Review of ‘You’re My Kind’ by Clare Lydon

Clare Lydon certainly played with my emotions on this one. ‘You’re My Kind’ is the story of Justine and Maddie and their road to love after splitting ten years previously. Justine has never been able to get over it and professes to hate the very mention of Maddie’s name. But when she unexpectedly turns up again on an already awful day, Justine is forced to start confronting her feelings.

Now, I was determined to hate Maddie too, on Justine’s behalf. But she crept up on me. I wanted to resist her, but I just couldn’t. I felt myself wavering and letting her in. The story was thoughtful and sad at times and really touched my heart. It was also hilariously funny and I almost spat my coffee across the room at ‘vagina cupcakes’! Clare Lydon writes romance like no other. I ached for the pair of them and when they had sex, it was so much more than that. It was everything; it was remembering and wanting and needing. 

The Bristol setting was wonderful. I could picture so many of the places mentioned. The constant mention of cakes might have made me dash for the mixing bowl too! An excellent story and highly recommended.

I was given this ARC for review.

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Review of ‘London Actually’ by Clare Lydon

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‘London Actually’ is the fifth in Clare Lydon’s ‘London’ series and I can confidently say it’s my favourite to date. Becca and Cleo meet at a wedding and hit it off right away. But twenty-three year old Becca has made a pledge to stay away from relationships for a year and Cleo is still hurting from her painful divorce and doesn’t want anything to do with younger women. So what are they to do? Their story is sexy, romantic, intensely emotional and absolutely hilarious.

Clare Lydon is the queen of observation – and I love her for it. It makes her books so real and funny and true. I felt that I was in London when I read this book. She describes all the sights, sounds and people so well.  And I love all the connections between the characters. It makes London seem like a small town rather than a huge metropolis. The writing is seriously impressive and gets better with each book. Never once did I leave the lives of Cleo and Becca and their entourage of friends and colleagues. I was pulled into their world.  I couldn’t help but smile at some of the corny jokes and laugh out loud at some of the situations. I loved Becca as she was wise beyond her years, capable and totally adorable. Cleo wanted to do the right thing and wrestled with her conscience – but when you meet ‘the one’ sometimes you just have to go with it. Their friends and family were perfectly drawn and made this a smile-fest for me from start to finish. Duncan was a scream and I loved Heidi so much. The humour they brought  made my day.  This was an excellent story and gets 5+++++ stars in my books .

I was given this Arc for review.

Review of ‘The London of Us’ by Clare Lydon

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The latest book in Clare Lydon’s London series ‘The London Of Us’ is the coming out story of Alice Di Santo, a woman in her 30s who has always been mistaken for a lesbian, but never was – until now. When she can’t stop thinking about her friend Rachel in some very hot and steamy scenarios she knows she has to do something about it. Can she deal with the repercussions? Will Rachel even feel the same way?  I loved this story with a passion. Claire Lydon writes the most beautifully romantic and funny stories with characters we can identify with. ‘The London Of Us’ is perfect.  It’s like getting together with old friends every time I read one of her books. We get to meet characters from the previous three books in the series and that makes it all the more special. There is a familiarity and feeling of warmth of joy that permeates every page.  I will keep going back to this particular author again and again because her work is of the utmost quality. I know I won’t be disappointed. It just feels right.

I was given this ARC by the author.

Review of ‘Once Upon A Princess’ by Clare Lydon and Harper Bliss

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Enchanting is the perfect word to sum up ‘Once Upon a Princess’ by Clare Lydon and Harper Bliss. Set on the beautiful Cornish coast, it is a story of true love and passion. Princess Olivia goes incognito as Charlie to Otter Bay after being forced to announce her engagement to the eminently suitable Jemima. While trying to clear her head and accept her fate she meets Rosie, local cafe owner and the woman who may just capture her heart. There are so many obstacles to this particular fairytale having a happy ending. Will they find a way? Can Olivia keep her identity a secret?

This book was always going to be a winner, with two of the best Lesfic romance writers in the business. Clare Lydon and Harper Bliss have managed to collaborate seamlessly and have created a wonderful love story. I really liked the main characters Rosie and Charlie (Olivia). Charlie was torn between duty and what she really wanted in life. Rosie was strong and capable and perfect for her. Their story was tender and loving and very hot. I adored it.

