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 ‘Girl Love Happens’ Prequel by T.B. Markinson

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This prequel to the ‘Girl Love Happens’ series is a wonderful introduction to how Tegan and Gemma met and to their college friends. Gemma isn’t out and is reluctant to open up to her friends and especially to Tegan. I enjoyed seeing how Tegan gradually begins to see what is in front of her. The reader knows the score before she does and that makes it all the more satisfying. There are some laugh out loud moments and some poignant moments too. It’s a great teaser for what happens next in the series and it answered a lot of questions for me. I’d recommend it to anyone who has read the series and to those who are about to. I want more of Tegan and Gemma!

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

Review of ‘Highland Dew’ by Barrett Magill

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Barrett Magill has captured the romance, beauty and friendliness of Scotland in “Highland Dew’. As a Scot myself I recognised so much and her attention to detail was impressive. Bryce Andrews is on a tour of Scotland in a quest to find the perfect craft distilled whiskey for her American company and the descriptions of her driving tour were part of the charm of this lovely book. The scenery, the people and the slow and relaxed pace of life made this the perfect story to read by the fire with a glass of the amber nectar. Bryce meets attractive English teacher Fiona McDougall when she stumbles on a seemingly derelict distillery and her life changes forever. Theirs is a slow blossoming romance, sweet and tender. There are many twists and turns and sometimes I didn’t know who to trust and what they were really up to. The author kept me guessing and piqued my interest. I enjoyed the family feeling and the love between Bryce and Fiona felt right and natural and believable. A wonderful love story and so much more.

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

Review of ‘Bring Holly Home’ by A.E. Radley

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Victoria is the archetypal ice queen who seems determined to keep everyone at arms length. When she finds a former employee languishing in a Paris hospital with memory loss she uncharacteristically decides to take care of her and everything she might need for her recovery. Why does she feel the need to be there for Holly? What is it about this particular ex assistant that causes her to drop everything? Holly feels something for Victoria but she can’t put her finger on what. Finding out the answers was a joy.
Rarely do I read a book in one go but with this one I felt I had no choice. I love ice queen stories and age gap stories, so that could be something to do with it. But not entirely. It made me feel warm and fuzzy and happy. It was adorable and Victoria and Holly were characters I connected with instantly. I wanted them to work and I couldn’t put the book down until the last beautiful, romantic and utterly satisfying page. ‘Bringing Holly Home’ is romance at its very best.

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

Review of ‘Kai’s Heart’ by Renee Mackenzie

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I love the start of a great new series. ‘Kai’s Heart’ by Renee Mackenzie is the first in the Karst Series and published by Affinity EBook Press. Kai Brodie is the daughter of a famous resistance general and ends up in a prison run by the Anointed. She is stunned at her unexpected attraction to one of the guards but can’t deny it. This dystopian adventure is set in an America of the future, where religious bigotry has led to zealots perverting faith as a means of controlling those who disagree with them. It has very interesting parallels for today’s America.

I found the world Renee Mackenzie imagined fascinating and look forward to finding out much more in the rest of the series she has planned. The relationship between Kai and Rachel is complex and has depth. Their interactions with the others involved in fighting for peace felt real. I like where it’s going and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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

Review of ‘Dangerous Waters’ by Radclyffe

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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.

Review of ‘Up on the Roof’ by A.L. Brooks

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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.

 

Review of ‘Money in the Morgue’ by Ngaio Marsh and Stella Duffy

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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!

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Review of ‘Sullied Sally’ by Anne Hagan

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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.