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

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

Featured Tropes
Age-Gap, Family Ties, Toaster Oven

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heating Rating
🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 

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

Star Rating
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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

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

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

Featured Tropes
Australian, Stowaway, WLW romance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heating Rating
🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 

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

Star Rating
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
(4.5 stars)

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Clare Ashton is a goddamn genius ❤️

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

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

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

Featured Tropes
Age Gap, Movie Star, class disparity

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heat rating
🔥🔥🔥🔥

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

Star Rating
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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I couldn’t put this book down.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heat Rating
Two flames

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

Star Rating
5 Stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heat Rating
4 Flames

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

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

Star Rating
5 Stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Les Reveur

I’m so glad my wish came true!

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

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

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

Heat Rating
Three flames

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

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

Star Rating
Four stars

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

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

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

Featured Tropes
Paranormal, Boss-Employee, Age-Gap

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

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

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

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

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

Heat Rating
4 Flames

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

Star Rating
5 stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heating Rating
Four stars

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

Star Rating
Five stars

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Delicious Chemistry which a few twists and turns! 

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

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

Featured Tropes: 
Reincarnation, small town, single mom

Book Strengths

Rach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heat Rating:
4 flames

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

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

Star Rating
4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heat Rating
3 flames

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

Star Rating
4 stars

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Another great book by Melissa Tereze that will take you on an epic emotional rollercoaster!

What was the book about?
Ryann’s life is at an all-time low. She can’t see a way out of how depressing her life has become. Her life is falling apart, so what’s the point in continuing…

Until one woman shows up out of the blue and saves her life, and now life seems a little bit brighter and seems to brighten more with each day since she met Lydia. But Lydia is too good for someone like Ryann, right? 

Book Strengths
I love an excellent Melissa Tereze novel. Her books are the kind that you become immersed in from chapter one. I loved Ryann’s character; she was such a tormented soul but with a lot of love to give. Her caring and loving nature really drew me in and made me want to cuddle her throughout reading the book. 

As we move through the book, Lydia helps Ryann move past her self loathing which was really good because if she had continued down that path, I think the end result of this book for me would have been very different.

We also get to spend some time with my favourite Melissa Tereze characters, Luciana and Sam from The Arrangement and The Call.

Lydia and Ryann’s love story is beautiful and totally worth your time reading it. In fact, I want to start at the beginning with The Arrangement and work my way through the whole series again!

Book Weaknesses
My only weakness would be that I wish the epilogue was a little further into the future. I felt that Ryann went through such a massive emotional traumatic event, I would like to see how she moved forward in the years that followed not just the months. But if we ever revisit Lydia and Ryann, I’m happy to amend this comment. 

Chemistry
The chemistry between Lydia and Ryann is there in spades, and oh, the lovely tension at the beginning of the book was delicious. When they do hit the sheets they light them up!

Heat Rating:
Four stars

Wrap Up
This is the perfect book to sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy the ride with Lydia and Ryann on their emotional journey to love.  

Star Rating:
4.5 stars

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This book broke me then put me back together again. ‘The Road Home’ is Exceptional book!

What was the book about?
Gwendolyn Carter is an actress in Hollywood with a semi-successful career. She’s happy until the acting gig she wanted goes to someone else. Then when visiting her family for her Dad’s birthday, she realises that her mum is very sick, not only that but her Dad is insisting she stay and help. Things couldn’t get any worse. So she decides to stay to help and maybe get lucky at repairing her broken relationship with her mother.

But to even get to that stage, she needs to get over the woman who replaced Gwendolyn as her mother’s new daughter; the woman that is everything her mother wanted Gwendolyn to be. This woman is so goddamn beautiful and caring that Gwendolyn can’t think straight… literally!

So when she is forced to work with her “replacement”, Lila, to help her mother through her illness, she is resentful and angry, but the more time she spends with Lila the more she sees all the wonderful things that she is. She should not be feeling these things for Lila. She should stick to the plan to help her mum and then get out of dodge and back to Hollywood and definitely not fall in love with Lila Machowicz… right?

Featured Tropes
Enemies to lovers, Small-town romance, Old childhood hurts, age gap

Book Strengths
How do you write a review for a book that has you completely spun? Here goes nothing!

This is a must-read for romance lovers, and I kid you not, you need to take the tissues with you on this emotional journey. I am a fan of Erin Zak’s work. In fact, I have never rated one below 4 stars because her writing just gets me. But this book is beyond anything she has ever written and has set the bar higher for her future novels because this is a phenomenal piece of work. One hundred per cent her best book to date.

