Review of ‘Chemistry Lessons’ by Jae

Regan and Kylie have been friends forever. It seems everyone else can see they are perfect for each, but they claim they can’t see it. Chemistry teacher Regan decides an experiment is in order. If there is chemistry between them, then her little test should show it. However much they deny it, every little touch sends shivers up their spines. But are either of them willing to risk the friendship for more? 

‘Chemistry Lessons’ is sweet and has the most adorable characters. They were the perfect couple and were closer than most romantic partners, but just couldn’t see what was right in front of them. The mention of characters from Jae’s other books was fantastic. The connections are wonderful and make the reader feel as if they are in on a little secret. It makes them feel a part of this interconnected family of characters. The story was heartwarming and made me so happy.

If a writer can make their readers feel that way, especially in these unusual times, I am thankful.  I really appreciate that Jae does not feel the need to throw too many spanners in the works. Low angst is what I want and I can rely on her every time. Just perfect. 

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘Wrong Number, Right Woman’ by Jae

‘Wrong Number, Right Woman’ by Jae is one of those stories absolutely guaranteed to put a smile on your face. When Denny receives a text from a woman she doesn’t know asking for advice, she’s stumped. But also intrigued. As texts fly back and forth between the two women, they begin to get to know each other, in an anonymous and therefore stress-free manner. Eliza desperately needed an opinion on the right outfit to wear to yet another date organised through the latest dating app. She wants to find the one, the person who makes her feel the way they tell it in the movies. It’s never happened yet and she’s beginning to think it never will. Her messaging with Denny is a lot more interesting than any date she’s been on. But Eliza is straight, and surely the person of her dreams can’t be a woman. Or can it?

Denny and Eliza are two of the most adorable characters ever. They both have big hearts, are there for their friends and family, and deserve to be happy. I loved them both so much. And I wanted them to be happy. I had my fingers and toes crossed the whole time I was reading this book. It is a beautifully told romance about seeing the real person behind the fronts we all put up. It’s about falling for someone unexpectedly and realising that love comes in different guises. I adored it.

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘The Roommate Arrangement’ by Jae

With ‘The Roommate Arrangement’ Jae has captured my heart yet again. She doesn’t put a foot wrong as she tells a beautiful and tender story, with characters I cared for. 

Stephanie Renshaw is a struggling stand- up comic . She has decided that it’s time to stop going on the road and concentrate on making it in LA. She needs an apartment near the comedy clubs and the one she wants won’t rent to roommates or singles. She has to find someone willing to be her fake girlfriend. Rae Coleman is an ex-cop and now works security at a L.A. comedy club where Steph has been trying to get a chance to headline. Having been injured on duty, her life as a cop had to end and she is trying to just get through each day the best she can. Her need for an apartment close to work is for a different reason, but she’s not about to open up and tell Steph, or anyone else, what that is. When Steph suggests  they share and explains the need for a fake relationship Rae agrees. Can they pull it off without the landlord finding out? 

It’s slow and sweet as they get to know each other. Jae gives them time to realise that they are both worth loving, to get past things that have been holding them back. Steph was a joker, but underneath, so kind. Rae was a bit of a wounded soul and seeing her respond to Steph was beautiful. Claire and Lana from ‘Just for Show’, also a fake relationship story, turn up. I loved that she brought in characters from other stories she has written. It works. I really enjoyed it.

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘Not The Marrying Kind’

Jae is the Queen of wish fulfilment. I knew exactly what I wanted to happen in this story and she granted my wish. I completely and utterly adored Ashley and Sasha’s story. It was the most romantic, emotional and beautiful story of love, belonging and joy. I was smiling from ear to ear and for the rest of the day after reading this. 

Florist Ashley is as far in the closet as it’s possible to be. She is terrified her parents will find out she’s a lesbian and can’t face the reaction she suspects will come from the townsfolk. Baker Sasha has no desire to be tied down to anyone and her fear of commitment has been part of her life for so long. But when the pair begin to spend time together working on their friends’ Leo and Holly’s wedding, it becomes harder to stick to old ways. They are so obviously perfect for each other. And I found myself wishing and hoping it would be a happily ever after for them!

Jae increased the happiness level by bringing in characters from her other books – Leo and Holly – and others I’ll leave as a surprise. Having these wonderful women interact was wonderful. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. 

