Buckle up for an emotional ride!

What was the book about?
When Jessa and her crew get stranded on Indemnion, a dangerous planet that most intergalactic beings avoid, she has to work out how to get her team home while keeping them alive. In an attempt to navigate danger away from her team, she ends up being rescued by Kylin. A native of Indemnion who was coming to take apart her ship to sell back in her sector.

They begin a fast friendship that is fraught with danger. The closer they become, the more their attraction grows. But Jessa will leave with her team as soon as she can, and Kylin doesn’t need the heartbreak that goes with falling for someone from another planet.

But when temptation becomes too much how will they move on with their lives when they are no longer on the same planet? Featured Tropes Sci-Fi, action-adventure

Book Strengths
Brey Willows is closely becoming one of my favourite authors. When I read Chosen last year, I was hooked and have been excited to read this book, which I thought would be similar but how wrong I was. I kept putting off reading Changing Course because I wanted time to just sit back and indulge in the story a bit without distractions, but let me tell you, I shouldn’t have waited because as soon as I began this book, I realised this was a phenomenal book and nothing like Chosen.

Changing Course is a wonderful book about intergalactic love between two people who were never supposed to meet and how a once chance meeting changed the course of both their lives forever.

Kylin is a beautiful soul who has endured so much in her young life, meeting Jessa opens her eyes to possibilities she shouldn’t dare to dream of. Deciding to indulge in Jessa while she has the small amount of time with her is not something she can stop.

Whereas Jessa is experiencing things she has never imagined before from new cultures, beautiful hidden worlds, and feelings for Kylin she didn’t know existed much less felt.

I think I felt every feeling the main characters were feeling throughout the book with the authors descriptive writing, and I well and truly fell into the world I was reading about.

Also, I want to mention that every time I read one of Brey’s books, she leaves me wanting more from the secondary characters, and this book is no different. She has at least four books worth of secondary characters that she has enticed us with over her last three stand-alone books. I get just as invested in them as I do the main characters. I’d love to crawl inside her imagination for an hour and just see what’s going on in there.

Chemistry
The chemistry between Kylin and Jessa is palpable. You can feel it from every look, touch, and description of how both evoke such strong feelings in one another. They shared another level of intimacy too, which was just as beautiful with little looks and touches that were grounding each other and making one another more vulnerable with each moment spent together. SWOON!

Heating Rating

3.5

Wrap Up

We are currently going through COVID-19 here on earth, and there is no better way to forget it by escaping to another planet where Jessa and Kylin will take you on a phenomenal adventure. Enjoy!

Star Rating
5

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Why haven’t I read this book before? I need more.  

What was the book about?
Luke Hamilton has been living as a man since she was twelve years old. She is more comfortable in this skin and as long as she keeps people at arm’s length her secret will be secure. 

She has finally left the army and is going to make her way to Oregon to start her new life as an Appaloosa farmer. When one of her army comrade’s pays for a night with a prostitute she shuns the woman as she’s scared of her identity coming out.

When she bumps into the woman, Nora again and this time with her young daughter, Luke starts to think it might be time to adjust her plan of a solo trip to Oregon. She proposes to Nora and is surprised when she accepts.

Together and married, they set off with a Wagon Train to Oregon but they hit many bumps along the way! 

Featured Tropes
Western, Historical, Single mom, Sex-worker & Toaster- oven

Book Strengths
I am not a fan of historical romances normally but Backwards to Oregan was our book for March book Club and honestly, this book wrecked me. What a beautiful story and carefully depicted description of the 1850s in the united states. This book is one hundred per cent a slow burn and possibly slower than the normal but it’s worth every second of your time. 

Is there anyone more perfect than Luke Hamilton? That’s the question you will be asking yourself over and over again after you finish this book. She is deliciously butch in her male persona while keeping her loving, brave and kind attributes. I respected Nora so much for her life choices prior to meeting Luke to the ones she makes throughout their time together. 

Chemistry
The chemistry between Nora and Luke isn’t there in the very beginning but they build on what is an obvious attraction. But by the end, you will learn they have quite the spark. 

Heating Rating:
2

Wrap up
Fantastic novel. I was left utterly stunned by how much I enjoyed it. I can’t wait to start the sequel, Hidden Truths. 

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Hot, did I say HOT???