I really identified with a lot of the story, and even in the moments I didn’t, Zak tells the story in a way that all readers can feel the heartache, the warmth, and the dismay. It’s a talent she has shown us in the past, but in ‘The Road Home’, she goes above and beyond, making the reader feel like they are living the story.

Let’s start with Gwendolyn. The long lost daughter who had every reason to bolt from her hometown when she was younger. She is a tough nut to crack but, behind all her anger and hurt, is a wonderful, caring person who, in the end, deserved better than she got.

Then there’s Lila. Sweet and a little sassy but the kindest and most caring women ever. She knows Gwendolyn doesn’t like her, but she tries so hard to mend fences because she never wanted to take Gwendolyn’s place; it was just what happened. She also deserved better than she got.

So this made me put all my eggs in the Lila and Gwendolyn’s love story and this is a romance book, right? So they will get together… right? But their romance is only half the story. The other part is Gwendolyn realising her parents aren’t, in fact, perfect; that her Mum did some crappy things, but there was so much more going on than Gwendolyn’s ever knew. In fact, this is not only a love story but of finding love again from the people who are meant to love you no matter what.

This epilogue is a little different, but it’s truly excellent. It tied everything together and let me feel all the love and excitement for Lila and Gwendolyn future together. #perfection

Chemistry:
This is a hard one to explain because the chemistry is there from the beginning, but it builds as does their friendship/relationship. It’s not all flash and bang but a gradual falling in love and then when they finally hit the sheets it’s electric between them.

Heating Rating:
4 stars

Wrap Up
I can’t recommend this book enough and don’t think I’ll stop recommending it for a long time yet! Erin Zak has created something wonderful with this book, and I honestly can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

This needs to be on every Lesbian Fiction readers ‘must read’ list. It’s exceptional!

Star Rating:
5 stars

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Susan X. Meagher does it again with this beautiful heartfelt story of finding your soul mate. 

What was the book about?
Avery is a different person from the one that left her hometown years ago, but the person that she made an ugly impression on in her teens is the one she now wants to befriend more than ever. 

Casey knows who she is, she always has. Even when the high school bullies gave her a hard time. Shoot forward in time to now, and one of the people that hurt her in high school is back in town. Not only that, but she is a lesbian too. But can people change that much to warrant becoming friends? She doesn’t think so.

When Avery needs a friend, Casey takes a chance, but Avery can feel that she is dubious about their friendship. What does Avery have to do to show she’s changed? And will Casey be able to forget the past to move on with the possibility of happily ever after?

Featured Tropes
Friends to lovers, Single mother, small-town romance, Old childhood hurts.

Book Strengths
Let me start by saying that I have been excited for this book for quite a while, so when I finally got my hands on it, it did not disappoint. I think I am always going to be front and centre to anything Susan X. Meagher writes. The reason I love them so much is that she writes the whole story, not just the romance but the entire build-up, the friendship, the romance and then the love. The best part of Susan X. Meagher’s books is that she lets us hang around in the couple’s lives for a while after they get together. There is no rushing here and what you end up with is nothing short of a swoon-worthy novel.

Casey was one hundred per cent my favourite character. She is sweet and incredibly caring to everyone she encounters. The way she steps up for Avery time and time again just wowed me, and I wanted to be her friend. Avery has changed so much, but she struggles to communicate her true feelings for Casey, and when she finally did I think I shouted “Hooray” so loud my neighbour probably heard because these two really deserved a chance at happiness. 

There is a beautiful baby girl in this book called Lisbet, and she just adds to what is already a great story. In fact, Susan X. Meagher has a perfect way of writing infants and young children. She seems to get it spot on from how it feels to be pregnant, to understanding the love and anxiety that goes into raising a young child. As a mum myself this ticks a big box for me. 

The epilogue in this book was worth the wait and just wrapped this book up beautifully!

Chemistry: 
This is a hard one to explain because the chemistry is there from the beginning, but it builds as does their friendship/ relationship so it’s not all flash and bang but a gradual falling in love and then when they finally hit the sheets it’s electric between them. 

Heating Rating: 
3 stars

Wrap Up
Another phenomenal story from Susan X. Meagher, and one that I can’t recommend enough. Especially in these times where a nice long read with an adorable love story is just what the doctor ordered!

Star Rating: 
5 stars 

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This is my first novel by KJ, and it will certainly not be my last. 

