Review of ‘Hearts of Emerald Bay’ by D.G. Barnes.

Romance author Dana Lawson goes for a relaxing summer holiday to a small seaside town in Nova Scotia, where she meets local bar owner Mac Mackenzie. Their attraction is undeniable but what started as a summer fling soon develops into something more meaningful as both women face different challenges. Will they have their happily ever after?

‘Hearts of Emerald Bay’ is an entertaining romance by debut author D.G. Barnes. Written in third person from the point of view of both main characters, the story is sometimes light and funny and others take a more serious and angsty tone. I think the author managed this balance well.
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Review of ‘Welcome to Ruby’s’ by KC Luck.

Allie Dawson and her friends love spending their leisure time in Ruby’s, a lesbian bar in Portland. One evening, Allie meets Vivian Wade, a gorgeous and enigmatic brunette. Their attraction is undeniable but there are a few complications: Vivian is going through a bitter divorce and is Ruby’s new owner. Will these issues get in the way of their happily ever after?

‘Welcome to Ruby’s’ is a sweet slow-burn romance with a slight age gap. Written in third person from the point of view of both main characters, the author highlights their differences but builds up a solid chemistry from the beginning, first by physical attraction and from there by their emotional connection. Vivian is brunette, in her early 40s, she is a successful business woman and lives in LA. Allie is blonde, in her late 20s, is struggling at her job and lives in Portland. Despite their differences, Ms. Luck gets the proverbial ‘opposites attract’ spot on.

The main plot is well written and the story is believable though the conflict could have been resolved with better communication. I would have given it a higher rating if it wasn’t for a few mistakes and typos. Additionally, there are a few secondary characters in Allie’s groups of friends with intertwined stories that aren’t completely developed in this book. This and the fact that the ending is a bit abrupt, makes me think (and hope) that maybe Ms. Luck is planning to write a sequel with some of the characters in mind.

Overall, a sweet and entertaining age gap romance where opposites attract. 4 stars.

ARC provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

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Review of ‘Contract for love’ by Alison Grey.

Madison Fielding is the only heiress to her family fortune, that is, if she stops partying non-stop and being a womaniser. To convince her Grandmother that she is a responsible adult worth of getting the inheritance, she has to prove that she’s changed. She decides to get herself a fake girlfriend and who could be better candidate for the job than straight, poor, single mother Sherry who is the exact opposite of Madison. Nothing can go wrong with that plan for sure…

This is another fake relationship/sham marriage novel which lately are commonplace in lesfic. The main characters couldn’t be any different from each other: Madison, a self-centrered, superficial, indolent and rich woman, and Sherry, a dedicated, down to earth and hard working single mother. Could they be more different? Well, yes, Madison is gay and Sherry is straight. The story goes from low to high so if you don’t like it at the beginning I suggest that you stick with it and give it a chance as it gets better. As the story goes by and their fake relationship evolves into a real one, the reader witnesses their transformation and how their personalities change (specially Madison) and their chemistry builds up. The final result doesn’t seem unrealistic or forced and here lies the beauty of this book. The secondary characters are well rounded and realistic, specially Sherry’s 6 year old son and her friend Rita Mae.

Overall, ‘Contract for love’ is a slow-burn romance, low in the level of angst, sometimes funny, others emotional. Recommended for those looking for a feel-good and light entertaining read. 4 stars

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