Hayfield Manor’ is a beautifully written mystery romance, with enough twists and turns to keep any reader up until the early hours. You won’t want to put it down!
Morgan Lloyd, medically retired from a high-flying career in the police force, takes on her first role as a private investigator. As a favour to a friend she agrees to take over the security at Hayefield Manor, in an attempt to find out why bodies keep appearing on the grounds. Suspicion has fallen on lady of the manor, Sophie Haye. Cold, hard and terrifying she may appear to those outside, but as Morgan finds out, there is more to Sophie than first impressions imply. As evidence mounts, can Morgan trust her instincts, or is Sophie playing her?
Sophie is one scary woman, but I really warmed to her. She had that irresistible ice queen vibe, but Morgan slowly chipped away until she could see something more, even if no-one else could. Jody Klaire’s writing is wonderfully descriptive and so impressively clever. Just when I thought I knew where it was going, I was astounded again by the ingenuity of the plot. I love it when an author can do that to me. She flipped my perceptions. The story was very cleverly crafted and layered. It was one helluva ride with surprises and revelations galore. Absolutely fantastic
I didn’t think I could love Aeron Lorelei any more than I did after reading the first in the Above and Beyond series. I was wrong. I adore that woman. In ‘Blind Trust’ I saw another side to her and a impressive depth. There is nothing she will not do for other people and when it comes to Renee her devotion knows no limits. Renee’s feelings for her are so strong too. Will Aeron ever see what is right in front of her face? When she and Renee are trapped in a small mountain town by an avalanche they are faced with problems only they can solve. But they can’t let anyone know who they really are. Renee’s behaviour begins to confuse Aeron. What is behind it all? The story is exciting and full of tension and gives an insight into Renee that fascinated me. Both Aeron and Renee are developed so well and I love how Jody Klaire allows us to hear Aeron’s thoughts through the first person chapters in the book. This is fast becoming my favourite series. I can’t wait to get onto book 3! Highly recommended.
‘Language of Love’ is a lovely, heart-warming collection of festive stories from some well-known lesbian fiction authors. We go from Australia with Lee Winter, to India with Sheryn Muir and to Lola Keeley’s Edinburgh Hogmanay. There are also stories from Wales, Cumbria, the US and Germany. I enjoyed all of them – and that doesn’t always happen in an anthology. My favourite was Jody Klaire’s ‘Love Just Is’ set in the Welsh countryside. The setting was lovely and I’d love to hear more of that particular area. The story was funny, sarcastic (in a kind way) and with characters I really believed in. I also really enjoyed Andrea Bramhall’s ‘The Night Before Christmas – a Cumbrian Tale. It was an unusual story, very atmospheric and imaginative.
If there is one thing I have taken away from this anthology it’s that I want to read more from these particular authors – so my reading list has expanded exponentially!
‘The Empath’ – the first in The Above and Beyond Series – completely blew me away. I have never felt such a connection with a character as I did with Aeron – certainly not since Scout in ’To Kill A Mockingbird’ when I was a teenager. Aeron Lorelei made an immediate impression on me and I couldn’t put the book down. She has had a terrible start in life, growing up with parents who ignore and resent her and living in a small town where everyone seems to hate her. When she takes the blame for the death of her friend’s younger brother and is sent away to a correctional facility they think they’ve heard the last of her. Not so. When she returns 11 years later the town is beset with tragedy and fear as young women start to go missing – and who do they decide to blame? Why Aeron, of course.
Aeron is an empath but she only knows the half of it. The mystery behind her life, what and who she is is woven with the terrible goings on in her town. The mystery was chilling and powerful and never let up. I was completely stunned by the story – the intensity, the feelings it evoked. Aeron’s growing relationship with someone who wants to help her was beautifully pitched. It let us see more about her and I liked what I saw. She had an amazing heart, having dealt with so much, but still choosing to see the good in people and in life. I was amazed at the talent and skill of someone being able to write such a story. There were so many twists and turns and the characterisation was excellent. Jody Klaire knows how to look into the souls of her characters – be they good or bad. I am so happy that there are 5 more in the series for me to look forward to reading. This is the best book I’ve read in a long time – and I can’t wait to see if she can top it with book 2!
‘In Fashion’ by Jody Klaire is utterly superb. There was so much more than just girl meets girl to this story. There was layer after layer and every layer more fascinating than the last. Darcy McGregor is a former catwalk model, now Style Surgeon on her own ratings winning TV show. She comes across as an appearance-obsessed bitch, but into her life walks Kate Bonvilston and things are never the same. Security guard Kate has no interest in how she looks and doesn’t buy into Darcy’s vision. Until she ends up as one of her ‘patients’.
The story is hilariously funny and the characters are real. They are so well written and I could easily imagine them. I fell in love with so many of them – not just Darcy and Kate. I loved Kate’s brother Mickey. He was an insightful wee guy. Darcy might like people to think she’s a bitch but she is adorable underneath and I loved her. The dynamic between her and Zoe was ascerbic and fun and her relationship with Susannah shows so much more about her.
I found myself laughing out loud at some of the hilarious encounters and the banter between Darcy and Kate and Darcy and Zoe– and not just when I was reading it- but later when scenes popped back into my head.
It was a totally absorbing book that made me smile.