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The Panty Thief
Annette Mori

05/05/2020
Karen McIntosh
'The Panty Thief’ is told with Annette Mori’s trademark quirky humour – but there’s a serious side too. And that’s her standout skill as a writer. She manages to make us laugh one minute, then finds a way to make us think the next.

Joey and Sabrina are neighbours who become study buddies. But it’s clear from day one that they both want more. Heavy workloads, friends with major problems and a reluctance to commit conspire to keep that on hold. Will the pair ever find time for themselves – and will they see that all work and no play is no fun at all?

I enjoyed spending time with Joey and Sabrina and hoped that they would get their happily ever after story. Stealing panties was the light relief in this story that tackled a pretty serious issue too. Throughout it all was the attraction between them, an undercurrent of fizzing passion that they struggled to keep under control. Joey seemed to be a wise-cracking joker at the start, but there was a lot more to her character. I liked seeing how she grew, and how she began to see what was really important in her life. Sabrina was just as dedicated to her studies as Joey, but she found a way to attend to the other tings life threw at her, without neglecting them. Joey was a good influence on her as she allowed her to loosen up a bit – especially regarding those infamous panties! I really enjoyed ‘The Panty Thief’.

I was given this ARC for review....


Country Living
Jen Silver

03/28/2020
Karen McIntosh
I have just spent a wonderful few hours in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside thanks to author Jen Silver. Her latest novel ‘Country Living’ is the perfect book to read right now. Escape with unexpected and exciting storylines and get to know her believable and well-rounded characters.

Peri has always dreamed of a life in the English countryside, with an old stone cottage, a vegetable garden and walks in the hills and fields. Her wife is not so keen, but goes along with it as long as she has time in London to finish off some projects before joining her. Moving near the lesbian mecca of Hebden Bridge, Peri expects a quiet life and ordinary neighbours. That’s not exactly what she gets though. There are a few secrets being kept from her and life may not turn out as she expected.

I loved Peri. She’s the woman you want living next door. She was kind and approachable and deserved to be treasured. I liked seeing her interact with her neighbours. It brought out something unexpected in her. There are a few different storyline strands woven through the novel and that takes it a notch above most others. Oh and it is very hot too! A great book and highly recommended.

I was given this ARC for review....


The Settlement
Ali Spooner

02/27/2020
Monika Magdalena Schenke
Ali tells a wonderful story of first loss, then recovery and finally love. On the way our heroine shows her loving and generous self and builds a monument for the woman she lost, that truly shines in more than just a physical way.

Attention! Spoiler:

What I enjoyed most about this great romance novel is that it tells a really heart warming story without delving into any sex, other than mentioning that it happened and the participants were happy it did.

End of spoiler!

I really enjoyed this beautiful story, five stars really aren't enough for it.
Monique....


Pleasure Workers

09/01/2019
Ameliah Faith
PURR
This is a FANTASTIC follow up to The Trophy Wives Club by Ali Spooner. This is Alex’s story and it is so, so wonderful!! Sweet and gentle Alex has had a really rough year or so but things are finally starting to turn around. With the help of some great people she finds herself in a most unexpected place where she can happily use those special skills both the ones her beloved father taught her and the ones she learned at a special sort of ranch in Nevada…. Most unexpectedly of all, she finds herself falling in love, yummy sighs. I TOTALLY am in love with the characters, the descriptions, the emotion and the story. I have placed this book in my All Time Favourite Books folder and will be sure to read it again and again!...


The Trophy Wives Club
Ali Spooner

08/05/2019
Ameliah Faith
Dream Job
This is my all-time favourite Ali Spooner book!! It is so very hot and steamy that I read it twice back to back and will read it again soon I am sure! Marley is put in charge of an exclusive fitness club where the staff cater to all the NEEDS of their clients, wink, wink, nudge, nudge…. OMG!!! The characters are so fantastic! There isn’t one you won’t love to bits! There is sex, romance, friendship, love of all sorts all in a kick ass story. It is divine and delightful and just so, so good! You will LOVE it!!!

There is a part two of this book written by Annette Mori that is due out soon called The Pleasure Workers that I am so sure will be just as amazing!...


Addicted to You
Erin O'Reilly

06/09/2019
Karen McIntosh
‘Addicted To You’ is a story of obsession, sexual discovery and passion. It is also a story of love, redemption and realisation. Elin is young, naive and ripe for the picking. Older woman Marissa spots this right away and takes full advantage. She is predatory, manipulative and downright nasty. Boy did I hate her! I wanted Elin to see all of this for herself, but good people don’t always see when they are being used. I was so happy when Aimee came into the picture. Would Elin realise what a wonderful woman she was though? I enjoyed the character development in this book and seeing how they each dealt with changes in their lives. Erin O’Reilly always leaves me happy to have gone on the journey with her.

I was given this ARC for review....


At Last
JM Dragon

04/08/2019
Karen McIntosh
I enjoyed this sweet and inspiring story of a town coming together to try to save the company that keeps them all afloat. Love stories abound in ‘At Last’ and I was especially enamoured by one in particular. Perfume company owner Gene has yet to find the love of her life – but if she opened her eyes she would see love was there in front of her all along. Outsider Quinn comes to town to try and sort out supply problems for her employers – but ends up finding out more about herself. I think the town of Grady had quite an impact on those choosing to spend time there. Powerful circumstances made people reassess their lives. Love, family, romance and loyalty were the themes that drew me into this story. I felt myself rooting for the characters – be it in their love lives or in business. An enjoyable read.

I was given this ARC for review....


The Book Witch
Annette Mori

02/25/2019
Karen McIntosh
‘The Book Witch’ is funny, quirky and full of surprising twists. The first book in the series ‘The Book Addict’ introduced us to Elle and Tanya, who are now all loved-up. When Imara, a book witch with the power to bring characters to life, appears in town things begin to get exciting again. She wants to help Jai, a local teacher, find love at last. But she needs her friends to help. Things are never that simple though and enemies, old and new, try to put a spoke in the machine.

