Thorn

– by Anna Burke

A holiday gift surprise fell onto me lap whilst I was on holiday, courtesy of the very kind and generous Salem West of Bywater Books! (Ta, mate!) Yes, it was in the form of a book (me fav form!)!

Thorn” by Anna Burke.

Never read anything by this author ever before.

Wow. To say the book captivated me was an understatement. I was hooked, lined and sinkered. From the first paragraph. Literally.

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Royal Court (A Royal Romance Story #3)

– by Jenny Frame

I was excited to read the 3rd installment of Jenny Frame‘s popular “A Royal Romance” series, “Royal Court.” The story was especially intriguing to me because Holly Weaver, one of Bea’s (Queen Consort) besties and her Royal Dresser, finally had her story told! I always wondered what her story was going to be about (obviously hoping, at that time, that Frame would write it! Little did I know….) since her introduction in Book #1, “A Royal Romance.” I was intrigued by her fiery character and always wondered if she was truly what she professed to be – a hetero man-eater. You know, a person who feels the need to clarify their sexuality or self-profess their sexual lifestyle for everyone to hear, always gives me this “a lady doth protest too much” feeling, if you catch me drift! So, I put Holly in that “slippery slope” category since Book 1 especially when Captain Quincy was briefly mentioned in Book 2, “Royal Rebel,” and Holly’s “Adonis” remark about her in that scene! I had me wishful thinking about their pairing, then, mind! And VOILA, what d’ya know!!! I got me wish!! Holly has her own story to tell! And goodness, did Frame give her a brilliantly crafted story, indeed, matching her with, yes, the “Adonis” she referred to in Book 2, a highly decorated Royal Marine-turned-Queen Consort’s Protection Officer, Captain Quincy, no less! YAY!! Wish came true! Imagine me joy! Needless to say, “Royal Court” is now me favourite installment in the series, yet! Yes, because of Frame’s brilliant creation and portrayal of the ever-tantalising characters, Quincy and Holly, and their utterly mesmerising journey.

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The Sex Therapist Next Door

– by Meghan O’Brien

Finished Meghan O’Brien‘s “The Sex Therapist Next Door” and I’m…just….😳😵 Speechless. Just when I thought O’Brien’s erotic romance writing genius couldn’t get any more 🔥, BAM 💥! She turns the notch way UP in this one! PHWOAR! 🔥🔥🔥

Mind. Fckn. Exploded. 🤯

It’s not just the erotic part that’s crafted so creatively but the originality of her story, how O’Brien structures it. Continue reading “The Sex Therapist Next Door”

To Have Loved And Lost (Rosemont Duology Book 1)

– by Eliza Andrews

After reading Eliza Andrews‘ jaw-dropping, gobsmacking mystery/thriller, “Reverie,” reading “To Have Loved & Lost” was decidedly a whole different experience altogether! This book is a true lesbian romance packed with angst, drama, emotional roller coaster. It is a love story between two young women still in uni/college. One, a varsity basketball star player and a celebrity in the world of college basketball; whilst the other one was a pre-med student who spent a lot of her time locked in her room drawing/painting. Both faced one of the most horrendous life-changing events that befell their young lives.

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Demon In The Machine

– by Lise MacTague

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Thanks to Karin Kallmaker‘s enthusiastic plug (plus that very fetching, very cool gothic cover & excerpt revealing a ninja nerd at play!) that pushed me curiosity all the way to reading this book, my first ever by Lise MacTague is in the bag! And was I glad I read this because….WOW! Never read anything like it before! Whilst I’ve always been a big fan of the steampunk genre, my enjoyment of it was limited to films only as I never felt any inclination to read it. Until now.

Demon in a Machine,” imho, is one hell of a rousing, rip-roaring, swashbuckling Victorian-era steampunk perfection filled with heart-pounding, action-packed scenarios, and a whirlwind of an adventure! The BEST thing about this is that it’s led by TWO phenomenal female characters. One, a half-demon hiding in plain sight, and the other, a gobsmackingly gifted, creative genius (with “catlike” AND ninja moves to boot!) hiding behind her airhead socialite public persona. I instantly dubbed her a “ninja nerd” because she is, really. And curiously, me mind kept screaming, “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen!” as I read on. Well, it fits, particularly the steampunk feel, the outfits, the supernatural powers, the industrial-like design. I then retrained me mind to say “The League of Extraordinary GentleWOMEN!!” Yup. Briar and Isabella were a couple of gentlewomen. They were extraordinary. They fought like heroes. They were heroes. Superheroes. In my book.

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Embracing The Dawn

– by Jeannie Levig

Jeannie Levig‘s “Embracing the Dawn” is one hell of a fantastic lesbian love story. A truly mature, dramatic journey about two people from very different worlds who met in a bar one night, had an impromptu one-nighter, thought they’d retreat to their own separate lives the next morning, only to find out that fate….. *sigh* Fate, it seemed, was not without a sense of irony, was it? At least not when it came to E.J. and Jinx! Oh yeh, the thing that you least expect will ever happen usually creeps up on ya out of the blue, like a thief in the night, robbing your sanity blind, doesn’t it? 😉

I was immediately drawn to this natural air of affinity between E.J. and Jinx despite them having only spent one night together. E.J.’s initial awkwardness vs. Jinx’s endless playfulness was such a delight to read! Simply adorable! Their chemistry was effortlessly natural from the start. It was incredible. But their enjoyment didn’t last long before they both realised who they really were! Oh, the utter shock and disbelief! Kudos to Levig for coming up with this exquisite web of intertwining connection where E.J. and Jinx were concerned! It was like fate didn’t give a toss whether they were ready or not, leaving them to sort out their own mess!

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Gold

– E.J. Noyes

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I’d been waiting for a long time for E.J. Noyes‘ latest work, “Gold.” So when I finally got me hands on it, I practically devoured it. Yup, salivated every word of this 100%, unadulterated, thought-provoking, intensely grown-up love story between two women with their own complicated past, one of them with a teenage child and a miserable past. PLUS, I had zero knowledge about skiing, let alone this daunting alpine skiing business! But Noyes opened me eyes to this incredibly fast, powerful, difficult and complex athletic sport with her keen insights into the sport.

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