What was the book about?
This is a book where both the reader and the characters leave their inhibitions behind as soon as the page is turned, and the door is opened. 

There are several stories that are weaved throughout the book of women who are in need of various distractions, fantasies and relief. Will one night of sex and fantasy be enough or will their lives be changed forever.

Mandy is the owner of the club and the reader is taken back in time to reveal why the club exists and how it operates. We see her from 1993 until the present. The other main characters in the story go through their own life changing events as a direct result of going to The Club. 

Featured Tropes
Erotica

Book Strengths:
Each woman’s story is crafted so well that you feel for the characters. They are flawed, loved, happy and sad. The raw emotion shows through. For those who remember the club scene from the 1990s, they will no doubt understand the reasons and evolution for Mandy to finally create a club for women. 

Character Chemistry:
The chemistry is of the charts! 

Heat Rating:
5

Wrap up:
This is no “run of the mill” erotic novel. The characters are full of life and emotion. The individual characters and their stories will entrance you and draw you in and wanting more. I thoroughly recommend this book. I wish there was a follow up to see where they were now, especially Mandy.

Star Rating:
5

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This is without a doubt Clare Lydon best novel! Outstanding!

What was the book about?
Professional Bridesmaid Jordan has got a great life, and She helps woman get married without fear or worry. She steps in as the main bridesmaid to make sure that the bride in question makes it to the ‘I Do’ with a happy, relaxed smile on her face. And she is excellent at her job.

That was until her latest bride, Abby. She has never had feelings for any of the brides she’s worked with, but Abby is an entirely different story. She just needs to get through the next few weeks, get Abby to the alter and move on. Easy, right?

And Abby? She is questioning everything about her life and her future with the man she thought she was supposed to ride off into the sunset with. Why can’t she get Jordan out of her head? She has never felt this connection to any human before. But she made a promise to the beautiful and kind man she is going to marry. This must be just cold feet, right? 

Featured Tropes
weddings, forbidden love, Toaster oven

Book Strengths
Well, that was a phenomenal read. And intense… so bloody intense. I was on the edge of my seat for the last 30%. Who needs sleep when Clare Lydon is writing lesbian fiction.

I absolutely adore this book in every way possible. It was magical, and I was utterly sucked in. Jordan and Abby’s love story surpassed all my expectations. I don’t want to tell you too much because honestly, it is going to ruin the ride. 

Also, Abby and her mum, Gloria, are from Glasgow. Scotland (My hometown) and I could almost taste the Irn Bru and Tunnocks tea cakes when Jordan organised them for the hen do. Yum! And don’t get me started on my now longing for a square sausage for breakfast.

The secondary characters in the book were amazing, and the book would not have been the same without them, especially Gloria and Delta. In fact, if Clare could write us a story about Delta, I would so be on board for that. SO ON BOARD!!!

Chemistry
💥 The chemistry was fantastic, almost palpable but what really put the flame under the underlying chemistry was the sexual tension because oh my it was sexy!!!! Abby and Jordan lit up the proverbial sheets and then set them alight. The sexual tension was radiating off this reader as much as the character! #holyhotnessbatman

Heating Rating:
4 Flames

Wrap up
I imagine like after Clare Lydon wrote ‘The End’ she stood up and actioned a mic drop! Phenomenal book and her best to date.

Star Rating:
5 Stars

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What was the book about?
This is the first of a series of three books.
Tyler Munroe, a marine, was injured in her last tour of duty in Iraq and has now given the task of training a group of super geeks or rather CIA analysts in the arts of unarmed combat. Tyler has to do it in only six weeks. Falling for someone is not in Tyler’s plans especially a recruit. Brooke Hart is one of the six analysts in the group and takes an immediate liking to Tyler. As determined as Brooke is to get close to Tyler, Tyler is as equally as determined not to let her, or is she? In the middle of the training program the group and their leader are through into something that is far more real than the training exercise. A homegrown terrorist group might be the reason that will keep Tyler and Brooke apart, completely.

Featured Tropes:
Intrigue, thriller and romance 

Book Strengths:
I read this book the first time when it first came out in 2015 and it still one that I think about. The premise of the story is fascinating and thrilling. All the characters are so well written. The relationship between Tyler and Brooke is a rollercoaster and keeps you wondering even though you know, well you think you know that they will get together in the end. The scenarios in the “Farm” are so vivid that at times I felt I was there.

