Review: Good Composition By: Lily Seabrooke

Immeasurably adorable love story featuring a friends to lovers plot so perfectly done and had me completely smitten from start to finish.

Erin and Aubrey are in love before the story even starts, they just don’t know it yet. I loved their story’s progression. It wasn’t overly drawn out for the sake of drama. It felt like a really natural evolution from friends to lovers and was such a joy to experience.

Erin and Aubrey have the best chemistry, their bond is so strong that even the most innocent gesture felt sensual. They are undeniably perfect for each other. I could not get enough of them together, they have this equal parts sweet and sexy attraction.

This story is so cute and fluffy and had me smiling and swooning. That’s not to say that there wasn’t drama to keep things exciting. While the main focus was the heart warming relationship growing between these two women there were also conflicts in the forms of deep seeded fears/insecurities, health issues, and an emotionally abusive ex. Seabrooke managed to perfectly balance the fluffy with the drama creating an experience that is sure to leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling.

I was over the moon for these characters, I don’t think I have shipped a couple so hard before. I loved this story so much and was pleasantly surprised by the direction the story went a couple times. This endearing story is exactly what I wanted in every way.

5/5 – 3ss

Review: All I See is You By: Lilly Hammond

Sometimes all a person needs is to be seen, really truly seen.

A historical romance set during The Great Depression in New Zealand. All I See is You features a character struggling with disability alone in a foreign country, A wonderful blossoming romance, struggles of lesbianism in the early 1900’s, great characters, amazing writing, and the language of the heart.

The first third of the book really paints a picture of the difficulties of the time period and the daunting task of navigating a time where everyone assumed if you can’t speak then you are unintelligent. Eliza’s struggles are tragic and raw and so terrifying, yet she is the sweetest, most kind hearted, and ultimately pure and lovable character. Her determination, inner strength, and open way she experiences life is a true inspiration.

The writing is achingly beautiful, from the setting and atmosphere to being inside Eliza’s head, I was blown away and utterly captivated.

Clemency is such a breath of fresh air, she is passionate but so very lost and struggles a lot with which path to take and what she wants in life. Her chemistry with Eliza was absolutely heart warming and electric, a true connection of hearts.

This story is both tragic and stunning. It doesn’t just tug the heart strings, it threw me through the emotional ringer. I laughed, cried, swooned, and was even briefly terrified.

I can’t properly capture just how much this story moved me. These characters will stick with me for many years to come.

Review: Falling By: Jade Winters

Winters’ weaves a tangled web of lies, revenge, and love in this devastating and beautiful story featuring a quasi love triangle.

This is an intense and twisted story yet at the center is a beautiful love story surrounded on all side by interfering forces that could doom it before it can even begin.

There were several surprising twists and turns that kept me on my toes throughout the story. The sheer magnitude of the deceptions and conflicts had me thoroughly engrossed and enamored.

Amelia and Vogue had one of those instant and undeniable world altering attractions, that irresistible kind of connection, which is good since they were sabotaged even before they met.

Melissa is one of the best characters I have ever read. She is full of depth and is perfectly balanced. I was entranced by her from the first meeting.

Vogue is strong yet vulnerable and her story is heavy with heartbreak and betrayal yet she still manages to hope and persist.

Amelia was my favorite character. She is a bit naïve, innocent, and trusting but she has such a kind heart and caring nature. She is incredibly lovable and she truly shined in this story.

Amelia and Vogue had such a good push and pull dynamic, both trying to deny the connection and going back and forth with forwardness and passiveness, never on the same page. I would have liked to see more exploration of their feelings for each other but they were so distracted by lies and schemes that they had great difficulty connecting despite the attraction. Their whole romance was fervent.

I loved this story and especially the characters and the tangled dynamics between them. A fantastic read with a superb ending.

Review: Claiming Camille By: Louise McBain

The thing I will say about this book above all else is how much fun it was to read. I loved this book and I can’t remember ever having this much throughout a book. The characters are amazing, the dialogue is perfect, the romance is off the charts, and I laughed multiple times throughout the story.

Camille and Hannah are both captivating, I fell in love with them and their story. Each side character was amazingly developed and genuine. I loved every character from the cats to Mia. McCain truly has a way with creating authentic and interesting characters.

I love the connection between Camille and Hannah so much. Their fun and flirty passing interactions at the beginning, the instant and sizzling attachment, the nearly primal level of attraction, and the sweet and loving relationship they form. The chemistry between them jumps off the page and had me swooning from start to finish. A paraphrased line form the story perfectly summed up the magnetism between them “It was more than just pent-up lust. Their connection felt wild and organic, like a bolt of lightning.”

The sex scenes were incredibly passionate and enticing. And the shared chemistry and flirty desire between Camille and Hannah was evident in every steamy electric moment between them.

At several points while reading this lovely story I realized my face was hurting from smiling for so long. Not to say that there isn’t plenty of drama and intrigue because there is, but overall the story gave of a fun and sexy vibe that was perfect and entertaining. A supremely great read.

