Review of ‘Time After Time’ by Louise Pentland

‘Time After Time’ by Louise Pentland is a heartwarming, funny and delightfully insightful story. 

Tabby’s life is suddenly upended when her dad makes a surprise announcement over Sunday lunch. She likes to stay well within her comfort zone, but the dominoes begin to fall and there’s nothing she can do to stop them. As she tries to cope with the changes, she wishes she could go back in time, where things were simpler. Meeting Bea begins a voyage of discovery. The only problem is, Bea is in the 1980s, and Tabby has been pushed into the past. So why does everything feel right in 1989? And will her travels in time be the answer to her present day problems?

I loved the time travel element of this novel. As someone who grew up in the 1980s, I revelled in the retro fashion details. I adored the mention of long lost shops. I couldn’t get enough of the tiny day to day differences. I felt I was with Tabby as she discovered the world of big hair, even bigger shoulder pads and mountains of Elnett hair spray. 

It was about Tabby discovering what she wanted from life. Wouldn’t we all love the chance to see ourselves from another perspective? 

It was a beautiful story of love, self-discovery and hope. I adored it.

I was given this ARC to review. 

My New Story Is Out – Bridget

I have a new story out in the world. A sweet, healing short story. I hope you will enjoy reading about Bridget. This is the start of her journey. Maybe we will find out even more about her in the future.

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Review of ‘Definite Possibility’ by Maggie Cummings

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This is the 3rd book in the Bay West Social Series, set in Staten Island, NY.  I loved the first two and was so looking forward to catching up on the stories of Meg, Lexi, Jesse and all of the other women living in the amazing lesbian condo community. ‘Definite Possibility’ is just as addictive as its predecessors! The family feel of Bay West is what makes these books special and there is so much scope for the series to run and run.

Meg is now in a relationship with dentist, Reina Ramirez but can’t seem to forget her ex, Sasha, who broke her heart. Can she ever just be friends with Sasha – or will there be more? Lexi and Jesse have settled into married bliss and Lexi seems keen on becoming more involved in the running of the complex.  I loved the insight into how it all runs and the different women all living there. Lexi’s friend Sam is back after a failed romance on the West Coast and has her sights set on coffee shop owner, Lucy, who is reluctant to commit to anything but her business. Their blossoming relationship was sweet and romantic and written with such understanding. The book was a delight to read and like all of the best romance novels left me with a happy feeling and the wish that this series could go on forever.

I was given this ARC by Bold Strokes Books and Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Review of Making a Tinderbox by Emma Sterner-Radley 


I really loved this story of Elise Falk, a noblewoman, and Nessa Clay, a farmer’s daughter who run away to the big city together for a new life . Their relationship is one of friendship and platonic love but there is more, though neither will admit it. They appear to want very different things from a partner. Meeting new people and becoming part of this fascinating city on the brink of greater industrialisation gave depth to the novel. There was a bit of a mystery in the background and the promise of more in future instalments. I certainly want to find out much more about these two ladies. Emma Sterner-Radley has enticed me in and I can’t wait for the second in the series next year. And I must mention the beautiful cover which must be my favourite this year. It is stunning. 
I was given this ARC by Heartsome Publishing in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Unexpected’ by Jenny Frame

Unexpected by Jenny Frame

This book deserves 10 Stars and I can confidently say it’s the best I’ve read in a very long time. When a ten year old boy turns up at Dale’s garage claiming to be her son life will never be the same. She has lived a life full of women and cars and no responsibility but that is all about to change. Pregnant Rebecca Harper is hiding a family secret and keeps everyone at arms length. She is terrified when Dale comes on the scene. Will she ever be able to trust? 

As they get to know each other the attraction is electric and I so wanted it to work out for them.  Dale is totally adorable and I defy anyone to resist falling in love with her as they read this beautiful story. A gorgeous butch with a heart of gold she surprises everyone around her, including Rachel. Jenny Frame has written the most amazing love story with the most intensely passionate and sexy love scenes. And I’ll admit to a few happy tears – trust me you won’t be able to hold them back either!

I was given this ARC by Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Heart Stop’ by Radclyffe

Heart Stop (First Responders, #6)

Jay Reynolds had her life all planned out until an accident changed everything.  When she ends up working in the Medical Examiner’s office under the tutelage of Olivia Price, things become complicated for both of them.  Olivia is not happy at being forced to take on Jay under unusual circumstances and Jay is moving further away from her dream of being a top trauma surgeon.  I really liked both main characters and seeing how they dealt with each other and how their simmering attraction played out.  Jay was strong, capable and determined and not about to give up in any sphere of her life.  Olivia was brilliant and stunning and Jay could not resist.  But she had demons from her past and the question was whether she could ever get past them. The backstory of gang warfare and the minor characters really made this an interesting story and had me hooked.  Radclyffe is a favourite author of mine and I can always rely on her to keep me enthralled.  As always the sex scenes are extremely hot and will not fail to please.

 

I was given this ARC by Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Unlikely Match’ by Fiona Riley

 

Unlikely Match by Fiona Riley

I have been so looking forward to this book release as I loved the first in the series featuring matchmaker Samantha and the love of her life, Lucinda. This story follows tech geek Shelly and PR executive Claire and their wonderfully sweet, funny and sexy relationship.  When they work together on a project they both realise they may have found something missing in their lives. Shelly is socially awkward and very fussy when it comes to women. Claire is outgoing, confident and friendly.  As with ‘Miss Match’ this book is beautifully romantic, incredibly hot and has the most adorable main characters. You will come away from this with a smile on your face and a happy heart!

I was given this ARC by Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘New Life’ by Jan Gayle

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Trig and Karrie have a great relationship and Trig wants it to stay that way.  She has never wanted kids but when Karrie gets pregnant from a donor on the first attempt she feels backed into a corner.  She hasn’t been able to make her real feelings clear to Karrie and worries that once the baby comes she won’t be a good mother and she’ll be pushed into the background as Karrie gets what she has always wanted.  This was a well written story of an ordinary marriage between two women and the problems they face when they haven’t been completely open with each other.  I liked Trig and could see where she was coming from.  She was scared and felt unable to confide this in Karrie who frankly had a tendency to go cold on anyone who disagreed with her.  She was quite single-minded in her goal of having a family.  The story dealt with how they work through their differences and it was interesting to see how this developed.  

 

I was given this ARC by Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Royal Rebel’ by Jenny Frame

 

Royal Rebel by Jenny Frame

 

‘Royal Rebel’ is the story of disgraced Princess Roza and ultra-controlled charity director Lennox King.  Roza has spent the last few years trying to shock her strict father by partying and becoming involved with a completely unsuitable woman.  She is sent to the UK to try and sort her out and works at Lex’s charity.  The Queen Consort, Beatrice, former head of the charity has arranged this and hopes she will benefit from helping others.  First of all, don’t you just love the idea of Britain with a lesbian Queen and her wife?  I enjoyed seeing how both Roza and Lex dealt with their past indiscretions and how it changed them.  This book is about learning to believe in yourself and letting others in.  It is about love being the only thing that really matters – and getting to the point where you accept that.  Jenny Frame has written a beautifully romantic and sexy story that had me enthralled.  I adored both main characters and of course George and Bea, who were instrumental in bringing them together.  The minor characters were all so special too – especially Major Ravn and Perri.  I can bet the Major will be a big favourite with a lot of readers!  I can highly recommend ‘Royal Rebel’.
I was given this ARC by Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books in return for an honest review.