Review of ‘Code of Conduct’ by Cheyenne Blue

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Women’s tennis, the Australian outback, love, passion and hot sex. What more could one ask from a lesbian romance? Cheyenne Blue has written another heart-achingly beautiful love story,  with all of the intense feelings, the desire and the ache of a forbidden relationship. Viva Jones just wants to keep winning but her injured wrist makes it look unlikely. It doesn’t help that she feels cheated out of her last match by a bad call from a line judge. Meeting up with said tennis official brings out a side in her that she doesn’t recognise. Can she ever get past it and admit that she rather likes Gabriela Mendaro? Maybe more than likes her. Even if she can forget the line call, relationships between players are officials are forbidden. I really enjoyed this story. I could feel the need the two women had for each other. The want was palpable. The background of the women’s tennis circuit made it all the more interesting for me. Viva’s outback life was fascinating and I love that aspect of  Cheyenne Blue’s novels. The women were operating on very different levels of the game and they both had to find a way of understanding the effect their relationship could have on the other’s professional life. ‘Code of Conduct’ was a lovely story and sure to fill many a heart with joy.

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

Review of ‘The Potion’ by R.G. Emanuelle

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R.G. Emanuelle had my rapt attention from the start with this Victorian mystery romance. Vera Kennedy and Georgette Harris are widows whose scientist husbands appear to have been carrying  out some unorthodox experimentation. As the women become more involved in finding out exactly what they had been doing and why, their attraction to each other grows. But secrets, pride and trust issues conspire to keep them tantalisingly so near yet so far.

The writing was so wonderfully descriptive and had me right there, in the dark, gloomy, damp and sinister world of Victorian Boston. The oppressive  nature of life for women of all classes came through so strongly and I wanted Vera and Georgette to take control and overcome the restrictions on them. The mystery behind their late husbands’ scientific work had me on the edge of my seat. The peril the women were in and the shady characters around them had the hairs on the back of my neck standing to attention.

But it was the interaction between Georgette and Vera that truly made this story. Although the attraction between them was obvious neither felt able to act on it right away. It was the development of their feelings and the erotically charged nature of their meetings that kept me wanting more and more. An excellent novel with characters I hope to encounter again. 5 Stars

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

 

Review of ‘Happily Ever After’ by Jae

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‘Happily Ever After’ is a collection of short stories by Jae all in the one place. Some I have read before but it is  nice to have them together. Also there are some stories with some of my favourite characters from Jae’s novels. I especially enjoyed ‘Dress Tease’ with Grace and Lauren from ‘Damage Control’. It was hot! The Christmas trilogy featuring Rachel and Lillian was lovely and well developed. I loved ‘The Midnight Couch’ where radio technician Paula is in love with Dr Christine Graham, clinical psychologist and radio host. It was sweet and happy . I’m a big fan of short story anthologies and reading this one made my day.

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

Review of ‘A Call Away’ by KC Richardson

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Sydney Carter ‘s life is about to change and in ways she could not imagine . When she goes to Iowa to take possession of her grandmother’s farmhouse, left to her in her will, she meets the woman who will make her rethink everything. Abby Price lived in the next property with her own grandmother and helps Syd sort through the farmhouse and find out more about Syd’s family history.  Why did she never know her grandparents?  As they get to know each other Syd and Abby become close . But each have their own lives hundreds of miles apart. How can it ever work for them.

The story behind Syd’s family estrangement was sad and poignant. But it was the growing relationship between the two women that I found heart-wrenching and also uplifting at times. KC Richardson knows how to write the most delicious sex scenes that were achingly beautiful, romantic and scorchingly hot. No-one could fail to be moved by the emotional intensity of their connection. A wonderful story that deserves 5+Stars. Highly recommended.

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

Review of ‘Magnetic Reverie’ by Nico J Genes

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3.5 Stars

Nico J Genes has written an interesting story with an unusual premise. Lana spends her days with her husband Greg but in her dreams she is with Claire, a woman who wakens a desire in her she never knew existed. What is reality and where would she rather be? She starts to question so much about her life.

