Review of ‘The Copper Scroll’ by Robyn Nyx

‘The Copper Scroll’ is the second in Robyn Nyx’s Chase Stinsen Adventure Series. I loved the first book, ‘Uncharted’, and never imagined she would be able to better it. I was wrong. ‘The Copper Scroll’ is an exhilarating, high octane, archaeological adventure, full of danger, peril, excitement and suspense. But it also has love, passion and friendship at its heart. 

Dr Chase Stinsen is an academic and stays on the right side of the law when it comes to finding archaeological treasures. The same cannot be said of Rayne Marcellus. Having spent her career on the shady side of treasure hunting, she begins to realise that it doesn’t have to stay that way. Her relationship with Chase means more to her than she could have imagined, so maybe it’s time to come into the light. When the Copper Scroll’s discovery opens up new possibilities, both women will have to decide where their loyalties and their futures lie. The chance that the Ark of the Covenant may be in sight is too good to miss out on. 

The character development in this story was wonderful. I thought I knew these women, but Robyn Nyx took us further into their lives and their motivations. It felt as if there was more at stake this time. She made me care about them. Their relationship was not all plain sailing, as the conflict between their different outlooks on life was always going to be a problem. How were they ever going to be able to reconcile their differences? There were a few twists and surprises that had me on the edge of my seat. This is the kind of book that doesn’t let the reader rest on their laurels. It’s exciting, intense and one helluva ride. Highly recommended.

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘True Karma’ by Karen Klyne

Karen Klyne knows how to write an Ice Queen. And this time she has given us an unconventional twist. Amelia Steele is, at first glance, stand-offish and very anti-social, and I was prepared to dislike her. But that didn’t last long. To me she wasn’t at all unlikeable, because I knew who she was and why she acted the way she did. Her behaviour was perfectly normal for her and I really liked her. Who says we all have to be the same? 

When out walking her neighbours dog, Amelia finds herself somewhat beholden to the woman who rescues the adorable mutt, when Karma slips the lead. As someone unused to small talk or even any attempt at the social niceties, it’s hard for Amelia to know what to do. Juno Costello was warm and vivacious and full of chatter. So unlike Amelia. But opposites attract, don’t they? For some reason she sees past the social awkwardness and wants to know more about Amelia. Will Amelia let her see the woman behind the mask? I really liked Juno. She was sweet and thoughtful and the fact that she was interested enough to take time with Amelia, getting to know her, appealed to me. But it was Amelia that drew me into the story. I loved her vulnerability and her bluntness. What you see is what you get with her. I enjoyed this book and the intelligent and emotional storytelling.

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘Call To Me’ by Helena Harte

‘Call To Me’ is the story of young, free and single Ash, recent graduate and new doggy mum and Evie, Dr and single mum. To say their priorities are different is an understatement, so how can these two women make it work? 

I liked seeing how these complete opposites tried to find a way to deal with their obvious attraction, while keeping in mind their own needs. I had a soft spot for Ash. She had a vulnerability that appealed to me, and her interactions with Java, the cutest puppy imaginable, were pure gold. I could see where Evie was coming from, and her rules about relationships. She wanted the best for her child. 

There was a spark between Ash and Evie that felt important. The story was about relationships, friendships and family. And about finding the people you are meant to be with. It tugged at my heartstrings. 

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘Sliding Doors’ by Karen Klyne

‘Sliding Doors’ by Karen Klyne is one of those surprising books that makes the reader ask “What if?”. 

Gemma Tennant is so unhappy. She hates her life and feels worthless with no way out. When she’s offered the chance to change all that, through a sliding door to a parallel existence – will she take it? This intriguing start really piqued my interest . I wanted to see where the author was going with it. The unfortunate woman who ends up swapping lives with Gemma, Alex Gambol,  doesn’t have a clue that it’s going to happen. Let’s just say she’s none too happy. Her own life had been pretty mundane and if she thought about it, she was just going through the motions. Nevertheless, swapping lives with someone against your will is going to cause some problems and a certain amount of resentment.

I must admit I did not like Alex at all at first, but by the end she was my favourite character in the book. Ms Klyne’s skilful storytelling took me on a journey where my preconceptions were turned on their head. I really liked Reece too. She was sweet and understanding and her kindness really shone through. I really enjoyed seeing how each of them adjusted to their new lives. And changed for the better. It’s a fantastic story that had me on the edge of my seat at some points. It’s about second chances, being true to yourself and finding a way to live that feels right. It was a wonderful story, full of magic and wonder and mystery. It was also, ultimately, beautifully romantic and I defy anyone not to have a wee tear in their eye. I absolutely loved it. 

I was given this ARC for review.

Sliding Doors is out on June 15th.

Review of ‘Crossing Over’ by Karen Klyne

I so enjoyed book one in this series, ‘Parallel Lives’, and have been eagerly awaiting the release of ‘Crossing Over’. I was certainly not disappointed. Kaitlin and Tannus are now lovers and are expecting a baby. They decide to cross back to Kailtin’s home world and to her family in Cheshire. How will her parents and brother react to her fantastical story? How will Tannus and Carray react to a world so very different from their own. 

Seeing our world through the eyes of two people from a simpler, more cut-off existence was very interesting. It was also fascinating looking at romantic relationships from Carray’s point of view, as she was heterosexual and lived in a completely lesbian society at home. A clever device that made me think. I worried about Kaitlin’s father and brother as she had been far from complementary about them in the first book. Would they surprise me? The issue of Tannus’s illness was always there in the background and I lived in hope that a cure could be found. There was so much riding on the year they planned to live in our world and it made the story very emotional and compelling.

By the end I knew that I wanted more from this series. In a good way. I will be counting the days until book three comes out. I have grown to love these characters and want to find out what happens next. How will the characters from each world interact? A highly enjoyable story. 

I received an ARC of this book from Global Wordsmiths in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Review of ‘Parallel Lives’ by Karen Klyne

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‘Parallel Lives’ is a exceptionally well written story of love, personal discovery and passion. I adored it. When Kaitlin Hewlett-Grace crashes into a parallel world she not only has to get used to life on a very different level but she meets a woman who is convinced that they are destined to be together. Tannus is the Chief of the women-only society Kaitlin has entered and believes a prophecy has foretold their future together. What will Kaitlin have to say about this when she finds out? Will she ever be able to settle in this new world?

Karen Klyne has a very impressive turn of phrase, one that is irreverent and  wicked and conjours up just the right image. Her world-building is deftly done and made me want to know more. I didn’t want to put it down! There was a very sensual element of desire under the surface, a sexual charge that was so enticing. Kaitlin was exposed to a life and to feelings new to her. How she dealt with them kept me enthralled. Tannus was strong on the surface but I enjoyed seeing her vulnerability as her feelings for Kaitlin grew. It was an excellent story, very emotional at times and I literally can’t wait for the next one in the series.

I received an ARC of this book from Global Wordsmiths in exchange for a fair and honest review.