Review of ‘Stunted’ by Breanna Hughes.

Jessie Knight is a professional stunt-woman working in the film business. She enjoys her dangerous job but prefers not to get involved with anyone in the industry, specially actresses. But when she meets famous actress Elliot Chase she decides to make an exception. After a steamy night together, a sex tape is leaked causing havoc in both women’s personal and professional lives. Will they be able to overcome their difficulties and stay together?

This is a hot romance with a bit of action and celebrity scandal on the side. Written in third person from the point of view of both leads, the main characters are well written and their chemistry is spot-on, though it is close to insta-attraction. The intimate scenes are well done and steamy. However, most of the secondary characters are a bit stereotyped and lack the depth of the mains.

The dialogues are natural sounding and engaging but the balance between show and tell is a bit off. The plot gives a good insight into the movie making business and celebrity life though a few parts of the story will try the reader’s suspension of disbelief. However, if the reader isn’t too demanding about authenticity, it’s a good story for fans of celebrity romances and scandal.

Overall, an ok read with a bit of action and celebrity scandal on the side. 3.5 stars.

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Review of ‘Charming memory’ by E.L. Bossert.

Jamie Jordan is a famous actress whose son Max is saved from being run over by a truck. Max survived unscathed but the rescuer suffered severe head injuries. As a result, the savior lost her memory and has no recollections of her identity. Jamie is attracted to the mysterious woman who has a refreshing disregarding attitude towards Jamie’s fame and money. But under those strange circumstances, can they find a happily ever after?

This is a debut book and unfortunately the reader can tell. It would have benefited from
a more thorough editing process. The choice of an omniscient point of view with multiple characters without clear transitions confused me. I think that maybe writing this story from the point of view of both main characters would have helped in developing the story better.

Having said that, the chemistry between the main characters was believable and the intimate scenes were well written. The main plot idea was good in combining the amnesia and celebrity tropes but it just needed a better execution.

Overall, 2.5 stars.

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Review of ‘Lost in paradise’ by Rachel Lacey.

Nicole Morella is a recently divorced New Yorker taking some thinking time in a cruise ship in the Mediterranean. When she meets Fiona Boone, a British artist living in France, they hit it off immediately but their budding attraction is interrupted when the cruise is hijacked. Both women escape in a lifeboat and they will need to fight together for their survival and their chance at love.

Rachel Lacey is a seasoned author of almost twenty romance novels but this is her first LGBT and f/f book. According to the author’s notes, she wrote the first draft in a week which is a big accomplishment because the plot is original and well crafted.

Written in third person from the point of view of both main characters, the story is varied in thrilling moments, romance and drama, all of them well balanced and realistic. Both women face setbacks in their fight for survival and the reader cannot help but cheering for them. The secondary characters are mostly in the background but it makes sense as a big part of the story happens with both women isolated from anyone else. However, when the secondary characters make their appearance, they are well-rounded and believable, specially Nicole’s parents.

There’s a trigger warning of abuse but just narrated by one of the characters in a couple of paragraphs. The sex scenes are well written and realistic and show the characters’ growing intimacy. I think that this book will appeal not only the usual lesfic reader but also to Ms. Lacey’s fans.

Overall, an entertaining book with a well-balanced mix of thrilling scenes, romance and drama. 4.5 stars.

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