Delicious Chemistry which a few twists and turns! 

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

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

Featured Tropes: 
Reincarnation, small town, single mom

Book Strengths

Rach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heat Rating:
4 flames

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

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

Star Rating
4.5

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Angsty and Hot

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

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

Featured Tropes
Toaster Oven, Fitness

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

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

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

Heat Rating
3 flames

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

Star Rating
4 stars

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Love conquers all! Even misogynistic ex-husbands.

What was the book about?
This is the fourth book in the series. You don’t need to read the other books, but you should. Really! Faith is a nanny. She is looking for a new position when she scores an interview with Eve. She gets the job and begins taking care of Eve’s twins. While out (reluctantly) with her friend Lindsay at the BDSM club, she sees Eve, who she is already attracted to. Once Faith discovers that Eve is into BDSM, she becomes intrigued with the idea of being a submissive. This is difficult for Faith to reconcile because of her past. They must navigate this new facet to their relationship, all while Eve struggles to maintain custody of her children.

Featured Tropes:
BDSM; Age-gap (I would add a potential trigger warning for those who are sensitive about religious fundamentalism).

Book Strengths:
So, this is my least favorite Anna Stone book, but that is because it is triggering for me, personally. It is well written, like all her books. It deals with the subject matter in very respectful ways. I really appreciate the care that is taken with the relationship between Faith and Eve. And even though it’s my least favorite, it’s still fantastic. 

Character Chemistry:
I love the attraction between these women. I also really appreciate how open Eve really is about her feelings. Even when it might not seem that way. These women truly belong together, and this is clear very early on. They really can’t fight it, which is what love is all about.

Heat Rating:
5

Wrap up:
I am really sad this is the last book in this series, and I can’t wait for future offerings from this amazing and talented author.

Star Rating:
5

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Sometimes, Love Surprises You

What was the book about?
This is the third book in the series. You don’t need to read books one and two, but do yourself a favor and do it anyway. Lindsay is unhappy. She has a job she hates, a college degree that she finds useless, and no love-life to speak of. She also has a mountain of debt she’s working to get rid of. When her friend, Faith, suggests that she sign up to be a sugar baby, The last thing straight girl Lindsay expected to find was a sugar mama instead of a sugar daddy. Camille doesn’t have time to date. She knows what she wants and she’s willing to pay for it. What she wants is somebody to do what she’s told and be a companion. Neither woman gets exactly what they’re initially expecting.

Featured Tropes
Toaster oven; BDSM

Book Strengths:
I know I’ve said it before, but I really do adore Anna Stone’s books. This is probably my favorite book in the series. At least so far. I really love the relationship between Lindsay and Camille. I love watching Lindsay come to realize that she’s not so straight after all. Watching the love grow between the two women is the best part of this book.

Character Chemistry:
Lindsay is attraction to Camille is clear from the beginning. Even if she doesn’t realize it. There’s an intimacy between the two of them that is so intense. Often times you don’t necessarily feel that intimacy that you read about, but in this book, you really truly feel it. 

Heat Rating:
5

Wrap up:
There’s one more book in the series, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to be sorely disappointed there’s no more.

Star Rating:
5

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What was the book about?
This is the second book in the series. You don’t need to read book one, but do it anyway. April wants to save her library from the gentrification that has been taking place all over the city. A chance meeting at a bar introduces April to Vicki and the world of BDSM. April soon discovers that Vicki is the property developer who intends to tear down the building the library is located in. A power struggle ensues out of (and sometimes in) the bedroom. All the while April tries to fight her feelings for Vicki.

Featured Tropes
Enemies to Lovers; Opposites Attract; BDSM

Book Strengths
I love Anna Stone’s books. She always tells these wonderful stories about strong women. The writing is fantastic and I love the relationship between April and Vicki. Vicki is one of my favorite characters. She’s so complex, and even though the book is written entirely from April’s POV, it was clear to me (even if not to April) that Vicki had strong feelings for her.

Character Chemistry
Hot! Hot! Hot! The chemistry between these women is off the charts. From the first meeting you know they are meant for one another. 

Heat Rating:
5

Wrap up
Anna Stone Never Disappoints. Read all her books! Do it now!