Ms Mori uses some unique plot devices to take this story in very unexpected directions. Fans of the author will be thrilled to find some of their favourite characters from other series turn up. This really worked for me. In a book about the supernatural I was was surprised to find myself suspending belief and really going with the premise. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if book witches did exist and our beloved characters came to life? This was exactly the kind of book I wanted to read and I salute the imagination of Annette Mori.

I was given this ARC for review....


Deuce
Jen Silver

02/25/2019
Karen McIntosh
What a wonderful story! ‘Deuce’ is the story of Jay, ex-professional tennis player, and her life after the disappearance at sea of her lover, Charley. Forced to go on without her, she brings up their child and starts a new career. But she isn’t really happy. Charley meanwhile is living in the Faroe Islands with a new name and no memory of her life before. When she starts to remember, the lives of so many people are about to be up-ended.

The story is so well told. It has love, unexpected family complications, passion and surprises. I could not put it down. I wanted to know what happened next to these characters. They felt real and I began to care about them. They each had to face the fact that time does not stand still and people change. Sometimes that means accepting differences and sometimes it means putting yourself in their shoes. Jen Silver has a talent for crafting characters and storylines that really resonate. She subtly weaves real events into her work and that makes the reader feel more engaged. ‘Deuce’ may be my favourite of her novels so far.

I was given this ARC for review....


Unconventional Lovers
Annette Mori

02/04/2018
Karen McIntosh
Annette Mori has surpassed herself in what I believe is her best book yet. ‘Unconventional Lovers’ is beautifully written, uplifting and sensitively told and had me smiling from ear to ear. There are two love stories in the novel - one slow-burning but ultimately such a satisfying and romantic tale. Olivia and Deb are not on the same page when it comes to making a commitment or even admitting their feelings. I loved how their friendship grew into something I hoped it would. Bri and Siera are two very special young women who find each other unexpectedly and complete the other person. Their relationship was conveyed in such a tender and understanding way that I defy anyone to leave this book without shedding a few tears. I loved it. 5 stars are not enough!...


Christmas Medley

12/03/2017
Karen McIntosh
This book has made me realise just how much I love anthologies - and especially Christmas anthologies. Getting stories from different authors is wonderful - and what authors ! They are all fantastic stories by women who wrote the most beautiful tales of love, passion and hope. They evoke the spirit of Christmas in ways that made me happy and joyful.

‘Thundersnow and Lightning’ by Del Robertson is the story of veterinarian Sam, a kind, neighbourly woman who has lost the spirit of Christmas . Finding a woman half frozen in the snow changes her life and her outlook in a heartwarming and sexy way. What’s not to love about a story like that ?

‘Maybe this Christmas’ by Jen Silver was set in Hebden Bridge, the lesbian mecca of the north of England. I loved the setting and the sweet story of Emma and her struggle to get past heartbreak and feel love again.

‘The Little Helper’ by JM Dragon follows Laura , a woman who has resisted the lure of Christmas and love for many years only to find that all is not lost. Great characters and a lovely story that really captured all that is good in the world.

‘Who is Nicolas Claus’ by Annette Mori follows on from her wonderful novel ‘Captivated’. Tanner and Juliet are living together in domestic bliss and the hope for a baby of their own begins to occupy their thoughts. When a strange old white-bearded man moves into town their investigative skills come into play. Could he be?? Surely not.! Find out in this funny, tongue in cheek tale of love, friendship and family.

‘Christmas Story’ by Ali Spooner is a follow up to ‘South of Heaven’. Kendra and Lindsey are a loved-up couple looking forward to spending Christmas with family and friends. It has a lovely  family feel and is a happy story - so utterly romantic and hot (very hot ! ). It recaptured the feel of ‘South of Heaven perfectly.

‘Reflections’ by Erin O’ReillyIt’s about two lonely but very different women finding each other. A transformation occurs for both of them that had me hooked. She’s captured something so beautiful and emotional in this story.

‘This Christmas’ by Alicia Joseph is the tale of two outsiders who find that being who you are can be the most wonderful thing in the world - if only you have the courage. I loved Sam and Lana and would love to find out more about them.

‘Peaches for Honey’ by Lacey Schmidt told the story of former teenage sweethearts Ely and Georgia and the hope that life can work out. Will this Christmas be the one to make Ely’s dreams come true?

An excellent anthology to get you in the mood for the festive time ahead....


Death Is Only the Beginning
JM Dragon

10/07/2017
Karen McIntosh
I really loved ‘Death Is Only The Beginning’ by JM Dragon as it is a wonderful mixture of mystery, humour and romance.  Millicent Parker is a code breaker during WW2 and spends her weeks in London and her weekends with her lover Charlie in the country.  When she dies in an accident and finds herself bound to Violet Reed, the driver of the car, things start to get very interesting.  Was it really an accident? As the pair begin to investigate they realise that they must deal with Charlie and private investigator Pru who are also looking into the mystery.  Charlie was my favourite character as she was caring, strong and so loveable and I wanted her to find happiness.  The bickering between Milly and Violet was laced with a fair amount of sexual tension - but would they ever admit to that? The story was a very unusual scenario and full of surprises.  It was also set in an English village which, in my mind, is the perfect place for a mystery. I want more of these characters and can see this becoming a well-loved series of books.  Highly recommended.



I was given this ARC by Affinity Rainbow Publications in return for an honest review....


Refraction Series
Angela Koenig

08/15/2017
Karen McIntosh
This trilogy is utterly brilliant! Angela Koenig has written a gripping series of novels following Jeri O’Donnell from the troubles in Ulster, to the Himalayas and onto Yugoslavia when the Balkan war was in full force. Her life is one of violence, tragedy and keeping hidden from those out to capture her. When she meets Kelly Corcoran, an American tourist seeking peace, she finds a love that changes her. Their connection was intense, beautiful and at times frantic and joyful. Can they survive the dangerous life they lead? Is love enough?

