Hooked On You

– 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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A Wish Upon A Star

– 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”

Three Reasons To Say Yes

– by Jaime Clevenger

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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”

Clean Slate

– by Andrea Bramhall

I must say, Andrea Bramhall‘s award-winning novel, “Clean Slate,” was one of me favourites when I first read it a while ago. After re-reading it recently, it only re-affirmed my absolute adoration and love for the story and how Bramhall told it. The depth of emotions that it invoked in my mind was just as deep, memorable and resonating as my first read, no matter how many times I re-visit it. That’s why this novel sits securely on me list of all-time favourite lesfic romances.

The subject of amnaesia has always been a fascinating topic for me for as long as I can remember. Particularly the retrograde type where the affected person can’t recall memories before the brain/neurological trauma occurred, especially when a chunk of the person’s memory from a certain point in life up until the trama is lost, leaving a gap. This is where time is tricky. The person’s frame of mind is not in the present but at the point where the brain has been restored to, in the past. So, what is time, really? Is there a correlation between retrograde amnaesia and time travel? Mental time travel? Sounds “Back to the Future,” like, innit? Thoughts to ponder. It’s like the computer, really. When a computer stops functioning fully due to major systemic errors caused by, say, a virus, the solution would be to restore it to the latest version possible without having to reset to its default factory setting. The same thing goes with our brain, which is a computer….a supercomputer, really. When the brain recovers after a major neurological trauma, it attempts to restore as much as it can, to the slot where it could function again, going forward. Hence, the memory gap upon restoration.

Anyway, this was precisely what happened to Morgan when she was attacked viciously, leaving her with a big chunk of her memories gone. Continue reading “Clean Slate”

Nightingale

– by Andrea Bramhall

READ Andrea Bramhall‘s “Nightingale” if you haven’t already. I read it a while ago and was deeply affected, I was reeling for days. Re-reading it still gave me the same emotional effect like the first time. It truly was one of the most memorable and haunting love stories in lesfic I ever read. Definitely one of me favourites.

Intensely gripping, terrifyingly realistic, heartbreaking, heartwarming, gut-wrenching, deeply resonating, culturally, socially relevant, beautifully written. Destiny and serendipity portrayed with the most riveting and harrowing narrative. Finding romance and holding on to an unbreakable love even in the darkest moments. Undying perseverance. Beauty in ugliness. Love in hate. Light in dark. Hope in despair. All authentically depicted by Bramhall’s masterful writing craft and story weaving.

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