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘Goal Setting for Writers’ by Sandra Gerth

This is the kind of book I will go back to again and again as I go through my writing process. Sandra Gerth gives us a step-by-step guide on how to realise our goals. She makes us see that it’s great to have dreams but to make them a reality we first have to decide on achievable goals and work on them.

 I loved how she breaks everything down into achievable goals and made me be more specific about what I really want. And she makes the writer think about themselves, what is important and relevant to them. The task seems more manageable and realistic. Planning how to get that book written doesn’t seem such a daunting task . I can see me following a lot of the advice 

She also gives plenty of advice on other books to read for further information and links to online resources that expand the subject. An excellent book I can highly recommend.

I was given this ARC to review.

Review of ‘Paper Love’ by Jae

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‘Paper Love’ is set in the city of Freiburg, a place where local folklore says stepping in a Bachle, an ancient water channel running through the streets, results in marrying a local and living there forever. High powered business analyst Suzanne doesn’t believe a word of it. We meet this Ice Queen as she temporarily moves to Freiburg to help her Uncle Norbert save his ailing stationery business. There she meets his assistant Anya, who is more like a daughter to Nobby. Neither woman is looking for a fling but sometimes love has a way of changing our best laid plans.

I loved seeing how Suzanne and Anya began to enjoy each other’s company. Suzanne just needed someone to warm her up – the Ice Queen soon began to melt. Anya wasn’t one to take risks with her life but sometimes you just have to make a leap, take a chance. Or you can spend your whole life wondering. She was sweet and caring and deserved to be happy with her forever someone. But would it be Suzanne?

The story being set in a stationery shop was fascinating but it has left me with one problem. I think I’m even more hooked on beautiful stationery and journals than I was before, so Jae is going to cost me a fortune on my new obsession. She has ignited in me a serious stationery addiction. Thanks Jae!

‘Paper Love’ was a wonderful love story in a very different and unique setting. It was beautifully done and Jae never fails to leave me with a happy, joyful feeling in my heart. Highly recommended.

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 ‘Just For Show’ by Jae

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‘Just For Show’ is a Fake Girlfriend story so impeccably written and with such depth of emotion that I can see me re-reading it again and again. The storytelling appears effortless and flows so well. I wish I knew Jae’s secret! She manages to write such believable and sympathetic characters that draw us into their world so completely.

Psychologist Claire is trying to get her book on relationships published and needs to convince her prospective publisher that she is madly in love with her fiancée. The problem is she has just broken up with her fiancée and needs a new one quickly. Hiring an actress to play the part seems like the solution. Lana is the complete opposite of OCD Claire and how they deal with living together and convincing others they are in love is just perfect. Of course there is a whole lot more to Claire’s OCD behaviour and to Lana’s particular issues. These are dealt with in a caring and understanding way. I almost jumped for joy at the inclusion of Jill and Crash from ‘Just Physical’ and Laleh and Hope from ‘Heart Trouble’. Yet again Jae has penned a winner and had me swooning.

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

Review of ‘Love at First Write’ by Jae

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Who better to write about writers and their love lives than another writer-namely Jae. ‘Love at First Write’ is a collection of short stories that are sweet and romantic and the perfect way to while away an afternoon in front of the fire. ‘Blind Date was my favourite out of the four. Tricia is set up on a blind date by her well-meaning friend but things don’t go exactly to plan. ‘The Snow Liger’ had a very interesting scenario that made me want to find out a whole lot more about how they met, so I was glad to find out I can do just that. Griffin and Jodie’s story begins in Jae’s paranormal novel ‘Second Nature’ – another one for my TBR list! I love short stories and  I really enjoyed this collection. I can see me re-reading it a lot.

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

Review of ‘Perfect Rhythm’ by Jae

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I was seriously impressed by ‘Perfect Rhythm’ by Jae as it deals with a relationship scenario that I hadn’t read about before. Pop star Leontyne returns to her home town to see her ill father. Things are strained between father and daughter but it is made more bearable by the presence of home health nurse Holly. An attraction is evident but can a relationship ever work between a hot pop star and an asexual woman? The story is romantic and emotional and I will admit to a few tears being shed. I liked how Jae made me think and try to understand what being asexual meant at the same time as Leo was dealing with it. She showed tenderness and beauty and a different outlook. An excellent read that I highly recommend.

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