The story is told in first person from the point of view of Lana, who is Slovenian. This makes the dialogue and narrative a tad unusual. I found that I had to try and read it in my head as a non English speaker. Sometimes the sentence structure and use of language seems a bit odd but as the reader is in the thoughts of a non-native speaker this is to be expected.

By the time I got to the end of the story I was really keen to find out what happens next for Lana and Claire. I know where I wanted it to go so I will be reading the second in the series to find out.

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

Review of ‘Hunger for You’ by Jenny Frame

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In ‘Hunger for You’ Jenny Frame has written the most intense, emotionally charged love story between two women. Byron Debrek is the head of her vampire clan and lives a controlled life, forever afraid to let go incase the world sees the real her. When she meets Amelia Honey, a Savile Row tailor, she is torn between keeping this control and opening up to the one woman who fuels a hunger in her that cannot be satisfied by any other.  Byron knows that if Amelia gets close to her she will be in danger from a rival clan and she will do anything to keep Amelia safe.  This rivalry lends so much  tension and threat to the story and introduces us to a world of vampires, fae, witches and the like.

Byron is a stylish butch and head of a multi-billion dollar banking dynasty as well as Principe of her clan. I loved her. She was kind, thoughtful and put everyone else before herself. Amelia was strong and more capable than she ever imagined she would be. Their passion and powerful connection made the sex scenes amongst the best I’ve ever read. They are guaranteed to get the reader all hot and bothered. Jenny Frame writes brilliant love scenes in all of her books and makes me believe the characters crave each other.  She made me crave more of Byron and Amelia. The world she has set up in this book is so well imagined and there is so much more to the story. I didn’t want it to end and I found myself trying to drag out the last chapter as long as I possibly could. Five Stars and highly recommended.

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

Review of ‘The Taste of Her’ by Jess Lea

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The enticing cover of’ Taste of Her’ is a good indication of what is in store for the reader. It is a very sexy, well written anthology of erotic tales guaranteed to satisfy. I particularly enjoyed ‘A Literary Lesson’ where a poet has a very interesting encounter that made an author reading unexpectedly hot. I look forward to more in the same vein.

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

 

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.

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

Review of ‘Charming the Vicar’ by Jenny Frame

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Jenny Frame really knows how to write the perfect butch. In ‘Charming the Vicar’ she has written 3 very different butches- all of them completely adorable. Finnian Kane is an illusionist grieving over the death of her sister and has moved to Axedale to keep out of the public eye. She is a beautiful boyish butch, an atheist and wants nothing to do with local vicar Bridge’s offer of help.  But Bridge is stunningly gorgeous, high femme and with something a wee bit unusual lurking beneath the surface. Can Finn keep away? Can Bridge keep her feelings under control when the alternative could lose her all she has worked so hard for?

The sexual chemistry between them is unbelievably hot. It is sexy, lustful and with more than a hint of kink. Bridge has an overpowering effect on Finn as her long-hidden sexuality comes to the fore. The scenes between them are highly erotic – and not just the sex scenes. The tension is ramped up so well that I felt the characters would explode if they did not get relief!

There is also an emotional intensity to their story that is quite breath-taking and endearing. Bridge is a Church of England Vicar and is expected to remain celibate or she faces losing her job, her home and her place in the village. Finn is so vulnerable and her past has made her reluctant to trust. How they deal with these issues as their feelings grow is very well written. I loved the other characters around them and remembered them well from ‘Courting the Countess’. Harry is one of the other butches I mentioned and is very in control – or so she thinks. Her new wife Annie is the real power behind that particular throne. Their friend Quade is a rugged butch farmer and I so want to find out more about her – and I think we will. She is an adorable character who deserves happiness and love. An excellent book set in the most wonderful village – a place I hope to return to very soon!

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

Review of ‘Roll With Me’ by Elizabeth Andre

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A well written erotic romance that deals with the tricky issue of whether one should tell a new lover everything early on in a relationship. Chloe has MS but since it’s not always that obvious she chooses not to tell Rachel. Is that a mistake and can they survive the deception? Elizabeth Andre knows how to write well rounded characters and very hot situations. I liked Chloe and could see why she made the decisions she did. Her attraction to Rachel was intense and that really came across. I enjoyed it.

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