Blissfully Blindsided by Robin Alexander

This was really the sweetest romance…

Blaze hasn’t always had the easiest time in the dating pool and she’s not the most liked person in her community after a few failed social engagements. When she rescues new to town, Caleigh after a flat tyre, it’s obvious they have a deep attraction. As they get to know one another, they can’t seem to get enough of each other and they fall fast but fall deep. When you look up soul mates in the dictionary it should have a picture of these two. They have the same interests and the same warped sense of humour.

This was a lovely story with little relationship build up which actually suited the mood I was in when I started reading it. I love the comedy that Robin writes into her books and at times it’s almost a slapstick show.

Blaze and Caleigh are fantastic and the story itself of them falling in love is just adorable but there is a second story running alongside them about Caleigh’s mum, who has just came back to town after apparently abandoning Caleigh and her sister when they were little. She is currently staying with Blaze while she recovers from her injury but it’s clear she’s there for other reasons. I reckon her story was one of my favourite parts of the book.

Caleigh was without a doubt my favourite character. She really stood out from the rest and the moments with her grandparents, especially her grandad, were hilarious. I was almost falling off my seat laughing.

Another engaging, fun and sweet romance from the pen of Robin Alexander.

4 Stars

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Perfect Partners by Maggie Cummings

Absolutely Fantastic!!! This book was just one massive swoon for me!

Sara’s whole life is training police service dogs and their human partners. She is the best and her job is everything to her. When she meets new recruit, Izzy she doesn’t expect to feel so drawn to her. Granted, Izzy is incredible in most every way, except she’s a cop and Sara doesn’t date cops and especially not cops that are her students… too dangerous in too many ways! But why can’t she get Izzy off her mind? And it’s clear the feeling is mutual.

I actually adored this book! I finished it in one sitting then started it again from scratch. Completely a book made for me in regards to plot, characters and just the overall romance… ahhh swoon!

Who knew my perfect protagonist was a femme cop called Izzy! Izzy is the embodiment of one major swoon. She’s gorgeous, loquacious, incredibly sweet but fierce and courageous! She’s got the cop thing going for her (I’ve sooo got a thing for cops) and on top of that she is great with her service dog, Chase! I’m telling you, this girl has it all! I could see why Sara found her the ultimate temptation.

Sara was so very lovely too (although honestly Izzy was my favourite) and incredibly genuine. I reckon if anyone deserves to find her soulmate and be blissfully happy, it’s Sara. The more intimate moments and the sex scenes were beautifully written and really connected the characters well.

Maggie Cummings goes from strength to strength and still ranks as one of my favourite authors. Her books are just plain fun and I get so much enjoyment out of just kicking back and relaxing with her stories.

Keep em’ Cummings… 5 stars!

 

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Listen by Kris Bryant

This book floored me. I’ve read it three times since the book appeared on my kindle… I just love it so much. I’m actually sitting here wondering how i’m going to convey my sheer awe but I will try my best. Kris Bryant won Les Rêveur book of the year 2018 and this is a serious contender for 2019.

Lily likes her life. It’s calm, she likes her job and she’s bloody good at it, she loves her cat and even though her life is spent mostly in solitary, it works for her and her abundance of anxieties. Her life sure has changed since she left the fame that her music created behind for the peace she has now. When she hears beautiful music coming from a building on her way home from work, she is enraptured. And that’s when she meets Hope and she’s everything her name suggests! The attraction between them both is clear from the beginning but will Lily’s hang ups be the making or breaking of them?
Every second of this book blew me away! I resonated with Lily so much in so many ways. She’s an amazing soul and I wanted to be friends with her from the beginning of the book. This story for me was about finding your better half. It was a love story of epic proportion and left me feeling thoroughly satisfied by Lily and Hope’s love.
Hope for me is just everything a woman like Lily needs, she’s passionate about music, she pushes Lily out of her comfort zone but also loves her enough to want to give her space and she understands Lily’s anxieties so she tries to make life ultimately easy for her by supporting her instead of trying to change her. Not to mention she’s gorgeous, sexy and smart as a whip. She’s Lily’s perfect woman and soul mate.
Like most sex scenes written by Kris Bryant, they are sexy and ultimately a massive turn on but I think there was a level of intimacy portrayed in these sex scenes that didn’t take away from them being ultimately hot but added another layer that just showed how deeply Hope and Lily are falling for each other. It was quite beautiful actually!
This book is wonderful and every time I’ve finished it (yes I’ve read it more than once) I’ve been left with butterflies. Five stars ain’t enough but it’s the max I got so 5 Stars!