Character Chemistry:
Tyler and Brooke spark from the get go. Their evolvement from teacher/recruit to lovers is a wild ride that makes the reader feel all the frustration, the humour and the love throughout. The character chemistry within the group of recruits makes for a richer read.

Heat Rating:
5

Wrap up:
When you finish reading Infiltration, I bet that you will want to read the next instalment, Pursuit. The passion, excitement and the drama of this novel is brilliant. I can’t say more than to do yourself a favour and go out and buy it, and maybe the other two books in the series. You will not be disappointed,

Star Rating:
5

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Book 2 of A Woman Down Under Series

What was the book about?
This story is told from the perspective of Melissa “Mel” Lawrence. If you have read Outback Born and the prequel, Shanghaied then you will know much of the story. However, this gives you more background and depth. Mel clambers ashore after jumping off the ship that had kept her a virtual prisoner and finds herself on shores Sydney harbour. Using the wealth, she has kept hidden, Mel sets out to establish herself in this new land. 

Featured Tropes
Historical Adventure, Romance

Book Strengths
The description and the depth of the story is what I really loved about this book. The evolution of Mel to attain what she wants in life, and not easily by any means is fascinating. Mel is able to use both the female and male aspects of her life to the best of her advantage. When she meets Alinta, Mel’s appreciation for her new adopted country is strengthen and her growing love for Alinta is wonderful thing to read.

Character Chemistry:
Mel and Alinta are separated by a cultural divide and yet they are drawn to each other. Through extremely dyer circumstances, dangerous and also uplifting times they always seem to have a connection. Actions speak louder than words.

Heat Rating
3.5

Wrap up
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and the two previous novels in the series. You can feel the scorching sun on your face and embrace the beauty of the outback and its ancient ways. 

Star Rating
5

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Chemistry is fierce in this one!

What was the book about?
Ally Santos lives and breathes her small town of Capitola. It has given her strength through hard times and holds all of her favourite memories of the past. Ally has been a widow longer than she has been married, and she may never get over her husband, who was the love of her life. Ally owns a small bar on the beachfront of Capitola, and she lives in the house next door with her son, Theo. Ally also owns a small studio attached to her home, however can no longer rent it to holidaymakers who complain about the noise from the bar. She plans to get a full-time tenant and finally be able to relax. Her new tenant is Madison Wilson who has just begun working close by as a marine biologist.

Ally feels a connection to Madison straight away, and it confuses her. Not only is Ally straight but she is seventeen years older than Ally. This is clearly just a crush? Right?

Featured Tropes
Age-Gap, Lesfic with Kids, Toaster oven

Book Strengths
Every time I read one of Lise Golds books, I can’t believe I waited so long to pick up her books. I have yet to read one of her books I don’t love, and this book is no exception. First off, Ally and Madison are a fantastic pairing, and I really liked that she moved the age parameters even further than I have ever read before…. or that I can remember. Seventeen years feels massive when you are falling for someone, but Madison seemed older and more mature than her age would suggest, and Ally definitely did not seem forty by any stretch of the imagination. And for a forty-year-old, she was sexy, adventurous and had a gorgeous personality. I wasn’t surprised that Ally was drawn to her. I know I would be.

Ally’s son, Theo, was an absolute highlight for me. Not many Lesbian fiction authors write young children well, but Lise gold nailed Theo and his personality. I loved the friendship Madison strikes up with him separate to Ally. It is beautiful and isn’t rushed, so it was nice watching their friendship development.

There are many elements to this book, these two have many a mountain to climb, and it won’t be easy. I won’t say any more just jump on board and enjoy the ride! Also, we had cameos from the other characters from the first three books. Yay! Always a pleasure to hang out with the southerners.

Chemistry
Off the chart is the only way to describe the intensity of Ally and Madison’s chemistry. They really enjoyed each other sexually, but they also had a lovely undercurrent of friendship that was at times even more intimate and affectionate than the sex.

Heating Rating
4 stars

Wrap up
I am really hoping we get more from this series even though we have run out of points on the compass. Maybe I’ll just start the series again! Grab the whole series and lock yourself away for the weekend! You won’t regret it.

Star Rating
5 stars

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Cash is with a BANG!

