Review of ‘Hazard Pay’ by Anne Hagan

Rachel needs a job and due to potential difficulties with her work visa, she’s willing to take the first decent job offered to her. But what is the job? It’s all a bit of a mystery and she can’t help but do a bit of snooping. Is she getting in over her head? 

This is a great mystery story with an unexpected twist. I have read just about everything Anne Hagan has written and have never been disappointed. She has the knack of writing the most ingenious mysteries and I alway look forward to reading her next story. This one hit the spot. 

I was given this ARC to review.

Review of ‘A Con Con’ by Anne Hagan

‘A Con Con’ by Anne Hagan is an excellent short story, showing her mastery of mystery. After arriving at the GCLS Convention, she is tired and just wants to freshen up before the activities all begin. But an intriguing mystery has her flummoxed – until she uses her innate skills to solve an interesting mystery. It’s a fun story, with lots of humour. I really enjoyed it and it shows just how much the author loves a good mystery.

I was given this ARC for review

Review of ‘Milton’ by Sam Skyborne

I’ve come to look forward to a new short story from Sam Skyborne.’Milton’ is a very different one, dealing with an aspect of life rarely told in lesbian fiction. Milton is an older woman, a grandmother, who has been left badly injured after an accident. Now living with her family, she requires care. Maybe for some people that would mean the end of any chance at love or a fulfilling life. Can Milton ever get past it? 

The first impression I got of her was that she was a very strong-minded woman, with a forceful personality. Yes, she was infuriating and grumpy, but who wouldn’t be? I liked her. Beatrice was a whirlwind of a woman. Would she be able to jostle Milton out of her dark mood and push her to do more? I’ll let you find out for yourself. 

For me, ‘Milton’ was a story of determination.  And with hope for a life beyond what one might have thought still possible. A lovely and thought-provoking tale. 

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘The Yellow Tandem’ by Sam Skyborne

‘The Yellow Tandem’ is a lovely FREE story, heart-warming and beautifully described. Told from the point of view of a London commuter, it will resonate with those who see the same sights and sometimes the same people every day, but never go on to meet them. Our commuter wonders about the rider of the yellow tandem and I was intrigued too. Why would someone cycle to work every day on a tandem by themselves? Who are they? Finding out was fascinating. A great wee story. 

I was given this ARC for review.

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Review of ‘Cupid’s Bow’ by Karen F Williams

‘Cupid’s Bow’ is a sweet, funny, short romance with endearing characters. Kay Westscott is a novelist winding down after a busy lesbian fiction conference. She meets a beautiful woman in the bar of her hotel where the woman is planning on attending a lesbian speed dating event that night. When they get talking it soon becomes apparent that there is an attraction between them – but will either of them take the initiative? 

I really enjoy short stories and am always delighted to find new ones – especially lesfic ones. This one is a lovely story of unexpected attraction and the hope of more. It poses the question of whether one can fall in love at first sight. And whether you can make a life changing decision based on that one meeting. I loved it. Karen F Williams is an excellent writer with imaginative flair and I always look out for her work. I am happy to add ‘Cupid’s Bow’ to my collection.

I was given this ARC for review by Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books.

Review of ‘The Sea’ by KL Hughes

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‘The Sea’ is a short story that left me wanting more – in a good way. Louise is a professor with a secret. And that secret is pretty fascinating. Finding out exactly what it was and her struggles with it kept me reading and hoping that there could be more from this particular character in the future. She is drawn to one of her students and is torn between wanting to act and knowing she can’t. But her reason for this is not so straightforward as one may think. The story is very atmospheric and descriptive.  An enjoyable read and free from Ylva Publishing if you click on the link below.

I was given this ARC for review.

 

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Review of ‘Loving Blue in Red States: Salt Lake City Utah’ by Anne Hagan

Loving Blue in Red States: Salt Lake City Utah

 

Anne Hagan has written another thought-provoking short story in her latest series.  When Amanda plucks up the courage to walk into a gay-owned coffee shop she changes her life in more ways than one.  Working for an ultra-conservative Mormon bank she has to keep her private life very private.  Will she be able to keep doing that?  Rebecca, the barista in said coffee shop awakens something in Amanda, but she has troubles of her own.  Will they get past these problems?  I enjoyed the setting of the story and the main characters.  Amanda had a strength that came to the fore at just the right time and Rebecca was already standing up for herself in the face of prejudice.  I am really enjoying the whole series as the author has managed to point out that things are getting better but there are still women who need our support.  Especially in these scary political times.

 

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

Review of ‘Loving Blue in Red States -Perryville Missouri’by Anne Hagan

Loving Blue in Red States: Perryville Missouri

 

This is the fourth short story in Anne Hagan’s ‘Loving Blue in Red States’ series and a really great read. Geologist Bethany French ends up working with younger woman Dr Renn Sowell in the caves of Missouri. Bethany has avoided relationships for years and Renn is hiding her sexuality from her right-wing father. Can they get past these obstacles and be together? I found the caving aspect of the story fascinating and well described. I would love to find out more about these characters as this story piqued my interest in them. The whole series has me hooked and I eagerly anticipate each new one. 

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

Review of ‘Loving Blue in Red States: Jackson Hole Wyoming’ by Anne Hagan

Loving Blue in Red States: Jackson Hole Wyoming

 

Review of ‘Loving Blue in Red States:Birmingham, Alabama’ by Anne Hagan

Loving Blue in Red States: Birmingham Alabama

 

This is an interesting story of women fighting for what they believe in and the obstacles they come up against.  Izzy is a mechanic in the Air National Guard and is keeping her head down and is in the closet at work.  The fear of losing everything because of bigots at work is a real worry.  Her girlfriend Aslyn is hoping to train as a nurse.  A Women’s march in Birmingham brings out a lot of right wing protesters – will the women be able to overcome their fears and attend the rally?  This is the second short story in this series and follows lesbians living in conservative states.  I enjoyed it and found it surprising at times.  Seeing life through the eyes of so many different women at different stages of their lives and from different backgrounds is an inspired concept.

I was given this book as a gift in return for an honest review.