The writing was intelligent and poetic and managed to convey a sense of history that pulled me into the story and made me feel as if I was right in the midst of it all. Jeri is a very complex character and her journey is one that I am so glad I followed. The love story woven throughout is deep and vital and one I won’t forget. I highly recommend this trilogy and wish I could give it more than 5 Stars.

I was given this ARC by Affinity Rainbow Publications in return for an honest review....


The Bee Charmer
Ali Spooner

08/14/2017
Karen McIntosh
The Bee Charmer is one of those books to wallow in, to enter a world gone by. Nat is a trader and trapper who finds her life turned upside down when her father dies. She meets beautiful widow Marissa in town and is torn between her love of the wild and her feelings for this woman. Their story and that of their friends is beautifully told, with such wonderfully descriptive writing that made me feel part of a gentler time. It took me back to a time past and I felt as if I could smell the clean air, I could imagine the woods filled with trees and animals . Pioneer life was described in intricate detail and it was fascinating. Nat and Marissa worked hard and made use of everything around them and their ingenuity knew no bounds. I loved reading about their lives and how the pioneers found ways to survive in new lands. Their story was also one of passion and sexual intensity that was quite breath-taking. Ali Spooner caught me off guard too with some surprising moments that I didn't see coming. I adored it and highly recommend 'The Bee Charmer'

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Running From Love
Jen Silver

06/15/2017
Karen McIntosh
I adored this book. Jen Silver has written a wonderful story of a group of mature women on a golf retreat in Cornwall. Now I must admit I'm not a fan of golf but I was surprised at how addictive she made it seem. Beth and Sam are separated and are shocked to bump into each other there. Professional golfer Andi and her lover Freya are both in the closet and have no intention of leaving it. Along with a diverse group of women they are faced with reality and it's not going away. The setting was beautifully described and made me want to book a week or two there. It is the perfect backdrop for a tale of heartbreak, romance, unrequited love and some very sexy encounters. I couldn't put it down.

I was given this ARC by Affinity eBook Press in return for an honest review....


The Ultimate Betrayal by Anette Mori

01/03/2017
Dee England
4.5 scandalous stars!

This is the first story I've read by Annette Mori and it won't be the last! It most certainly gave me a lot to ponder. While not everyone will agree with the reactions of the two women scorned, I say don't judge until you've walked a mile in their shoes. And everyone deals with grief and betrayal in different ways.

The story is told in third person and from more then one Point-of-view, something I as an avid reader truly appreciate. ...


The Promise
JM Dragon

11/21/2016
Sue Rossmann
I really liked this story. I have never read JM Dragon before so I didn't know what to expect. What I found was a refreshing story of 2 non perfect women. One damaged inside and one damaged outside. An accidental meeting with Melissa Grant, leads to an unexpected offer for Kris Lake, who just lost her job. Refurbishing a beach cottage, with the help of Melissa’s handicapped granddaughter.
Claire Tremont is at a crossroads after a near-death accident changed her life. Clair comes from money. Once a socialite always on the go, she now resorts to hiding from life. The story is about how they brought the best in each other and learned to love.
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The Promise
JM Dragon

11/12/2016
Karen McIntosh
When Claire’s Grandmother arranges for her to work on a cottage renovation with the rather plain and seemingly uninteresting Kris, she could never imagine just how pivotal this will be in her life. Having survived an horrific car crash she is living a quiet and limited life compared to her previous existence as a famous lesbian about town. Kris has been existing and no more in New York City, in a boring job with no prospects and very little money. With no friends and family who don’t approve of her sexuality, she jumps at the chance to do something different. For each woman life seems to be passing them by and love an unlikely prospect. J M Dragon tells the story of how they come to know each other, how they begin to become the women they were meant to be. The path we end up on doesn’t have to be how we live our lives. With a push and a little mysterious help from a special cottage and a intuitive, kind housekeeper, Shirley, Claire and Kris change. This was a slow-burning love story with an interesting ambience and a few mysteries and secrets that were teased out along the way. I loved how Claire changed from an spoilt rich kid into someone i could really root for. Circumstances made her who she was but she began to realise that she didn’t have to tread that path forever. Kris was so unsure of herself and she really grew as a person and as her confidence grew, Claire began to see a beauty in her. I thought the internal dialogue of the characters throughout the book gave an insight into how they were changing. This book was about finding the person you need and in doing so becoming a better person yourself. It was about seeing past the surface and letting love take over. The two main characters were so right for each other but it took a push and a nudge and a certain enigmatic housekeeper. This was a sweet love story with a twist

I was given this ARC free by Affinity ebooks in return for an honest review....


Christmas at Winterbourne
Jen Silver

11/11/2016
Sue Rossmann
I so enjoyed Christmas at Winterbourne. First, I want to say I Love Christmas with an emphasis on love. What a bunch of fun quirky characters stuck at snowed in Winterbourne House over the Christmas holiday. Wil and a very pregnant Gaby own Winterbourne and they provide a Traditional Christmas for a group of lesbians. A bunch of women, all with their own demons, learn about themselves during this Christmas. It was a fast and fun read and I highly recommend it....


The Promise
JM Dragon

11/11/2016
Carrie Camp
I have read quite a few of JM Dragon's books and this is by far my favorite. The story is well written and flows. If you learn anything from this book it's beauty is in the eye of the beholder and everyone deserves a happy ending....


Christmas at Winterbourne
Jen Silver

11/02/2016
Carrie Camp
Great holiday read! This book had interesting characters, a flowing story line and the author's description of the countryside truly made you feel like you were there. Great book, would totally recommend!...