Star Rating
5

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Cop with a chip on her shoulder meets stubborn, indie film director and sparks fly.

What was the book about?
Alexandra Levitin is a respected indie film director who accepts a job directing “the worst movie, ever” out of desperation when she finds out her accountant (and ex-girlfriend) has made a serious error on her taxes. An error she can’t currently afford. About five minutes after arriving in New Zealand where her new movie is being filmed, Alex has a run in with the local police constable. 

Samantha Keegan is not impressed with the movie being filmed in her community, and after meeting Alex and finding out she’s working on the film, she’s not impressed with Alex either. The two women continue to bump heads as Sam is forced to deal with Alex due to sabotage on the set.

Featured Tropes: Enemies to Lovers

Book Strengths:
What can one say about Lee Winter’s books other than to talk about how truly wonderful they are. I’ve read almost all of Lee’s books, and they are all phenomenal. Changing the Script is no different. This book takes place in the Breaking Character universe, and give a nod to the Brutal Truth. If you have yet to read either of these books, you are missing a divine experience. One of the wonderful things about Changing the Script is getting to revisit so many of the characters from Breaking Character. While this can certainly be read as a stand alone novel, reading Breaking Character first will give you some insight into the personalities of several of the characters in Changing the Script, including one of the protagonists, Alex. 

Book Weaknesses:
There were two issues I had with this book. First, it was a little slow through the first half, but once it took off, it really took off. The other issue was one of the main characters. Don’t want to spoil anything, but I love vulnerability in a character, especially when she’s icy. In this case though, it was more insecurity than vulnerability, and it made the character dynamic a little weird for me.

Character Chemistry:
Hot, hot, hot. I love Alex and Sam together. Even at the beginning when they were contentious with one another, the chemistry was obvious. They had a level of intimacy with each other that made it clear they belong together.

Heat Rating: 3

Wrap up:
Another winner from my favorite author. 

Star Rating: 4.5

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Sometimes, being in the wrong place at the wrong time works out.

What was the book about?:
Amy likes her comfortable life. She works in a café, she dreams about the exotic customer she has a crush on, and she ignores all the things she could be doing with her life. When she accidentally stumbles into a terrorist plot, she, along with her best friend, are forced to go on the run to try to clear their names. MI5 sends the most skilled hunter in the business after her.

Featured Tropes: Age-gap, mystery

Book Strengths:
A.E. Radley always writes fantastic books. Huntress is a little different than most of her books, but just as wonderful. I had actually had this one in my personal reading list for a long time but kept putting it off. I’m so glad it ended up on my review list. The humor was fantastic, the story was absolutely adorable, and the writing was superb. Amy’s entire journey, while being on the run, was like a comedy of errors. But one in which she consistently came out on top. This is truly one of those books where the characters really stick with you long after the book has ended.

Character Chemistry:
I loved the chemistry between Claudia and Amy. Their interactions were cute, adorable, and hysterical. From their first interaction, you knew they intrigued one another, even though Claudia thought Amy was a great criminal mastermind.

Heat Rating: 1

Wrap up: I wish I’d read it sooner.

Star Rating: 5

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A nearly perfect romance!

What was the book about?:
Stella Gilbert doesn’t need or want a personal life. Three years after her divorce, she’s devoted to her career and her daughter, and she likes it that way. Her sister worries about her and wants her to have more, specifically, she thinks she should start dating again. 

Aurora Shirley feels like her life is falling apart. Her dad needs a kidney transplant, and in trying to become a donor, she discovers a family secret. On top of her family issues, her best friend is being relentless in pushing Aurora to find a date for her upcoming wedding. Apparently, it’s a crime to be a dateless maid of honor.

When Stella and Aurora meet, sparks fly, and pretty soon, a friends with benefits arrangement is morphing into potential love.

Featured Tropes: Age-gap, workplace romance

Book Strengths:
Everything about this book is phenomenal. T.B. Markinson delivers every time and this is no exception. The characters are flawed, but likable. The interactions between Stella and Aurora are playful and fun. The sex is HOT. This book has something for everyone, especially if you are a fan of Anne of Green Gables.

