Lesbian Family Drama Book Review of ‘Because I said so’ by Karin Kallmaker
3.5 Stars. I have a lot of respect for Kallmaker. She has had such a long and impressive career that whenever her name comes up I kick myself for not having read more of her back library. I am, however, happy to make sure to read any new books she puts out. I really enjoyed her last book ‘My Lady Lipstick‘ so I do have to admit I was a little bummed that I didn’t enjoy this book as much.
I do not want to go into any summaries because it would be easy to give too much away. What I do want to talk about is that I didn’t really feel like this book was a romance. I think I would put it more in the family-drama category. This book did have two main women with some potential between them, but this book was really about their families (blood and the kinds you make) and their jobs.Read More »
Lesbian Crime Book Review of ‘No Good Reason’ by Cari Hunter
Why didn’t anyone recommend this book to me? 😉 Ok, ok, several people did. I was too darn stubborn and wanted to save it for a rainy day. I may have to dive into the three and a half (there is a short story too) lesbian crime book series right away.
This is the story of Sanne Jensen, a British detective that stumbles upon a kidnapping victim, sending her department into a manhunt. The manhunt turns frantic as another victim is discovered. In the meantime, Sanne’s longtime friend, Dr. Meg Fielding helps her try to keep some sanity through the case while trying to figure out the state of their relationship.
Can the detectives beat the clock and save the other victim before it is too late?Read More »
Finley Knight is an ex-cop turned into a private investigator living a solitary life in Corpus Christi, Texas. She prefers working solo but when former security guard Rylee Moore offers her services as a receptionist / assistant, Finley cannot resist her charms. When an apparently routine cheating-wife case changes into a murder investigation, Police Detective Dee Woodward gets involved. Dee prefers to do things by the book while Finley was never a stickler for the rules, but as events escalate and get extremely dangerous, the three women will need to work together and leave their differences, and their feelings, aside to defeat an extremely violent gang.
This is a very entertaining, fast-paced, crime mystery book by Gerri Hill with a romance at the side but with a lot of prominence in the story. The mystery plot is quite complex with many layers to unveil and a good number of suspects. Despite this, Ms. Hill manages to pull off a credible and absorbing story that keeps the reader guessing until the end. The novel is written from the point of view of Finley, Rylee, and Dee who are multilayered characters with distinctive personalities and backgrounds. The age-gap romance is slow-burn and sweet, with very well-written chemistry in which opposites attract. The sex scenes have all the ingredients known to Ms. Hill: they are hot, sensual and romantic all at the same time.
The landscape of Corpus Christi (Texas Gulf Coast) with its beautiful beaches and bay area is a frequent feature in Ms. Hill’s romances. By setting this novel during winter time with its foggy and cloudy days, however, the author sets the perfect tone for the mystery. The depiction of the impoverished neighbourhoods where most of the action takes part also contributes towards an eerie backdrop and makes a great contrast with the most affluent areas which the Gulf Coast is known for.
Even though the case is completely resolved and the main romance has a satisfying conclusion, there is room for a sequel to this novel. I hope that Ms. Hill decides to write a book that features Dee more prominently and develops Finley’s relationship with her estranged mother. I wouldn’t hesitate to read book 2.
Overall, a very entertaining and page-turning mystery with a sweet, slow-burn romance at the side. 4.5 stars.
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This is book five of the ‘Rivers Community Romance’ series which focuses on the small community of Rivers and its hospital. It is a standalone novel but I recommend to read it in order as there are a few parts of the plot based on stories told in previous books. In this novel, flight medic Brody Clark comes back to Rivers after leaving town without a word ten years ago, to work for the Rivers Hospital newly established medevac team. There she meets Val Valentine, an old love interest of Brody’s, who is recently back from living in New York City. Both want to bury the bad memories that they have from their teenage years in that town but, as they get to know each other, they suddenly realise that they have more in common than they’d thought. Will they be able to face their fears and act on their mutual attraction?
‘Love to the rescue’ goes beyond the medical romance formula that Radclyffe masters so well and delves into matters of family, friendship and loyalty. Considering this is a medical romance, the highlight is more on the latter. I think it’s a pity that there aren’t many medical scenes as this author describes them very well, using her experience as a now retired surgeon. If anything, there are more descriptions of Val’s veterinary work and a special focus on Honcho, a retired war dog owned by Brody.
The story catches up with some of the other couples established in the previous books but mainly on Blake, a trans teenager dealing with his sexuality and society’s rejection. Blake is a secondary character who is growing literally and metaphorically with each installment of the series and I can’t wait to see where Radclyffe takes him in the future. Both mains are multilayered, especially Brody in her dark and broody personality that the author excels at describing. There is a small mystery subplot about her past that had much more potential but unfortunately was resolved a bit abruptly. All in all, it’s an entertaining book, possibly not Radclyffe’s best but worth reading anyway.
Overall, a good medical romance with a mystery subplot and a promising trans character. 3.5 stars.
ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
3.50 Stars. As a paranormal fan, I was really excited to read this. A lesfic book about werewolves is a big yes please! While I must admit this book was a little bumpy in parts, I still had a fun time reading it.
Bonnie is a paramedic that lives for helping people. One night she comes upon a car with their hazards on and jumps to help. Even with Bonnie taking precautions, she doesn’t expect to be horribly attacked by an animal. Bonnie’s life is about to change in ways so could never have imagined.
This was the kind of entertaining werewolf story I was hoping for. It’s not perfect, but it was a fun read. There were some common werewolf traits we see in many books, but I do have to admit I was happily surprised that Alexandra added a few new things, at least new to me (and I read a ton of paranormal) so it was nice to read more than just expected werewolf lore.
Bonnie is an interesting character. She is a spitfire to say the least. She is the kind of character you want to strangle one minute, but then are rooting for the next. In a lot of paranormal books people accept their fate pretty easy. Bonnie did not. She fought tooth and nail to the last minute. While sometimes it drove me nuts, I like that Alexandra made it more believable by having a character actually feel something when her whole life as she knows it is ripped apart.
There is a romance in this. It’s not insta-love but the connection is quick. This gets a pass from me because of the whole paranormal aspect. And Alexandra did make sure the characters didn’t get together right away which I appreciate. The sex scenes didn’t blow me away but they were decent and I liked the two women as a couple.
I do need to mention the bumps. I did find the writing to be a little choppy at times mostly in the beginning. There was also a lot of wanting to yell at characters to just talk it out that drove me nuts. Luckily, this was more in the beginning of the book too since Alexandra picked up steam and the book read much better the last two thirds. I also have to mention a few obvious mistakes like an extra word not needed in a sentence or missing quotation marks. There were not too many mistakes to drive me nuts, but I do think the publisher should have caught these. And lastly there was one sort of important twist near the end that was not explained very well. I’m still having trouble wrapping my mind around it. Again no offense to the publisher, but I think it should have been reworked a bit since I’m not the only reviewer to be a little confused.
This book definitely had some bumps, but I still had fun reading it. It was the kind of paranormal werewolf adventure I was hoping to find. The way this book left off, there is plenty of room for a sequel. If there is a second book I would read it. I’m hoping it might clear up a few questions I still have and I just want to visit this supernatural world again.