The Review
Annette Mori

10/16/2016
Sue Rossmann
The review for The Review
Annette Mori hit the ball out of the park with this one. Silver Lining, a writer, lost her wife to an infection. Jasmine has always been her beta reader and loyal fan. After 5 years Silver wants to meet Jasmine so she rigs a contest and flies Jasmine to her home for a home cooked dinner. They hit it off but Silver’s dead wife is always between them. Then there’s Jasmine’s ex Dara, who wants her back even though she cheats on her whenever she can. Then there’s a stalker. When you think you have that figured out, you’re wrong. Oh, what a wicked web Ms. Mori weaves.
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Against All Odds by JM Dragon
with Erin O'Reilly

10/12/2016
Carrie Camp
This was a very emotional book and I was emotionally spent after reading it! I felt bad for both characters and was truly hoping they would get the happy ending they deserved. Good book!...


Take Me As I Am
Jm Dragon & Erin O'Reilly

10/04/2016
Carrie Camp
Really good roller coaster romance! Well developed characters with a nice slow burn love story!


The Review
Annette Mori

10/02/2016
Carrie Camp
Every book keeps getting better and better! The Review is one of my favorites so far from Annette Mori. The Review starts out as what I would consider a "traditional" romance with the main character trying to figure out if she will ever be able to love again after the death of her wife...then in true Annette Mori fashion she throws in some twists and turns along the way that makes the book completely entertaining and hard to put down.
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The Review
Annette Mori

10/02/2016
Karen McIntosh
Having read Annette Mori’s work before I had high hopes for this latest book. The lady does not disappoint. The Review is a beautifully constructed romance, mystery and character study that had me hooked from page one. Silver, a lesfic writer, holds a competition where the first person to post a review of her new book gets a home cooked dinner with her. She knows full well it will be Jasmine, a fan who has been a great help to her as she slowly comes out of the blackness that engulfed her after the death of her wife. I loved the tentative overtures they made to each other, how they became more to each other. Silver’s guilt about moving on with her life was truly moving and I could understand her. Jasmine had a complicated love life to break away from and this caused them problems too. The lurking menace of a stalker in the background lent a real level of threat to the story and their identity kept me guessing. The various facets of the story were woven so brilliantly and the romantic element tugged at the heart strings. A really accomplished novel worth more than 5 stars....


A Walk Away
Lacey Schmidt

09/24/2016
Carrie Camp
This is my first book to read of Lacey Schmidt. I thoroughly enjoyed it! The author's attention to detail is amazing. I truly felt like I was in the story. The characters were well developed and you found yourself cheering them on wanting that happy ending for them. To top it off, the book has an Epilogue which completes the book in the best way....


South of Heaven
Ali Spooner

09/14/2016
Cathie Williamson
What's not to love about the open water and a little romance? South of Heaven will treat you to both in this tale about shrimp boat captain Kendra Drake falling for her new crewmate, Lindsey Bowen. It was a delight to be transported to the Gulf of Mexico where I could practically feel the Gulf breeze on my skin, smell the salty air, and hear the cries of gulls and water lapping up against the hull of the ship. Even the title and cover artwork will lure you in to the wonderful landscape of this book. This made for a dreamy backdrop to the sweet, slow burn of the romance that grows between Kendra and Lindsey. Each dances around the other, unsure of the consequences of possibly ruining their easy friendship not to mention the potential for unwanted drama aboard the small shrimp boat where the crew not only work together like a well-oiled machine but are also a close-knit family. Every budding relationship is met with challenges and triumphs, but few romances have to weather hurricanes and elusive shrimp. And when the boat docks after a long haul at sea there's nothing better than coming home to family and a good meal. South of Heaven will leave you with those warm fuzzies in its simple and quiet way, so settle in with this crew and enjoy the warmth that you will be enfolded in....


South of Heaven
Ali Spooner

09/14/2016
Karen McIntosh
This book is a feel-good, grinning from ear-to-ear kind of story. Kendra takes over her father’s shrimping business and has plans to expand. Her dad asks her to take on the daughter of an old army buddy, Lindsey, who needs to get away for a while and to get some experience on the boat. They are obviously attracted to each other but it takes a while for them to realise it and to act on it. This is a slow burner but it so much better for it. I liked seeing them become closer and their growing attraction was sweet and quite beautiful and oh so hot! They faced perils at sea which had a fair amount of tension and the worry of how the all-male crew would react to their relationship. Lindsey also had the constant worry that her father wouldn’t accept her sexuality. I loved how Ali Spooner chose to deal with it and it made me feel such warmth towards the characters. Lindsey was kind and courageous and completely smitten by Kendra. No-one could doubt their love when they saw the look on her face. Kendra was capable, compassionate and utterly adorable and I’m not surprised her crew loved her. I loved being in their world and following this oh-so romantic story.

I was given this ARC free by Affinity ebook Press in return for an honest review.

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Catch to Release
Lacey Schmidt

09/14/2016
Karen McIntosh
Addison heads a private security firm used to protecting diplomats and politicians. Shay is a lesbian folk musician who needs her protection but is reluctant to take it. Threats keep coming in and when her family is affected she has to agree to Addison’s help. I enjoyed this tense thriller and it certainly kept me wondering right until the end. How Addison and her team dealt with their mission and how Shay slowly came to accept them made for an interesting read. The romantic element was slowly teased out and as both women had issues to deal with before ever being able to commit to someone, it took them time. The last portion of the book had me holding my breath, as the threats became scarier and more immediate. I liked the two main characters a lot and found myself rooting for them. Addison seemed so closed down at the beginning and I felt that Shay’s kind and caring personality really helped her to finally start to live again. The people around them were well written and really made the whole group feel like a family. A really good read and recommended for lovers of crime fiction and lesfic.

I was given this ARC free by Affinity ebook Press in return for an honest review,
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Ready for Love
Erin O'Reilly

09/10/2016
Carrie Camp
I really enjoyed this book! If you like a slow burn with a story line that keeps you interested from the first chapter, this book is for you! I loved the detail that the author put into the characters. By the end of the story you truly felt like you knew each character and why they struggled with the feelings they felt. Great book!...


