Review of ‘Easy Nevada and the pyramid’s curse’ by Georgette Kaplan.

This book is part one of ‘The Cushing-Nevada chronicles’ series which follows the adventures of archaeologist Dr. Candice Cushing and maverick treasure hunter Easy Nevada. They are both interested in digging the secrets of a mysterious pyramid in Sudan: Candice for widening the country’s heritage, Easy for her own materialistic interests. As a group of religious extremists get involved in the hunt, both women become unlikely allies to try to unearth the pyramid’s secrets without dying in the process.

To say that this is an action book is a huge understatement. Wild adventure, crazy non-stop action and characters constantly on the move is a better definition. The author plays with the opposites well: Candice is a mixed race, Sudanese-British archaeologist, alledgedly straight and eager to play by the rules, while Easy is white, American, lesbian, womaniser and daredevil. Both characters’ voices are well developed and distinctive. As scene after scene of dangerous adventures go by, Candice teaches Easy world history while Easy teaches Candice extreme banter and her skills in handling weapons.

“If you were my student, I’d fail you,” Candice muttered to the retreating back. Ahead, the floor had caved, leaving a four-foot gap. Nevada cleared it in one jump. “If you were my professor, I’d sleep with you and get a good grade.” (Chapter 6)

Their chemistry builds up slowly but surely and even though there’s no time for many romantic developments in this book, there’s a promise of more in the next one.

The story is written from different point of views, including the villains, but mainly focuses in both main characters. Although there is a partial resolution of the plot, the whole adventure is not finished and a sequel is scheduled for 2019 called ‘Candice Cushing and the lost tomb of Cleopatra’.

I’ve read the ‘Scissor link’ series by this author but this book is by far her best. Overall, an action packed thriller filled with witty dialogues and great landscape descriptions. 4.5 stars.

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Review of ‘Face it’ by Georgette Kaplan.

This is the second book of the ‘Scissor link’ series that I recommend to read chronologically as this book reveals a couple of spoilers from the first book.

Elizabeth Smile is contacted by Michelle Harlow, an old college fling, to pose as her girlfriend to beat her cheating husband. For Elizabeth, it’s good money and an opportunity to help her old friend, provided she can ignore her feelings towards Michelle and an awkward week with her fake girlfriend’s family. Will they succeed in their deception? Will it change their relationship?

There’s been a number of fake relationships books in lesfic lately with diverse success. It’s hard for me to rate this book as it has its good and not so good parts. I liked that it’s got some twists and unexpected situations and it’s generally well written. Most of the plot describes the time Elizabeth spends with Michelle and her family during the Christmas holidays. Each member of the family (dog included) has a distinctive personality and quirks which made them easy to recognise in a relatively short novel. However, the dialogues and their banter sounded artificial, as if the author was trying too much to be witty. There are also a lot of references to popular culture (actors, books, films, music, TV shows, etc.) which are a bit excessive even for a well informed person. So much so that in a decade’s time this book will probably be outdated. There are also long parts of the book dedicated to phylosophical discussions between the characters around a number of subjects such as racism, environment, feminism and religion, among others. While some discussions were interesting, I kept wondering if this is the type of book to dwell on them as the plot loses focus on the romance. Consequently, the end seems a bit rushed and the ‘I love you’ moments too fast.

Overall, an ok read if you don’t mind a few philosophical discussions and multiple references to popular culture. 3 stars.

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Review of ‘Scissor link’ by Georgette Kaplan

Entertaining erotic romance story with some light BDSM scenes. The relationship is between Wendy, a 26 year old low-level employee in an aeronautical company, and Janet, her 44 year old recently divorced boss.
The dialogues are witty and funny, though sometimes the punch lines seem too polished for a real conversation. However, the main characters are well rounded and have their own distinctive voice that reflect the generational gap and their personalities. There is a good amount of pop culture references that I found hard to follow but I imagine it depends on the age of the reader and nationality.
Overall, a light entertaining read. 3.5 stars.
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Recommended Lesfic Books of August 2018

This month I chose three new releases in different genres. As usual, I added a debut author, a classic lesfic book you cannot go without and a last year’s book you should read.

Recommended new releases:

Action

‘Easy Nevada and the Pyramid’s Curse’ by Georgette Kaplan

This book is part one of ‘The Cushing-Nevada chronicles’ series which follows the adventures of archaeologist Dr. Candice Cushing and maverick treasure hunter Easy Nevada. They are both interested in digging the secrets of a mysterious pyramid in Sudan: Candice for widening the country’s heritage, Easy for her own materialistic interests. As a group of religious extremists get involved in the hunt, both women become unlikely allies to try to unearth the pyramid’s secrets without dying in the process…
To say that this is an action book is a huge understatement. Wild adventure, crazy non-stop action and characters constantly on the move is a better definition. 4.5 stars.

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Legal

‘Love’s verdict’ by Carsen Taite

Carsen Taite excels at writing legal thrillers with lesbian main characters using her experience as a criminal defense attorney. Lately, she has written the ‘Lone star law’ series which was inspired in the 1980s ‘Dallas’ soap opera which, in my opinion, didn’t showcase her knowledge of the American legal system. I’m happy to see that with ‘Love’s veredict’ she’s back at what she does best. 4 stars

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Romance

‘Paper love’ by Jae

This is a slow-burn romance between Susanne Wolff, a business consultant, and her uncle’s stationary shop employee Anja Lamm. When Susanne is urged to try to save ‘Paper love’, a small shop located in Freiburg, her relationship with Anja gets off to a rocky start. Can they learn to trust each other to keep away ‘Paper love’ from bankruptcy? Will their budding friendship develop into something more?
This love story has the unexpected setting in a stationary store within the also unexpectedly beautiful background of Jae’s home city of Freiburg (Germany). It’s a refreshing change from the usual lesfic scenery. 4.5 stars

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Debut author

‘Push me pull me’ by Amanda Rhodes

Mallory Grant is struggling with her life. Her job as a leasing agent for a condo company pays the bills but doesn’t make her happy and her social life is nonexistent. When she meets Corinne Ibori, a gorgeous and confident client who shows more interest in her personally than professionaly, things start to look up for Mallory. If only she could gather the courage to take things to the next level…
Very good erotica novella by debut author Amanda Rhodes.  4 stars.

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Last year’s book you shouldn’t miss

‘Poppy Jenkins’ by Clare Ashton

Beautiful love story by the author of ‘After Mrs. Hamilton’ written in 2016. Poppy is the only lesbian in a small village in Mid-Wales and works in The Real Food Café that serves chocolate brownies with vanilla ice cream. Will her almond and orange-oil brownies win beautiful Rosalyn’s heart? 4.5 stars

Classic lesfic book

‘Above All, Honor’ by Radclyffe

‘Above all, Honor’ is the first book of the Honor series by Radclyffe which follows Secret Service Agent Cameron Roberts and Blair Powell, the daughter of the President of the United States. Cameron sworn to protect the first daughter but Blair is a strong-minded and independent woman who is not interested in making Cameron’s job easy. But neither of them is prepared for the budding feelings for each other and for the dangers that they have to face. Written in 2001, this is a great start of the series filled with action, suspense and romance. 4 stars

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