Review of ‘Just For Show’ by Jae

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‘Just For Show’ is a Fake Girlfriend story so impeccably written and with such depth of emotion that I can see me re-reading it again and again. The storytelling appears effortless and flows so well. I wish I knew Jae’s secret! She manages to write such believable and sympathetic characters that draw us into their world so completely.

Psychologist Claire is trying to get her book on relationships published and needs to convince her prospective publisher that she is madly in love with her fiancée. The problem is she has just broken up with her fiancée and needs a new one quickly. Hiring an actress to play the part seems like the solution. Lana is the complete opposite of OCD Claire and how they deal with living together and convincing others they are in love is just perfect. Of course there is a whole lot more to Claire’s OCD behaviour and to Lana’s particular issues. These are dealt with in a caring and understanding way. I almost jumped for joy at the inclusion of Jill and Crash from ‘Just Physical’ and Laleh and Hope from ‘Heart Trouble’. Yet again Jae has penned a winner and had me swooning.

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

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Review of ‘Girl Love Happens Season Two’ by TB Markinson

Wow! TB Markinson really knows how to build up the tension. In ‘Girl Love Happens’ season 2 Tegan and Gemma are in their second year of college and as usual things do not go entirely smoothly. Tegan gets herself into a pickle and her attempts to make it right are hilarious, ridiculous and had me biting my fingernails with worry. That girl knows how to make things difficult for herself.

I enjoyed this book ever more than the first as the character development is spot on and I felt immersed in the world of G&T. The sex is even hotter and rather more adventurous and who could complain about that? I just hope there will be a season three as I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

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Review of ‘Diamond Dreams’ by Ali Spooner

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‘Diamond Dreams’ is the story of Cam St Angelo and her move to college and the softball league she has been dreaming of joining. Cam comes from the Louisiana bayous and her close-knit family life is a far cry from the life she leads at college. And very different from that of her roomie Tab.

I loved finding out about the life of the St Angelo family and I’m glad this is the first in a series because I want more of them. Cam’s youngest sister Sandy was adorable and her parents were loving and accepting people. The story was told at a relaxed, easy-going pace that was perfect for the type of life lived in the bayous . Cam’s sexual awakening was natural and beautifully done. She was a lovely character, full of wonder and hope and seemed to charm those around her. I was so glad she had Tab to introduce her to college life. She was sweet, generous and kind . I know absolutely nothing about softball but that didn’t matter at all. I rather enjoyed finding out about it through Cam’s eyes. I can’t wait for the next one to come out.

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Review of Indiscretions (Carpenter & Harding #1) by Barbara Winkes

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‘Indiscretions’ is the first in the Carpenter/Harding suspense series and I can’t believe I’ve taken so long to start reading the series. Ellie finds herself on a task force working a murder/abduction case with Jordan, a senior officer and someone she can’t stop thinking about. Women have gone missing, some have turned up dead, and Ellie may have been one of his intended victims. The case is chilling at times as we see exactly how he treats the women he abducts. I was on the edge of my seat. The growing attraction between Ellie and Jordan is not without complications – namely Bethany, Jordan’s controlling and thoroughly unlikeable girlfriend. I wanted Jordan to have the strength to get well away from her. The heat between Ellie and Jordan was intense and much more than just sex. There was feeling and I wanted them to explore it.  I was very impressed with this book and want to find out what is in store for the pairing. A really good read.

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Review of ‘Hearts Like Hers’ by Melissa Brayden

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No one does adorable like Melissa Brayden. And as for romantic and heartwarming, she is unsurpassed. ‘Hearts Like  Hers’ is set in the Venice Beach area and specifically around the Seven Shores Apartment complex. Rather a lot of lesbians choose to live there and this time we find out more about coffee shop owner and all round wonderful friend Autumn. Although she has the best friends ever she is lonely and feels she has reached a point where she wants to change that. Into her life walks gorgeous firefighter Kate, a woman with troubles of her own and a need to get away from her own life in Oregon. Their story is sweet and oh so hot but they have both put up barriers. Can they get past them?

I think Autumn is my favourite character from the Seven Shores series. She is completely adorable, loving and caring and deserves to be loved by someone special. Kate is strong and capable as a firefighter but circumstances have made her doubt herself. She and Autumn have a connection that is intense and just feels right. I wanted this relationship to work.

This story made me misty eyed and happy and I realised that every Melissa Brayden book has that effect on me. I loved it!

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Review of ‘Girl Love Happens’ by T.B. Markinson

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I really enjoyed the story of Tegan and Gemma, college roommates in the early 1990s, whose friendship becomes so much more in a very sexy and touching way. TB Markinson has managed to convey just how different things were for young lesbians then. Tegan worried about what people would think and especially her mother who was not the most enlightened of parents. Gemma was sweet and loving and I felt for her as she waited patiently for Tegan to decide what she really wanted. ‘Girl Love Happens’ is about intense love, sexual awakening and finding a way forward in a world that doesn’t seem quite ready.

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Review of ‘Unconventional Lovers’ by Annette Mori

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Annette Mori has surpassed herself in what I believe is her best book yet. ‘Unconventional Lovers’ is beautifully written, uplifting and sensitively told and had me smiling from ear to ear. There are two love stories in the novel – one slow-burning but ultimately such a satisfying and romantic tale. Olivia and Deb are not on the same page when it comes to making a commitment or even admitting their feelings. I loved how their friendship grew into something I hoped it would. Bri and Siera are two very special young women who find each other unexpectedly and complete the other person. Their relationship was conveyed in such a tender and understanding way that I defy anyone to leave this book without shedding a few tears. I loved it. 5 stars are not enough!

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Review of ‘Recombinant Love’ by K’Anne Meinel

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‘Recombinant Love’ is a fantastic science fiction novel, an adventure not just in terms of storyline but also in character development. It is an epic love story between two very different women from very different times. Ryley Graham disappears from 2015 and wakes up 500 years later. As she struggles to adjust to her new life she becomes drawn to Mercedes, half human, half machine. Dealing with her feelings and letting go of the past are only part it for her. Why was she taken? And by whom?

I loved the growing attraction between Ryley and Mercedes and the issues brought up as a result. Seeing Ryley adapt also gave an insight into the workings of the ship and into the future world she has been thrust into. I want to know more about this sci-fi universe K’Anne Meinel has envisaged and what happens next for the crew of The Escape Hatch. A brilliant book I can highly recommend.

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‘A Heart Well Traveled’ – My Author copies arrived!

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I was delighted to receive my author copies of ‘A Heart Well Traveled – Volume 3’  in the post yesterday. My story ‘The Train to Glasgow Central’ is one of the stories featured in it and I hope people enjoy reading it. It is set on the west coast of Scotland to start with but as this volume is about international love affairs, it goes further afield. It is quite a thrill to see my story in an actual book at last.

There are some great stories in the book from C.L. Cattano, Maria Siopis, Shiloh Saddler, Evelyn Deshane, Susan McLachlin, Jennifer DeBonis, BL Clark, Dolores Maggiore, Shawn Marie Bryan, Emerald, Aila Boyd and Sallyanne Monti. Sallyanne is the editor of the book too and has done an amazing job with all three volumes.

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