More Than Words by Harper Bliss

Katherine Jones has just given up her job as an escort/ high-end female sex worker to open up her very own Pink Bean coffee shop with her best friend, Rocco. Katherine isn’t ashamed of her job and rightly so, so why does Rocco’s hot aunt, Hera have an issue with it and why is Katherine so attracted to her, especially with the clear distain for Katherine due to her last job. But with so much attraction between these two can Hera find a way to be open minded about Katherine? And not see her as just her ex job?

I love Katherine from previous books in the Pink Bean series so when she was put into the limelight in this novel I was more than a little excited. And Harper Bliss wrote her in perfectly. I love Katherine’s Sass and enthusiasm for life and it made me love her even more. She is definitely a favourite of mine throughout the entire series. Hera was the opposite of Katherine in every way and boy do these opposites attract. It took me a little while to warm up to Hera but that was probably more due to the fact that I support Sex work as a right woman have, so when she was pushing against it she put my hackles up a bit. But by the end I was really taken with her and her smarts.

I did however think that the change in Hera’s view of Katherine maybe happened too quick for me to believe it was real. And I found the ending was too abrupt and I’m secretly hoping that, maybe like Caitlyn and Jo’s characters, Hera and Katherine will get two books to cover their romance. That would drastically change my comment about how the book ended. I was also hoping for some spice from Katherine’s sex scenes in regards to the way she was in Love Without Limits and I understand why it didn’t happen that way but if there was a second book I reckon it would amp up the volume.

Book number nine in the Pink Bean Series and going strong. I am really looking forward to seeing what comes next from this series and Harper Bliss.

3.5 Stars

 

If you would like to purchase More Than Words please follow the links below:

Amazon

42763216

 

 

Ask Me Again by E.J. Noyes

Ask Me Again is the Sequel to Ask, Tell by E.J. Noyes and this book had to be written.

Sabine is back from another military tour but her PTSD is worse than ever. She is struggling to function in her day to day life but more so, she is struggling with her relationship with her beautiful girlfriend and ex commanding officer, Rebecca. It’s undeniable they are meant to be together and the love they have for one another is even stronger than ever before. But with Rebecca struggling to move on from the part she played in Sabine’s PTSD and with Sabine wanting to fix herself without worrying Rebecca… They need to find a way to work together before they can move forward to the life they truly deserve.

This book was an emotional roller coaster that I am so glad I jumped on. Even through the entire trauma these two go through, the love that is between Rebecca and Sabine is so freaking potent that even in the hardest conversations and moments throughout the book, you know there is only one way this can go. I can’t believe I am saying this but I loved this book more than the first book, Ask, Tell.

Rebecca and Sabine’s love story is written beautifully and EJ Noyes really worked hard to make the reader aware that no matter what, they are soul mates and nothing will tear them apart.

The main difference in this story from the first in the series is that we have both Sabine and Rebecca’s point of view which was pivotal to the flow of the story and to really know how these characters feel about not only each other, but how they are both dealing with Sabine’s PTSD separately and together.

The secondary characters in the book were fantastic especially Sabine’s sister, Jani. She cracked me up but also was a major support to both characters in different ways throughout the story, if only she wasn’t straight because I’d love to read a story about her falling in love.

This story was soul stirring, powerful and so emotive that I don’t think I could really put into words how outstanding this book actually is. In the end I came up with this… Ask Me Again is about real love, not a fairy tale love but real, messed up, adoring and sometimes hard, Love.

A very powerful, 5 stars!

 

If you would like to purchase Ask Me Again please follow the links below:

Bella Books

Amazon

 

51W-Unt0jZL._SX357_BO1,204,203,200_

Friends Without Benefits by Dena Blake

This is the book when the ‘Friends to Lovers’ trope doesn’t work out. When you tell your best friend you are in love with her and she doesn’t return your feelings. This book is real life and I think I loved it more for that.

Dex has been in love with her best friend Grace forever but after Grace gets married she decides it’s time to move on. Grace’s husband, Brent sets up Dex with his best friend, Emma. Emma and Dex hit it off and start falling for one another straight away. They are definitely soul mates but Grace can’t stand the fact she’s loosing Dex’s affections to Emma so easily. Can Grace sabotage something that is meant to be? Or Can Emma hold onto Dex while keeping Grace at arms length?

