Review of ‘Lovebirds’ by Lisa Moreau.

Emily Wellington is the owner of a bird magazine who urgently needs a breakthrough article to keep it afloat. When she travels to Ojai, California to search for an elusive flock of Madagascar lovebirds, she wasn’t counting on crossing paths with gorgeous but infuriating pole dancer Sydney Cooper. As they get to know each other, their attraction is undeniable but Emily is engaged and Sidney is not interested in getting involved with anyone. Will they have their happily ever after?

This is a light, funny and entertaining read based on an original idea with the beautiful setting of Ojai valley in California. As she did in ‘The butterfly whisperer’, Ms. Moreau describes nature skillfully. I particularly loved her use of birds’ metaphors throughout the book. The dialogues are funny and witty, the main characters are lovable and their chemistry is spot on.

‘Lovebirds’ is mainly a romance with a bit of adventure at the side. I should warn romance fans that this book deals with infidelity, though it is mild. Additionally, some situations felt a bit forced and unrealistic but they suit the lightness of the plot. In order to enjoy this book, I suggest not to take it too seriously.

Overall, an ok read if you are a nature lover and you aren’t too bothered by mild infidelity. 3.5 stars.

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Review of ‘All of me’ by Emily Smith.

Dr. Galen Burguess is the chief surgical resident at Boston City Hospital. She works hard and plays hard, her reputation as a player is well known. But when she meets a new intern, Dr. Rowan Duncan, she’s soon smitten with the very reserved and very straight resident. As Galen decides not to act on her attraction, Rowan discovers new feelings for her boss. But she’s got a boyfriend waiting in Texas and she’s straight anyway, or is she?

‘All of me’ is a medical romance, Radclyffe style, with a butch/androgynous and a femme doctors as main characters in a fast and stressful hospital setting. Normally these types of books showcase several medical cases and emergency situations where patients’ lives are at risk. In this case, these elements are present with the addition of some family drama consisting of a cold and strict father (Galen’s) and a long-distance boyfriend (Rowan’s).

The medical scenes and a couple of secondary characters are the best parts of this book. However, I have a few issues that justify my low rating. My first issue is that the leads sometimes act out of character. For example, the reader is told that Rowan is shy but she acts anything but. To avoid spoilers, let me just say that both characters go through sudden and unrealistic changes from what would be their expected actions which is puzzling and sometimes downright annoying.

My other problem is that some parts of the plot are resolved very superficially, in particular Galen’s relationship with her parents. The story leads us to think this is a crucial matter while it was only mentioned in passing. It seems as if the author didn’t commit to the story completely. The main characters’ chemistry is ok but the insta-love is hard to believe.

Overall, sometimes ok, sometimes frustrating read. 2.5 stars.

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Review of ‘Unforgettable’ by Elle Spencer.

This book presents two romantic novellas with characters who are unforgettable for different reasons. In ‘Forget her not’ Samantha King is a straight art dealer that wakes up naked in bed with a woman and she doesn’t remember anything about it. She is compelled to know what happened that night of her first and only lesbian experience but, is it just curiosity?

This is my favourite of the two stories, I like that the concept is so original. The two main characters are well rounded and very realistic, specially Sam, who is a very complicated and multi-layered character. The dialogues are natural sounding and their chemistry is off the charts. The story is sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking and it has the right amount of angst and drama. Overall, 4.5 stars.

In ‘Forget her never’, Abby Dunn has a one night stand with gorgeous and sexy Kendall Squires who is everything Abby dreams of. Their attraction is undeniable but Kendall is married and that night together should be left in the past. If only they can forget each other…

This is an age gap romance with a bit of infidelity and a lot of drama. Even though I connected with the main characters and their chemistry is hot, the plot doesn’t seem to flow so well and part of the conflict feels a bit forced. There are at least four different points of view which were in my opinion unnecessary. The twists and turns, the angst and anguish were too much for me. However, readers who love their romances with loads of drama might enjoy it much more. Overall, 3.5 stars.

All in all, a very good and entertaining read. 4 stars.

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