Review of ‘Pink’ by KD Williamson

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KD Williamson has managed to write a thought-provoking story that went places I didn’t expect and made me question certain behaviours. Shawn was at a low point in her life after breaking up with her cheating ex and moving in with her old college friend Veda. With her help she gets a much needed job in a sex emporium and starts getting on with life. But how she does it doesn’t go in a straight line. She is so down and needs to feel good again, using sex as a way to get there. The sex was hot and varied and very well written. There  was much about Shawn’s actions that I found very unappealing but it was such an integral part of the story. There was also a lot of humour, mostly from Shawn’s work in Stump’s sex shop. This added a welcome lightness at times and showed variety and depth.

I recommend this book as it wasn’t an easy read. People change and sometimes we really hate their behaviour but that doesn’t mean we give up on them. I left this book feeling that the journey was worth it . I ran through a gamet of emotions and realised I want more. I hope we hear more of Shawn in the future .

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

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Review of ‘Mine To Keep’ by Wendy Hudson

 

When maths teacher Erin books into a Scottish Castle hotel with a plan to research her difficult past she sets off a chain of events that had me hiding behind the metaphorical sofa. Nightmares from her childhood  begin to resurface, causing her to question the path she has taken. Meeting gorgeous chef Abby and her brother George brings some light and the hope of something more. I enjoyed the blossoming relationship between Erin and Abby. It was sweet and romantic with a fair bit of heat.  Of course the path of true love never runs smooth and the introduction of an irritating ex threatens to mar their happiness. The wonderful Scottish countryside setting was beautifully described and made me want to explore as Erin did. But the true strength of this book was Wendy Hudson’s skill in writing a tense, thrilling and frankly heart-stopping story that I couldn’t put down. She knows exactly how to ramp up the tension. Just when I thought I could relax she had me breathless again! A brilliant second novel from a very talented writer.

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

Review of Making a Tinderbox by Emma Sterner-Radley 


I really loved this story of Elise Falk, a noblewoman, and Nessa Clay, a farmer’s daughter who run away to the big city together for a new life . Their relationship is one of friendship and platonic love but there is more, though neither will admit it. They appear to want very different things from a partner. Meeting new people and becoming part of this fascinating city on the brink of greater industrialisation gave depth to the novel. There was a bit of a mystery in the background and the promise of more in future instalments. I certainly want to find out much more about these two ladies. Emma Sterner-Radley has enticed me in and I can’t wait for the second in the series next year. And I must mention the beautiful cover which must be my favourite this year. It is stunning. 
I was given this ARC by Heartsome Publishing in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘The Morelville Mysteries: Full Circle Collection Boxed Set.’

The Morelville Mysteries: Full Circle Collection Boxed Set by [Hagan, Anne]

I have read all of these books as well as the ones that follow. I love them! They are a perfect blend of mystery and romance with a fantastic group of characters. I love the family feeling and the continuity of familiar characters. I must admit to Mel, the gorgeous butch Sheriff being a particular favourite with me. She is strong, capable and very hot. I highly recommend this box set to anyone who enjoys a great mystery series.  Oh and a bit of romance thrown in too! You won’t regret it.

Review of ‘Who’d Have Thought’ by G Benson

 

Who'd Have Thought by [Benson, G]

It’s when reading a book like this I feel sorry for people who don’t read Lesfic or f/f books as they are missing out on some really wonderful and well written books. G Benson has excelled herself in ‘Who’d Have Thought’ and created two main characters that I adore. Hayden is a financially-strapped nurse who agrees to marry a top neurosurgeon in return for $200,000. Said Surgeon, Samantha Thomson is rude, cold and lacking in basic people skills. How will Hayden manage to pretend to be in love with Sam and convince her friends and colleagues that this is a legitimate marriage -for a whole year?

I fell for Sam very early in the book and didn’t care how socially awkward she was.  There was something vulnerable about her and although she didn’t always manage to show how she was feeling in a conventional way, to me she was completely adorable. Hayden’s situation became more apparent as the story progressed and I appreciated the depth to her character – she was much more than she appeared. The author has succeeded in writing want and passion in a way I’ve rarely come across. I felt every intake of breath, every moan and shiver. She also included pansexual and  non-binary characters in a sensitive and well thought out way.  The story deals with some difficult issue including appalling homophobia and family illness and it was at these times G Benson showed just how skilled a writer she really is.   Utterly brilliant!

