– by Wendy Hudson
I was curious about Wendy Hudson‘s latest novel, “Meant To Be Me,” after reading its blurb and excerpt, even though I’m not a fan of love triangles but the potential darkness in the story especially when there was a stalker (crikey!) lurking about quickly overshadowed my weariness about it. Plus, footprints in the snow always give me a sense of foreboding, which the book cover alluded me to. So naturally, I had to oblige by exploring just what kind of new twisty story Hudson had created in her mind and transferred into words this time!
I have to say, Hudson’s forewarning was not inaccurate. Her approach to “Meant To Be Me” was definitely a little different than her previous work. But I’d say, if you take a step back and cast a wider lens angle to view its overall feel and tone, you’d find Hudson’s familiar signature and psychological theme in the genetic make-up of the story. At least, that was how I interpreted it when I finished the book and pondered its overall creation. Needless to say, this book ended up getting darker, more twisted (and alas, more aggro for me, too), as Hudson cranked up the madness, the angst and the dubious acts, before all the chips fell into place in the end. Although Ylva categorised this book as a “romantic suspense,” it was much more of a suspense than a romance, really. Even with the romance, I must say, it wasn’t tackled in its usual prose. Twisty.
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– by K. Aten
K. Aten‘s latest outing, “Running From Forever,” the first in the “Blood Resonance” series, was the fourth genre that I encountered from her books, so far. Talk about a writer with creative pursuits spanning nearly all lesfic genres, eh? Let’s see, I’ve read her Sci-Fi, Speculative, Contemporary Romance and now Urban Fantasy books. So far, Aten has hit the nail on all of them with very creative and original stories, and I’ve enjoyed all of them, thusfar! So, after reading the “Awkward” series, “Waking the Dreamer,” “Rules of the Road,” I was very optimistic and wanted to next explore Aten’s approach in Urban Fantasy, a genre I utterly enjoy in lesbian fiction, particularly in the world of vamps and weres. Enter “Running From Forever.”
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– by Robyn Nyx
You’ve read how Robyn Nyx told her speculative fic stories, you’ve read how she tackled crime. How about a straight-up contemporary romance immersed in America’s country music scene, eh? That’s exactly what she’d given us in her latest, “Music City Dreamers.”
First off, I have to mention – LOUIE??!?!??!! I was very surprised cos if you’ve read “Changing in Time,” book 2 of Nyx’s Extractor trilogy, you’d know that Louie was a minor albeit engaging character that caught Landry’s attention. I thought it was a crackin’ idea for Nyx to pluck her out of oblivion and give her her own story! Outside-the-box brill! I loved Louie in “Changing.” So obviously I couldn’t wait to find out what Nyx had in-store for her in this contemporary romance that took her from the streets of Chicago to the heart of country music, Nashville.
Now this is prolly just me but the next thing that clearly stood out for me was Nyx’s approach to writing and telling this story as a standard contemporary romance – about country music dreamers, staying true to oneself, and obviously, that little thing called love. There was a distinct difference to her usual “voice” in her writing – in style, flow, tone and rhythm. Oh, don’t get me wrong, her primal beat was still rumbling beneath the surface, effectively placed at specific junctures in the story. Whether it was deliberate, it worked. I was struck by her ability to cater her “voice” to suit the needs, the nature and spirit of the story, resulting in this authentic sound of contemporary romance in a country music setting. It gave me a different kind of feel but equally compelling, soundly effective. Continue reading “Music City Dreamers”
– by Jenn Matthews
First off, I must say, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a generous offer from the author of this book to read it before its release date sometime in February with no review obligation. After communicating briefly with Jenn Matthews, new author of Ylva’s and the architect of this book, “Hooked On You,” I was intrigued. I promised that I would give it a go after I finished the 3 books that I was reading then. Nonetheless, the story which captivated me from the start has inspired me to decide on commenting about it.
It IS ironic that the book has the word “Hooked” on its title because…!!! Ok, ever the curious one, despite being busy reading several books simultaneously and carrying on with me day job, I just thought I’d read the first pages of Matthews’ debut published novel just to get the gist of her writing tone and style. There was a Prologue. Good, so I dove in. Oh. My. God. Bloody hell! I instantly suspended all me other reads then so I could dive into this one! Needless to say, I was instantly HOOKED! From the Prologue alone! Whaaa?!
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– 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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– 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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– by Jeannie Levig
Once again, Jeannie Levig blew me away. This time with her latest, “A Wish Upon A Star.” Already psyched to read it after breezing through its excerpt because of how the story started, what was entailed in it and the flow was already pulling me in even with just a couple of chapters, I couldn’t believe me luck when I finally got to read the entire story! It was simply divine. I couldn’t ask for more. Levig crafted an utterly compelling, thought-provoking, heart-wrenching, heartwarming story with characters who immediately entranced me from the get-go, hooked me in and I was addicted. Having read Levig’s other books previously, I knew I would be captivated by her characters and her storytelling style. Only this time, apart from all the attributes that I’ve come to love and enjoy from Levig’s work, this time, she also awarded me a story (and all its components) that was truly refreshing to me. I never read anything portrayed and/or told like how Levig did in this book. Continue reading “A Wish Upon A Star”