The Circle Dance
Jen Silver

09/06/2016
Carrie Camp
Just finished The Circle Dance...what a great book! This book had twists and turns along the way and you couldn't predict how the story was going to end...excellent writing by the author!...


South of Heaven
Ali Spooner

09/01/2016
Carrie Camp
This is my second book to read of Ali Spooner's...and I thoroughly enjoyed it! This is a great light read that will keep you entertained and interested the whole way through. The book is about two hard working women who fall in love on a shrimp boat...what's not to love about that scenario?!

P.S. The book's title is super clever once you learn the meaning behind it and there is a nice bonus at the end!



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South of Heaven
Ali Spooner

09/01/2016
Sue Rossmann
First I’d like to say I love the water. Ali Spooner spun a beautiful story of shrimp boat Captain Kendra and her father who just gave up the reins to her. Kendra has taken over her dad’s shrimp boat and crew. She has been given the license to fish for Red Shrimp in deep water. A friend’s daughter, Lindsay, comes to help out for the summer. Sparks fly between these two right away but neither are in for a summer romance but its fun to look and flirt. Ms. Spooner painted a beautiful image of the open sea and the camaraderie of the Captain and crew. Their love and devotion for each other was so heartwarming. As a big storm is coming in Kendra and Lindsey take the boat out to open water where the boat will be safe to ride out the storm. This also gives them time alone to see what happens. I am not giving any spoilers. I highly recommend this book...


South of Heaven
Ali Spooner

09/01/2016
shiela aden
Having just finished "South of Heaven" by Ali Spooner. In a nutshell...She is absolutely brilliant!
A feel-good romance. As well as informative. You won't want to put it down!
The characters are very easy going, intriguing, charismatic, and fairly relatable.
The visual she gives in this book is off the charts. It feels as if you are a part of it all.
Kendra and Lindsey... The two hit it off fairly easy. And with the help of Kendra's father, the two are brought together igniting sparks between them. Their love for life on open water in a boat grows into something much more.
You will not be disappointed!!...


Terminal Event
Ali Spooner

09/01/2016
Sue Rossmann
I have read many of Ms Spooner's books but none as gritty as this one. Tally Rainwater has the gift of 2nd sight and one of the visions asks her to help find her killer. Tally has never known what to do about these visions until given the purpose to find a killer. The book takes place in the Bayou, home of voodoo, spirits and the unknown. My favorite part was the interaction between the Tally and her visions. I got goose bumps and shed a few tears not to mention a few unusual dreams. The ending was amazing. I will not spoil this for you. Read the book....


Neptune's Ring by Ali Spooner

09/01/2016
Sue Rossmann
This is the 2nd Book Island Series. I thought that I loved Venus Rising but it doesn't compare to Neptune's Ring. This story starts with the buying of a new Island that is said to be haunted. Nat and Liz put Levi alone on the island to manage the construction. Things are going along fine until Levi sees an apparition. Then the fun starts. The book has a bit of everything. A mystery, sizzling love story, a sweet romance and beautiful woman everywhere. Ali Spooner excellent book and I can't wait for the next installment. Bring me back to the island soon....


Bound
Ali Spooner
Hunter Series Book II

08/31/2016
Sue Rossmann
I loved, loved ,loved Bound by Ali Spooner. 1st she shows us the book cover. Outstanding. Covers matter people. Then the book came out. This is the sequel to Devils Tree. It is very unusual that a sequel is better than the original but this one is. The storyline is enhanced by the unusual characters, a wolf, a panther, a witch and a kick ass hunter. They are thrown together because of a Vampire that could destroy New Orleans and change life as they know it. They work together for the greater good and find family in each other. There is action, suspense, drama and a little bit of heat. Seriously, who doesn't love women who kick ass. Read the book people....


Venus Rising
Ali Spooner

08/31/2016
Sue Rossmann
I loved Venus Rising by Ali Spooner. It was a bit spicier than her usual book and I really enjoyed it. The story had a little bit of everything in it. There was a beautiful setting, a cursed coin, drama, intrigue, a sweet love story, lust and an island full of beautiful wealthy women. Who wouldn't love that! Read this book. You'll enjoy it. Ali doesn't disappoint. ...


Devil's Tree
Ali Spooner

08/31/2016
Sue Rossmann
this paranormal book by Ali Spooner. Starting off with a great loss, Devin leaves the security of the pack to find what her soul is aching for in New Orleans. The character development was outstanding and the story line ever changing. Ms Spooner set this up perfectly for the next book that is coming out soon. Thank God I don't have to wait a year for the sequel. Thank you Ali for writing such a enjoyable book. Patiently waiting for the sequel....


Cowgirl Up by Ali Spooner

08/31/2016
Sue Rossmann
I just finished Cowgirl Up by Ali Spooner. First I want to say that I love horses. The bond between the lead character, Coal, and her horse, Shadow, was amazing. How she described Coal's unique way of breaking horses was outstanding. She covers two major issues that so many people are facing—breast cancer and PTSD. The coverage of the PTSD was very well done. A lot of people have scars. They're just not all visible. I highly recommend this book....


Lilith
Fran Heckrotte
The Illusionist Series Book III

01/22/2016
Lisa McDaniel
This third book in the series has a host of new very interesting characters. Moving more deeply into the spirit realm and adding demons that the reader can root for creates a very creative and wonderful story. I absolutely love the Illusionist series and Lilith, along with Kali, Agra, Cammie, are great new characters. You won't be disappointed if you get this third book in the series, but of course I always recommend reading them all....


Devil's Tree
Ali Spooner

01/05/2016
Katherine Penix
This another outstanding book from Ali. She sets us up for another great series. I love Ali's writing style and love her stories. I can't wait for the next book. Keep up the good work....