What was the book about?
Cash Braddock is back! And she and girlfriend, Laurel are going after the bad guys once more. This time they are after college kids who are drugging young women with ketamine and assaulting them. The stakes get heightened when Laurel’s sister, Lane is assaulted. Now It’s personal. 

Featured Tropes
Anti-hero, crime, series

Book Strengths
Be prepared for an emotional rollercoaster. Because in reading this book, there are a few things I can guarantee. 1. You are going to laugh. A lot. 2. The sarcasm is phenomenal, and one of the main reasons I adore this series. And 3. Be prepared to feel emotionally destroyed afterwards because honestly, this book is all heart, but there are some hard to read moments. Is it worth it? Fuck yes!!! 

Well hell, Cash has stolen my heart once again. She and Laurel are soul mates. Plain and simple. I’m not sure there is a couple out there in Lesbian Fiction that, by almost all definitions, shouldn’t be a couple but somehow work in the lovely “meant to be” kind of way. 

Yes, Cash is technically the bad guy with her drug-dealing past, but She’s also so sweet and loving. She genuinely loves Laurel like she loves no one else and you can almost see her hurting when Laurel is hurting and happy when Laurel’s happy. Gah! She’s somewhat perfect —especially the moments when she is supporting Lane whilst also trying to support Laurel through a horrific time. I probably see an even deeper side to Cash in her moments with Lane. They really sparked a beautiful friendship. 

Chemistry
The chemistry between Cash and Laurel? Oh, Hell, yes!! It’s there from book one and just gets stronger and stronger. Sexually and non-sexually these two have so much chemistry it emanates off the page. 

Heating Rating
4 Stars

Wrap up
This is a phenomenal book and an extraordinary series. I really can’t wait for the next instalment. Please may it be soon? 

Star Rating
5 stars 

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What happens when you put together Ms Brooks fine writing and the most fantastic, amusing superheroines’ story? You get one of the most extraordinary superhero books you can find.

What was the book about?
This is book 6 in the Superheroine Collection. Agent Geena Fox was in charge of a very special team, six years prior they defeated Jewel, a supervillain that caused utter chaos; the problem is that when she was taken down, she took one of the team with her. Now Geena is only waiting for retirement when they assign her a partner and a rookie none less. She isn’t in the mood to entertain her rookie partner, so she sends her to chase what she believes is a wild goose chase. Leigh Walker needs to prove to herself and everyone else that she deserves to be in the agency and is eager to start working with the legendary agent Fox, and she is determined to fulfil her first mission. Agent Fox never thought the wild goose chase would clash with her past and would make her confront her feelings, changing her life forever.

At the same time in a retirement home in Missouri, four senior women live an easy life, but as their noisy nurse Dana got to learn, nothing is what it seems; and when these residents with odd behaviours and the same surname Power, receive the visit of two agents of a mysterious government agency, she can’t resist the urge to know what lays behind. Will be these women able to work together to defeat the supervillain once again and for good?

Featured Tropes
Superheroes / a side of romance / lesfic / family 

Book Strengths
I can’t think of a word to describe precisely how good this book is, so I hope my words are good enough to illustrate this masterpiece.

When I saw the cover and read the title I knew we were in for a treat, and I wasn’t wrong. It is a very well written superheroine story with smart witty and funny dialogues, an intriguing plot and very lovable characters. We couldn’t ask for more. Well done Ms Brooks, well done.

This is one to grab attention, a page turn undoubtedly; you won’t be able to put it down. There are several things that I loved about this book. To start we got not one but five superheroines, all of them very different but with very fascinating and charming personalities. We got as well all the action to defeat the supervillain, a side of romance, and not one but two romance arcs. The book also has very interesting connotations. Family is very important and one of the main topics. There’s a metaphor that came to mind about how our power fails when we lose the purpose of our existence; I found the deepness of this thought quite revealing. Another thing I found very appealing is the fact these women, these superheroines aren’t young ones, their experience and stories are richer. I know I’ve already mentioned how good this book is. Although good is an understatement, it’s epic, absolutely epic and I am very glad Brooks took the necessary time to tell the story, it just couldn’t have been rushed. 

Book weaknesses
For some readers could be a downfall that the romance is a very slow burn. But consider the main story is the action and the undertones with a side of romance. It slows a bit in the middle of the book but picks up quickly. 

