Not Since You by Fiona Riley

Now that’s how you write second chance romance… pure perfection!

What was the book about?
Lexi loves her life cruising around the world. She is a bartender/ VIP liaison on a large cruise ship. Life is good, and she’s exactly where she thinks she should be. That is until Charlotte sails (see what I did there 😉) back into her life and Lexi’s broken heart from more than a decade ago starts to ache again. 

Charlotte has cancelled her wedding to her cheating fiancé but like hell is she missing out on the honeymoon of a lifetime. But the last thing she expects is that her VIP liaison on the cruise ship is the woman who was the love of her life. With Lexi now in front of her, all she wants is a way to fix the biggest mistake of her life. But can Lexi ever forgive her? 

Featured Tropes: 
Second Chance, Holiday romance, Soulmates, First Love, Oh the Sex!

Book Strengths:
I can’t even tell you how unbelievably excited I was about receiving this book. I love Fiona Riley’s books, and in fact, she’s up there with my favourite authors, so it’s been a long year waiting (not patiently) for this book. And boy was it worth the wait!

This book is exceptional lesbian fiction, and the characters (especially Charlotte) were swoon-worthy… honestly, I think I hugged my kindle at one point. 

When it comes to the storyline, I can’t imagine a more perfect second chance romance. The storyline moved along beautifully, and I couldn’t believe by the time I was at the epilogue how much time hadn’t passed. I was so captivated by the story. I think I got lost in there for the duration. 

Charlotte was definitely my favourite character but only by a small amount because Lexi is fantastic too. Charlotte was just so honest and upfront about her feelings for Lexi right from the get-go. She’s probably the character I’ve been waiting forever to read, wears her heart on her sleeve and no drama/angst. In fact, Lexi didn’t even bring much angst to the romance, and it just made it so much more enjoyable. 

Character Chemistry:
Hot damn!!! This is to date the sexiest book Fiona Riley has ever written and let me tell you, she has written some of the sexiest lesbian fiction scenes to date. The chemistry between Lexi and Charlotte was almost combustible, and at times I thought the sheets would light on fire. But it wasn’t just about the sex (ok it was mostly about the hot sex), but they also had an intense intimacy that I wasn’t expecting. There were little moments, smiles, waves where it seemed like the room disappeared, and it was only them. But be aware don’t read the sex scenes in a public place… #scorching

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

Wrap up: Well how can Fiona Riley top that? I have confidence she will, but I’ll need a week off to recover next time! 

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Top of Her Game by M. Ullrich

For more than just the love of the game.

What was the book about?:
Kenzie Shaw joins the New Jersey Hurricanes Women’s Soccer team after being drafted from Penn State. The Hurricanes also have her idol and crush, Sutton Flores playing for them. 

The attraction to each other is sizzling and before either of them know it, the chemistry becomes infinitely more and they can’t get enough of each other. But when a sexual harrasment suit and national soccer team rules throw them curve balls, can they hold true to each other?

Featured Tropes:
Sport, Friends to Lovers, Age-Gap

Book Strengths:
This book is a high contender for book of the year. I am astounded by how much I adored it but then again, M. Ullrich never disappointments me. She is kicking goals (see what I did there) every time she sits down to write. I was glued from the word ‘go’ and honestly, her little twists and turns in the story just kept leaving me stunned!

These women are both powerhouses on and off the field. When it comes to the soccer, M. Ullrich gave a solid account of the game and the players. I can honestly say this book would suit any reader even if you’re not a fan of soccer. The romance and storyline take centre stage but the soccer just adds a nice little extra for us soccer fans out there.
I cried. I cried a lot in this book. It also made me nervous, made my stomach flip in good ways and in bad. And the Epilogue… Sigh. It was nothing short of perfection.

Character Chemistry:
I have read some hot sex scenes and some of the best ones have come from M. Ullrich. As she grows as an author she seems to hone the craft of writing them and adds little extras that suit only the characters in the story. You’ll see what I mean when you read it but this book’s hottest scene was not what I was expecting. So very sexy!

The chemistry between Sutton and Kenzie is off the hook. I got shivers a few times when they would look at one another or when they’d touch. There was also a certain level of non sexual intimacy that made my heart swell and I reckon you can only have this intense connection if you have been friends before lovers. It was actually quite lovely to read.