23 Miles
Renee MacKenzie

03/29/2015
Lisa Hartman-McCarthy
I loved this book so much I read it in two days. I can not wait for more to come out. I don't want to give anything away so I will just say it is a must read....


23 Miles
Renee MacKenzie

03/29/2015
Lisa Hartman-McCarthy
I loved this book! It is a really good read and I can not wait to see if it continues! I never know how to leave a review bc I never want to give anything away. All I know is this is a good book....


Flight
Renee MacKenzie

02/03/2015
Rori Review
I actually wanted to give it 4.5 stars, but that was not an option...

Flight By Renee Mackenzie

It's 1983 and Kate Hunter is a student at a small, private college in Virginia. When Lana coaxes her onto the back of her beat-up scooter one night, Kate's education starts to encompass more than just her pre-vet studies.

Kate has always done as expected of her, so when she starts staying away from home on weekends to spend time with her new lover it's way out of character for her.
Lana is secretive, but Kate accepts things as they are and gives Lana her space. When she feels the sting of betrayal, will she be able to continue giving Lana her privacy?

Kate's sister April is a high school student playing with fire as she parties with her older boyfriend, Boyd. After finding someone overdosed the morning after a big party, April grows weary of all the drugs and alcohol. Will she be able to convince Boyd that they should slow down? Will she be able to pull it together before it's too late?

Kate and April are forced to face up to events from their younger years, their mother's desertion, and their long-deteriorating relationship with one another. Some lives will be lost and others changed forever when the sisters' lives intersect.

Will they be consumed by the wreckage, or will they be able to pick themselves up and take flight?

I was looking forward to the re-release of Renee Mackenzie’s Flight because I thoroughly enjoyed Nesting. I was not disappointed. Ms. Mackenzie is a masterful storyteller. She has the ability to slowly leak out bits and pieces to her story to keep you interested as she develops her characters. Like a wonderful cheesecake, bite by delicious bite you get to enjoy the story as it evolves.

The story is set in 1983 creating a delightful nostalgia. For me personally, I could relate to everything and it took me back in time. I can’t say that everything about 1983 was great, but it was certainly fun to revisit.

Ms. Mackenzie creates three-dimensional characters that are both complicated and flawed. They aren’t the cookie cutter perfect people I have nothing in common with. Their flaws make them more realistic and easy to root for. Granted I rooted for some more than others. Renee spiced up the story with some pretty hot scenes that helped move the characters and story along.
The end was satisfying to me because I look for an ending that fits with the story and doesn’t leave me hanging.

Since the book is told basically through the eyes of the two main characters who are sisters, Kate and April, I would love to see a follow-up book with the third main character , Lana, featured so readers can understand her better. I personally found her a very interesting character and would really like to know her better.

Overall, this was a good solid book that flowed nicely through to the conclusion. Obviously the nice little love story imbedded within was a big plus for me.



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Reece's Star
TJ Vertigo

02/01/2015
Rori Review
Reece Corbett watches over the dancers in her gentleman’s club with the blue, razor sharp eyes of The Animal. Few know that resting comfortably in her office is her newest love, a tiny MinPin named Smudge. What happened to The Animal, known for her rapacious appetite for women and danger?

Faith Ashford is what happened to The Animal. Faith and Reece have been together a while now and they have settled into something resembling domestic bliss. This bliss alarms Reece. It’s one thing for Faith to see her softer side, that’s vulnerability enough, but to let her friends see it…no. Not the best plan. Under Faith’s guiding, loving hand, will Reece successfully traverse the rocky road of emotion and embrace the positive changes in her life? Or will she panic and be unable to control that Animal part of herself? Will she take that next step to declare herself fully capable of love and devotion?

This third installment in the popular series that began with Private Dancer continues the passionate and often hilarious romance of Reece and Faith as they both grow in love and in trust.
Reese and Faith are back along with their friends Cori and Violent and Faith’s parents, along with a new very wonderful addition to the story, the new puppy, Smudge. If you liked the first two books in the series, you will love this third installment. As usual, TJ liberally douses her books with several laugh out loud moments and steaming sex scenes. In this third book the character development let me get to know more about Reece and Faith, especially Reece and what makes her tick. The very funny and heartwarming introduction of Smudge was what really made it my favorite of the series. There are some very funny scenes with the new puppy and it was wonderful to see the evolution of Reese’s character. Faith evolved as a character as well, but the transformation in Reese’s character as a result of her deep love for Faith made this a book not to miss, especially if you’ve read the first two in the series starting with Private Dancer. If you haven’t, you really should…seriously!
Normally I am not one to gravitate to erotica over more traditional romance with just a few sex scenes, but it’s nice to read it for a change especially when it is handled well, and revolves around a story, instead of just being the story. That’s what made this such a wonderful book, it’s steamy erotica wrapped around a darn good story. I highly recommend reading the first two books, Private Dancer followed by Reece’s Faith, before this last book because it gives you background into the main characters which I think is necessary to truly understand the transformation. And you really wouldn’t want to miss out on TJ’s humor! Thumbs up on this book it has a little bit for everyone, including several laugh out loud scenes.
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Reece's Star
TJ Vertigo

02/01/2015
Rori Review
Reese's Star By T.J. Vertigo
Reece Corbett watches over the dancers in her gentleman’s club with the blue, razor sharp eyes of The Animal. Few know that resting comfortably in her office is her newest love, a tiny MinPin named Smudge. What happened to The Animal, known for her rapacious appetite for women and danger?

Faith Ashford is what happened to The Animal. Faith and Reece have been together a while now and they have settled into something resembling domestic bliss. This bliss alarms Reece. It’s one thing for Faith to see her softer side, that’s vulnerability enough, but to let her friends see it…no. Not the best plan. Under Faith’s guiding, loving hand, will Reece successfully traverse the rocky road of emotion and embrace the positive changes in her life? Or will she panic and be unable to control that Animal part of herself? Will she take that next step to declare herself fully capable of love and devotion?