  • Characters – 10/10
  • Quality of Writing – 10/10
  • Enjoyability – 10/10
  • Setting – 10/10
  • Insightfulness – 10/10
  • Pacing – 10/10
  • Ease of reading – 10/10
  • Romance – 10/10
  • Photos/Illustrations – N/A
  • Dialogue – 10/10
  • 4ss

Review: Silver Beasts By: Emma Sterner Radley

Sterner-Radley has created a dazzling fantasy world with resplendent characters, majestic world building, intrigue, and sinister beasts.

The four characters of the second wave are each uniquely suited to the world saving task ahead of them, and while they don’t always get along they mesh so well and perfectly. I loved watching their relationships develop. The strong and varying dynamic between The four of them is incredibly refreshing.

The main focus of relationships in this book is exquisite friendships. They each have such different backgrounds and personalities and I love how much communication and understanding takes place. The insightful nature of their growing bond reflects many current issues and how we can better understand and accept one another.

The four countries that make up Cavarra are richly described and developed in their individual natures and features. They are well balanced in their differences and I hope to see more in the future of the series. The magic system is well developed and balanced in its uses and consequences. The silver beasts that terrorize Cavarra are fascinating and scary.

There is so much more than meets the eye in this story, from the silver beasts to the mysterious warnings the second wave receive about their mission to save the world. The story is filled with secrets and twists that kept me on my toes throughout. So many things are left unknown and the unpredictable nature of the story left me guessing at where the future of this series will go. I am excited to find out.

There is not romance in this book. There is flirtation, attraction, and desire but according to Avelynne the importance of their mission and their need to rely on each other is too important to risk for love. I loved the way this was implemented and whether or not it stays true in the future of the series, I really enjoyed it in this first installment. Avelynne has the best view point on this even if she has trouble with it too. “she had an education to think about, a secret to keep, and now these strange warnings to contend with, attractive fellow students could not be at the forefront of her mind.”

I loved Silver Beasts and am thrilled for what ever direction the future of this series goes. Sterner-Radley phenomenally delved into the YA genre with this enthralling story.

  • Characters – 10/10
  • Quality of Writing – 10/10
  • Enjoyability – 10/10
  • Setting – 10/10
  • Insightfulness – 10/10
  • Pacing – 10/10
  • Ease of reading – 10/10
  • Romance – 9/10
  • Photos/Illustrations – N/A
  • Dialogue – 10/10
  • 1 ss

Review: In the Shadow of Darkness By: Nicole Stiling

This is an amazing supernatural thriller with romance action and tragedy.

I love the way this story is told. Angeline’s past runs parallel with Megan’s present. Each of Angeline’s chapters gives more insight to her character and tragic back story. I loved the back and forth like reading two stories simultaneously.

Megan and Angeline have great bond. Even with a rocky first interaction they connect so well and so sweetly. Their scenes together were my favorite part of the story. The sex scenes were well written and spicy. They had amazing chemistry and I really hope Stiling has plans for a sequel because I would love to see more of them together.

Megan’s friends are amazing characters and I loved how caring and sweet they both are and they are so casual and supportive about the supernatural aspect of the story.

The Villain of the story is the best type of Villain. A delusional sociopath that believes that are in the right and can’t understand that they are the bad guy. A total hypocrite that is easy to hate and only garners slight sympathy only to dash it away almost immediately.

This is a fun read even with all of the tragic elements and I really hope it’s not a stand alone because there is so much potential for future stories.

  • Characters – 10/10
  • Quality of Writing – 10/10
  • Enjoyability – 10/10
  • Setting – 9/10
  • Insightfulness – 9/10
  • Pacing – 10/10
  • Ease of reading – 10/10
  • Romance – 10/10
  • Photos/Illustrations – N/A
  • Dialogue – 10/10
  • 3 ss

Review: The Persephone Star By: Jamie Sullivan

I would classify this story as steampunk lite. It would be more accurate to say wild West with Dirigibles. The Persephone Star being said vehicle. I loved the wild West setting combined with a cast of fantastic women who refuse to be treated like property.

The characters of this story were fantastic. Penelope is such a strong and intelligent character even though she spends most of the book accepting her place just because it is all she has ever known. Her intellect, desires, and drive are all ignored by the men in her life. She is like a stick of dynamite just waiting for a match.

Mell and the crew of the Persephone Star are all amazing in their individual ways and each has a different story of breaking free of the box society has placed them in. I loved each of them so much and I can’t wait to see more of them in the future. They are a fantastic found family.

The dialogue was amazing. I loved all the witty banter.

I loved the message of finding yourself and being willing to break the rules to become who you’re meant to be, this is Penelope’s journey through that process and it was well written.

Mell and Penelope has such a great connection and they mesh together so perfectly. They had wonderful chemistry and I loved seeing how their relationship grew.

The Persephone Star is a stellar read and I can’t wait the see these badass ladies return to the page.