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Conclusion:
I read this book twice in a row because the first time I forgot to take notes I loved it so much. I think this book will sit on my all time most loved because it truly was amazing… Swoon!

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Red Files by Lee Winter

Swoon!

What was the book about?:

Lauren King always wanted to be a hard-hitting news reporter. She left her small Iowa town with big dreams but ended up in L.A., instead, working as an entertainment reporter. Catherine Ayers, the iciest of ice queens, is a disgraced former D.C. Bureau chief who has been exiled to the same entertainment beat as Lauren. Lauren and Catherine have a love-hate relationship, as in they love to hate each other. When they stumble on a huge story, they have to work together to get to the bottom of it while dealing with private corporations and government agents trying to stop them at every turn. This brings them closer, and I mean really closer, together. After the story is published, Lauren realizes she is in love with Catherine, but Catherine doesn’t seem to share those feelings. 

Featured Tropes: Age-gap, ice queen, enemies to lovers

Book Strengths:

This book has it all: action, adventure, intrigue, murder, hot sex, and love. All the characters bring something to the story. Nothing is just there for filler, and every character is unique. It is one of the things I adore about Lee Winter’s writing; she builds an entire world of people who are real. This is a truly magnificent book that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time you are reading it. 

Character Chemistry: 

Lauren and Catherine are amazing together. Catherine’s acerbic personality perfectly complements Lauren’s sweet Midwestern charm. If you love an ice queen like I do, you can’t help but fall in love with Catherine Ayers. I have also listened to this book in audio, and Victoria Mei really brings all the characters to life, but Catherine… well, like I said to begin with: SWOON!

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Lee Winter never fails to deliver an entertaining book. The Red Files takes this to another level.

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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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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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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Alone by E.J. Noyes

Another phenomenal book by E.J. Noyes.

This book was amazing and so incredibly interesting. Celeste has taken part in a four-year study/ experiment of the human psyche. All she has to do is live alone in the middle of nowhere for a maximum of four years, she can’t have any contact with the outside world and the payout is massive and would set her up for the rest of her life. When an unknown hiker shows up three years into the experiment and she’s wounded, Celeste wants to help but could this ruin everything she has stayed alone for the past three years…

How does E.J. Noyes do it? Coming up with these intense and elaborate stories that draw you in so much that you can’t put the book down until it’s finished. I became a little obsessed with this book. This isn’t a novel you can rush, the pace is definitely slower than other books by the author but I think it’s perfect for these characters and their story and also for the reader to really understand the situation.

The story is told solely from Celeste’s POV and what an interesting point of view she has. Understanding how alone she is was quite eye opening. The way she adapted her life to survive the loneliness was amazing. When Olivia (the wounded hiker) is added to the story and gives the plot it’s romantic element I was so excited and it did not disappoint.

I think that’s where I am going to stop this review because honestly, I am scared to give any spoilers. But I will say this… BUY THIS BOOK! Alone is now in the running for the Les Rêveur book of 2019. It’s just that fantastic.

5 Stars

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Falling by Kris Bryant

This book is just exceptional.
Shaylie has just survived a plane crash. She’s a little bit broken in places and she’ll heal but it’s shaken her life. In an attempt to get back to some normality, she meets Piper during a support group for survivors. Piper lost her best friend and her fiancée in the plane crash and she needs answers. Piper and Shaylie become fast friends and help each other heal. Shaylie begins to fall for Piper and the more time she spends with her she knows this woman could be the one…

I’m getting this feeling writing up this review. This story is extraordinary. I cried my way through it and it’s the best book Kris Bryant has ever written but it’s now my favourite Lesbian Fiction Book… Ever!
The pace of the book was perfect. The first chapter gave me chills as we enter the book just minutes before the crash. Kris Bryant’s descriptions during this scene were outstanding and boy did they cement my focus on the book. Next minute I knew, I was at the end and you certainly could see the track marks of my tears.

When it comes to characters Piper and Shaylie are soul mates. They just complement each other in every way and it’s just circumstance that they meet the way they do. I believe in my heart they would have met no matter what. The chemistry they have when they finally get together (this is a romance and Kris Bryant, we all know it happens) was palpable. I could feel it sizzling of the page.

