked about a blind date with a woman. Or how Claire keeps insisting she’s so old. She’s thirty-five, and even though I get that she’s the age her mother was when she died, it still doesn’t make sense (or maybe it’s because I’m so much older now, that I feel thirty-five is really young). Or the tragedies both families have suffered, which don’t really bring much to the plot.

Character Chemistry: 
Ivy has this recurrent dream about the love of her life and Claire checks all the boxes, so as soon as they meet, the attraction is obvious. The chemistry between the two women is actually one of the best things about this story.

Heat Rating: 2

Wrap up
If you’re in the mood for a cutesy and (not so) light read, go for it!

Star Rating: 3

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Sometimes we are the people with the stop sign on the road that is our life. We need to get out of our own way.

What was the book about?:
Having endured a gruelling international flight and a difficult meeting, all lawyer Cameron Kassen wants is some caffeine. When screenwriter Julie Carter accidentally spills hot coffee all over her, Cameron is convinced that her day can’t get any worse. But Cameron’s mood quickly improves when Julie starts to flirt with her. Only in town for a couple of days, they both lament that the flirtation can go nowhere. The pair keep in touch but are kept apart by distance and commitments. When Cameron jokingly asks Julie to write her a love story—Julie agrees. Fiction mirrors reality and when Julie decides to add a surprise alternate ending to the story, Cameron is presented with a puzzle. Only by solving it will she be able to unlock the ending Julie intends just for her, but will it also unlock her heart, which has been frozen since the death of her wife three years ago.

Featured Tropes: Long-distance relationship, grief, moving on, Angst (there’s a capital letter there for a reason)

Book Strengths:
This book reminded me very strongly of the 2007 Georgia Beers novel, ‘Mine’, with the plot points of partner death, trying to move on, can’t, tries again, new love interest helps in the grief. It’s a heartfelt and interesting trope. I was thrilled that the MCs actually communicate their issues, problems, and dilemmas. The lack of communication between MCs in a lot of lesfic does drive me a little bonkers.

Book weaknesses:
Dialogue is a bit contrived, and the story gets bogged down in the middle.

Character Chemistry:
In a romance you stand on the sidelines and wave pompoms for the main characters. “Give me an ‘L’, give me an ‘O’, give me a ‘V’, give me an ‘E’. And look, it’s understandable why Cam is reluctant to move forward with any relationship, particularly the one with Julie. But I just wanted to grab her shoulders and give her a decent shake and talking to. I’d say, “Cam, love, honey, sweetie, you cannot string that poor woman along, no matter how noble and soul-wrenching the reasons are, for a whole two years, then get jealous when she moves on, for God’s sakes, woman. Stop being a bloody martyr.” I’d have opinions. See? Aaangst. So, yes, there is chemistry, but it takes a while to develop a balance.

Conclusion:

The two MCs spend a lot of time at the beach. Waves come in and out, and this is very much like the push-pull of their relationship, which is mostly from Cam, and somewhat from Julie. This may not be Baxter Brown’s best book (it’s a debut) but I’d read another book by this author in the future.

Star Rating: 3 stars

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City girl meets cowgirl and sparks fly.

What was the book about?:
After catching her boyfriend cheating on her, American Clara decides to go on the vacation they had planned together to spite him. After all, it was his life-long dream to ride the track in the Australian outback, not hers. Clara is very much an “indoor” girl and hadn’t been on a horse since middle school. Clara meets her tour guide, dover Evie, when she arrives in Australia. Clara is instantly attracted to Evie, and the feeling is mutual.

Featured Tropes: Contemporary Western

Book Strengths:
Both the writing and the premise of the story are great. I was drawn into the story very quickly. The character development was great for a novella, and the supporting characters added to the story.

Book weaknesses:
This one was hard for me because I really enjoyed this story, but the ending was just not. And when I say not, I mean the book felt incomplete. I don’t like it when books leave it up to the reader to decide what happens to the characters. This book would have easily gotten four stars from me, but the lack of a complete ending would not allow me to give the book more than three stars.

Character Chemistry:
Clara and Evie have great chemistry. Their attraction to one another is clear. I wish they had acted on it sooner, rather than later.

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥

I would like a sequel so I can find out what, if anything, happens between Clara and Evie.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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After her father dies, Sarah leaves college and moves home to be with her mother. She works at a supermarket as a casual employee and helps in her mother’s florist store when she can. Also, her boyfriend wants much more than she can emotionally give so life is just a bit crap for Sarah at the moment. When she witnesses a crash and helps the owner of the vehicle, she doesn’t expect it to be the town hermit and millionaire, Nina Rose. Nina Rose offers her a job as her gardener and they become friends which develops into more, romantically.
This book was not what I was expecting. It’s so charming in many places and then incredibly sexy and hot in others. I did find the pace lagging a little in some instances, and more than once, I wished I could jump to the next chapter.

The connection between the main protagonists was strong and the chemistry was there from the beginning. I liked how Sarah began to open up more about her sexuality with Nina and owning her wants and needs in the bedroom more as the book progressed. The sections with BDSM sex scenes between Sarah and Nina were written well and it was really good to see a woman (Nina) taking what she wants but asking permission first. It made me warm to Nina even more.
I did, however, find that there was quite a lot left unsaid between the characters in the book and honestly, I thought the ending was rushed. I would have like a little more of an in-depth epilogue but if you follow my blog you know how much I love an epilogue.

This all being said I did enjoy the majority of the book and if it were the first in a series or a sequel I’d probably be rating it higher.
3 Stars

 

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Author Synopsis

After her affair with a married senator makes prime time news, congressional aide Teal Giovanni is fleeing her shattered life.

