‘Language of love. A flirty, festive anthology’ is a collection of eleven lesfic short stories with the common theme of holiday season traditions around the world. Ylva is a very international and multicultural publishing company and this is reflected in this compilation. The mains characters in these stories includes an ice-queen, a shy lesbian, an allegedly straight woman, young and mature. It is also surprising the mixture of genres like romance, mystery, drama, crime and young adult.
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Diana Petrell is a former rock star who left nine years of music and fame behind to resume her career as an emergency medicine doctor. Her residency supervisor is Dr. Emily Barnes, an aloof and hard working attending who is distrustful of her skills. Just when Emily starts letting her guard down and letting the former musician in, Diana’s past threatens to destroy everything that they’ve both fought for. This is a solid medical romance novel by debut author Chris Zett.She uses her own experience in the medical field to create a realistic hospital environment without overwhelming readers with medical terms or procedures, making it entertaining and credible. I particularly liked her clever use of medical metaphors:
“… the warmth of the contact coursed through her system like an anxiolytic and strengthened her resolve.” (Chapter 19)
Written in third person from the point of view of both main characters, we get into their headspaces enough to understand their actions. Emily is a stereotypical ice queen but soon the readers discover her vulnerable side, which makes her more real and appealing. Diana is also a well rounded character as we can empathise with her need of secrecy. Together they have great chemistry that grows with each page. All the secondary characters, no matter how small their parts in the plot, are credible and have a distinctive voice which makes the story more realistic. The plot is tightly woven as are the subplots that enrich the story and contribute to the reading enjoyment.
Overall, a realistic and entertaining medical romance and a promising debut novel. 4.5 stars.
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
When Police officer Peyton Clarke and real estate agent Tory Stevens meet by chance at a bridal shop trying bridemaids’ dresses, their attraction is instant but it’s interrupted by a mass murderer attacking the shop customers. As the only survivals of the shooting, Tory and Peyton see their initial bond grow stronger. But with the attacker on the loose, taking their relationship for granted could be a fatal mistake.
Lately in lesfic we’ve seen a series of two authors joining forces to pen books together, we’ve even seen three authors writing as many books as part of a series. But, as far as I know, this is the first collaboration of three authors writing a single novel. As I normally read (and love) books by these three authors, for me it was a no-brainer to give it a try. I’m glad I did.
‘Against all odds’ is equal parts thriller and romance, the balance between action and love, fast and slow pace makes this novel a very entertaining read. The authors managed to weave the plot consistently and make it flow without issues. It is written in first person from the point of view of Tory, Peyton and mass shooter Bradley, each one a chapter at a time. However, this doesn’t affect the flow as each scene is told by only one character and the book is always moving forward. My only criticism is that I found Bradley’s voice very distinctive (for obvious reasons, him being the villain and the only man), but, Tory and Peyton’s voices were not that easy to tell apart. They sounded pretty much the same to me and I found myself several times going to the start of the chapter to check the point of view.
Having said that, the romance part is very sweet, Tory and Peyton have great chemistry and the intimate scenes are well written. Bradley is also a very well rounded character and adds a great creepy factor to the thriller part of the story. Once the action scenes are set out, it’s a page turner impossible to put down.
Overall, a very well written book by an unusual collaboration, it’s entertaining, gripping and will appeal both romance and action fans. 4.5 stars.
ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.