I love disaster movies so this book was right up my street. I could see this story being made into a movie as it was fast-paced, full on action from start to finish. National Guard Colonel Sawyer Kincaid is put in charge of the preparations for Hurricane Leo which is about to hit Florida and predicted to cause major damage. She must coordinate with Dr Dara Sims of Miami Memorial Hospital, but neither woman is used to giving way when it comes to decision making. Their interactions are intense from day one but they must stay focused on the job in hand. The slow build up of emotions and heat between them is entirely believable and feels right. I enjoyed the scientific aspects of the story too and appreciated how Radclyffe tied in the reports from the National Hurricane Center. It certainly ramped up the tension level. Both main characters were strong women with successful careers but their loves lives were lacking due to issues from the past. When they met everything just seemed to click into place.
I was given this ARC by Bold Strokes Books and Netgalley in return for an honest review.
I really enjoyed ‘Cross My Heart’ as it was a mix of mystery, hot love story and humour. Alex, an archaeologist is back home for a well earned break. Having bought an old Victorian house in Niagara Falls for $1, she plans to remodel and flip it quickly for a significant profit. She doesn’t count on a few houseguests in the form of ghosts and a fascinating history behind it all. Local librarian Trudy helps her find out more about the house and in the process they become more than just friends.
I liked Alex a lot as she was funny, caring, inquisitive and in need of the love of a good woman. Trudy was the perfect partner for her as she delved into the ghostly mystery and their encounters were very sexy. There were quite a few surprises that I didn’t see coming. The Niagara Falls setting was wonderful and finding out about Alex’s past through interactions with her sister and cute nephew really added another layer.
The narration by TJ Richards was spot on. She has a lovely, natural style that made it such a pleasure to listen to.
Paris Adrift is the third novel in a breathtaking LGBT historical romance series, which can also be read as a standalone. If you like suspense, characters who tug at your heartstrings, and true-to-life portrayals of 1950s Paris, then you’ll love award-winning writer Vanda’s stunning new addition to the series.
I have enjoyed reading the Juliana Series so far and am so excited to find that Vanda has a new novel coming out soon. I can highly recommend this particular series as I love stories about LGBT history and Vanda has excelled herself with the Juliana series. Their story continues with the excitement of a trip to Paris but it’s never that simple.
“How will Alice tell Juliana she must do what she most fears—because if she doesn’t, something even worse will happen?
Paris-bound, 1955. Alice “Al” Huffman can’t wait to reach the City of Light. As soon as their ship arrives, Juliana’s singing career will get the spotlight it deserves.
Before the SS United States hits land, a stranger approaches Al with a Broadway contract for Juliana. But the offer comes with a threat that can destroy them both. If Al can’t find a way out, Juliana’s comeback will come crashing down around their heads.
As she hides the awful truth from Juliana, Al searches for an answer before another obstacle destroys their last chance for happiness…”
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A.L. Brooks has a deft touch for writing real, flawed individuals who nevertheless make us fall in love with them. Lena is one such character. She is seemingly closed off, abrasive, rude and hard to love at first but given time and understanding I saw past all of that. She didn’t get that way without cause. Megan, her new neighbour is kind, considerate and willing to get to know her. Their story is one of opposites who end up living together when Lena needs somewhere to live in an emergency. Can they every manage to share a flat without driving each other mad? Will they ever be more than just flat mates? I enjoyed finding out and became more and more enamoured as the story progressed.
I was given this ARC by Ylva in return for an honest review.
I’m a bit of a fan of Inspector Alleyn so I was beyond excited to find out that a new story had been published. Stella Duffy has taken on the task of turning a few chapters and notes by Ngaio Marsh into a book. And she has succeeded brilliantly. She has caught the mood of the time- wartime New Zealand under threat from the Japanese and young men sent far from home to fight for the ‘Home’ country. She has also captured the English detective perfectly.
Alleyn has a gentle, calm and understated style of detecting. Having been sent to Mount Seager Hospital on secret wartime business, he does not expect to be drawn into dealing with a payroll theft and death over the course of one long night in the seemingly quiet backwater. So many of the characters have something to hide, fears and secrets. There were surprises that had my jaw dropping and just when I thought I had it worked out Stella Duffy had me fooled again. I loved it. This book has given me hope that there will be more Inspector Alleyn Mysteries to come. Ms Duffy has written a book that the esteemed Dame would be proud of!
I think this might be my favourite Morelville Mystery to date. I’ve read every one and enjoyed following Sheriff Mel, her wife Dana and their family, friends and colleagues through many mysteries. This one concerns the death of a distant family member and ties in with the previous story ‘The Turkey Tussle’. It’s certainly beneficial to have read that one too but not entirely necessary. The story is well written and addictive – I couldn’t put it down. There are so many twists and turns that I didn’t want to miss anything.
I loved the forays into the home life of Mel and Dana as it was all tied into the case. This was Mel’s book really as it dealt with her family and their involvement in an old murder from the 1970s as well as one from the present day. As Mel is most definitely my favourite character in the series this was a big bonus for me. And I know there is more to come from Anne Hagan’s excellent mystery series so that makes me a very happy reader. I highly recommend ‘Sullied Sally’ and give it 5 Stars.
I was given this ARC in return for an honest review.
‘The Northwoods’ by Jane Hoppen is set in 1850s Wisconsin when most women were entirely dependant on husbands and fathers. When that is no longer possible for Evelyn due to the death of her husband she decides to disguise herself as a man and go to a logging camp for the winter, in order to help her family survive . She meets Sarah Bell, a woman seemingly at the mercy of her dead lover’s brother. Evelyn must keep her real identity secret at all costs, while Sarah lives in fear of being assaulted by any of the rough loggers in the camp. Their friendship is of necessity but they see something in each other that drew them together.
The story was about women doing what they had to in a harsh world. They discovered things about themselves that they did not realise they wanted or needed. I was on the edge of my seat at many points in the book as they were in danger and taking many risks. Evelyn and Sarah’s relationship was slow and sweet and tender. I wanted them to have a future together and not be forced into the roles people expected of them. I loved the historical aspect of the book and felt it was well imagined and well written. I could almost smell the appalling odours of the camp, so good was the writing. A very enjoyable book with characters I wouldn’t mind finding out more about.
I was given this ARC in return for an honest review.