Betrayed by the lover who was her partner in a successful law practice, August Reese is waiting at a small cattle ranch to testify against a drug kingpin.

Attraction sparks when Teal’s aging Honda blows its engine and she and August meet on a steamy Texas blacktop. But as the spark bursts into flame, their worst nightmare comes calling. Will they survive or swelter as the heat becomes unbearable?

 

My Review

Both August and Teal have been left with nothing after their significant others break their hearts and ruin their careers. When August pulls in to help a stranded traveller, she never thought she’d meet the woman of her dreams. Both woman are on the run from their lives and their broken heart’s. August is running her late grandfathers ranch while hiding from her life as a criminal defense lawyer in Dallas. Teal has the paparazzi after a story about her affair with a Washington senator. Teal has no where to go and August gives her room and board in turn for working on the ranch… But then sparks begin to fly between them.

I was really enjoying the book until about 75% of the way through. When the life August has been hiding from finally catches up her at the ranch I felt the story went in another direction for too long before it came back to being about the love story again. The subplots where the main things holding it back in my opinion. More so August’s former life and i think it was too much to have both woman running from something, it complicated things more than it had to be.

I enjoyed the love story between Teal and August, especially the love seen after the bar fight. They seem to be of similar upbringing and have been on the same life path until they meet. In other words they where meant for one another and it really shows in the conversations they have and the love they build.

I would like to have known more about what happened to August’s Ex, Christine and Lauren, the Senator from Washington that Teal was having the affair with. They are only ever mentioned a few times but you don’t have anything concrete about what happened to them by the end.

All in all not a bad book per say but i definitely lost my momentum a few times while reading it. I think i’ll need to check out some of D. Jackson Leigh’s other novels.

3 Stars.

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Young Love…

Author Synopsis

A shot at Olympic gold in ski jumping. It’s a dream that has been the exclusive property of male athletes. Until now.

For seventeen-year-old Ellie Engebretsen, the 2011 decision to include women’s ski jumping in the Olympics is a game changer. She’d love to bring home the gold for her father, a former Olympic competitor whose dreams were blown along with his knees on an ill-timed landing. But can she defy the pull of gravity that draws her to Kate Moreau, her biggest competition and the girl of her dreams?

How can Ellie soar through the air when all she feels like doing is falling hard?

 

My Review

Ellie is a skilled ski jumper and has a shot at the Olympics. She has just had her heart broken by the girl she thought was the love of her life. Not only is this girl a fellow ski jumper but she is being trained by Ellie Dad.

Ellie just want to fix her broken her heart. In an attempt to do just that she has a one-night stand with a ski tourist (or so she thinks), Kate. When Kate leaves the next day she can’t stop thinking about her. Then when Ellie’s Dad is interviewing for an assistant in his sports show and who is her interviewing but the mysterious Kate.

I haven’t read any YA Lesfic before but this was a nice one to start with. It was very teenage romance and both protagonists seemed to be dealing with a little more than the normal amount of teenage angst. My only negative is that I think you need to be into sports as well as YA Lesfic to truly get into this book as it is as much about sport as it is about romance.

3 Stars.

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This is a collection of Novellas centred around Karis Walsh’s original Sea Glass Inn Novel.

The main Characters from the Sea Glass Inn Book of 2013 seem to again be the centre of the Novellas as is their Inn, in which at least one character resides during their story.

Okay a little Background:

Prologue

The prologue brings us up to date on the romance of Mel and Pam.

Book 1: Low Tide
After a devastating oil leak to the Cannon Beach, the community comes together to help the wounded sea life. Jenny comes to town to run the make shift Wildlife Hospital after the disaster and baker come volunteer Helen grabs her attention. Both coming from different backgrounds and still coming to terms with their own childhood struggles, they embark on a friendship that could lead to much more…

Book 2: Flotsam and Jetsam
Ariana is a well known, author who after her mothers death is having some major writer’s block. She comes to The Sea Glass Inn for respite and hopefully an escape from her writers block. Enter Jocelyn, The book shop owner in Cannon Beach. Jocelyn is determined to have Ariana do a book signing at her book shop. She won’t take no for a answer and Ariana slowly comes round to Jocelyn and more to the point … love?

Book 3: Undertow
Heather is a high powered businesswoman who has been ordered by her doctor to take some time off and relax. She arrives at The Sea Glass Inn determined to check everything off her list, yoga, long walks, sightseeing…. check them off and leave. While she’s staying at the Inn she meets Aspen. Aspen is staying at the Inn while attending Pam’s (Main character from original novel) Art Retreat. She and Heather are polar opposites… But sometimes opposites attract right?

Book 4: Spinnaker
Tam is a fun loving, grab life by the hands and hold on tight kind of girl. She has moved to Cannon Beach after loving spending time there as a child. She arrives to meet with her father who is sick and needs a liver transplant. In walks the Doctor who immediately gets Tams attention. Maggie is wary of how fragile life is due to her past experiences with her sick twin sisters and bad romantic encounters. Tam and Maggie couldn’t be more different but something has sparked and they want to explore just what that could be.

To be honest i expected more from this collection as i enjoyed the Sea Glass Inn Novel greatly.
The main reason i was left a little disappointed was due to the heroines falling in love to easily. I understand that with short stories this is normally the case however i think Karis Walsh has 5 good ideas for full novels. One consisting of a sequel to Sea Glass Inn and four more in depth romances. Now that would have been a treat… One that i would have been excited to follow. I am giving this book 3 stars.

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