Beautiful Dreamer by Melissa Brayden

This book was just all heart!

What was the book about:
Devyn is the top real estate broker in Philadelphia. She’s at the top of her game and always looking for the next selling high. Life is fast-paced and she loves it. That is until she has to rush back to her hometown, Dreamer’s Bay to check on her sister after she gets a worrying call.

Elizabeth loves living in a small town where life is good and stress is low. She has fantastic friends and loves her new business, that is all based around helping people. She’s a good person and deserves to meet her soul mate.

When Elizabeth and Devyn start to build a friendship that develops into more, they know they are meant for one another. But how can they make it work when Devyn’s life is in Philly, and Elizabeth’s is in Dreamers Bay?

Featured Tropes:
Big City meets Small Town Romance

Book Strengths:
Fantastic novel. I was glued to the pages from the first chapter of the book and finished it in one sitting. One minute it was 9 pm and the next I was sobbing at the beautiful ending, and it was 3 am. Completely worth it. This book is 100% the best book yet from Melissa Brayden. I’m already working out a time I can start rereading it. 

Character Chemistry:
Elizabeth and Devyn were meant for each other. When it comes to soul mates, these two have it picked. Their slow-burn romance wasn’t too slow that I was bored but just right, enough that it stoked the fire. 

The other chemistry in the book, but not of a romantic kind was Devyn and her sister, Jill. I loved the scenes where they spent time together. Their closeness was so lovely and it was obvious how much Jill cared about her. I expected Devyn to be an Ice Queen with her image and career, but she was so sweet and loving to Jill and Elizabeth in so many simple ways. Devyn was definitely my favourite character. While she was complex, she was also loving, warm, caring and genuine in every way. She is such a great character and one I won’t forget easily.

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

An exceptional story that has stayed with me weeks after I read it. I truly loved Beautiful Dreamer and can’t wait to reread it soon.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Going Up by A.E. Radley

A.E. Radley writes my favourite Ice Queen tropes. Fact!

What was the book about?:

Kate Morgan has nothing. Selina Hale has everything. When Selina keeps running into homeless, Kate in her building car park where she has camped out, it irritates her at first. But as Kate begins to get on her feet and Selina’s walls come down, they begin to share what seems like an odd friendship. The more time they spend, the more their attraction grows and the story turns to a rather beautiful romance…

Featured Tropes:

Ice Queen & Age Gap romance

Book Strengths:

The story was tight, and I felt like I was a part of it. The author had me hating Selina in the beginning and by the end, loving her and crushing on her hard. Who doesn’t love an Ice Queen?

Character Chemistry:

The characters had great chemistry, and I think that even though A.E. Radley writes ‘Fade to Black’ romances, she still leaves enough anticipation that you feel like you know what happens when the bedroom door closes.

I loved Kate. I think her story was fantastic and really evolved. I felt like I knew her personally by the end of the book. Kates life was really quite a horrible existence until Selina comes by and attempts to rescue her. But Kate is strong and independent, she doesn’t take easily to Selina trying to save her, but in doing so, she sees Selina’s walls come down and that just made watching them all the more exciting.

I am also hoping this is the start of a new series of books or at least gets a sequel. I think Selina’s ex-wife, Carrie was a great character and if there is another book I really hope she’s front and centre.

Heat Rating: 🔥

Great book and I really hope this is just the beginning of a new series because I couldn’t get enough of these characters.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Good Spin by Monica McCallan

The perfect summer book to take on vacation!

What was the book about?

PR superstar Emery is going to Hawaii for her college friends wedding, but there are two problems with it. Firstly, she hasn’t seen them in five years and they don’t know she’s gay, and secondly, she’s single. The idea of showing up to this wedding alone and with her news is all too much for Emery. Jordan is Emery’s neighbour and close friend, and she’s also about to become Emery’s knight in shining armour. Jordan agrees to be her fake girlfriend, holding Emery’s hand while she comes out to her friends. This was all going to be fine until they realise that while faking a relationship, they are actually pretty perfect for one another. Are their feelings all because they are on holiday and away from their life??? 


Featured Tropes: 

Fake Relationship / Friends to Lovers / Holiday Romance

Book Strengths:

The pace of the book was perfect. I really loved the fact I didn’t want to jump to the next chapter as it was so enjoyable. Jordan was definitely my favourite character and I was so excited every time she would just be upfront with Emery. By the end, I was excited about Emery and Jordan’s future and swooning so hard I was almost falling over.

 

Character Chemistry :

The chemistry between Emery and Jordan is present even before they notice each other romantically. In fact, it was like a little fire that just got bigger and bigger until it combusted, resulting in them falling into bed together. Then it was blazin’! They definitely enjoyed each other between smouldering gazes and tactile caresses. As much as they tried to not fall for each other, it was inevitable. Hashtag Soulmates!