 

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

Review of ‘Death Is Only The Beginning’ by JM Dragon

Death Is Only the Beginning by [Dragon, JM]

I really loved ‘Death Is Only The Beginning’ by JM Dragon as it is a wonderful mixture of mystery, humour and romance.  Millicent Parker is a code breaker during WW2 and spends her weeks in London and her weekends with her lover Charlie in the country.  When she dies in an accident and finds herself bound to Violet Reed, the driver of the car, things start to get very interesting.  Was it really an accident? As the pair begin to investigate they realise that they must deal with Charlie and private investigator Pru who are also looking into the mystery.  Charlie was my favourite character as she was caring, strong and so loveable and I wanted her to find happiness.  The bickering between Milly and Violet was laced with a fair amount of sexual tension – but would they ever admit to that? The story was a very unusual scenario and full of surprises.  It was also set in an English village which, in my mind, is the perfect place for a mystery. I want more of these characters and can see this becoming a well-loved series of books.  Highly recommended.

 

I was given this ARC by Affinity Rainbow Publications in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Vetted’ by K’Anne Meinel

 

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I enjoyed ‘Vetted’ so much as it was a well written story of two interesting and strong women. Alyssa had a miserable life with family members who ignored her opinions and expected her to follow the pattern of so many other girls her age and class. She has an interest in animals but has no support from her family when she wants to direct her studies in that direction. When she meets vet Fiona things begin to change for both of them. The book goes in a direction I wasn’t expecting and I was pleasantly surprised. There is friendship but also romance and tender love scenes and a purpose that could not have been foreseen. The women have their battles to fight on many fronts and it is not always easy for them. I loved it.

Fantastic Contest To Name K’Anne Meinel’s New Book!

I am delighted to let you all know of a fantastic contest by author K’Anne Meinel.  In return for helping her name her new Sci-Fi novel, the winner will get the chance to be named in this book and have a signed copy of said book!  Anywhere in the world! Just sign up at her blog or at this one by commenting below. K’Anne’s blog can be found at

https://kannemeinel.wordpress.com/

 

I will leave K’Anne to explain what it means to her to have written her first Sci-Fi novel and how you can enter.

CONTEST for SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL:

I have a confession…I am a secret Trekkie. No, I don’t go around wearing pointy ears or talking Klingon. No, I have never been to any of the comic-con’s or conventions where you dress up as your favorite character(s). No, I am not a furry either (gross). I have, however, been a fan since the 1970’s of the original Star Trek show, with all of its overly dramatic, overly acted, kitschy kind of ambiance. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to see The Star Trek Movie come out back on December 6, 1979. It was one of the few things my father and I had in common that we could share, our love of Star Trek, and later our love of Star Wars. Okay, okay, I know there are those who think you shouldn’t mix the two and I’ve committed heresy by mentioning them in the same sentence, however, they all have their good points.
I am also a cinephilia, before you all get excited about that word, it means: A person with a passionate interest in cinema is called a cinephile, cinemaphile, or, informally, a moviebuff. I do collect movies and have the complete, original, tv series on VHS. I also collect other movies, including GalaxyQuest, Terminator, ET (of COURSE!), The Martian, The Arrival, The Abyss, Signs, and a host of other quaint and not-so-well-known science fiction movies. I collect a lot of other movies as well, I love romance (no surprise there), but westerns (and I mean REAL ones with John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Jimmy Stewart, Maureen O’Hara, Katherine Hepburn, and other great actors), as well as quirky and out of circulation movies. I have in my collection over 1000 movies, have quite a display of them.  I have run out of room on these shelves for all my movies, even turning them sideways. About one-third of them now are DVD’s.

