Waking the Dreamer by K. Aten

This story is told in first person and completely from Jules/Julia’s point of view. She is a delightful character so it’s no hardship being in her head, literally, for the entire book.

The author has created an epic journey that had me reflecting on the future, and all that might entail.  The thought of having to wear suits because temperatures are out of control, and breathers for air supply, wasn’t too far out there not to be believable, which is something I struggle with in sci-fi stories.

The budding relationship between Niko and Jules was just as epic. I loved them together, and while this story is more of an adventure than a romantic interlude, there’s a perfect amount of spice that will appeal to readers who enjoy a bit of heat.

As per the blurb, the story ends with a twist. For a while I thought that twist was Niko’s mother. I was sorely mistaken. I feel readers will either love the ending, or perhaps feel let down. I fall into the latter category, hence four stars and not five.

Despite my misgivings in regards to the ending, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this story and am sure many readers will find themselves riveted to the pages.

4 stars

 

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The Road Ahead by AE Radley

AE Radley doesn’t seem to be able to write a book I don’t completely enjoy, and I think it’s because the main trope she uses is older rich accomplished (yet standoffish) woman falls for younger less accomplished, less better off woman with a big open heart. I love it and the storylines are foolproof because they are so well executed with beautiful plots of love conquering all.

This book begins with Rebecca stuck in Faro airport in Portugal due to all flights to London being grounded. She can’t afford any other means to get home and is feeling a little lost, that is until she meets Arabella. Arabella is also stranded and desperate to get home for Christmas, but the hire car company is telling her she can’t rent a car and drive it with her current broken leg. So together with Rebecca driving and Arabella paying, they head of on the journey that will change their lives… Hopefully these polar opposite women won’t kill each other before they get back to London…

This storyline is a case of opposites attract because at the beginning of this book I couldn’t see how they could fit together but as is AE Radley’s genius, as the emotional walls came down I began to understand how perfect they were for each other. And when that realisation happens for the protagonists, it becomes such a heart warming story of love conquering all.

I must admit I sat on my review for this book a little longer than normal because after it ended I was left feeling as if it was not enough which in turned left me unsettled. I knew I needed more but my impression was it was a stand-alone book so the ending completely changed the whole feel of the novel for me. As luck would have it, AE Radley announced that there WAS to be a sequel and that changed EVERYTHING. I reread the book with the knowledge there was a sequel to come and when reading the ending again, it left numerous possibilities for what could be and I am now left feeling excited about what might be next for these protagonists.

The dialogue in the book had me laughing and swooning at different moments but the highlight was this quote:

“If you can’t decompress and sort your life in Scotland, then there’s no hope for you”

I can’t wait to read the sequel, The Big Easy in October to read more from these wonderful characters.

5 Stars

 

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The Goodmans by Clare Ashton

So here’s the thing…. I had extremely high expectations for this book by Clare Ashton, who has written some fantastic books including the award winning Poppy Jenkins. Well… I wasn’t disappointed in the least and with every page turn I was swept up in all The Goodmans drama.

The story follows three main protagonists, Maggie, mother of two children Eli and Jude and wife to Richard, who she is currently in the midst of separating from. Then there is Jude’s best friend Abby, who is is extremely close to the family and especially Maggie who she sees as a mother figure. Abby also has unrequited love for Jude. And lastly, Jude, who has a complicated relationship with her mother and is none the wiser of Abby’s feeling for her. And that is the basics of The Goodman drama in a nutshell and you don’t want more for me… trust me it’s better to unravel the story yourself!

I really loved all three main characters but Maggie was my favourite and the most fun. As her story unravelled I got more and more excited every time some new element to her personality appeared, to the point I was nearly bouncing on my seat when I worked her story all out. She’s definitely a complex character and a force to be reckoned with but that’s where all the fun in reading about her is. Jude and Abby stole my heart completely. If the story had just been centred around them it would have still been a 5 star novel but adding Maggie in was genius… sheer genius.

