– by Jenny Frame
**LOVE the cover! Oh-so colourful, so quaint! Bright and joy! Look at the reflection?! So pretty! Makes me happy every time I look at it! Well done!**
I’ve been looking forward to reading this third installment of Jenny Frame‘s Axedale Series, “Wooing The Farmer!!!” So naturally, I devoured it in one short sitting as soon as I received it! I couldn’t wait to see what Frame had in-store for me favourite farmer, Quade, the shy, adorable, terribly forlorn and lonesome butch who had been looking for the love of her life, the femme of her dreams since Book 1. Aaarghhhh!! Poor Quade!
Not anymore!!! Thank Christ!!
And the ideal femme of Quade’s dreams? Well, just wait ’til you read all about Penelope Huntingdon-Stewart (Penny)! Wow! Talk about THE femme of the femmes!!! Frame’s detailed description of Penny was so vivid that I could see clearly – with the many bright girly/feminine colours and cute cartoony prints that accompanied them in all of her attire including her footwear, her make-up, accessories, the lot – what exactly she looked like! As if those weren’t enough to describe a stereotypical-looking femme, Penny also had a dog, a brown toy poodle named Princess Baby Bear who accompanied her everywhere in the designer dog bag she carried with her all the time. Yes, Penelope Huntingdon-Stewart and Princess Baby Bear. There you have it. Hats off, Frame, for creating this unapologetic, extremely femme-looking femme, whom I’d never come across in any lesfic character described quite like her before! How absolutely refreshing and exciting especially when Penny came face-to-face with the other end of the spectrum – yes, the ultimate butch-looking butch, Quade!! Ah yes, let’s not forget that this is a fairy tale romance. Perfection!
Continue reading “Wooing The Farmer (Axedale Series Book 3)”
– by Kris Bryant
I couldn’t wait to read Kris Bryant‘s latest, “Listen,” and when I did, let’s just say, she gave me a truly wonderful and amazing journey to experience in her brilliantly written story about Lily and Hope, superbly wrapped in the sensual world of MUSIC, with words that turned into music notes, played throughout the story like a sheet music. The language of music (me favourite kind apart from the language of maths) really shone in this remarkable story from the start. For her to create a character who was not only a music prodigy but also an actuary (simply put, a profession that has everything to do with numbers…maths!), delighted me to no end. To say that I was ecstatic about digging me heels into Lily’s journey would be an understatement! And Bryant nailed the bloody thing beyond me expectations! To me, “Listen” is her BEST work yet! It’s now one of me favourite lesfic stories and defo will be on me 2019 best list!
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– 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 A.L. Brooks
I was very excited to read Angela Brooks‘ (A.L. Brooks) latest, “One Way Or Another” (because it’d been a while since reading her last book) & by gosh, it was well worth the wait! This book was such a marvellous read I practically inhaled it in no time at all! Pure Brooks style – humour, wit, with a touch of naughtiness, complete with some sly sexiness to boot! Positively delish!
The first few pages of the first chapter alone grabbed me already because….well, I certainly didn’t expect Sarah and Bethany’s first meeting to be in (or rather, outside) a…..sex shop! That in and of itself gave me the chuckles because…well, you need to read about the circumstance to which these two women “bumped” into each other! Oh, what could go wrong, eh?
A shy primary school teacher + an attractive nosy parker + a parent + sex shop
= Hilariously AWKWARD!
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– by Jaime Clevenger
Thanks to Rachel Byrne‘s review (Ta, mate!), I had to read Jaime Clevenger‘s latest, “Three Reasons To Say Yes” to experience the ride myself. I’d only ever read her positively original, creative, unique “Party Favors” previously (which I thoroughly enjoyed and had a lot of fun with it, not just because of my debut experience in the “name your adventure” format but also because it was me first time reading something written in a second-person format).
I must say, “Three Reasons…” is one of the best stories I’ve read in 2018, thusfar. Obviously, as a speed reader, I practically devoured it in no time at all!
The two protagonists – Reed and Julia – were not what I expected. A butch single mum with 4-year-old twins?! Obviously, I was instantly hooked with utter excitement because I never encountered that type of character before! Well done, Clevenger! And Julia. Oh, Julia! I was immediately drawn to her character! Quite unusual since again, never encountered her type at all in lesfic before. Again, hats off, Clevenger!
One fabulous, totally relatable moment in the book for me was what happened to Julia on her plane ride to her holiday destination that involved one of the twins! OMG! Continue reading “Three Reasons To Say Yes”
– by Max Ellendale
Max Ellendale‘s latest, “Anita,” a 3rd tie-in to her critically-acclaimed “Four Point” (FP) trilogy (one of me favourites lesfic trilogies), was another brilliantly written story that left me spellbound! If you’ve read all 3 books from the FP trilogy, you’d know who Anita was. This book, essentially, if you ask me, is the 4th book of FP because all the characters featured in the FP trilogy made appearances in this book (which was such a delight to welcome them back! Ta, Ellendale!). That’s because Anita’s character literally touched the lives of all the characters, even though, the trilogy didn’t elaborate on her character and story other than being the resident psychiatrist for the characters and related cases.
“Anita” was what I was waiting for. I was intrigued by Anita, the mysterious, enigmatic psychiatrist since Book 1 and increasingly so as her role expanded to include other characters besides Sali, the main character in the FP trilogy. For me, I’ve always been curious to find out just how therapists like Anita, deal with the effects of listening, getting involved, being immersed in the psychological journey, specifically the dark facets of the mind of their patients/clients, like trauma, grief. In other words, therapists heal and treat other people’s minds. Who heals theirs? For this reason, I was really curious about how Anita dealt with all the dark, intense events that she was a part of for so many years via Sali, Jenny, Nora (and Mags, albeit in a much more demure effort)’s traumatic journeys. Surely she would be affected psychologically and emotionally because, really, there’s only so much a human being can take, no matter how much of an expert and professional a therapist can take in the long run without any release, which Anita was clearly in that position. Ellendale (bless her!) then decided to finally give us the story of Anita! And did she delve into this incredible character, psychologically, emotionally, physically and spiritually, indeed, with perfection, to say the least!
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