Character Chemistry and favourite character:
Stella and Aurora have instant chemistry. They certainly don’t act on it right away, but it’s there, and it’s hot. I feel like if it were a movie, the chemistry would ooze off the screen.

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

I wouldn’t mind this becoming a series!

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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It’s rare you get a second chance at love, but especially your first love.

What was the book about?:

Paige and Ria were childhood best friends. By college Paige was secretly in love with Ria. Now, years later Paige is a successful artist. She has spent the time since college trying to get over the loss of Ria, who walked away from her after an incident just before graduation. Paige is about to start a project with a gallery in Chicago, when Ria, now a famous soccer player, returns. Paige has to decide if she is going to leave the past behind and try to reestablish their friendship before Ria leaves again. As Paige and Ria begin to get close again, Ria’s ex shows up and Ria decides to move on when the owner of the gallery in Chicago shows romantic interest in her. 

Featured Tropes: Second chance romance, friends to lovers

Book Strengths:
This book is really good. I am not generally a fan of books related to sports, but it did not matter with this one. The writing was good and while second chance romance is a common trope, it was a memorable story with well written characters that were easy to become invested in.

Book weaknesses:
The only fault I could find with this book was that it lacked an epilogue. Even if it were only a few months later, I just would have liked something beyond the end.

Character Chemistry:
It becomes clear very quickly that Paige has never gotten over Ria. An Ria seems like she might having feelings for Paige, but she seems to always be holding back. Nonetheless, the chemistry is there, and I couldn’t help but want them to find their way to each other.

Heat Rating: 🔥

Exceptionally good for a debut author

Star Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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You never know where you might find love, maybe even a morgue.

What was the book about?:
Corey Curtis works in the morgue. She loves her job doing autopsies. In her spare time, she’s an MMA fighter. She just ended a relationship, or rather her girlfriend ended the relationship because Corey wasn’t really invested in it. Corey is feeling a lot of guilt about how she treated her Ex. Enter Dr. Thayer Reynolds, the new ER fellow. There’s instant chemistry between the two women, but before they even have a proper date, they are drawn into investigating the suspicious death of a construction worker who ended up on Corey’s autopsy table. After nearly getting killed, Corey and Thayer struggle to continue their budding relationship.

Featured Tropes: Work place romance, medical romance, mystery

Book Strengths:
I really did enjoy this book. The writing was good, and I would have never guessed this was the authors first book. The story was interesting and unique. Let me explain what I mean by unique, because the plot itself is not that unique. It’s the way the book juggled the two story arcs. Usually when you have a dual story arc with a mystery and a romance, the primary arc is the mystery. The romance is usually secondary. This is not the case with this book. The romance is the primary arc, while the mystery is secondary and wrapped up around the halfway mark. It was a great approach.

Book weaknesses:
I was a little disappointed with some of the accuracy of the medical information. If a writer is going to use real world things in their books, it really needs to be accurate. Two things really bothered me. First, when a person gets an intermuscular injection of Demerol it will not work instantly. It actually takes 2-5 minutes. It only works instantly when given intravenously. The second thing was the dosage on the ibuprofen. It was implied that she was given 1200 mg. That is 50% higher than the highest prescription dose. I know this seems nitpicky, but there are people out there who will read things in works of fiction and assume they are accurate. 

Character Chemistry:
I am a sucker for instant attraction. The chemistry between Corey and Thayer is obvious from the beginning. Nothing subtle about it. You really will want these two to find a way to make it work. Even if you might want to slap some sense into Corey (a lot).

Heat Rating: 3

I am looking forward to seeing what this author has in store for the future.

Star Rating: 4 

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Marriage doesn’t always lead where we expect it.

What was the book about?:
Yvonne is going through menopause which means sex is not often high on her list of priorities. As if that isn’t enough, she comes home one day to find her wife, Julie, in a rather compromising position. Yvonne thinks she isn’t fulfilling Julie’s needs, and they embark on a sexual journey that could break their marriage or bring them closer.

Featured Tropes: Menopause, Erotica, Light BDSM

Book Strengths:
Donna Jay has written a unique book that includes a story line that is often neglected in women’s literature – the effects of menopause. We sometimes forget that we are all eventually going to experience this, and we need more stories about older women. Additionally, the story is interesting and the sex is HOT!