Without a doubt this is Dena Blake’s best book by far. I think this book has honestly lifted the bar for her other novels. It’s engaging and moves out of a 4 star comfort zone to a blasting 5 star novel.

I really enjoyed Dex and Emma whenever they were alone. They had this beautiful chemistry and soul mate quality from the beginning, Every time Grace showed up so did my anger for her character (her husband isn’t far behind in the annoyance category either), as she just created havoc and her jealousy made her a very unattractive character.

The story line in Friends Without Benefits is real life and the characters weren’t perfect but I think it’s why I connected to it so well.  Especially Emma, I think she was something really special and when I read the book a second time before reviewing, I think I ended up having a little crush on her.

Great story with a fantastic epilogue… Did I mention I love a good Epilogue? Because I really do!

5 stars!!!

 

If you would like to purchase Friends Without Benefits please follow the links below:

Bold Strokes Books

Amazon

friends-without-benefits

 

 

Breaking Down Her Walls by Erin Zak

Erin Zak really wow’d me with this wonderful story.

Julia is a runner. She takes off again after her first meeting with her birth parents goes terribly wrong. When her car breaks down in the middle of nowhere in the state of Colorado, she panics until a local cowboy offers to pay for her car repairs in trade for her helping as a ranch hand over herding session. Julia gets stuck into her new job but she can’t stop thinking about the ranch owner and boss, Elena. Elena is the definitive ice queen character but there is something about Julia that she just can’t help but be drawn too. The more time they spend together the more Elena’s walls come down and then Elena’s ex, Penn shows up and Julia starts to worry that this is just another moment of let down in her life. But will she run or stick around and see what life could be with Elena by her side?

This is a love story, 100%! Breaking Down Her Walls had me completely spun. One minute I’m thinking that it’s such a sweet romance, the next I found it sexy as hell then by the end, I had it as an all-encompassing love story that I just adored.

Erin Zak has written Breaking Down Her Walls in third person, present tense and normally I am not a massive fan of that style but Erin Zak wrote it with such finesse, I was immersed in the story from the first chapter.

I really enjoyed the level of angst in the story and found that it created the perfect balance throughout. The sex scenes were fantastic… I mean wow! The build up in the entire book was like foreplay and then when it happened… boom, my brain explodes!!! Very well done.

Just a side note that I love Colorado and this book took me back there to all of the wonderful memories I have from my time there. Secondly how amazing is this cover? Red Chucks? SOLD!

I really can’t wait to see what comes next from Erin Zak because I will be waiting very impatiently.
5 Stars

 

If you would like to purchase Breaking Down Her Walls please follow the links below:

Bold Stokes Books

Amazon

cover152534-medium

 

A Wish Upon A Star by Jeannie Levig

What a lovely and heartwarming story by Jeannie Levig and one I won’t forget anytime soon.

Leslie Raymond has lost everything she loved dearly and is struggling to move past the pain she has felt since the day her family walked out the door. She moves back home to California to live in her parent’s home, which is empty since they passed away. What she doesn’t expect is to meet the most alluring neighbour, Erica with the most adorable little girl. But she has to keep the few rules around her heart which are: no straight women and more importantly, no women with children, but when she develops a friendship with her neighbour, Erica and her young daughter, Siena… all bets are off.

This was a beautiful story of two fiercely independent women with big hearts and a secret weakness for one another. It was great to watch both Erica and Leslie grow together in the story but for me, Siena stole the show. She was spunky and fun. She made Leslie feel part of their family from the very beginning. The story would have been nothing without her in it.

I also really liked the cheeky flirting between Leslie and Erica and it made for some good banter and fun chemistry between the two. Talking of chemistry, it was quite apparent from the get go that Leslie and Erica have it for each other in spades. Add that to the love that is growing between them and it’s a real soul mates story.

For me the epilogue was the real winner. I cried my eyes out. What an amazing way to end a book. Don’t want to say too much but this rounded the whole story off beautifully and didn’t leave me wanting more from the characters or story.