 

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Emily’s Art and Soul by Joy Argento

This was such a sweet book.

Emily and her sister, Mindy have just moved to town after the death of their mother. Mindy has Down Syndrome and when her father is too distraught by his grief to look after her, she moves in with Emily. Emily has recently divorced her husband and is looking forward to her new life with a new job in a new town. When she starts work she meets fellow teacher Andi who she brefriends straight away. After learning that Andi is gay it pikes her interest and she begins to realise she might have been in denial about her sexuality. But can she ruin an amazing friendship at the possibility Andi feels the same?

Great story that would be perfect as a holiday read. The plot was fun and the pace really good.  The protagonists were enjoyable and Emily’s character was well fleshed out. I did feel that Andi’s point of view lacked quite significantly and I would have enjoyed her page time more if I understood her better.

The storyline itself follows the friends to lovers and the work romance trope and I really enjoyed the way the author dealt with both these scenarios. Both tropes worked well together and gave more opportunities to learn about the characters lives and back story.

Lastly, I enjoyed the epilogue however, I would have preferred it as a last chapter with an epilogue after set further in the future.

This is the first book I’ve read by Joy Argento and it won’t be the last. I’m looking forward to what comes next.

3.5 stars

 

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The Music and the Mirror by Lola Keely

This book was fantastic from start to finish. Truly hit every button for me and I just can’t stop smiling after finishing it for a second time.

Victoria Ford is head of the Metropolitan Performing Arts Centre and is famous for being the best ballet dancer of her time (maybe ever). When Anna, a new ballet dancer arrives at the Metropolitan, she is determined to impress Victoria and boy, does she impress. Victoria is the epitome of the Ice Queen but she sees something great in Anna and finds her intriguing from the start. As Anna justifies her potential and skill to Victoria and Victoria softens to Anna, we watch them fall in love in one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever read.

This book hits my two favourite tropes of Age-Gap and Ice Queen romance. I’m still struck by the fact that this is Lola Keeley’s debut novel because this screamed seasoned author throughout. The pace was perfect, such a slow ease into what honestly was one of the most amazing books I have ever read in Lesbian Fiction.

By the end I was convinced that this must have been a Devil Wears Prada fanfic at some point and when I checked other reviews I noticed other readers had come to the same conclusion. If only I had known that prior because I would have been the first in line for this book. Devil Wears Prada fanfic is my jam… big time!

I loved both these characters and felt that I really understood their personalities to the outside world and the change and intimacies they showed one another when they were alone. In this instance, finding your soul mate can make you almost seem like a different person when you’re around them… That was how I found Victoria when she is around Anna… different but honestly, I loved she only showed that side of herself to Anna.

The chemistry is so beautifully written between Anna and Victoria that it kept making the butterflies in my tummy dance around and then happy tears on top of that (especially the last chapter and Epilogue). This book definitely brought out heaps of emotions for me. When the sex scenes happened it was unbelievably sexy. I reckon they would appeal to anyone reading this book but I was left in awe.

This book jumps onto my favourites shelf and is currently wrestling with my two favourites for all time top spot!

Unequivocally 5 stars!

 

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At Her Feet by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Suzanne has realised some aspects of her sexual self she wants to explore further. After being rejected by her ex – girlfriend who first introduces her to kink/BDSM, she is left feeling unwanted and insecure. That is until one night she is on Kink-Life website and stumbles upon the profile of Mami–P. Suzanne is beyond excited to meet the exotic and gorgeous Pilar (Mami-P) and they hit it off straight away. They begin to map out their new dynamic as Mami and Little Suzy and what that entails. As they navigate their way, they fall in love but when Suzanne’s kinky private life with Pilar is threatened, can she trust Pilar enough to protect her?

This is such a great book and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to review it so I re-read it before writing this up and I am so glad I did because I had forgotten how great it actually is.