This third installment in the popular series that began with Private Dancer continues the passionate and often hilarious romance of Reece and Faith as they both grow in love and in trust.
Reese and Faith are back along with their friends Cori and Violent and Faith’s parents, along with a new very wonderful addition to the story, the new puppy, Smudge. If you liked the first two books in the series, you will love this third installment. As usual, TJ liberally douses her books with several laugh out loud moments and steaming sex scenes. In this third book the character development let me get to know more about Reece and Faith, especially Reece and what makes her tick. The very funny and heartwarming introduction of Smudge was what really made it my favorite of the series. There are some very funny scenes with the new puppy and it was wonderful to see the evolution of Reese’s character. Faith evolved as a character as well, but the transformation in Reese’s character as a result of her deep love for Faith made this a book not to miss, especially if you’ve read the first two in the series starting with Private Dancer. If you haven’t, you really should…seriously!
Normally I am not one to gravitate to erotica over more traditional romance with just a few sex scenes, but it’s nice to read it for a change especially when it is handled well, and revolves around a story, instead of just being the story. That’s what made this such a wonderful book, it’s steamy erotica wrapped around a darn good story. I highly recommend reading the first two books, Private Dancer followed by Reece’s Faith, before this last book because it gives you background into the main characters which I think is necessary to truly understand the transformation. And you really wouldn’t want to miss out on TJ’s humor! Thumbs up on this book it has a little bit for everyone, including several laugh out loud scenes.
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Reece's Star
TJ Vertigo

01/30/2015
Barbara Jay Tayler
Reece's Star by TJ Vertigo
Erotica, Romance

This third installment in the popular series that began with Private Dancer continues the passionate and often hilarious romance of Reece and Faith as they both grow in love and in trust. Faith and Reece have been together a while now and they have settled into something resembling domestic bliss. This bliss alarms Reece. It's one thing for Faith to see her softer side, that's vulnerability enough, but to let her friends see it…no. Not the best plan. Under Faith's guiding, loving hand, will Reece successfully traverse the rocky road of emotion and embrace the positive changes in her life? Or will she panic and be unable to control that Animal part of herself? Will she take that next step to declare herself fully capable of love and devotion?

You don't have to read the first two books in this trilogy, "Reece's Star" can stand on its own, though, it would be helpful to read "Reece's Faith" in order to fully appreciate the character growth.
"Reece's Star" is a time capsule, it's a look back to the turn of the century in New York City. The 90's are over, being a lesbian isn't quite so shocking. There are no laws or rights in place and being out might ruin your career. I enjoyed this aspect of the story, the reminder of where we were and how far we have come in just a decade. "Wassssuuupppp" is annoying and always will be.
TJ Vertigo is talented. I believe she pens a love letter to the places and people of her city. She doesn't just tell us about two women forming a lasting relationship. She shows us the growth in understanding and trust forming between the two of them through sex, the most vulnerable, intimate and passionate moments in a relationship. Dear Reader, if you are likely to page through the sex scenes, you will miss much. These scenes serve a purpose. They are messy, bawdy, raw and honest; Reece only knows one way to express her feelings of love. Her lover, Faith, teaches her to communicate through conversation while Reece shows Faith how to physically communicate her feelings. The characters of Reece and Faith are well established as are the secondary characters. Even the minor characters are crafted with care. The humor comes naturally from honest character interaction. She writes in such a way that the reader feels engaged and part of the story.
This is a sexy, hot book. It has a solid plot and full well established characters. There is drama and humor, love and passion. ...


The Chronicles of Ratha: Book 2 A Lion Among The Lambs

01/10/2015
Barbara Jay Tayler
The Chronicles of Ratha: Book 2 A Lion Among The Lambs
By Erica Lawson 2014
1st Edition
Speculative Fiction

It has been three years since Jordana Laren's path first crossed the Noorthi's - three years since she's had a drink, had sex and a life of her own.
Her only excitement has been spent keeping up with her two year old daughter, Rice, who is definitely a chip off the old block. All has been peaceful until one of the colonists becomes sick. Bad news shifts to worse news when the disease spreads through their community. Unable to get proper medicine, Jordana is forced to rely on the Noorthi healers to come up with a cure. Soon the herbs run out, leaving her with no choice but to search for more on the Noorthi home planet. What is supposed to be a simple pick-up flight turns into a nightmare.
Can Jordana believe in herself like her Noorthi sisters do? Only then can she fulfill her destiny as The Chosen One.
Of course, nothing ever goes smoothly when Jordana is involved.

"J" Laren, a once reckless, hard drinking, hard hitting, smart mouth space pilot is now a parent, protector, and non drinker who is quite reluctantly settling down. She takes her roll seriously as Ratha, the Protector of the Noorthi, a mysterious order of Holy Women. She finds the roll of The Chosen One hard to swallow. She is told to believe in herself. She may have a hard time doing so but her friends don't. They know her all too well.
Book 2 can stand on its own, but reading the first book will enhance the discoveries of the Noorthi culture and that mysterious dirt called ochre.
It is a action adventure set in a corner of a galaxy with a large cast of characters. It is told from J's point of view. It is fast paced and almost cinematic in style. As in a movie, the villain is vicious, the hero is on a journey of self discovery. She suffers great physical harm but recovers in a timely fashion, the science is inconsistent, there is delight and sadness, humor and a moral. The ending leaves the reader wanting more.
I read it one sitting finding the daring do pacing a page turner of a read.
I'm giving it 4 stars for its Space Opera style. I would rank it lower if this were science fiction....


If I Were A Boy
Erin O'Reilly

01/06/2015
Lisa McDaniel
I'm a big fan .of this author and this book did not disappoint. What I love about her writing is that no two books are the same. No formula writing or cranking out book after book that is the same book with different character names. This is a wonderful love story with older characters. It seems like there is some myth out there that older women don't fall in love or have the same steaminess in their intimacy with one another. Thank goodness there are still some writers who give us strong attractive women to root for! I liked both characters for different reasons. I also like characters that are not perfect because that's real life. Another home run....