This book had me enthralled from the word go and I actually finished it in one day. I think it is currently fighting for first place with Embracing The Dawn on my Jeannie Levig favourites.

5 stars

If you would like to purchase A Wish Upon A Star please follow the links below:

Bold Strokes Books

Amazon

9781635552751

Unforgettable by Elle Spencer


Unforgettable 
is made up of two great novellas, Forget Her Not and Forget Her Never.

Forget Her Not was first released as a novella in August 2017 and rereading it now just made me fall in love with it all over again. I’m so happy Elle Spencer re-released this as a double hit with Forget her Never.

Forget Her Not

Loved this story from the very beginning. Samantha King likes her own company and finds one night stands with men whenever she needs the release. That is until she wakes up with a gorgeous woman in her bed and doesn’t remember a thing about it. She brushes it off as a one-time thing but when she can’t move on or stop thinking about the woman, she decides she needs to find out more about this woman and her feelings.

Wow! Fantastic novella that left nothing hanging at the end. Loved the Epilogues and a glimpse into Samantha and Mia’s life. Solid story, one I have read time and time again. This is still my favourite Lesbian Fiction Novella to date.

5 Stars

Forget Her Never

Abby done meets Kendall in a bar one night where she is very chivalrous and sweet. Abby is curious and decides to accept Kendell’s proposal of a date on her fancy boat. They have an amazing time together and Abby can see herself falling for this sweet and amazing women until she finds out she is married… now she can’t get Kendell out of her head or her heart!

This was a beautiful story and I really found myself connecting to the characters, especially Kendell. So many times I thought this would make an amazing full-length novel! I was worried about the cheating but ultimately it was for the greater good and I was okay with it by the end. My heart swelled in the last chapter with so much loveliness.

4.5 Stars
Another triumph from Elle Spencer!

5 stars

If you would like to purchase Unforgettable please follow the links below:

Bold Stokes Books

Amazon

 

unforgettable

Love All by Rachel Spangler

Firstly, and I think most importantly, I want to just say that in my estimation this is the best book Rachel Spangler has written to date.

Sadie has been everything for her daughter, Destiny since the day she was born. Everything Sadie does she does it for Destiny. Destiny is 17 years old and playing professional tennis around the world. She’s not quite at her best yet but working hard to become a professional tennis star. Her coach thinks it would be good for her training, and her wallet, to play doubles with Jay Pierce, Tennis star and well-known figure in the media. Jay wants to stay away from the doubles platform after her disastrous past but she also needs the money to fund her comeback, plus if by playing doubles with Destiny gets her closer to Sadie… No harm right?

I connected with this book in quite a few ways. The biggest is probably with Sadie and the way she feels about her daughter Destiny. It really mirrored my thoughts and feelings as a mum and it made me really relate to Sadie’s thoughts and feelings about almost every issue and every lovely moment she shared with her daughter, Destiny. The second thing that made me really connect was the tennis. I am a massive tennis fan so if you’re going to write a book about any sport and the author picks Tennis, I am going to be there reading it with bells on. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not too top heavy on the sport but it was enough for me to get my tennis fix.

Rachel Spangler has written an epic tale of two women falling in love while navigating family, old news and the ever-pressing paparazzi and she wrote it all beautifully.

The tension between Sadie and Jay was anything but mild and deliciously sexy. I was engaged in the story from the get go, the twist and turns kept me up all night and I was barracking for Sadie and Jay from the first time they met. Jay in particular is a beautiful soul with a jaded past and she just wants love, while keeping anyone around her from the harm she feels she’s created for herself. By the end of the book I had a solid crush on her and her beautiful soul.

Destiny was another story. She clearly loves her mum and just wants her to get nothing but the best and as I am a daughter of a single mum, I kind of got it. No one is ever going to be good enough and Rachel Spangler wrote that part so well. There were times Destiny frustrated me so much with her games but honestly, by the end of the book she was one of my favourite characters and her part was integral to the story.  Sadie was definitely my favourite character, I just got her and when the book ended she was the character I missed the most.

The heat between Jay and Sadie was combustible and as the tension rose, so did the chemistry. I reckon the chemistry between Jay and Sadie was one of the best I have read recently. It was palpable and honestly, it was a big reason I stayed up through the night to finish it.