Character Chemistry
The characters are simply charming and fascinating, very human, flawed and relatable (yes, with superpowers and all). The familiar link between most of them allows terrific, witty, smart and very funny dialogues. The Power’s banters are marvellous and something to look for. Then we got the two romances, first Geena and Fyre, these two are something else and both very stubborn, tough ladies but all soft inside and completely mushy with each other. Their journey is both fun and frustrating at the same time, but nonetheless enticing. The chemistry can’t be denied, they’re great together; Then there’s Leigh and Dana, both fierce but so cute as well. Both women are very young and at the beginning of their careers. Their story is all adorable and fluffy, an interesting contrast with that of Geena and Fyre.

Heat Rating
1

 Wrap up
This is an action book with a side of romance, and its greatness is beyond words. But if I’d have to choose a few words to describe the book, I’d say is a brilliant and epic masterpiece.

Star Rating
5

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Smokin’ read!

What was the book about?
After her divorce, Val stumbles upon lesbian fiction and more than enjoys it. She decides to join a Lesbian fiction online book club. After connecting with another member of the group they take things out of the book club and start up a private chat.

From there they build on a sexual attraction but with a world of difference between them from their jobs, personal lives and living in different countries, this can never be more than an online distraction, right?

Featured Tropes
Erotica, Toaster Oven, Lesfic, Mild BDSM

Book Strengths
Whoever you are Madeleine Taylor, you have me hooked. This was one scrumptious lesbian erotica read. Even the storyline had me intrigued. It was the perfect length that gave the reader enough insight into the characters while the sexual chemistry was at the forefront.

Chemistry
The chemistry was undeniable from the get-go. Val and Syd’s attraction even through words was sexy and almost palpable. And when they did start the sexy talk I thought my kindle was going to burst into flames it was so hot. Madeline Taylor definitely ramped up the kink in this one and I think It should be a prerequisite to all her novels going forth because she writes it so deliciously well.

Heat Rating
5 Flames

Wrap up
If you’re looking for a novella that is not only sexy but a bloody good read, you must check out online sooner rather than later.

Star Rating:
5 stars 

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WOW… Just wow!

What was the book about?
The beautiful retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a queer twist! 

Featured Tropes
Lesfic Fairy Tale

Book Strengths
I loved every moment of reading this enchanting, classic fairy tale with a twist. The writing is tight and engaging from the beginning. The story of Aurora, the sleeping princess is not new to me and as a child, I read this book and watched the Disney movie. Rebecca Langham has made this little girl inside me jump for joy at being represented in this masterfully rewritten fairy tale. 

I loved the character of Talia, the Spellcaster. She helps and aides Prince Amir in his quest to find and rescue Princess Aurora. I loved the bond between Amir and Talia as friends and as colleagues on their great quest. They truly had an emotional connection that was beautiful to watch. 

Rebecca Langham was able to keep all the traditional beauty in this fairytale while introducing a new and intriguing element that had me excited to turn each page! I don’t want to go into too much detail as there are many ways to drop spoilers and trust me, you don’t want that.

Wrap up
I really hope Rebecca Langham continues this story into a second novella or a novel. Phenomenal read! Go grab it now. 

Star Rating
5 stars

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This series only gets better with each book, and this one is the best. Ms Murphy surpasses herself with every new addition to the Rowan House series.

What was the book about?
After losing her long-time partner Elaine MacLeod the most demanding and respected Mistress of Rowan House is extremely distressed. To help sum up her troubled mind, Elaine’s sister takes some time off, leaving Elaine to deal by herself with the audition of the only Mistress candidate Petra Grendhal. She isn’t happy about it because she doesn’t share the opinion of Martha and Lucia that Rowan House needs another Mistress to attend the clients.    

Robin Broadacre lives to make her Mistress happy and will do anything to accomplish that goal. Even volunteering to scene with Petra, she can’t help feeling extremely enticed by her. This unleashes jealousy and a severe turmoil in Elaine after she realises she aches for both of them. When Petra disappears, they go on her search. Only to discover Robin’s deadly past is lurking up front again. Will they be able to fight for their lives and win?

