Review of ‘Major Surgery’ by Lola Keeley

I think it was the exceptionally desirable characters in ‘Major Surgery’ that first grabbed my attention. Veronica appears to be a bit aloof and the classic Ice Queen, but appearances can be deceptive. Army medic Cassie makes quite an impression from the get-go. She is determined, unconventional and very, very hot. The London teaching hospital setting was perfect. It gave us a chance to wander the capital’s streets, which were recognisable and familiar and an integral part of the story.

Lola Keeley impressed me with her previous novel, ‘The Music and the Mirror’, so I was looking forward to this new one. She did not disappoint. She writes of small, seemingly insignificant looks and glances that could be missed, except we know what they mean. When Veronica can’t keep her eyes off Cassie we know why. The slow build-up was perfect – the sexual tension at some points was palpable. I couldn’t get enough. ‘Major Surgery’ is the kind of story of that will have you cheering . Wonderful !❤️❤️

I was given this ARC by Ylva Publishing for review.

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Review of ‘Breaking Character’ by Lee Winter

‘Breaking Character’ is the story of Ice Queen, Elizabeth, star of top rated TV hospital drama ,Choosing Hope, and her new co-star Summer. Deep in the closet Elizabeth (Bess) is a respected British theatre actress and is widely seen as aloof and a bitch. Adorable former child-star Summer sees something different. As she struggles to be taken seriously as an adult in Hollywood, she brings something new to the show and to Bess’s life.

I really liked Bess. She had so many insecurities about her career and herself and it made her all the more loveable. Summer had a great heart and a lovely way of looking at life. I wanted them to be together so much. The twists and turns they had to overcome were so satisfying. I could have cheered at quite a few points in the story. The boo-hiss villain of the story was perfectly pitched and the coterie of friends and family  on both sides made this a very well rounded story. At times I felt the heartbreak and at others the passion and love was beautiful. An enchanting romantic story that had me swooning- especially the last paragraph. Perfect. 

I was given this ARC by Ylva Publishing to review. 

Review of ‘Shadow Hand’ by Sacchi Green

‘Shadow Hand’ is a refreshing story, of strong women, superpowers and a fight for good over evil. Ash and Cleo are soldiers who find themselves changing their lives completely after an encounter with an ancient statue in the desert. When Ash realises she can use her mind to move objects she is a person of interest. Choosing to use her powers for the good of others takes a bit of planning, and with Cleo by her side she must decide how to go about it. 

The story is unexpected and unlike anything else I’ve read. It is well written and uplifting – in more ways than one! I enjoyed the camaraderie aspect, as Ash and Cleo become involved in helping other women. It felt empowering.  The relationship between the two women was intense and sexy – what else could one expect from  Sacchi Green?  The tale goes in directions I didn’t see coming – and I appreciated the imagination and depth that went into the storytelling. I really liked it.

I was given this ARC for review.

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 ‘Language of Love’ edited by Lee Winter and Astrid Ohletz

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‘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!

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘One Way Or Another’ by A.L. Brooks

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I love it when a book surpasses my expectations and this one does by quite a way. I’ve loved everything AL Brooks has written this far and knew it would be good but ‘One Way Or Another’ was sublime. It’s the story of primary school teacher Bethany, a woman one could easily mistake for being timid, shy and quiet. When she bumps into worldly-wise Lawyer Sarah whilst perusing the wares in a sex shop, little does she know her life is about to change. Do they want the same things? Sometimes we don’t realise what we really want until someone offers it. And that makes it all the more delicious.
Bethany really surprised me as I got to know her. She had a innate strength and sense of purpose and I loved seeing her begin to change her life. Sarah came across as so sure of herself and in control at first. Finding out about the real woman beneath was a revelation. Their story left me feeling all mushy and full of the joys. It was romantic and emotional and the sex was erotic and frankly beautiful in its intensity. I highly recommend ‘One Way or Another’. 5+++ Stars

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘In Fashion’ by Jody Klaire

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‘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.

I was given this ARC for 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 ‘Lost for Words’ by Andrea Bramhall

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In ‘Lost for Words’ Andrea Bramhall has created a story that had me laughing out loud and nearly choking on my sandwich more than once. There are two scenes in particular that had me in hysterics. But then she flipped it all around and had me in floods of tears. My emotions were all over the place as I laughed and cried with Sasha, Jac, Fleur and Bobbi.
Sasha works as a massage therapist and lives with her mum, Fleur. She is stuck in a rut but won’t admit it. When her friend Bobbi secretly enters her into a scriptwriting competition it looks as if her life may just change for the better. Jac runs a media company and is on the lookout for great new pieces of writing to film and promote. She never lets herself get emotionally involved – but will she make an exception for Sasha?
This is an exceptional story of two women who find something in each other that completes them. It is funny, romantic, highly emotional and scorchingly hot. The love scenes are off the scale and I’d be wary of reading them in company without a fan to cool you down! But it is the attention to detail and perfect characterisation that really stood out for me. I knew these women. I wanted to know more about them. At one point I felt everything they felt and couldn’t stem the flow of tears. And there in the middle of it all I came across the most beautiful sentences that make me gasp. I loved this book and wish I could give it 10 stars – it’s that good.

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘The Taste of Her Volume 2’ by Jess Lea

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This second volume of erotic short stories by Jess Lea is well written and engaging. The stories are varied in intensity but always have just the right mix of heat and storytelling. I enjoyed ‘A Different View’ the most – a story about taking a different outlook and how that can change things.

I was given this ARC for review by Ylva.