The sex scenes blew my mind. There is one in particular that I think is Kris Bryant’s best ever sex scene. It was really well described and the actual scene was sexy, and hot as hell.

I can’t finish the review of this book without mentioning the epilogue because it’s everything. I have a tightening in my chest just thinking about how magical it was. If there was ever a book that finished with me knowing these protagonists not only make it but live happy ever after, this is the one.

A complete triumph and I know I haven’t done this book justice in the review but how could I when it’s my perfect book. Buy this book and make your heart happy people… it’s a must read!
An outstanding 5 stars

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Not the Marrying Kind by Jae

Fantastic story. Enjoyed every minute of it.

Ashley has always hidden in the proverbial closet. She likes it there, it’s safe and she isn’t hurting anyone. That is, until she finds out that her friend, Sasha is bisexual. Now she is seeing Sasha in a whole new light and with them working closely together on the wedding of the season for their mutual friends, it’s only a matter of time until sparks fly, especially because Sasha has always harboured a crush on Ashley. But with Ashley too scared to come out and Sasha not wanting to be anyone’s secret, it could never work… right?

This was really a great book. The pace was perfect, the chemistry between both protagonists was on fire and I really enjoyed the storyline. I loved Sasha and Ashley together. Even as friends they had something special going on. I also think the chemistry between Sasha and Ashley is possibly the best Jae has ever written. It was sexy while intimate and left this reader a little hot under the collar.

I absolutely adored that Holly and Leo from the first book in the Fair Oaks series, Perfect Rhythm were in this one too. In fact, Perfect Rhythm was where we were first introduced to Sasha and Ashley and honestly, I didn’t see Jae putting these two together. The community of friends they have in Fair Oaks that accept them is amazing and I really hope Jae continues to tell us more stories from the Fair Oaks Community… Who could be next?

5 stars

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Recipe for Love by Aurora Rey

I’ve been waiting for this story for while with bated breath and it did not disappoint.

Drew Davis moves to upstate New York after getting a job as head chef at a farm to table restaurant. This job is just a stepping stone to being head chef at a leading restaurant in New York so she can’t have any entanglements and needs to stay focused. If only she could get the the beautiful, Hannah Little out of her head. Hannah can’t help but be attracted to the flashy New York chef straight away but she has a good deal with the local restaurant by supplying them all her farm fresh fruit and veg. She doesn’t need to mess that up by being caught up in a fling with Drew but what if this could be more?

So here’s a few things that always get me excited when Aurora Rey publishes a new book… Firstly, I am guaranteed a hot butch with a sensitive side, this alone is a mssive tick. Secondly, I am guaranteed to throw any diet out the window because the books always have the most delectable descriptions of food that I immediately go on the hunt for – this time it was a BLT with a difference. And lastly, hot sex scenes that personally have added to my fanatsy list throughout the years! This book did not disappoint in any of those areas.

I really enjoyed the build up in this book and found that there was possibly more angst in this story than there has been before in Aurora Rey’s novels. I think it suited this story because there was an element of ‘will they, won’t they’ and then ‘will they make it work?’. Where as, normally I just know these characters are made for each other. Either Drew or Hannah needed to make a massive changed to their life plans for them to ever be together and I was nervous right until the end of how they could have each other and still have their dreams. Don’t get me wrong, this book has a beautiful happy ending but I felt like I worked for it as did the characters and I really enjoyed that. With that in mind, I think it shows how much Aurora’s strengths are growing with every book she writes and when I looked back and saw that I rated her first 5 stars, you can imagine what the future looks like for Aurora Rey and her books!

Like I said before, the sex scenes in Aurora Rey’s books play a big part in my love for her work. She just gets this reader and honestly, I get really excited when I reach those parts of her books. This book had a very unexpected but sexy element that I really enjoyed.

Before I finish up, I just want to mention the cover. It’s possibly my new favourite cover to date. Its clean and fresh with heaps of meaning about the book without ruining the mystery. I found out today it was created by Melody Pond, so wanted to acknowledge the on point design.

Honestly, between the love story, the food and the hot butch, I think I swooned so hard I fell off my bed. Another delicious (in more ways than one) book for Aurora Rey.

5 Stars

 

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