Unequivocally 5 stars

 

If you would link to purchase Love All please click the links below:

Bywater Books

Amazon

 

LoveAll_Spangler

The Way You Smile by Kiki Archer

You know you are on to a great book when you haven’t stopped laughing from the get go and you’re only a few chapters in.

Camilla has just separated from her husband, has two teen boys at home, has just gone back to work and has been accidentally put in to the wrong role that’s she didn’t apply for… You’d think that was enough excitement! Oh no that’s just the tip of the iceberg… In walks Harriet Pearson, owner of the company that Camilla has just started at and Harriett has her sights on Camilla. But Camilla’s straight… Isn’t she?

British Rom-com at it’s finest. I loved this book and felt connected to it from the outset. I in particular loved Harriet; she’s feisty and has a lust for life whilst also being sensitive and incredibly kind. She knows she wants Camilla from the get go but with Camilla being straight she reluctantly settles for being friends.

The secondary characters, as always were funny while adding an extra layer to the story and thus giving a deeper knowledge of each protagonist.

As I was reading Camilla’s story I thought of all the mums out there who would jump at the chance that Camilla got with Harriet… I am one of them. I’ve said this before and I reckon I’ll say it again, Kiki Archer should be turning her books in to screenplays to make British Lesbian Rom-com. I see Harriet as a hot Kate Beckinsale and Camilla as maybe… Jennifer Connelly meets Rachel Weisz? Anyway, one can have fantasies.

One of the funniest books I have read this year and unquestionably Kiki Archers best to date. This is definitely one for my favourite’s shelf.
5 stars of love and hilarity.

If you would like to purchase The Way You Smile please follow the links below:

Amazon

 

Unknown

London Actually by Clare Lydon

Another fantastic addition to the London Series by Clare Lydon.

Clio is finally over the disaster that was her marriage when she meets Becca at a family friends wedding. Becca is smart, feisty and incredibly beautiful with her funky style and fun personality. They share a kiss but Clio thinks Becca is too young so she puts it down to a moment of madness and moves on. That is, until one of her new intern turns out to be… Becca.
They try to hide their growing feelings but it’s undeniable and the sexual chemistry is clear but for Clio, between the age difference and working together, there are just too many reasons for them not to work out.

What a fantastic story. Loved it! If you are a subscriber to my reviews you will know I love work romances but I love Age-gap romances even more.

Becca made me swoon big time. She was amazing and I couldn’t understand how Clio could resist her… like the girl has some serious restraint. The chemistry between these two is evident from the moment they meet. There were moments the tension between both Becca and Clio is so palpable I thought they might combust if they didn’t jump each other. The sex scenes (as with most Clare Lydon books) were extremely hot and left me blushing… I love when authors make me blush.

Best part of any Clare Lydon book, and this book is no acceptation, is the British banter and comedy that is laced all the way through. I can’t wait for the next London book!!

5 stars

 

If you would like to purchase London Actually please follow the link below:

Amazon

 

london-actually.jpg

 

Ticket To Love by Donna Jay

Donna Jay really writes novels that are just so feel good while still being incredibly naughty!

After being caught by her mother in a compromising position, Tara flees Australia to live with her Aunt in New Zealand. There she rents a room off of her Aunts, Boss (and friend), Kathryn. Kathyrn has been hurt before and isn’t in the position to ever feel that way again but she can’t help this chemistry she has with Tara.

This was a lovely book, the romance was very sweet but also fun and a little naughty at times. I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic between the two characters, I especially loved the age-gap romance trope so that had me hooked from the being.

Both these women have been through the wringer in very different ways but somehow by being together they help each other heal and move on. The sex scenes do have some BDSM in them but Donna Jay, as always, writes them in such a way that they seem lighter. I also like how her books are 100% romance with a side of BDSM instead of other books (mainly erotica) that become wholly focused on the sex.

I always love how much Donna Jay adores her country of New Zealand and describes it to a tea. Every time I read one of her books I am ready to visit NZ all over again.

Great story and definitely one that will sit on my re-read list.
4.5 stars

If you would like to purchase Ticket To Love please follow the links below:

Amazon US

Amazon AU

Amazon UK

4198qc7zN9L