  • Characters – 10/10
  • Quality of Writing – 10/10
  • Enjoyability – 10/10
  • Setting – 10/10
  • Insightfulness – 10/10
  • Pacing – 10/10
  • Ease of reading – 10/10
  • Romance – 10/10
  • Photos/Illustrations – N/A
  • Dialogue – 10/10
  • 1 ss

Review: No Parking by: Valentine Wheeler

I loved this story so much. It was not what I was expecting in a few aspects but I wouldn’t change a thing. The characters were much older than I was expecting, yet I was glad because a story from that generation is totally something I have been looking for. I loved seeing people In their 50’s and 60’s able to articulate who they are in a way that may not have been available to them earlier in life.

Swanley is like a cute miniature version of how I hope the world can one day be. Its not perfect and there are still selfish and closed minded people, but overall it is just accepting. The atmosphere created in this story made my heart swell. Skin color, cultural background, religion, sexual orientation, gender, for the majority of the characters none of it mattered. That’s how I believe it should be.

I loved the small town feel where everyone knows everyone else’s business. It breeds a quirky cast of characters that really brought so much life and humor to the story. The characters felt so real and natural and were so likable. I would love to see more stories in Swanley.

The drama of the story was actually much less light hearted than I was expecting. Parking lot issues sounds frustrating and inconvenient but it quickly became so much more and I really empathized with Marianne and Rana’s frustrations and difficulties.

There are so many great aspects of this story. From the idea of legacy and found families to the importance of friendship, communication, and being true to one’s self. The messages Wheeler delivers so gracefully are impactful and fulfilling.
Marianne and Rana are both completely lovable and their friendship and attraction is so sweet and genuine. One of my only disappointments in the whole story is that Rana has very little page time. This really is Marianne’s story so I understood why, I just liked seeing the two of them interacting.

I was so impressed with this story and the characters especially. This book is, In the words of Zeke “All around Queer.” And I loved it.

  • Characters – 10/10
  • Quality of Writing – 10/10
  • Enjoyability – 10/10
  • Setting – 10/10
  • Insightfulness – 10/10
  • Pacing – 10/10
  • Ease of reading – 10/10
  • Romance – 8/10
  • Photos/Illustrations – N/A
  • Dialogue – 10/10
  • 1 ss

Review: Vacation People By: Cheri Ritz

Two women who just met end up going on a vacation together to get away from their problems.

I loved the whimsical way these two women are thrown into this entire situation. This book is such a fun read, I was smiling the whole way through.

Penny and Claire are both so fantastic and lovely characters. Their attraction and spark are clear and instant yet their relationship builds naturally. I especially found the start of their romance to be delightfully saccharine.

These women put insecurity and self-consciousness on a whole new level. It is often silly and endearing the way they second guess everything and make assumptions about what the other is thinking or feeling. It some how made me love them both more.

The Vacation People mantra they developed was a fun way to get them to let go a bit and really get to know one another.

There is a significant age gap for this romance. The budding relationship between Penny and Claire was adorable. The sex scenes were spicy and passionate.

Penny’s friend group were so awesome. I hope Ritz writes a sequel that follows on of the other girls of the group so we can see more of them.

I was completely emotionally invested in Penny and Claire’s relationship and loved every minute of their story.

  • Characters – 10/10
  • Quality of Writing – 10/10
  • Enjoyability – 10/10
  • Setting – 10/10
  • Insightfulness – 9/10
  • Pacing – 10/10
  • Ease of reading – 10/10
  • Romance – 10/10
  • Photos/Illustrations – N/A
  • Dialogue – 10/10
  • 4 ss

Review: Jamis Bachman, Ghost Hunter By: Jen Jensen

A supernatural mystery filled with intriguing characters, traumatic events, and the complexities of the afterlife.

I was hooked from the moment Jamis first comes into contact with the poltergeist and its supernatural shenanigans. The intense interaction had me on the edge of my seat.

The supernatural elements were much more prevalent than I was expecting. I enjoyed the way Jensen theorized explanations for they way the afterlife and ghosts exist and interact with our world. The dialogue between characters on the subject was fascinating.

Each of the characters possessed so much depth and were all thoroughly intriguing. They also each carried a great deal emotional trauma. There was a lot of good personal introspection due to that, especially for Jamis. Of all of the tragic back stories Emma’s hurt me the most.

Jensen tugged at my emotions and ripped them to shreds multiple times throughout the story. Luckily she balanced it out with humor and a blooming love story so I didn’t walk away completely devastated. The fact that a story that should have been completely depressing had me excited, laughing and hopeful is a true testament to Jensen’s abilities as a writer.

My only complaint would be dialogue which sometimes didn’t flow and other times it was difficult to tell who was speaking. But besides that the dialogue was really great.

I absolutely loved Jamis’ story. The mystery, the romance, the supernatural, and the found family all filled out an exciting story that I could not get enough of.

  • Characters – 10/10
  • Quality of Writing – 9/10
  • Enjoyability – 10/10
  • Setting – 10/10
  • Insightfulness – 10/10
  • Pacing – 10/10
  • Ease of reading – 8/10
  • Romance – 9/10
  • Photos/Illustrations – N/A
  • Dialogue – 6/10
  • 2 ss
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