This book oozes fun, emotion and has very hot sexy scenes… it ticks every one of my boxes of what a great novel should be and then goes beyond. I can’t wait to see what Clare Ashton writes next… I’m hoping it won’t be too long before she graces us with another book.

5 stars

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In Development by Rachel Spangler

Well hell, that was wonderful…

Actress, Cobie needs to change her image to land her ultimate acting role and she will go to any lengths to get it. Lila has been central to all the big scandals in the tabloids and has had her fair share of torrid affairs with famous men but she needs something big to promote the next stage in her career so why not try on a new sexual identity. Together, Cobie and Lila agree to have a fake relationship (or ‘fauxmance’ as Rachel Spangler calls it) to stir up the headlines while changing Cobie’s ‘good girl’ persona to a darker image. But when the romance is no longer fake and hearts are on the line, can they throw the currently plan away for a new one?

This was hands down my favourite Rachel Spangler book to date and could be stiff competition for ‘Book of 2018’. It’s sexy, enthralling but stays true to what Rachel Spangler does best and that’s writing phenomenal love stories.  I’ve read a few ‘fauxmance’ novels over the past few months and this one is definitely one of my favourites so far.

As the reader I felt like I was taking the journey with the characters and felt every heartbreak and lovely moments along with Cobie and Lila. I want this novel to be adapted into a movie with Taylor Swift and Ellen Paige playing Lila and Cobie.

Rachel Spangler also wrote her best sex scenes to date in this novel because they weren’t only sexy but showed an intimate side of the characters that really built on their chemistry (not that it needed it… wow) but also their candidness, in the aftermath of making love, about their feelings during the fauxmance process.

This novel was everything I wanted and so much more. Rachel Spangler just keeps knocking them out of the park with her books getting better each and every time. 5 stars are no longer enough for books of this calibre.

5 Stars… I want more from Cobie & Lila.

 

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Sparks Like Ours by Melissa Brayden

Another fantastic novel from the pen of the formidable, Melissa Brayden.

Gia Malone has worked for years to climb the surfing championship ladder and she’s finally one win away from being number one in the world. The only person standing in her way is the current number one, Elle Britton.

When Elle and Gia are thrown together in a new marketing campaign they begin to let their competitive guards down, ultimately seeing each other in a way they never could before. But when surfing has always been number one in your life, where does love fit on the scale?

What a fantastic series, one that I am so glad isn’t ending with this book. The Seven Shores series is one of my favourites to date.

I must admit that in the last two books Gia wasn’t my favourite of the main four friends (Autumn and Hadley were), however after this book that all changed. I definitely have the major hots for Gia but I also think she’s an incredibly amazing friend and person who has an infectious and endearing personality.

Elle on the other hand I wanted to be BFF’s with. She’s happy go lucky and a genuinely good person. Gia and Elle together are a match made in heaven. They have very different traits which compliment each other perfectly. However, when it comes to the love they are incredibly similar as they’d do anything for their friends and the ones they love dearly. They also have the most amazing chemistry that is all encompassing and passionate, which I hadn’t expected to be as potent as what it was.

You have to get on the Seven Shores train but be aware you’re not going to want to get off again!

Another indisputable 5 star novel from Melissa Brayden!

 

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Room Service by Fiona Riley

 

I adored this book… from start to finish. It’s just damn sexy!

Olivia is stuck in a rut so when a work opportunity comes up she jumps at the chance to show off her skills, that is until the formidable and sultry Savannah becomes the corporate liaison between Olivia’s team and the company she designing for. Olivia is everything Savannah didn’t know she was looking for and more. From the moment they meet each other the chemistry is palpable and hot as hell. But is a relationship with someone you work with conducive to the task at hand? And could it ruin a future design contract for Olivia?

What a beautiful love story with a provocative edge. This is not an angst-ridden book but for me that was one of the reasons I loved it so much, both protagonists wore their hearts on their sleeve most of the time and it made their love story so very enjoyable. The moment Olivia and Savannah meet the chemistry is hot. Both women can feel the energy and (this is where Fiona Riley is amazing) what’s great is that the reader is feeling it just as much.