What was the book about?
Sophia plays Australian rules football in her home city of Melbourne. This girl is all about two things. The game and her family. She loves both with a passion most people wouldn’t understand. 

Cameron is a Journalist for a reputed newspaper, and she would shine if she was only given a chance. When her editor tells her to cover the up and coming women’s draft in AFL, she takes the job, albeit reluctantly. This is not the hard-hitting journalism she wanted for her first big piece. 

When both women meet, they get off to a bad start which soon turns into a heated attraction that they can’t deny. But it’s never easy while they navigate the discrimination and misogyny of the women’s league.

Will love conquer all? 

Featured Tropes
Sport Romance, Writer-Journalist, AFL, Australia

Book Strengths
Kick Back, was a great KJ book to start with, and I am glad I got to read it. I live in Melbourne, so I know how much everyone loves the AFL. When the women’s league started, it was a massive thing in the realms of equality, but this book highlights all the things we don’t see in the media. I am not saying they are true because this is a work of fiction, but it made me stop and think. 

I loved Sophia; her character is quintessentially Melbourne, and all the reasons I love people from this great city. Her strong relationship with her brother and sister in law was one of my favourite elements of the book. There is also an element of fabulous Australian humour in this book, and I loved that because it felt like an extension of Aussie life for me. Big tick. 

The sweetness of this love story was exactly what I needed, and KJ injects a level of romance into his book that had me swooning all over the place. I was rooting for the characters from the first meet-cute until the end. 

Book Weaknesses:
I found the slow burn element a little slow at times but not to the detriment of the novel or the love story. In fact, I’d hazard a guess that readers that enjoy slow burn would love this element. 

Chemistry: 
Oh, these two rock each other’s world in and outside the bedroom. They have a level of intimacy that is palpable, and when they do have sex, fireworks fly.

Heating Rating: 
4 flames

Wrap Up
I am so glad I picked up this book! I am now looking at KJ’s back catalogue wondering what I tackle next!

Star Rating: 
4.5 stars

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When your second-chance is still your only chance at happiness!

What was the book about?
Lily Connor was in love once, but she is no longer interested in finding romance herself, only giving her clients a romantic wedding as their Wedding Planner. She thought that was her only future until Bennett Burke walked into her office.

Bennett hasn’t seen Lily in six years, and she has never regretted anything more than the way things ended between them. It’s clear that the feelings for both of them have never dissipated, but Lily isn’t keen on re-living old hurts all over again, and by the look of the man on Bennett’s arm, she hasn’t learned to be her true self. So with her focus clear, Lily decides to push through her heartbreak of seeing Bennett again and work with her so Lily can give her client the wedding of her dreams who just happens to be Bennett’s best friend. If only she wasn’t remembering every touch and every heartbreak then maybe they could get through this unscathed… Dreamers can dream, right?

Featured Tropes:  
Rich-Poor, Femme- Femme, Second-Chance

Book Strengths:
I always know when sitting in front of a Monica McCallan book that I am going to enjoy it a great deal and this is no different. It’s not my favourite book by McCallan but it’s certainly fun to read. I especially enjoyed the glimpses into when Bennett and Lily first met and fell in love, and the book wouldn’t have been the same without the time hopping chapters.

Lily was 100% my favourite character and in fact I would say, she might be my favourite of all the McCallan characters. She was so sweet and shy in the beginning but in the future, she is strong and knows her strengths and works to them. She is also a woman who knows her limits and I loved when she’d take moments to chill when forced in to extroverted situations. A true introverted extrovert, and you don’t see this often in novels – you’re either an introvert or an extrovert. Lily reminded me a lot of myself and I think that’s why I warmed to her so quickly.

Bennett is the kind of woman I (like Lily) would fall head over heels with and devil may care with the consequences. She was one person in the presence of her peers and parents friends and another when alone with Lily, her true self. It was really lovely to watch Bennett struggle with vulnerability and how she only showed that to Lily, even after years of heartbreak.

The epilogue was my favourite chapter in the whole book.

Book Weaknesses
I would have liked Lily and Bennett to reconcile quicker. It felt like it might happen a few times and when it didn’t I was frustrated.

Character Chemistry:
These characters have chemistry in spades and they have a certain charge about them especially when they are trying to hold back.

Heat Rating:
3

Wrap up:
A really enjoyable and fun read that will have you hooked from chapter one. I think it will tick a lot of reader’s boxes!

Star Rating:
4

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