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Women and Words

An avalanche of ideas about fictitious characters, themes, and plots used to arrive at my doorstep with regularity. A newspaper article, a conversation with a friend, a snatch of dialogue overheard in a restaurant were all that I needed to jump start the wheels in my brain. Then, along came the powerful whammy of experiencing one of life’s more difficult events as I continued skipping along the road to “maturity.” 

The desire to write fiction hasn’t lessened, but the rush of new ideas has slowed. Adding flesh to the bones of creative inspirations is more like painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel than drawing hopscotch lines on the sidewalk.

You’ll recall, dear readers, that the former work of art took a very long time, while the latter could be accomplished post haste.

I’m still on the alert for aural and visual stimuli in all the above mentioned places. These…

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Review of ‘Meet Me at 10’ by Vicky Jones and Claire Hackney

 

Meet Me At 10

 

I was really impressed by the writing and storytelling in this debut novel. Vicky Jones and Clare Hackney deal with some difficult subjects in Alabama in the 50s and it is not an easy book to read but it is worth it. The racism is appalling and some of the characters absolutely detestable. The level of hatred towards the black community was horrendous and I found it hard to stomach. But there were some good people too, those who were willing to stand up for what was right.  Shona was a young woman with a past she tried to keep to herself. She was kind and strong and different from other women around her. Her growing feelings for Chloe, daughter of the boss, appealed to me and I enjoyed reading their interactions . 5 Stars.

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

Review of ‘Eyes Like Those’ by Melissa Brayden

 

Eyes Like Those

I have to admit it – I’ve  loved everything I’ve ever read by Melissa Brayden. Her latest novel ‘Eyes Like Those’ is another beautiful love story that hits all the right notes and has captured my heart. When Isabel Chase realises her dream by getting a job as a staff writer on one of the biggest hits on TV she makes quite an impression on her new boss, Taylor Andrews. The fact that it may be unethical to fall for each other makes them think twice about taking it further. With so much going on with the to show and a ex from hell, things are not going to be easy. 

Brayden’ writing is superb, with some amazing lines that say so much in so few words. She doesn’t waste a syllable and has truly mastered the art of sexy, romantic prose. The characters she has imagined for this first story in a new series are fun, fascinating and I warmed to them all. Isabel may have problems believing in herself but once riled she is a force to be reckoned with. I adored Taylor’s caring attitude and capable air and so want to see more of the pair as the series progresses. Isabel’s friends in Venice are wonderful and we learned just enough about them to realise their stories will be just as good. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

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

Review of ‘The Gate’ by Isabella

The Gate by Isabella

Isabella has imagined a fascinating  Interworld where Paladins and Gatekeepers are involved in a bitter rivalry and some poor souls trapped there are caught in the middle. Harley finds herself struggling to understand her role in all of this and her Protector Dawn is not entirely forthcoming with information. The two women are drawn to each other in a way that tells Harley there is so much more to their relationship- but she can’t remember! 

I loved the whole premise of the book and I was learning about the world at the same time as Harley. She had to decide whether she believed in it all and what side she was going to take. The dark side was a scary option  but was she ready for the alternative? Isabella managed to inject a great deal of irreverant humour into her writing which I really appreaciated. I liked the banter between Jack, Harley and Dawn as well as the interaction with Lucius and Allie. The sexual tension between the women was intense but went beyond love or lust. This was a really good story that left me wanting to read more about these characters. I eagerly anticipate the release of the next in the series and highly recommend this first instalment.

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

Review of ‘Willow’ by Raven J Spencer

Willow

I must admit I’ve never read a Raven J Spencer book that I didn’t like. I enjoy how she mixes thrilling adventure with erotic romance, and it works for me. ‘Willow’ is the story of ex-agent and now landscape gardener Kat who is asked to repay a favour by ‘babysitting’ the daughter of a former colleague. She finds out that people don’t always tell the whole truth and there are secrets galore – some of them leading to a great deal of danger.  She becomes increasingly attracted to Willow and finds it hard to resist.  This is an extremely hot and sexy novel that will not disappoint.  