Before I continue, I want to put a warning to some who aren’t interested in mild BDSM, age – play or eroticism because this book is packed full of it and as much as I loved it, I know it’s not for everyone.

I’ll be honest, when I first read this book the idea of age-play was not something I thought I’d enjoy reading about however Rebekah Weatherspoon introduced this aspect of the protagonist’s relationship with such respect and poise that it was hard not to love Pilar and Suzy and all their relationship entails.

I did love the moments that Pilar and Suzanne indulged in the vanilla side of their relationship as it really showed two women falling in love aside from the kink they loved behind closed doors. I really liked that the author did not hide both Suzanne and to some extent Pilar’s insecurities and how it strengthened their relationship as they work past things together.

The sex scenes in this book are hot and jam backed full of eroticism. The BDSM elements where great too and left me feeling a little hot under the collar. This aspect of the book was written incredibly well and even though I didn’t think age-play dynamics would be something for me, the way Rebekah Weatherspoon introduced it was incredibly sexy! Kudos.

Fantastic read. 5 stars

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Music City Dreamers by Robyn Nyx

I have been waiting for this book patiently since the teaser was posted on social media last year. I love country music, big fan of anything Nashville and when mixing them with a lesbian fiction romance I knew I was going to be on board straight away.

The story begins with Louie working hard to make enough money to get to Nashville where she is certain her dream can come true. Heather is already in Nashville and while she failed at her attempt at being a country music star she is excelling in her job of finding the next big talent while she works for a prestigious music label. Heather’s main goal now is to make enough money so she can start her own label and finally come out the closet. When she meets Louie, all bet’s are off and she can’t help but want to break her celibacy to find out what there is between them but Louie is firmly out of the closet and has no intention of going back in. How can it possibly work? Especially when they now need to work together.

Firstly I want to mention this is the first book I have read by Robyn Nyx and what a way to start. I really enjoyed the slow pace of the book and while it could be considered a slow burn (and it was in many ways), the characters feelings for each other were evident from the moment they met. There was no uncertainty from either Heather or Louie, they both knew they wanted each other but it was the outside world that was the issue.

Heather was a great protagonist to get to know. She was so sure of her path and how she had to make her dream of having her own label that she never anticipated her feelings for Louie and that they could make her question everything. Her closeted sexuality was understandable in the world she worked and the city she lived. It actually made me sad and wonder how many of my favourite country stars might be hiding in the closet.

Louie was just the epitome of sexy. She’s butch, handsome, strong while sensitive, passionate but respectful and honestly, she is just amazing and everything that makes my heart go weak. The fact she writes country songs just made me fall even harder. Wow!

The chemistry between them both is so charged that at times it seeped from the page. There was a moment outside the BlueBird Café (Famous Nashville spot) where the tension and lust was so evident that it gave me chills.

The secondary characters in this book help to make it something really special. Gabe, Louie’s best friend and roommate stole my heart and I loved that he got so much page time. He reminded me so much of my best friend that I wanted to cuddle him so much. Other secondary characters included the country superstar, Savana and while she is a force to be reckoned with, she left me wondering what her story was for the future…

My only issue was that I felt the book ended a little too quickly and I really feel it needed an epilogue which would have definitely rounded it up to the 5 stars. However in saying this, if the book turns into a series, or gets a sequel then I will most definitely be changing to 5 stars.

This has definitely put Robyn Nyx on ‘one to watch’ list and I’ve already started eyeing up her back catalogue.

4 Stars

 

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Escape to Pleasure: Lesbian Travel Erotica

A great collaboration from Bold Strokes Books Editors Sandy Lowe and Victoria Villasenor.

All short stories are based on the travel theme and I loved that trope. All the stories are really something different and have their own edge and erotic content that was just plain hot. Here are a few of my favourites with a short review. Enjoy…

 

A Fantasy Getaway by Jeannie Levig

Wow! Just wow… Jeannie Levig, I have no words. None.  OK, two words… Freaking Hot! It was fantastic and sexy, really really sexy! Definitely by far my favourite in this collection.

 

The Lodge by Aurora Rey

No surprise really that this was one of my favourites too. Aurora Rey just writes things I know I am gonna enjoy and this is no different. But once again I am left wanting more… More of the sex, more of the love, just more of her writing essentially! Fun, flirty and provocative… Just perfection really.

