Review of ‘The London of us’ by Clare Lydon.

This is book 4 in the ‘London romance’ series. It can be read as a standalone novel though I recommend to read them all if you like lesbian romances with a British feel. As in the previous books, London is at the background of a beautiful love story.

Alice Di Santo has a comfortable life. A job that she enjoys, great friends, supportive family and a lovely boyfriend. Even her social media life is thriving as a co-star in an increasingly popular YouTube channel. But lately she feels that something is missing in her life soon discovering her growing attraction for her friend Rachel, a sexy and very lesbian chef. Surely this is a passing crush, or is it?

‘The London of us’ is as much a romance as a coming out story. Ms. Lydon wisely chose to write it in first person from Alice point of view getting us into her headspace as she deals with her first ever attraction to a woman. The book starts with a bang and keeps the momentum with humour and wittiness that puts a smile on your face. Those of us who have experienced the coming out process know that it’s not an easy path and Ms. Lydon showcases this but the angst, while realistic, never takes the lightness of her writing style. As a matter of fact, Alice’s coming out scene with her parents is the funniest I’ve read in lesfic. All the characters – mains and secondary – are well portrayed and the intimate scenes are hot, highlighting the chemistry between the main leads.

Overall, a very good addition to this successful series. Great read for romance fans. 4 stars.

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Review of ‘Fearless’ by Robin Alexander.

Falon and Hayley meet under the strangest of circumstances, stranded in the island of Roatán (Honduras) after their cruise ship leaves without them. They eventually go past their original antagonism and decide to make the most of their time together. Falon wants to recover her freedom and Hayley wants to learn how to be fearless. Once they are back home to New Orleans will their time together unite or separate them?

Robin Alexander is one of my favourite lesfic authors (for a complete list see here). She’s got a quirky sense of humour that is unique. ‘Fearless’ is no exception: it’s a funny, witty and romantic story. My only criticism is that the plot seems to be cut in half, one in Honduras and the other back in New Orleans. The fast pace is lost and some of the secondary characters are more annoying than funny. However, it still makes for a very entertaining and enjoyable read. 4 stars.

Review of ‘Mistletoe mishap’ by Siri Caldwell

This is a very funny and entertaining novella ideal for a Christmas holidays read. It is a refreshing departure from the typical lesfic plot to see that the main characters are middle aged women scientists in a long term relationship. On a whim, they decide to spice up their sex life through a bet that happens around Christmas time. What follows is a series of witty dialogues, funny situations and hot scenes that entertains the reader till the end. Ms. Caldwell excels at creating a believable couple with their set routines, quirky behaviour and obsession to follow the scientific method but, at the same time, surrounded by strong love and beautiful intimacy. Skilfully written, this novella has it all for an entertaining holiday read. ‘Mistletoe Mishap’ goes straight to my recommended Christmas lesfic books list.

Overall, a funny and witty Christmas rom com. 4.5 stars.

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Review of ‘Jane’s world’ by Paige Braddock.

I have to admit that before reading this book, I’ve never heard of the author though now I realise she’s an accomplished comic strip writer. As a matter of fact, the book is a novelisation of a series of comic books with the same name. The publisher cathegorises this book as “general fiction” so do not expect a typical lesbian romance. The book is more of a screwball comedy or a rom-com. Hence, some situations are hilarious but unrealistic which I found very entertaining. However, if you are looking for a stereotipycal lesbian romance you won’t find it here.

I also liked the fact that the book has several illustrations obviously borrowed from the comic strip series though for some people, it might conflict with your own mental images of the characters. The main character, Jane, is an anti-heroine: quirky but at the same time, adorable. The secondary characters are well rounded and are a funny addition to the crazyness of the situations. The book makes fun of some lesbians stereotypes like the butch, the androgynous, the femme, etc.

In my opinion, the book will work for you if you take the unreal and bizarre situations very lightly and if you don’t take anything seriously. That’s what I did and found it very entertaining. 4 stars.

I’ve received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review of ‘Huntress’ by A.E. Radley.

I read ‘Flight SQA016’ by this author but it didn’t engage me as much as this one. This is a humorous and entertaining read which starts with a very original dedication. It is the story of Amy, a motorway coffee shop worker who sets the wheels in motion for an spectacular hunt after one of her daily customer seems to disappear. In the typical manner of a comedy of errors, Amy takes the reader on a journey of crazy situations with her delightful personality and positive attitude. The author excels at the crafting of the characters, with their distinctive personalities and traits. The dialogues are witty and some situations are absurd that set up the comical aspect of the book. Don’t expect a realistic thriller but a very enjoyable and fun read.

Overall, 4 stars.

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.