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥


This book was great, and I can’t wait to reread it again soon. Monica McCallan is someone to watch in Lesbian Fiction and I can only see great things ahead.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

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A Heart This Big by Cheyenne Blue

This book is my new favourite Cheyenne Blue novel to date.

Nina runs a small children’s farm in a populated area of Sydney. She has an incident with one of the children that attends her ‘Barn Kids’ program and it brings forth a lawsuit. That’s when hot shot city lawyer, Leigh comes in. But Nina can’t pay her exorbitant fees, so they come to a pro bono deal, but the more time they spend together, the more their chemistry builds. But they can’t risk the lawsuit because of attraction, or can they?
Fantastic story. I was hooked on this story from the very beginning. The pace was perfect, and even though it was a slow burn romance, the character’s story was worth every second of their story that unravelled. I also want to give a shout out on the cover. It was on point and absolutely perfect for the story.

Cheyenne’s books that are based in Australia always hold a close place in my heart as I live in Melbourne. But this one was really great, and I fell in love with Banksia Farm, and I definably finished the book having a crush on Nina. The connection between Nina and Leigh is evident from the beginning, and I especially enjoyed the moments when Leigh was at the farm and clearly out of her comfort zone.

The secondary characters were also really excellent additions to the storyline. Grizz, in particular, was a favourite and more than a few times I found myself giggling at her and her husband’s adventures.

A fantastic book. I am looking forward to what comes next from Cheyenne Blue
5 stars

 

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You Matter by Jazzy Mitchell

Chrissy works for Reggie, a well-known lawyer in Boston. She has had feelings for Reggie for a while now but she tries not to make it noticeable at work, however, when Chrissy’s son also begins to get close to Reggie, Chrissy’s heart becomes even more entangled in her affections for Reggie. When an angry and resentful ex-client comes to Reggie’s office with the intent of causing harm, Chrissy steps in and saves her life, getting hurt herself in the process. Reggie takes Chrissy and her son in while Reggie recovers, they both fall a little deeper for each other.

I liked this story. It was a quick and easy read, which was exactly what I was looking for. The opening chapter is fuelled with angst, but from then on you have a beautiful love story centring around Reggie and Chrissy.

There were times when I felt the pace lagged a bit and I was excited to get to the next chapter. Also, there was sometimes more detail than needed to be in a section of the book, but that was outweighed by the romance playing out between Reggie and Chrissy.

The chemistry between Chrissy and Reggie was active and prominent throughout. I was backing them to get together from the start and when they did, it made my heart flutter.

I heard this was originally a ‘Once Upon A Time’ fanfic and when I heard that, I was surprised I hadn’t clicked myself as I enjoy reading that verse often. I’ll go looking for more fanfic from Jazzy Mitchell because she’s left me intrigued with this novel.

3.5 stars

 

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Fear of Falling by Georgia Beers

Sophie James is in flux. Her manager and close friend, Ray, has died. As she struggles to come to terms with his death, she is assigned a new manager by her recording company. At first, she is irked by the need for her to be managed so soon after Ray’s death but when her new manager, Dana is appointed, she is immediately entranced by her. Dana, on the other hand, thought she was going to be managing another diva. But when she actually realised Sophie’s beauty is nothing on her personality, the chemistry between the two builds. But you can’t mix business with pleasure, can you?

I absolutely adored this book. It had everything I expect from a Georgia Beers book and so much more. The pace was perfect, angst was not too overwhelming, and the love story was such a joy to read. One of my favourite tropes is age-gap romances and this one hits the nail on the head. The age gap is only ten years give or take, but it’s enough to hold my interest and provide the characters with a sexy edge.

There was a lovely sweetness to their chemistry that turned uber hot when they got to the bedroom. And once again,  Georgia Beers floored me with her first kiss. I’ve said it before, and I’m going to repeat it – Georgia Beers writes amazing first kisses! I could feel myself blushing afterwards.

I also want to mention the fantastic secondary characters in this book, especially Anya. Anya was like Dana’s Jiminy Cricket. She was always checking in and making sure Dana was making the right decisions and aware of her feelings. I freaking need an Anya in my life, pronto. She is probably one of my favourite secondary characters to date in a Georgia Beers novel.

A great book that will be jumping onto my favourites list.

5 Stars

 

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The woman at the Edge of Town by Georgette Kaplan

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

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

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

 

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Playing with Fire by Lesley Davis

Takira’s whole world is her very successful restaurant. However that world comes crumbling down when her trusted manager takes off with money from the restaurant, and then to make things worse Takira’s sister dies, leaving her nephew behind. Now Takira’s needs to manage a restaurant back into the black while jumping in as a full-time parent. Life has become hectic, that is until Dante Groves walks into her restaurant and has all the skills she needs to replace her manager. Their working relationship is fantastic. Dante also knows more about kids than Takira does and Takira is more than slightly attracted to Dante, but if she pursues her and it goes wrong, she could lose everything all over again. Is it worth the risk?