 

Mistakes Happen by Britt Ryder

Remember Emery from Britt Ryders short story, Shameless? Well, she’s back and with a bang! This is everything I have come to expect from the amazing Britt Ryder and she left me with my mouth hanging open once more.  Emery is just passionate, exciting and astonishingly sexy!

All in all, a fantastic collaboration of stories! So if you’re looking for something to spice up your holiday… Buy this book!. 4 Stars

 

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Royal Court by Jenny Frame

A truly romantic and thoroughly satisfying story about finding yourself when you find your soul mate…

This story is about two women from very different worlds that are complete opposites but somehow they work beautifully together and have explosive chemistry.

The Royal dresser to the Queen’s Consort, Holly is the life and soul of every party. She’s fun to be around and the men she dates are for amusement more than love. She tells her friends she’s straight but has girl crushes on a famous butch actress and one of the Queen’s friends, Captain Quincy. Let’s just say she’s a little mixed up about her sexuality but then again, who isn’t?

When Captain Quincy is hired to be the Queen’s Consort security detail, Holly realises that she’s not the stud she thought she was. She’s more uptight, constantly in a sour mood and doesn’t seem to like Holly at all. But as they spend more time together and Quincy lets her guard down, Holly begins to see the real Quincy, but why does Quincy keep holding her at arms length?

This is the third book in the Royal Romance Series by Jenny Frame and I think this one is my new favourite in the series. I loved Holly from the first book  A Royal Romance. She’s fun, caring, put her friends happiness above all and a bit of a go-getter. She’s truly amazing and has an infectious personality. Quincy however is strong, brooding, quiet and incredible loyal. The one thing both women have in common is they are both fiercely protective of the people they love.

Quincy had a hard few years in the Royal Marines and it’s made her unsure of herself. The moments she’s thinking about Holly in her head are so different to when they are together in the beginning and Quincy’s walls go back up. But it’s nice to see Holly break them down one at a time. Holly’s frustration with Quincy is warranted and at times I wanted to shake Quincy and say “Dude, get with the program! This woman is all in for you here” but alas, books don’t listen to their readers.

The sex scenes in this book are hot which honestly, I kind of knew they would be because Jenny Frame writes epic sex scenes while holding on to the intimacy in the moment. She really has a skill for it.

All I can say is I hope this is not the last book in the series. And I also really hope that we get a short story or a novella of how secondary characters Cameron and Lali got together because those two are just adorable.

Royal Court is such a great read and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a butch/femme romance that packs a punch.

4.5 stars

 

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Sweat Equity by Monica McCallan

Hello new lesbian romantic fiction series…

Avery Simmons is co-founder of a Lesbian-dating app, only problem is she’s painfully single. Her girlfriend left her for someone else and took her dog in the process so it’s safe to say she’s feeling pretty low when Charlie Grant becomes her new roommate. They don’t hit it off at first but as they get to know each other they realise their growing feelings.  But falling for your roommate has disaster written all over it, right?

I think I may have just found one of my new favourite authors and series’. Sweat Equitywas fantastic and a great opening book to the new series Ladyluck Start-ups.  This is the first book I have read by Monica McCallan and I am so glad I jumped on board because I enjoyed it immensely.

I had a real soft spot for Avery. Even though she at times seemed a little grumpy and had some self loathing going, I felt it was part of the charm to discover that it was her heartbreak (from the ex) that caused her moods and as the walls came down, she was actually an amazing person. She was also this amazing geeky girl and I have a real thing for geeks in my Lesbian fiction so that was a major plus.

Charlie was just awesome. I think if there was ever a person to make Avery come out of her funk it was her. I could see why Avery had a crush on her straight away and she was such a genuine and lovely person.  Her job as a personal trainer cultivates the impression of her having the perfect body but she has a little bit of mystery about her and her past. It gave her an edge while maintaining her complete loveliness.

The secondary characters (and co founders of the start up app) are Avery’s best friends, Carter and Brennan, need to get their own love story in the series. So I am hoping there is, at the very least, two more books to come. I know I’ll be first in line… and I cannot wait!

5 stars

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