Featured Tropes 
BDSM / edge play / interracial / ménage / action/ mystery / kidnapping / erotica lesbian romance

Book Strengths
This is the fifth instalment of the Rowan House series although as all the books in the series can be read as a standalone. I can say this book is extraordinary, without a doubt Ms Murphy only gets better with every new book in this series. Everything is better with each book, like the character and plot development and of course, the sex scenes and these in this book are even more spectacular than the previous books; in a word, delightful. I am amazed by Ms Murphy ability to engage us deeply into the story; we can live the scenes and feel with and for the characters like, we were there. She is also a master creating in-depth, intense stories and very alluring and very well developed characters. This book is intense and meaningful; we got a lot of action and mystery besides the deepness of the feelings and topics involved. The book begins with an explosive start in more than one way; this is perfect for those who don’t like slow burns.

This book addresses power exchange, intense feelings and challenging struggles. I’d call this as a very appealing psychological feast; deals with blind stubbornness born from the fear that blocks the heart from true love, the feeling of being inadequate, the pain from self-loath, and how hurtful miscommunication can be. Also how easy it is to feed the own destructive thoughts on assumptions instead of talking clear, creating so much unnecessary pain. The positive outcome is learning that the way is to open the heart to see the things that matter. Take the risk for what the heart wants and take the time to learn and listen. Communication is key, and this will lead to trust and happiness.

This story has it all, and the twist toward the end was surreptitious, I can only say that I am very impressed by Elaine.

Book weaknesses
I can’t think of any, and I was very captivated with the intensity and vastness of the reading.

Character Chemistry
It’s fascinating to finally get Elaine’s story, to know the woman behind the hard Mistress façade. She is multifaceted, complex and a mystery. She is deep, and her true self holds so much contrast with her strong domme self; I enjoyed greatly discerning all her layers and the deepest of her soul. I am glad as well to see more of Robin, and there is much more than just the submissive whiling to do whatever it takes to make her mistress happy. She is multi-layered and has been through so much, but she has prevailed, she’s a fighter. And we got another compelling character in what I call a thrilling match in the enigmatic and charming Petra. I won’t get tired of saying how marvellous her characters are, and they are so real, deliciously flaw and relatable whether it is in a small or big capacity. And talking about character chemistry, I could melt just by reading about the love and heat between Elaine and Robin to start. Not to mention how perfect and beautifully done is the addition of Petra not only as the catalyst of fuel on the already existing blazing fire, but she also brought an intriguing personality trait that can challenge Elaine. Thus provoking both Elaine and Robin take the step they needed but were too afraid to make. In one word: brilliant.

Heat Rating
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Wrap up
This is a very well-written and engrossing book, about the need to feel cherished and enough; finding a place to belong. The intensity is simply magnificent. The character development is remarkable, and the heat has its scale (fair warning, do not read in public). In my opinion, this is the best of the series. I want to recommend not only this book but the whole series.

Star Rating
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I adore this series!

What was the book about?
This is the follow up novel to Northern Lights,where we first met Hannah and Kristine. After we left off in the last book, Hannah has gone back to London to find out her ex had been stealing from her and has left her broke.

Kristine is back in the states wondering what went wrong with Hannah and why she hasn’t heard from her. She knew they both felt the connection, and she can’t stop thinking about her. When Hannah gets a lifeline that sends her to the states, she realises this is her chance to tell Kristine what happened and do everything to make up for the lost time.

Featured Tropes
Holiday Romance, Long-distance, Instant Attraction, Femme-Femme, small town.

Book Strengths
I loved this book more than the first. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? Firstly, I finished this book eight days ago, and for eight days I have not stopped thinking about it. In fact, my treat for closing out this month with all my allotted books read and reviews complete, is to re-read it… Yup, I adored it that much!

The continued love story for Hannah and Kristine is beautiful, and I felt more love and affection from them both in this book than before. I think, because we go into this knowing they have natural chemistry from book one, it meant Lise Gold could concentrate on the falling in love aspect.

I also really enjoyed getting to know the secondary characters, especially Kate Simmons, who I think might be the main protagonist in book three of the Compass Series, Eastern Nights… Isn’t that exciting. I’ll be reading Eastern Nights early in March!!!

Character Chemistry
I think we know now these ladies have sexy chemistry in the bedroom, but it’s the other intimate and emotionally charged moments that are indeed what drives this book. So many swoon moments.
Heat Rating
3

Wrap up
This series is shaping up to be one for the top shelf of my favourites! I’m intrigued and excited about what’s to come. This novel alone was fantastic and, I’m excited to see how the series can stay on its impressive trajectory. Bring it Lise Gold!

