Review of ‘Hooked On You’ by Jenn Matthews

Ollie was seriously injured during her time in the army. She now owns a craft shop and runs a crochet group in the evenings. When teacher Anna joins the group they fall into an easy friendship, but there is more. What that might be is confusing for seemingly-straight Anna. She is dating total prat Liam, a colleague. Boy, did I want her to see the light regarding that one!

I enjoyed the slow build up in this story. It was so worth it. Ollie and Annie are grown -up women, with full lives and interesting histories. It was so refreshing to read a romance between mature women. Each touch, each kiss was special and tender. It was beautifully written. We got to see how Ollie struggled with her physical problems and how that affected her confidence in pursuing a new relationship. Anna’s struggles were of a different nature – that of being attracted to a woman for the first time. I was literally ‘hooked’ on their stories. 

I also really enjoyed finding out about their families. Anna’s adopted son, Timothy was on the Autistic Spectrum and I loved his way of looking at the world. His depiction was spot on. Jenn Matthews has an excellent understanding of someone with autism and I really appreciated how she put across how wonderful it can be and how rewarding it is to know someone with autism. Thank you for that Jenn. 

Finally the fact that the women met through their love of crochet was fascinating. I have, like Anna, watched multiple YouTube videos to try and learn the skill, to no avail. After reading ‘Hooked On You’ I’m feeling inspired to follow Anna’s lead and join a class. An excellent first novel –  I look forward to more from Ms Matthews in the future.

I was given this ARC to review.

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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.

Review of ‘Falling Hard’ by Jae

 

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Jae has the great knack of writing stories that the reader can become totally immersed in.  ‘Falling hard’ is no exception.  Hot surgeon and major player, Jordan, insists she will never be ready for a relationship and is quite happy playing the field.  That is until single mom Emma moves next door with her adorable daughter Molly.  Fresh out of a divorce Emma doesn’t want any kind of romantic complications either.  But you can’t fight what just feels right.  I loved seeing how the blossoming romance developed and how it changed each of them for the better.  It was cute and sweet and increasingly, teasingly sexy.  Emma was so wary at the start but she really grew in confidence thanks to her friendship with Jordan.  I felt Jordan found something she really needed.  I got completely lost in this book and didn’t want it to end.
I was given this ARC by Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Drawn Together’ by JD Glass

 

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‘Drawn Together’ by JS Glass if fan-bloody-tastic!!!  I started reading it this morning and couldn’t stop.  The story of Zoey, comic book artist and writer, Dion is a slow-burning love story that grows out of friendship but it is so much more.  As they collaborate on a project they grow closer and through their communications with each other we find out that Dion is in a very precarious situation.  I won’t give away what that situation is but it is gripping.   JD Glass uses  a very unconventional style –  emails, texts, excerpts from stories and much more.  And it really works. I was totally hooked and had to keep going until I finished the book.  There was no way I could stop.  This is an amazing read and I wish I could give it more than 5 stars.
I was given this ARC by Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Never-tied Nora’ by Cheyenne Blue

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Never- tied -Nora left me feeling elated and joyful in a way no book has done for a long time. The wonderfully sexy and romantic story of Nora, a love-em and leave-em type and gorgeous red-head Ger was just perfect. I’ve read the next two books in this series by Cheyenne Blue and thought I should go back to where it all began. I’m so glad I did as I fell madly in love with their story. Trying to find a way to be together despite a long running feud between their families causes untold heartache for them both. The love between them is so powerful and hot and I was rooting for them from the start. A brilliant read and worth 5+stars.
I was given this ARC free by Ylva publishing in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Something in the wine ‘ by Jae

What starts off as revenge on her practical joker brother blossoms into something Annie could never have imagined. When Jake set her up on a blind date with vineyard owner Drew, not letting her know Drew was a woman, she was furious. After a lifetime of teasing Annie has had enough and she and Drew decide to pretend to be in love to get back at him. I absolutely adored this tender and beautiful story. Jae has managed to create two characters who managed to tug at my heart strings and keep me enthralled. Annie is a very rigid and seemingly staid accountant, who has never felt any great passion in her life. Drew feels drawn to her immediately but she straight so what can she do? How they begin to become more than friends and make huge differences in each other’s lives had me hooked. I didn’t want it to end. The bonus short story at the end is just perfect and so unbelievably romantic. An excellent 5 star read!I was given this ARC free by Ylva in return for an honest review.