I’m hoping this isn’t the last book in the series because I have really got invested in these characters. I’d even like a story from Juliette’s young sisters’ point of view because I can see she’s already a mini Trent, all butch and sensitive. Anyway, onto the review for the third book in the Playing Series, Playing with Fire.

I enjoyed the storyline of this book. Takira and Dante have chemistry bubbling away underneath the surface from the very beginning. The romance between them isn’t as quick as it was in the other books however, I think that was understandable with Takira having her young Nephew living with her. Also, the fact Dante was so invested in the restaurant and Takira’s Nephew, I don’t think their romance couldn’t be rushed.

I would have liked more from Scarlett and Bryce from the second book. Their scenes just seemed like glimpses instead of real scenes. I would have enjoyed Juliette and Trent’s POV like in book two. I think it would have made the series seamless having the first protagonists POV through the series.

I do, however, love that all the secondary characters have been followed through the entire three books. Mainly because with every book, their little Playing makeshift family becomes more significant and stronger… and Maybe more diverse!

My favourite parts of the books were when Takira, Dante and Takira’s Nephew, Finn, acted like a family. Dante made me swoon with all her butchness but also her fantastic sweetness when it came to Finn.

I’m desperately hoping for book four to come out soon!!

4 stars

 

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Playing In Shadow by Lesley Davis

This series is fast becoming a favourite of mine.

Bryce has had a terrible car accident on the way home from a party. She is the only survivor and is scarred emotionally and physically by the ordeal and feels she may never be the same again. That is until she meets Scarlet. Scarlet is working for her dad as a painter and decorator alongside Bryce. She is instantly attracted to her and wants to get to know her. Both Scarlett and Bryce are navigating personal issues. Scarlett is steering her career as an artist and not wanting to be the next air to the construction dynasty. While Bryce still has her internal turmoil and nightmares from the crash. Together they help each other realise their potential, and they begin to fall in love.

I adore this series. How did I not read this before? This book is the sequel to Playing Passions Game. Juliette and Trent from book one are still heavily cast in this book and we even get to read things from their point of view which I was super excited about. I would highly recommend reading Playing Passions Game before reading this book for continuity. This story doesn’t have any drag time, and in fact, the pace was pretty perfect. This book also doesn’t have a heap of angst, which is a mirrored style throughout the series so far. It’s one of the main reasons I love this book so much and the whole series.

I loved Bryce. What a sweetheart she was and honestly, Scarlett and Bryce were soul mates from their first interaction. Watching them begin to trust one another to then supporting each other’s needs when life got tough was so beautiful, I enjoyed watching them fall in love. Also, the sex scenes blew me away. I think the build-up to the sex scenes was probably the best part, they were HOT!

I also loved that Bryce had visible scars and not just emotional ones. I think physical scars made this book more real and it made the story feel more intense. And even with her injuries, she was such a sexy character to read.

I’m about to start the third book in the series Playing with Fire. So look out for that review coming soon.
5 stars

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Create A Life To Love by Erin Zak

Things you need to do before reading this book:

  1. Clear your schedule because once you start you’re going to want to just keep going.
  2. Grab a big box of tissues
  3. Make sure there is no one around to bother you while you read it (unless they are bringing you coffee or cocktails, then they can stay)

Okay…  organised? Well, let me tell you a little about how wonderful this book is…

When Beth shows up on romance writer, Jackie’s front doorstep, proclaiming to be her daughter she gave up for adoption, Jackie’s world tilts on its axis. But that’s nothing compared to the feelings brought forth by meeting Beth’s adoptive Mum, Susan. Susan and Jackie have an instant connection, but Susan is straight and married so nothing can ever happen. Right?

Erin Zak is definitely the dark horse of the Lesbian Fiction world, she is definitely one to watch. Create A Life To Love is a soulful story of how love can conquer all. I laughed, cried (sobbed) and got butterflies more than once, and did you see the cover art? Fantastic. The book has excellent pace and I was sucked in from the first sentence. I’m so glad that included Beth’s (Susan’s daughter) point of view because she is the heart of the story.

Let’s talk about Beth first. She a beautiful soul full of tenacity and courage. The relationship she builds with Jacqui throughout the book is beautiful and was the reason for so many of my tears. She is also incredibly accepting of Jackie and the fact she’s a lesbian.

There were these moments of simplicity between the three of them, but the reality was that there was nothing simple going on in their heads. All three protagonists were going through a roller coaster ride of emotions but were completely supported by each other. Such a solid family from the beginning.

From the minute Jackie and Susan meet there is palpable chemistry between them and it builds quite quickly through the book. I really connected with Susan on a few different levels, she was probably my favourite character. She was an awesome mum and watching her coming into her own was actually really amazing to watch. The sex scenes in this book are off the chart sexy while still beautiful and intimate.

I am such a sucker for a good Epilogue and this one can’t not be mentioned. It was fantastic and tied everything up in a red big bow. I just adored these characters and by end of the book wanted to start it all over again.

Unequivocally 5 Stars!

 

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