Nesting
Renee MacKenzie

01/06/2015
Lisa McDaniel
One of the things I love best about books are rich characters. Nesting does a masterful job of creating a cast of rich characters. The story was not your cookie cutter romance novel, instead it was like a nice slow tease letting you get to know each character slowly. This is the first book I've read of hers and I will be sure to read more from this author. The one character I wanted to read more about was Emma...perhaps another story with her as the main character?...


Cold and Lonely, Lovely Work of Art

01/06/2015
Lisa McDaniel
I'm not usually attracted to dark romance, but I couldn't help loving the main characters in this book. I really, really, really want to read the sequel and can't wait for it to come out. If you like to read about hot, dangerous, heroines who are seriously flawed but you love them anyway...this is the book for you. S. Anne Gardner constantly amazes me with the variety of stories that she tells....


Reflected Passion

01/06/2015
Lisa McDaniel
I tend to like this author's writing, especially her recent Children of Noorthi series because of the fun characters, so I was pleasantly surprised by the slightly different style of this book. I love historical romances and also books that have that magical thread running through it. It was interesting to read a bit about the French Revolution and the twist in the end was pure genius. Speaking of series, she could definitely write a sequel to this book because I would love to follow the two main character's journey. I also really liked the merging of the old and new. Finally, it is so nice to have a book with a decent length. It allows you the opportunity to get to know the characters a bit better....


Deception
Erin O'Reilly

12/16/2014
Lisa McDaniel
I loved this book and thanks to the author I was bleary eyed this morning because I stayed up too late so I could read the ending because my normal trick of reading the last couple of pages just didn't work this time. There was a load of plot twists and even when I reached the end there were questions so I'm hoping whenever she writes the sequel they will be answered. I do so love when there are imperfect characters that you still can relate to and root for. People are not perfect so when an author writes real characters, I appreciate that. I can't believe I missed reading this book earlier. Probably now one of my new favorites from this author....


The Chronicles of Ratha: Book 2 A Lion Among The Lambs

12/15/2014
Lisa McDaniel
Jordana is back as the smart mouthed heroine and protector of the Noorthi in this sequel to The Chronicles of Ratha. If you enjoyed the first book in the trilogy, you will love this sequel. The addition of their adorable and precocious daughter, Little Rice, and further development of the beloved character Malt, Ericka Lawson weaves a compelling story with colorful characters. Filled with action packed adventure, a creative plot line, and witty dialogue this book will keep you interested until the very end. I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Lawson’s ability to further develop her main characters and introduce new characters that you both love and hate. Well-developed villains give the reader the perfect characters to hate. I especially loved the further development of another possible love interest. I can’t wait to read the third installment where I hope to read more about this twist. This is a fun, well written book with nothing to criticize except maybe the fact that it ends and fans have to wait patiently for the third book. For those who haven’t read the first book in this trilogy, I highly recommend picking it up and allowing yourself plenty of time to read both books back to back because it’s difficult to put them down once you start. The book has a lot of action, appeals to the science fiction fan, but has only a smidgen of romance so be prepared for less romance and more action....


Finding Her Way

09/23/2014
Ka Pop
This is a good read which made me want to keep reading. The characters were interesting and I found them to be very likeable. Pretty good for a debut book. And just as I kept reading it ended leaving me wanting more. So I say I am waiting for more!
Bring it Riley!!!...


Epitaph
Ali Spooner

09/22/2014
Ameliah Faith Ryan
Witchy Woman
I enjoyed this story about a student, an old man and a pair of graves. I like the descriptive imagery and the gentle voice of the characters.
Well worth the read
This is a non sexual book...


The Ball
Alane Hotchkin

09/22/2014
Ameliah Faith Ryan
I have not had the pleasure of reading anything by Ms Hotchkin before. I found this story to be sweet and tender with a ghostly twist with a happy ending. Just right for a quick read.
This is a non-sexual f/f book...


Wolf at the Door
Erin O'Reilly
Book 6 in WHMH series

02/14/2014
Samantha Holt
I have read all these books except the last one. I thoroughly enjoyed them up until book 5. The characters were good and likable, the story lines excellent and I was eager to read the next one.
However, at book 5 the story seemed to take a different direction with sex being a big part of the story. Now I don't mind sex In a book at all but it seemed to take over. I ignored it as the series had been good up til then and I read book 6 - the wolf at the door. This convinced me not to read any more. Gone was the love story that was Amelia and Olivia and replaced by power/control sex story.
Whether this is the influence of Erin O'Reilly I don't know but it is a shame that the series took a different route....


In Name Only
Sequel to The Fix-it Girl

09/02/2013
Michelle Clark
I feel like a glutton. I started reading In Name Only and couldn't stop. Wow. It was steamy, emotive, funny, and all around very satisfying. I loved Tegan's antics and really enjoyed getting into the heads of the secondary characters. It was good to see some of Anna's and Nina's motivations for their actions. It gave them depth. Very well written and well edited. The book seemed more true to life and less like so many of the atypical romances out there. In the first book, The Fix It Girl, Jill and Elise were well established as strong characters who would fight for what they believe in...and that includes love. So I was okay with the ending of that book, believing they would find a way to get back together. But I was very happy to see this sequel come along so I was no longer left to rely upon my imagination. JM tied up the ends enough with In Name Only that readers will be satisfied with how the story ended, but it's also open enough that we could hope for more. That's a hard balance to achieve, but the author did it well. I give it two thumbs up and look forward to seeing what JM Dragon's next book will be....


When Hell Meets Heaven
JM Dragon
First in Series

07/27/2013
Nancy Kaufman
I just finished reading the first book in this series, and I have to keep asking myself why it took me so long to find this gem!

Do yourself a favor and check this book out. I am anxiously awaiting the re-release of book two!...



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