The sexual tension between Olivia and Savannah is combustible and I was hoping with every flirtious moment they would jump each other… I was so very invested! And then when they finally did have their sex scenes it was immensely sexy… I was on the train coming home from work, praying no one could read my mind or over my shoulder. HOT!

I really loved the affectionate moments between them especially the ones that both Olivia and Savannah were so lost in each other that they forgot the outside world was with them. For example, watch out for the fairground scene… I am still getting over the sheer sexiness of it all.

The falling in love part of this story is rather lovely. Both Olivia and Savannah have such a beautiful connection that the reader is watching them become more than lovers from early on… I think the term ‘soul mates’ describes them perfectly.

This is definitely a sexy summer read that will be going on my re-read list. If you’re anything like me you will devour it in one sitting.

Room Serviceis unequivocally 5 stars of sexiness.

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Once Upon A Princess by Clare Lydon & Harper Bliss

A love story that ticks all my lesbian fairytale fantasies… A must-read.

Princess Olivia is being forced into an arranged marriage to her ex-girlfriend (whom is of a certain pedigree) by her mother, the Queen of England. Olivia decides to have a few weeks in the Cornish Coast to clear her head and get ready for her pending nuptials. So, in disguise, she becomes a wealthy Londoner working for her family’s company. Just being away from the Royal family circus gives her time to reflect and meeting country girl, Rosie is the icing on the non-wedding cake. Rosie is down to earth, fiercely independent and everything that Olivia wants in a wife.  As they begin to fall for each other, Olivia starts to question her loyalty to Royalty (BOOM). Can Olivia and Rosie really make it work? Can Rosie love Olivia, the Princess?

I knew before starting this book it was going to be something wonderful with Clare Lydon and Harper Bliss at the Helm.  I read it in one sitting and couldn’t put it down for a moment. I am not a royalist by any means but I do have a soft spot for Meghan and Harry so reading this book while their wedding was taking place was even more magical. I kept picturing Rosie and Olivia getting married instead of Harry and Meghan… it just heightened the whole experience.

The writing was on point and I would really love to sit down with both authors and ask how they did it. Who wrote what sections or characters?

The characters were extremely fun to read and I was willing them to succeed from their first interaction, the chemistry between both Rosie and Olivia was beautiful and the sex scenes were not only extremely hot but you could also sense the real connection between both characters in the those intimate moments.

An excellent story line that will grip you from the beginning.
5 stars

 

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My Lady Lipstick by Karin Kallmaker

I really enjoyed My Lady Lipstick. I haven’t read many books by Karin Kallmaker but when I do they always give me that warm and fuzzy feeling.

Paris writes Bodice Ripper novels under the pseudonym, Anita Topaz. She keeps her identity a secret and doesn’t even look anything like the stock photo on the back of her book. Her publishing house is pushing her to make some press appearances and she wants to avoid those at all costs. When she meets actress Diana she’s immediately taken with her but Diana has a big secret… Could this be the end to their mutual attraction? Or could it make things more interesting?

This book was a little different than what I was expecting and I think that was what I loved about it most. Diana’s underlying game of subterfuge was quite exciting to read about however, the star of the show was Paris, I finished the book with a rather big crush on her. She was quiet, sweet and a little butch with a big heart. Honestly, she was the whole delicious package.

There where definitely points in the book I felt the plot was going a little too slow, but this was made up by the moments Paris and Diana had together that melt my heart. My favourite part of the book was the last four chapters… major swoon. I read them again I loved them so much.

This book has definitely made me want to read more from Karin Kallmaker in the future so look out for upcoming reviews of the other novels in her catalogue.

4 stars

 

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Girl Talk by Cassidy Storm

I was not expecting this book to be as good as it was, especially as it’s a debut novel from Cassidy Storm. But, I was pleasantly surprised.