Star Rating
5

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A great start to a fantastic series!

What was the book about?
British restaurant owner, Hannah, is on holiday in Norway to get over her ex-girlfriend and have a break from her busy career. When she meets American, Kristine from Louisiana, she feels an instant attraction.

The more time, Kristine and Hannah spend together, the more they feel a bond that surpasses friendship and typical attraction.

But when the holiday is over will the distance be too much for these ladies to find a way to make it work.

Featured Tropes
Holiday Romance, Long-distance, Instant Attraction, Femme-Femme, Novella, Christmas Lesfic

Book Strengths
This book is just one big lesfic hug. I loved the storyline and felt all the feels by the end. I genuinely couldn’t get enough of Kristine and Hannah and thank goodness it wasn’t the end for these two as the second book in the series is solely focused on them. I just couldn’t get enough.

Character Chemistry
You can sense the attraction from the very beginning, and I couldn’t stop thinking about how sexy it would be when these lovely ladies finally lit up the sheets.

I also loved the flirty intimate moments when they would spend time together talking and getting to know each other.

Heat Rating
3

Wrap up
I can’t wait to read more about Kristina and Hannah’s love story. So much so I started the next book, Southern Roots minutes after finishing this one. Fantastic read.

Star Rating
5

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Who doesn’t love a ripped shapeshifting butch tigress with hidden magical abilities and a sassy avian shapeshifter with wings of shimmery gold? Actually, I don’t want to know who doesn’t, because it would be a really short list.

What was the book about?
A broken-winged angel trying to get home. Her escort a nocturnal huntress with a bloody past. It will be a dangerous journey – monsters are everywhere and the truly dangerous ones hide in plain sight. Alone since her father’s brutal murder, Aurora has spent years hunting his killers. Battle-weary she’s ready to start over where no one knows who or what she is – she just has one last mission. Everything is going to plan until she discovers the beautiful winged girl caged underground. Her decision to rescue Evie and to help her get home safely, despite avians being infamous for selling out shapeshifters like Aurora to cutters and black-market flesh dealers, will put her on a perilous path. As the women travel together their attraction grows but Aurora is guarding her lonely heart almost as much as her dangerous secrets and Evie is struggling to accept how important Aurora has become to her. When their enemies conspire to kill them, they may be each other’s only hope. Aurora is powerful but she’s also emotionally scarred and it will be up to Evie to save her from herself and to fight for them – or innocent people will die along with the guilty ones and Aurora will disappear from Evie’s life forever. 

Featured Tropes
Fantasy, butch/femme-style trope, good versus evil, shape-shifting, world-building

Book Strengths:
Emily Noon built the fantasy world in Aurora’s Angel without the need to make us sit in a chair while we listen to a long-winded back story. So many fantasy novels spend the entire first chapter telling us all about some parchment with a map and the wood panelling in the room and the black lines on the map and the pipe that the person holding the map is smoking and that’s all you get for 3000 words. Here is some more good stuff: There are really intense baddies in this novel who commit unspeakable acts of violence. Emily describes the atrocities in enough detail to not become a Jeffrey Deaver novel, but ensures we appreciate the light and goodness that is Aurora and Evie and the people who support them. One of the aspects I liked the most was the humour. It is scattered throughout the novel at obvious points but also, surprisingly, at moments of tension where it’s used to deflect the stress of the event.

Book weaknesses
The dialogue becomes strangely formal and stilted in patches. It’s like Emily Noon lost the cadence of the conversations between the MCs, but then suddenly reset herself, and so we zip along beautifully again.

Character Chemistry
Oh my. It’s an entire laboratory of chemistry. It’s a romance, so, as readers, we know that the MCs are getting together eventually, and when they do, Aurora and Evie are incendiary.
In the first third of the book, there’s no heat. Except the mini campfires that Aurora creates each night. Then, it’s “I like you a lot, you like me a lot, we both like sex a lot…so?” and, well…gosh.

Heat Rating
4 flames

Conclusion:
Thoroughly enjoyable. I fell into the world that Emily Noon created, and it was amazing to hang out with Aurora and Evie for a while. Although Aurora initially scared the crap out of me. She’s a shapeshifting tiger magical beast person, for God’s sake. Somewhat intimidating. 

Star Rating:
5 stars

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