The Plan

– by Kim Pritekel

 

Well! I knew the poetic, lyrical blurb that caught my attention in the first place would give me something really intriguing to read about. But I never thought it would be THIS BLOODY FANTASTIC!! Unforgettable! Kim Pritekel‘s, “The Plan,” was beyond my wildest imagination and expectation about historical fiction considering the story was set in the depressing era of the 30’s and the baby-booming one of the 50’s, both utterly unkind to women, let alone homosexuals!

But this historical fiction about a long-lost but an unbreakable bond wrapped in a love for the ages between two women so powerful that it could survive the most impossible circumstances, the harshest environments and situations, written and weaved in the most intricately intoxicating manner truly transcends every other historical fiction I ever read! It’s Pritekel’s true masterpiece, to date, as far as I’m concerned! The most incredible thing I realised? It’s that I never expected it to turn out to be so much MORE than I could ever wish for in a lesbian romance, historical or otherwise! And that is saying a lot considering historical fiction is a tricky genre in my reading experience. Especially when it comes to this particular timeframe in America. But Pritekel changed all that for me in this brilliant piece of love story she wrote. For me, it was perfection! Simply divine!

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Only Ever You

– by Natasha West

 

Natasha West‘s “Only Ever You” was something I’d never come across before. At least not like this. I was enthralled by the story and how West approached it. Grief and romance with a bereavement support group as the backdrop of the entire story. Structured and weaved in so many different angles, reading the book was like watching it on-screen. Reckon this could have easily been a movie, imo! If you’ve read West’s books, you’ll know her writing style – witty, hilarious, albeit with a little more dramatic in certain quarters, conversational dialogue that flows so naturally you think you’re eavesdropping on the characters’ conversation, succinct with no unnecessary fillers that’d otherwise drag the story or overstretch the plot. And this book was no different in her deftly constructed approach.  A truly captivating romantic black comedy, imo.

I absolutely loved the opening. The fact that it opened with a funeral scene was original enough for me to put it as one of my favourite opening scenes in fiction. The entire scene followed by the wake in Jessie’s house were written so vividly that I could visualise every angle of the scenes (funeral, burial and wake) playing out like a movie scene. For some reason, scenes from “Four Weddings And A Funeral” kept creeping into my mind the whole time I was reading it! Continue reading “Only Ever You”

Payback

– by Charlotte Mills

 

**Sometimes a book cover sets up the mood, tells the story or raises the level of curiosity and intrigue. THIS cover satisfies all. The contrast. Beauty and ugliness. Calm and chaos. In the midst of beauty and calm illuminating the dark forest lies chaos. Its name is Spade and its mission? “Payback.” Can you feel it?**

MESMERISING.

If you haven’t read Charlotte Mills‘ latest, “Payback,” her first Ylva-published novel, and you’re a fan of crime/mystery (with a compelling romance, to boot!), you really ought to, imo!

Craftily original. Insidiously unassuming. Slyly-weaved web. Pure FUN.

And the twist? *slow clap*

Anyway…

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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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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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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”

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”