Review of ‘Fenced-in-Felix by Cheyenne Blue

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Having read the previous novel in this series by Cheyenne Blue I was so looking forward to ‘Fenced-in-Felix. I was not disappointed. Felix runs an outback experience business which includes a campsite, cabins and horse riding. She becomes friends with the new barmaid from the local pub, Josie, through their love of horses.  They are both attracted to each other but move so very slowly and really need a bit of a nudge in the right direction.  Friends Sue and Moni are the ones to provide that nudge. I loved that they were in this book too as their story from ‘Not-so-straight-Sue’ was fantastic. They bring visitors from England, Nora and Geraldine  and it is then that a mystery starts to unfold. As Felix begins to look into this it brings a new dynamic to her relationship with Josie that I was not expecting. The tension between them is so well written and I found myself becoming annoyed at both of them. I defy anyone not to be frustrated by their stubbornness! I really appreciated that this story was a mixture of romance and mystery as it really added to my enjoyment. Another winner from Cheyenne Blue and I look forward to a further instalment. 

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

Review of ‘Not-so-straight-Sue’ by Cheyenne Blue

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Cheyenne Blue has written a beautifully evocative love story, set in the Outback of Australia, with a main character who stole my heart.  Sue has spent the last ten years away from home, escaping from a situation she can’t face.  She is a lesbian, but to the world she is straight, as admitting the truth runs too many risks for her.  Only one woman, Moni, sees through the facade, but she is on the other side of the world and Sue faces her dilemma alone.  When homesickness finally gets to her, Sue decides to pack in her fast-paced London life for a law practise in Mungabilly Creek, Queensland.  Only then can she accept who she is and hope that others will do the same.  I loved Sue’s touching coming out and how she blossomed as a proud, at-ease, confident woman.  When she meets Moni again their attraction is intense and the sexual tension between them is off the scale.  Cheyenne Blue is a skilled writer and she made me feel so invested in their relationship.  As well as being so emotionally touching, the love scenes were scorching.  Rarely have I read any so wonderfully descriptive and effective.  I also found myself in love with the Outback and its people and landscape.  I could almost taste the red dust!  I am really looking forward to more in this vein and note that a new novel featuring Felix, a pivotal character in this book, is due out soon.  I highly recommend this amazing story.

 

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

 

Review of ‘Rescue Me’ by Michelle L Teichman

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I absolutely adored this book and can’t recommend it highly enough.  Ashleigh is a rookie paramedic in Toronto and meets the rather tetchy and ascerbic cop, Kristen, who is really an undercover RCMP investigating the death of a cop the previous year.  Some believe that two paramedics killed the cop. The relationship between the paramedics and cops has broken down to such an extent that all trust has gone between them and the cops won’t even let the medics treat them.   Ashleigh and Kristen are new to their jobs in Toronto and manage to overcome the animosity and become friends.  Both want different things romantically and it seems at first they won’t be able to get past that.  Ashleigh wants a Princess Charming but Kristen sticks to one night stands and has secrets from her past that keep her stuck in that mindset.

The investigation into the cop killing is slow-paced, with more and more revelations that kept me interested.  It is teased out perfectly with a level of threat simmering under the surface. Kristen hasn’t told anyone but her brother what she is really in Toronto for and it made her developing relationship with Ashleigh more and more risky.  Was she putting her at risk? Would it ruin everything with Ashleigh?  Together they were so right and their story was so heart-wrenchingly romantic and sexy.  This was a beautiful love story that at times made me so happy and totally invested in their relationship.  Kristen at first seemed a tough cookie but there was so much more to her and I wanted her to just let go and allow Ashleigh in.  Ashleigh knew what she wanted all along as she had been hurt in the past and had no intention of letting it happen again.  She could see the good in Kristen and was a fighter in her own way.  An excellent novel.

 

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

 

Review of ‘Requiem for Immortals’ by Lee Winter

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Wow! This book had me gripped from the start and I felt a depth of emotion from the characters that truly made me gasp.  Lee Winter has a way with words that pulls the reader into her world and doesn’t let go until every ounce of feeling has been teased from them.  Natalya/Requiem is a complex character living two lives, one as a classical musician and the other as Australia’s No 1 assassin.  She has been able to keep her emotions constrained for years and I could see why that was so necessary, given her second job.  Once Alison enters her sphere that is no longer possible, even though she denies to herself and others that anything has changed.  The internal conflict Natalya feels is immense and I know which way I wanted her to go.  Alison has an influence on her that goes beyond anything she has ever had to face.  I don’t want to give away any more of the story as the revelations need to hit the reader smack in the face and have an emotional punch that they won’t forget in a hurry.  This is one helluva book and well worth 5 stars and more.

 

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