Book weaknesses:
While not really a weakness, there are some elements in this book that may bother some readers. I am glad I read this book, even though it would not have been something I would have read had I known exactly what it was about. For this reason, I limited my description of the book.

Character Chemistry:
Yvonne and Julie are a great couple. They clearly love each other and want to please each other. Their marriage, even with the issues, would be envied by most people.

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

I am now on a mission to read all of Donna Jay’s books.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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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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Changing your life can be scary, but sometimes love is worth it.

What was the book about?:
Lauren and Andrea meet at a networking luncheon for women six years earlier. Lauren has always been in love with Andrea, but Andrea is oblivious because she’s a complete and total workaholic. One day she comes to the realization that she loves Lauren, too. They spend a steamy night together, causing Andrea to re-examine her life and her priorities. This is further exacerbated when her mother has a psychotic break from also being a workaholic.

Featured Tropes: Friends to lovers; family drama

Book Strengths:
The writing is good. All the interactions between Andrea and the other characters are authentic. Although, some are unexpected. The realness of this book is what makes it great. It will leave most readers wanting to review their own lives to makes sure we are living our best lives.

Book weaknesses:
Since Andrea’s relationship with Lauren was the main catalyst for her changes, it would have been nice to see more of that relationship develop. I understand the author’s choices, I just would have liked more of them as a couple, or even showing more of their prior friendship.

Character Chemistry:
This book is about Andrea and her journey. All the other characters, including Lauren, are merely part of that journey. I loved Andrea. She is real and authentic. Watching her growth is what makes this book.

Heat Rating: 4

I look forward to the next offering by this Author.

Star Rating: 4

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Running away is never the right answer.

What was the book about?:

Dr Morgan Jennings and Dr Bree Parker have been friends for over three years. Morgan has been in love with Bree for most of that time, but never told Bree how she felt. She thought Bree might feel the same until the day Bree tells her she is pregnant and marrying the baby’s father, Tony. Morgan writes Bree a letter telling her that she has to go away to heal her broken heart. She gives Bree a chance to stop her, but Bree doesn’t show up. Both women try to move on with their lives, but Morgan keeps getting drawn back home and back to Bree.

Featured Tropes: Friends to lovers

Book Strengths:

I really enjoyed everything about this book. The story was fantastic. Claire’s writing is always on point. I really felt the emotion just seeping off the pages. The backstories were important, and not just for fluff. I liked how we got important scenes as memories instead of narration. I think that provides a level of depth not often seen.

Character Chemistry and favourite character:

I loved both of these women. The amazing love they have for each other is clear, even if, at times, the love itself is what kept them apart.

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥

This author always writes exceptional books, and I can’t wait for the next one!

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The closet is NEVER fashionable.

What was the book about?
Supermodel, Television Show Host, and Ice Queen, Darcy McGregor, is a self-proclaimed bitch. She is distant, even from her daughter. She spends her days remaking women on her television show, Style Surgeon. Pencil factory security guard, Kate Bonvilston, is recovering from a broken heart. Her mother, a huge fan of Darcy’s, signs Kate up for Style Surgeon. While they bump heads over fashion, the chemistry is electrifying.

Featured Tropes: Ice Queen, Celebrity Romance

Book Strengths:
I loved all the characters of this book. The main characters were great, but so were the secondary ones. Also, the romance was there, but there was so much more to this book. Darcy’s relationship with her daughter and her ex, Kate’s love of her brother, and seeing how hard it can be when someone really doesn’t like who they are. It was an impactful book.

Book weaknesses:
This book could have used a prologue to better explain the situation with Darcy’s ex. Up to the point of learning who the ex was, it was very confusing. I felt like maybe there had been another book before this one where I had missed crucial information.

Character Chemistry:
Darcy is annoying at first. I really thought I was not going to like her, but as with all good ice queens, it was a mask. Kate is just sweet and kind. The chemistry and attraction between the women seeps off the pages. I love melting ice queens, and the way Kate melted Darcy was incredible to read.

Heat Rating: 🔥

I will be reading more by this author, for sure.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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