The book centres around Autumn who is currently dating her way through a bunch of guys trying to find ‘Mr Right’. One night she received a call from an unknown number and when she answers the person on the other side starts the conversation with a very explicit and erotic greeting from a woman. Autumn is intrigued and lets the conversation develop with the mysterious caller and agrees to talk again soon. This progresses into a nightly conversation between both women but Autumn is straight so why is she letting this woman arouse her? She isn’t developing feelings, is she? Because ultimately Autumn is straight… right?

This book was just sexy and fun. It was written extremely well for a first novel and the scenes on the phone knocked my socks off… so unbelievably hot. Adding to that though was a level of intimacy I didn’t expect from a relationship blossoming through the phone, but it was there and very present in the second half of the book.

I loved the way Jess seduced Autumn. It was romantic, and you could genuinely read her feelings through the way she spoke to Jess and how (I won’t go into details) she looked after her on her birthday. It gave me all the feels.

My only fault (and it is minor) is the ending was too short for me or at least there isn’t a epilogue. It’s a selfish fault because I just wanted more of these characters together and being in love in the intense way they had built over the phone.

I really look forward to seeing what comes next from Cassidy Storm because I think she might be one to watch in Lesbian Erotic Fiction.

4 stars

 

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The Women Lost Series by T.B. Markinson

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What a fantastic series, one that I related to in some very eye opening ways! If you haven’t read the series and intend to, I would advise reading each section of this separately as to avoid spoilers:

These books follow the relationship ups and downs of Lizzie Petrie. She’s a little bit awkward, fiercely independent and more relationship challenged than most.  It takes for one very strong and loving woman to challenge her solitary and insecure existence.

 

A Clueless Woman (Book #0)

This is the prequel to The Woman Lost book. How did Sarah and Lizzie meet? All is revealed in this book. I am glad I read this first instead of the way the book was originally published. It created a trail of breadcrumbs to understand Lizzie more and to be more understanding of A Women Lostand the how that book unravels.  I really enjoyed it and I found Lizzie incredibly funny… the more I read it the more I read my wife into Lizzie’s place!

Lizzie has serious intimacy issues. Always wanting to be independent but craving more and not knowing how to deal with her emotions especially in relation to Sarah.

4 stars

 

A Women Lost (Book #1)

Wow! This book is something else. It’s incredibly angst-ridden and raw. I don’t think I have ever read a book so real before… honestly.  At times I felt uncomfortable at Lizzie’s thoughts and then angry for her follow through but thank god the next book was readily available because I would have been left hanging out on a ledge if not for book #2. The last four chapters made this book. Lizzie really found herself and found who she wanted to become. The realisation was bordering on ground breaking and it made me really warm to Lizzie in a way I hadn’t for the book before and most of this book. Bring on book #2!

4 stars

 

A Women Ignored (Book #2)

HELLO LIZZIE!!!  This was the book I was waiting for. We had a forthright Lizzie, who adored her wife and seriously just wanted her to be happy. I really fell for these two as a couple. Sarah really complements Lizzie in the way that she is a social butterfly; confident and very honest about her feelings whereas Lizzie is the polar opposite and together they make this beautiful power couple.

This is definitely my favourite book in the series so far. It was also really eye opening to see more of Lizzie’s family, which help the reader understand and sympathise with all her previous mistakes and heartbreaks.  Secondary character, Maddie has been floating around since book one and I really hope that in the next novel she finds someone to love.

Bring on book #3! 5 stars

 

A Family Woman (Book #3)

Ok I retract! This was my favourite in the series…  one word: TWINS!!! Lizzie and Sarah are expecting twins and after a brief melt down, Lizzie is on track to being an amazing supportive wife to Sarah who is carrying.  I was bowled over with Lizzie’s progression. She tries ever so hard and even when the stumbling blocks happen in her awkward and socially inept world, she manages through it with a lot more poise than ever before.

I think Sarah’s growth was more noticeable in this book due to the moments she was more understanding and supportive of Lizzie in her ‘moments’. I really can’t wait to see what T.B. Markinson has planned next for this unlikely pair but I am anticipating something pretty amazing, especially as I just learned there will be at least two more books in the series.

5 stars

Series rating as a whole so far: 4.5 Stars

 

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