Review of ‘Girls Next Door’ by Sandy Lowe and Stacia Seaman

Girls Next Door

I enjoyed this collection of stories about finding exactly the woman you need unexpectedly. Sometimes the girl next door is overlooked until she is right there in front of you and it all feels so right. I especially enjoyed ‘Black Sheep’ by Nell Stark as it was really sexy and fun. Brey Willows wrote a very hot story with a twist that grabbed my attention. This anthology is a collection of lovely stories by some talented writers.

I was given this ARC by Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘A Girl Called London’ by Clare Lydon

A Girl Called London (A London Romance)

Clare Lydon has once again succeeded in making me smile, feel soppy and emotional and fall in love with adorable and interesting characters.  Tanya is a lawyer looking for a new flat and although she won’t admit it, the love she lacks.  She keeps bumping into the gorgeous Sophie but her unfortunate manner doesn’t exactly endear her to the woman.  Both characters have difficult backstories that impact the present.  Can they help each other deal with these issues?  I feel Tanya’s story will resonate with a lot of people.  They are both at a stage where they need a change and to find someone special and this is what really engaged me.  This is a hilariously funny book with beautiful romantic moments and wonderfully descriptive sex – what else would one expect from Clare Lydon?  I just wish someone would make her stories into movies!

 

I was given this ARC in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Bitterroot Queen’ by Jove Belle

Bitterroot Queen (Bitterroot Saga #1)

Olly always feels the need to keep moving on. When she arrived in Bitterroot she feels somehow things might be different this time. Sam and her daughter Beth move from Las Vegas to open a motel and are faced with more problems than they could have envisaged. Mutual need brings them together and a simmering attraction begins. Jove Belle has written a rather wonderful story of finding the right place and the right person. Although the characters face difficulties and a fair bit of tension the overall feeling is of calm and belonging and the hope for something beautiful and right. Sam is strong and determined with a purpose. Olly is, to me, completely and utterly adorable and sexy. You can almost feel the steam coming off the page ever time she comes in the room.  This is emotional and romantic and I am so pleased it is the first in a planned series. I can’t wait for the next one.

I was given this ARC by Dirt Road Books in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘The Organization’ by Annette Mori and Erin O’Reilly

‘The Organization’ comprises a group of women intent on punishing some of the evil doers in this world.  By going after sex traffickers and mobsters they try to save some of the young girls whose lives have been ruined.  Val goes undercover as the bodyguard of a Russian mob boss but finds herself attracted to his wife Gina.  Will this affect her mission?  Seemingly tough as nails and relationship-phobic this is the last thing her compatriots expected to happen.  

The story is full of tension and intrigue and is one of those books you just don’t want to put down till the end.  And you don’t want it to end either! Mobster Leonid is an evil, repulsive character and I so wanted him to get what he deserved.  There are some light-hearted moments throughout and rather touching and beautifully romantic encounters. A really fantastic read – but what else can you expect from the inspired pairing of Annette Mori and Erin O’Reilly?

 

I was given this ARC by Affinity ebooks Press in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Shameless’ by Brit Ryder

Shameless

Emery Pearson wants no strings sex and she gets it. She also gets more than she expected . Brit Ryder has written an excellent novella that is absolutely dripping with sexual tension and hot as hell. This is erotica supreme! She knows exactly how to build expectations and does not disappoint in any way. I highly recommend this story and I hope she continues with her forays into the world of  erotica. She certainly has it nailed.

I was given this ARC by Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Unlikely Match’ by Fiona Riley

 

Unlikely Match by Fiona Riley

I have been so looking forward to this book release as I loved the first in the series featuring matchmaker Samantha and the love of her life, Lucinda. This story follows tech geek Shelly and PR executive Claire and their wonderfully sweet, funny and sexy relationship.  When they work together on a project they both realise they may have found something missing in their lives. Shelly is socially awkward and very fussy when it comes to women. Claire is outgoing, confident and friendly.  As with ‘Miss Match’ this book is beautifully romantic, incredibly hot and has the most adorable main characters. You will come away from this with a smile on your face and a happy heart!

I was given this ARC by Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Loving Blue in Red States -Perryville Missouri’by Anne Hagan

Loving Blue in Red States: Perryville Missouri

 

This is the fourth short story in Anne Hagan’s ‘Loving Blue in Red States’ series and a really great read. Geologist Bethany French ends up working with younger woman Dr Renn Sowell in the caves of Missouri. Bethany has avoided relationships for years and Renn is hiding her sexuality from her right-wing father. Can they get past these obstacles and be together? I found the caving aspect of the story fascinating and well described. I would love to find out more about these characters as this story piqued my interest in them. The whole series has me hooked and I eagerly anticipate each new one. 

I was given this story in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Pieces’ by G Benson

Pieces

‘Pieces’ is an emotionally deep story, dealing with very difficult subject matter. At one point I found the issues  upsetting and hard to read but the characters really got to me and I had to find out how their story ended.  

Carmen has been looking after her brother Mattie since he was a baby, as their mother was a neglectful junkie/alcoholic. The teenager showed such strength and determination and her desire to keep them together was astounding. After meeting Ollie at school she has something of her own, something beautiful.  She has a very difficult journey ahead but so many good people want to help. There is so much about this book that I want to recommend, I’d be here all day extolling it’s virtues. A well deserved 5 stars!

I was given this ARC by Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.

 

 

Review of ‘Running from Love’ by Jen Silver

 

Running From Love

 

I adored this book. Jen Silver has written a wonderful story of a group of mature women on a golf retreat in Cornwall. Now I must admit I’m not a fan of golf but I was surprised at how addictive she made it seem. Beth and Sam are separated and are shocked to bump into each other there. Professional golfer Andi and her lover Freya are both in the closet and have no intention of leaving it. Along with a diverse group of women they are faced with reality and it’s not going away. The setting was beautifully described and made me want to book a week or two there. It is the perfect backdrop for a tale of heartbreak, romance, unrequited love and some very sexy encounters. I couldn’t put it down.

 

I was given this ARC by Affinity eBook Press in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Under Parr’ by Andrea Bramhall

Under Parr

 

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book as I really enjoyed the first in the series.  I was not disappointed.  Detective Sergeant Kate Brannon is back solving a new and rather perplexing crime but is still helping her girlfriend Gina deal with the repercussions of her attack.  I really appreciated that there was continuity from the last case as it made it all the more realistic and well rounded. Kate and Gina are both very relatable characters and Andrea Bramhall doesn’t give easy solutions to the issues they face together. She has written a really good mystery that kept me interested from page one. And I wait with baited breath for the next tale of life for these Norfolk ladies.

 

I was given this ARC  by Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.