Lesbian Action Book Review of ‘Oath of Honor’ by Radclyffe
This novel serves as an installment in Radclyffe’s Honor series (book number eight) as well as in her First Responders series (book number three).
Wes Masters is a Navy Captain doctor brought in to fill in the position of Chief of the White House Medical Unit after the previous chief died unexpectedly. Evyn Daniels is a secret service agent assigned to the president’s protection detail. Sparks fly as Evyn is tasked with assessing Wes’ ability to work with the secret service and adopt the unique mentality of being responsible for only one patient’s wellbeing, the president’s. It becomes clear early on Wes’ abrupt arrival is a measure to stabilize the White House Medical Unit, but also to help investigate an internal leak that threatens the president. Can Wes put her feelings aside and carry out her duty?
This was another solid installment by Radclyffe. There is chemistry amongst the characters with medical undertones (where this author excels), action scenes and even a little suspense. The training exercises are fun to read about. There are fanatics that are infuriating and of course, a scary prospect for equality. The romance development is good, although we need to admit this author can definitely offer insta-love in her stories. The intimate scenes though felt a little off (this has been an impression since the first time I read this book). There is simply a mismatch between the bedroom and the out of bedroom chemistry.Read More »
Lesbian Action Book Review of ‘Stormy Seas’ by Ali Vali
I wanted to snatch this lesbian action book up after reading the first one of the series not that long ago. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me as well as the first book in the series ‘Blue Skies’ did.
The story picks up a year after Commander Berkley Levine and Captain Aidan Sullivan accomplished the bombing of nuclear sites in North Korea. During that mission, it became obvious there was a conspiracy to throw the US government into disarray by American Patriots. The former Vice President is leading the militia attacks and group that has infiltrated all arms of the government. One of the reasons for such a radical idea is the presence of women in the military and other leadership positions, which makes Aidan and Berkley perfect targets. The book takes us through sea and land and a race against the clock before it is too late for justice to prevail.Read More »
Lesbian Sci-fi Book Review ‘Across the dark horizon’ by Tagan Shepard
3.75 Stars. This was a really entertaining read. This is the third book by Shepard and while I enjoyed her first two books a little more, this was still a fun read. I’m a big sci-fi fan so I have to say that the fact Shepard left her romantic-dramas behind to take us to the moon instead was really appreciated. I love authors that can write in multiple genres and this fact makes me even more excited to see where she might take us next.
While I would put the sci-fi tag on this book, it really is light sci-fi, in fact, futuristic might be the better name for this. The idea of this book is not really so far out there. I could actually see something similar happening in another ten to twenty years. I think because of this you don’t have to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy this. I would recommend this one to lesfic readers in general.Read More »
This book was published in 2009 and now, ten years later, the sequel has been released. So I went back and checked it out so I could read the next one (yes, I like to read in order!).
Berkley Levine is the top pilot in the Navy. She is stationed in Nebraska as a flight instructor when the woman she loved comes looking for her. Aidan Sullivan is at the helm of the Navy’s newest carrier the USS Jefferson after a new president with innovative policies has been elected. She has been assigned to carry out a very important international mission and as such, can handpick the soldiers that will accompany her. This means she has come to get the pilot and woman she left for her career a few years before.
‘Blue Skies’ has a little bit of everything. It is a lesbian romance but mostly an action tale. Berkley and Aidan are a good couple but I felt Berkley forgave Aidan rather quickly. Good for her, as I feel I would have been vindictive for far longer! In the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ era, these two high ranking officials seemed to take many chances in order to be together. The initial part of the book was a bit slow for my liking and seemed to drag. However, once the action started, it didn’t stop until the end.Read More »
School teacher Anna finds herself stressed and bored so she decides to take on crochet classes with Ollie, an army veteran and the owner of the craft shop ‘Darn that yarn’. As Ollie teaches Anna how to crochet, both women soon become friends and slowly discover their mutual attraction. But a jealous ex-boyfriend, their wary offspring and a good dose of self-doubt get in their way to love. Will they have a happily ever after?
This is a debut novel by British author Jenn Matthews featuring main characters in their 50s, both divorced, one a lesbian and the other allegedly straight. As the reader can tell by the cover and the title, crochet is at the center of this story and it’s the facilitator of the relationship between the leads. You don’t need to love crochet to read this book (I personally don’t) but an interest in arts and crafts would be beneficial.
As an avid crocheter herself, Ms. Matthews knows what she’s talking about and the novel is filled with descriptions of techniques and materials for the craft. Personally, I think that the book goes into too many details (crochet or otherwise) that could have been removed to make the pace of the story slightly faster. Having said that, the slow-burn romance suits this type of story and I was pleased to see that the author took her time to develop the mains relationship and the subplots.
The crochet classes environment works well to present the good number of secondary characters and to build the leads relationship. I liked how the author gave hints of their attraction through their body language and the natural sounding dialogues. The author is very cinematographic in her descriptions, she makes it easy for the reader to create a mental picture of the scenes. All the characters, mains or secondary, feel multi-layered and authentic, including Anna’s autistic son. The sex scene is well written in addition to an excellent self-pleasuring scene. One of the best that I’ve read in non-erotica lesfic.
Through and through, this novel has a distinct British feel not only in the use of the language but also in many British references such as the use of tea as a conversation enabler or alcohol as a social lubricant. This helps to establish the tone and setting of the novel, providing authenticity and a credibility to the story.
Overall, a very good slow-burn romance between a couple in their 50s with the unusual setting of a crochet class and an authentic British feel. 4 stars.
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
‘Love to the Rescue’ is the fifth installment in Radclyffe’s ‘Rivers Community Romance’ series.
Brody Clark is a flight medic returning to her hometown after abruptly joining the Army and leaving ten years ago. Her return opens up some old wounds tied to her past with the Rivers family and her struggle to forgive her own reasons for leaving town in the first place. Val Valentine has also returned home after becoming a veterinarian and successfully starting a practice in Manhattan. Her mentor and father figure needed help running the practice she worked for many years ago. Val returned to help him and perhaps make amends for past mistakes.
In a way, this book was like coming home. The Rivers has become a tangible place for all the readers that have enjoyed this series. The hospital and adjacent community are well described, perhaps more so than in any of Radclyffe’s other works with maybe the exception of the ‘Provincetown Tales’. Both of these series are so dependent on their settings that the story would just not be the same in another place or time. ‘Love to the Rescue’ can be read as a stand alone but you will be losing out on a big part of its charm by doing so.
This book adds some new characters to the community. In addition to the above mentioned ones, the helicopter pilot is another interesting character and a potential lead in a future installment. Kudos to the author for introducing a retired Army canine in realistic fashion and making her a great secondary character. Several of the established characters in the series make an appearance, including Blake, one of my favorite story lines.
I will disclose that I am an avid Radclyffe reader. Her medical romances are overall great, with credible circumstances few can provide due to her background as a retired surgeon. I am beyond ecstatic that she has created a veterinarian to join the rest of her characters! Having said this, I will warn that her books also have the instant love factor that may not appeal to everyone. Nonetheless, Radclyffe is worth reading, anytime.
The cover design by Sheri is sharp, eye catching and on par with the story.
Available now exclusively on Bold Strokes Books website until wider release next month.
Overall another successful book by Radclyffe that will not disappoint old and new fans. 4 stars.