 

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

Review of ‘Say You Won’t Go’ by JM Dragon and Erin O’Reilly

‘Say You Won’t Go’ by JM Dragon and Erin O’Reilly is a book that really pulled me in.  It is an emotional story, full of intense passion and two main characters that I adored from the start. Logan is passing through town when her truck breaks down, meaning she has to stay put for a lot longer than she planned. Shy waitress Taryn is drawn to her immediately and from that moment they are inseparable. Taryn has a tough life with an uncaring mother who is widely known as the town slut. Logan brings out things in Taryn that were long submerged and I loved seeing how she changed. Logan was like a knight in shining armour and completely wonderful.  Sometimes we need someone to give us the courage to be who we can be and Logan was that person. Taryn’s mother Brenda was a horror and so well written.  I found myself enjoying the story more and more as it went on and was reluctant to put it down until I got to the very end. Having read the ‘Heaven Meets Hell’ series by these authors I was not surprised that they had penned another winner. I highly recommend ‘Say You Won’t Go’.

 

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

Review of ‘The Loudest Silence’ by Olivia Janae

The Loudest Silence (Part One)

I loved this story. Two very different women have a difficult start to their relationship. When cellist Kate moves to Chicago with her son Max she hopes they can be settled for a while after so much moving around. She makes a bad impression on her new boss Vivian, who is deaf. Seen as an Ice Queen, Vivian comes across as abrasive, cold and unfriendly. Kate soon discovers there is more to her and when the ice thaws she is someone she begins to feel close to. Their friendship begins amidst drama with Kate’s occasional date Ash, who is just the most annoying individual one can imagine. 

How it develops is wonderfully well written and addictive. Kate’s background and situation means she has so much responsibility and has to be careful who she lets into her life. Vivian has to deal with other people’s attitudes to her deafness and this colours the way she interacts with those around her.I spent my entire Sunday immersed in their story and didn’t want to stop until I finished the book. There is so much drama, emotion and love packed into it all that I couldn’t put it down. Olivia Janae has really impressed me with her first novel and I eagerly await the second in the series. 

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

Lesfic Giveaway Winners Announced

The winners in this amazing contest were announced yesterday. Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to all of the authors for donating signed books for this giveaway. A special thanks to the sponsors Anne Hagan and EA Kafkalas who have put a huge amount of time and effort to run this contest. We readers appreciate everything that you do!

Review of ‘Party Wall’ by Cheyenne Blue

Party Wall by Cheyenne Blue

When a sex shop opens next door to her new-age women’s store Freya is furious. And she doesn’t keep quiet about it. Her new neighbour Lily is sweet, kind, sensual and seems happy in her own skin. Freya on the other hand is spiky and unfriendly . They have a lot in common but Freya is unwilling to accept that. 

Cheyenne Blue managed to write a love story that at times seemed doomed due to Freya’s attitude. She succeeded in keeping me glued to the page by always giving a glimmer of hope that things just might work out. She let the reader see that Freya had reasons for being so closed up and therefore I found  her redeemable. She hit the right notes emotionally and made me root for Lily and Freya. I really liked their friend Carly and her problems gave an extra dimension to the story. A thoroughly enjoyable read that I highly recommend.

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

 

Review of ‘A Heart Well Traveled Volume 2’ edited by Sallyanne Monti

A Heart Well Traveled Volume 2

This anthology is a delightful collection of short stories of erotica, fantasy and sci-fi. I enjoyed the different styles and voices and there were quite a few surprises in store. Vickie L Adams ‘Living in her Memories’, a tale of love through time, was sweet and heart-wrenching, while Sallyanne Monti’s ‘Peter Brady was funny and emotional and really got me invested in the characters. Sandy Duggar’s ‘The Encounter’ went somewhere I certainly didn’t see coming and Lea Daley’s ‘Perchance to Dream’ was excellent and caught me off guard. ‘Geekily Yours’ by Samantha Luce was wonderfully hot and skilfully told. I loved reading all of the stories but these were my particular favourites. I heartily recommend this book.

 

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