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

Review of ‘London Calling’ by Clare Lydon (audiobook)

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‘London Calling’ is a funny, romantic, sexy book and is perfect as an audio book. The London setting is so vividly written and the characters feel like people I know. Jess is one of those women for whom things are destined to go exactly the way she doesn’t want them to. Humour and mishaps are the order of the day for her as she tries to get on with her life after a painful break up. When she is blown away by gorgeous optician Lucy she tries so hard to make it work. Exes coming out of the woodwork threaten to scupper all that. I love the whole cast of characters as they add to the feeling of family – be they blood relations or great friends. The narration by Emily Bennett works really well. I can’t imagine anyone else capturing the tone of the book with such skill. Clare Lydon excels here and I’m desperate to listen to the next in the London series.

Review of ‘Twice in a Lifetime’ by Clare Lydon

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Sally and Harriet were teenage sweethearts but things did not end well for them. When they meet up unexpectedly in their 30s the old feelings are still there. Can they forget the past? Living in cities hundreds of miles apart with established businesses further complicates things. The romance is sweet and sexy, with some very hot scenes that will have you reaching for a fan to cool down! I wanted it all to work out for them as they were meant for each other. Sally had a hard time getting past the hurt from their past relationship and I could see why she was reluctant. Harriet was determined and persistent. Once again Clare Lydon has me grinning from ear to ear and feeling that all is right with the world. She has that rare gift of being able to draw the reader in from the start.   The writing is full of humour – it’s gentle but irreverent and Aunt Paula is hilarious. A wonderful book that left me happy – something I have come to expect from Clare Lydon’s books. I highly recommend this beautiful romance.

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

Review of ‘Nothing to Lose’ audiobook by Clare Lydon

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When the town floods and Scarlett’s flat is deluged by water she ends up homeless and in despair. Life hasn’t been great for her for a while but this is the final straw. She ends up living in the house of the local mayor Joy, a closeted lesbian, while her home gets dried out. Their attraction is powerful and being together brings huge changes to both of their lives. Can they ever be more than friends? Will love win out? 

Clare Lydon writes the most beautiful love stories, filled with humour, wit and romance. She is also the most skilled creator of the hottest sex scenes imaginable. One in particular is epic and hearing it read out in the sultry tones of Gabrielle Baker made it even better.  This was a tale of hope and the realisation that sometimes what appears to be the worst day of your life might turn out to be the best. I adored this audio book and highly recommend it.

 

 

Review of ‘A Girl Called London’ by Clare Lydon

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Clare Lydon has once again succeeded in making me smile, feel soppy and emotional and fall in love with adorable and interesting characters.  Tanya is a lawyer looking for a new flat and although she won’t admit it, the love she lacks.  She keeps bumping into the gorgeous Sophie but her unfortunate manner doesn’t exactly endear her to the woman.  Both characters have difficult backstories that impact the present.  Can they help each other deal with these issues?  I feel Tanya’s story will resonate with a lot of people.  They are both at a stage where they need a change and to find someone special and this is what really engaged me.  This is a hilariously funny book with beautiful romantic moments and wonderfully descriptive sex – what else would one expect from Clare Lydon?  I just wish someone would make her stories into movies!

 

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

Review of ‘All I Want Forever’ by Clare Lydon


I’ve just finished ‘All I Want Forever’ and I can honestly say it is the best yet. There was just the right amount of tension, humour and hot sex scenes that I have come to love in Clare Lydon’s novels.

Not everything is going smoothly and I was worried for Holly and Tori as little threats to their relationship were there from Kerry and Trudi.

The sex scenes were earth shattering to say the least and hot as hell. But Ms Lydon knows just how to follow through with absolutely hilarious farce. Genius!

There are some moments that are so romantic and utterly beautiful that I had a huge grin on my face reading them. There is just a wonderful feeling of happiness and love in all of the books in the series, but especially in this one.

I loved the book – it is a winner.

Review of ‘All I want for Summer’ by Clare Lydon

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I have read all of the books so far in the ‘All I want..’ series by Clare Lydon and eagerly await each new instalment.  Tori and Holly are totally adorable and their adventures are funny, sexy and sometimes completely mad.  This time they are off to Brighton Pride and Holly is not at all happy about it.  A previous bad experience at Pride has meant she has avoided it for years.  Maybe she should have this time too! I found myself laughing out loud at some of the things that happen to the pair – they seem to attract trouble with a capital T.  They also get up to some very interesting and exceptionally hot amourous adventures, which I have come to expect from Clare Lydon.  I loved this story and can’t wait for the next one.  I’m counting the days….