I never thought I could write a science fiction story. I mean, I write romance. I write murder-mystery. I write action-adventure. I usually write a lot of drama within those genre’s. In 2011, I started a science fiction novel, I thought it would be a novella, but no, there was more to that story than even I anticipated. It would plague me for years as I watched the movies, again and again. Recently I decided to finish it. I won’t tell you what I named it, or even show you the cover I made back then, because, it would defeat the purpose of this blog, and predispose you to the point of the contest. After publishing many Prudence MacLeod novels for Shadoe Publishing, it made me realize, that yes, I CAN write a science-fiction novel, with lesbian characters, and I can make the story believable…thank you Pru for the inspiration!
And, that’s what we get to now. The point of the contest is your HELP in NAMING my science-fiction debut novel. I have the meat of the story. I have the two lovers who fall in love in space. I have the drama. I even have my synopsis, which reads: While hiking the mountains and deserts of Arizona with her best friend, D.O.G., Ryley Graham hears a whirring noise. Thinking he has cornered a rattlesnake, she rushes to protect him only to be blinded by a light seemingly coming from nowhere and everywhere simultaneously.
Waking up 510 years later, she is confused by the technology and ‘people’ that surround her. Skeptical when she is informed she is aboard a spaceship that explores wormholes, it takes a great deal of effort to finally convince her she isn’t in a government-owned facility and isn’t part of some huge experiment or conspiracy.
Adjusting to the odd lifeforms that coexist on the ship, Ryley begins to accept that she can never go back to Earth 2015, and begins to contribute her own unique knowledge and skills to their survival. As Ryley makes new friends, one of them begins to stand out….
Mercédès is half human and half android. She is struggling to understand her human side and the odd feelings she is developing for this Earthwoman.
Learning about love, and learning to love will be a huge challenge as Ryley and Mercédès begin to forge a future. What impact will it have when they discover the real reason Ryley was taken in the first place?
Now, I need YOUR help in NAMING the book! I have found the artwork that will help me when we are ready to go with this book in say 6-8 weeks, but…I thought I’d ask for help from the readers of fan-fiction who happen to enjoy science-fiction.
The winner of my last contest, Mercedes Lewis (first name only and full inflections of her name) got named in this book, so, I offer not only the possibility of the winner of NAMING this new book a chance to be named in my next book, but, I will send a paperback copy of THIS book ANYWHERE in the world (this world only, all other worlds, galaxies, and planets are excluded from this contest and if you ARE entering from any other worlds, galaxies, and planets please let me know so we can have another conversation, possibly a book deal), and, if you know anything about shipping a book out of this country, that gets expensive…so, put on your thinking caps and come up with a name for my yet, as unnamed, novel and you get to have a signed copy!

Something I would like to mention is yes, one of the main characters Mercédès is half human and half android. No, don’t think Data from The Next Generation or even Seven of Nine from Voyager and certainly not Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator, think Vanessa Williams with machine parts in her beautiful body. (If you don’t know who Vanessa Williams is, um, what planet are you from?) With THAT in your fertile imaginations, please help me to get a title for my yet as unnamed novel!
This is how it works:
1) you go to MY blog and SIGN UP (it’s okay if you’re already a follower, you can qualify by signing up with the other participating blogs).
2) you go to the other blogs where you read this and SIGN UP (it’s okay if you’re already a follower, we won’t use our stun guns on you). Please, if you aren’t already followers of these other blogs, please sign up!
3) you put in your two-cents about what YOU think the book should be named, based on the synopsis as well as what you would like to see on this cover. (Don’t worry, we won’t be reading your minds, you have to type out a response for us to consider). Just COMMENT in the comment section at the bottom of my blog!
4) Winner will be informed on the blog, all over social media, and, be named in my next book by being named a character (first name, or both…no financial compensation in any galaxy will be forthcoming for this honor).
5) At the top of the page you can see the cover for inspiration for your suggestion.

 

 

 

Good luck!

~K’Anne”

Review of ‘Summer’s Cove’ by Aurora Rey

Summer’s Cove by Aurora Rey

I was so looking forward to ‘Summer’s Cove’ as I had really enjoyed the first in Aurora Rey’s Provincetown series, Winter’s Harbor. I was not disappointed. The story of artist Emerson and her blossoming relationship with cook and single mom Darcy was romantic and sexy but not without angst. Not too much angst but just enough to keep it interesting. Darcy is intent on keeping her love life separate from the life she has with her son Liam. Commendable as that is it leads to problems with her new lover. Emerson was my favourite of the two women as she was so good for Darcy and really went out of her way to do what she needed her to do. She was kind and considerate and so good with Liam.  Darcy didn’t make it easy for her. The author has managed to write an enchanting love story with some very hot sex scenes and set in wonderful Provincetown. What else could anyone want from a romance novel? It is spot on and had me enchanted.

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