In ‘The pet boutique’ the dog steals the show.

Review of ‘The pet boutique’ by Suzie Carr.

Taylor Henshaw is an accomplished bestselling author suffering from writer’s block. To help her find her writing mojo again, her editor sends her to work in a pet shop that needs serious building renovations. While working on the project, Taylor meets Lexie Tanner, an attractive photographer and pet shop manager. As the refurbishment project progresses, Taylor and Lexie explore their budding attraction, but Taylor is a complicated woman dealing with bereavement and unsolved issues from her past. Will they have a happily ever after?

This is a slow-burn romance with the background of a building renovation and a cute dog as a co-lead. ‘The pet boutique’ refurbishment progresses as Taylor rebuilds her life and heals her old wounds. Both women leads are multi-layered and believable, their chemistry is built slowly but surely with the help of Cashmere, the dog, who acts as a facilitator in their relationship. Ms. Carr knows how to bring a dog character to life, to showcase their bonding with humans, their ability to support their masters in times of need and to understand the heartbreak of losing a pet.Read More »

Review of ‘Little Dip’ by Gill McKnight.

4.5 stars. It was great to be back with the Garoul clan. First I want to mention, while this is the 5th book in the Garoul series, this is a prequel. This book takes place in the late ’70s, way before the other four books in this series. What is nice about this, you do not have to read the other books first. If you are new to the series, you can start right here if you wish. This was a really enjoyable read and I hope it is not the end of this series.

Connie is a moderately famous wildlife photographer and illustrator. She is on the hunt of a rare bird that has been seen in Little Dip. Little Dip is private property owned by the Garoul’s who don’t like trespassers. After being told she is not welcomed on their land, Connie decides she will sneak in anyway. What could possibly go wrong?

I just love paranormal books, and the Garoul series are some of the better lesfic werewolf books around. In fact, book 2, ‘Ambereye’ is one of my all-time favorite books with one of my all-time favorite couples. When I heard this book was coming out I honestly could not be more excited. Throughout the series, we learn little pieces of the characters histories and events that happened to make them the way there are. It was great to finally read this story that tied everything together. This is the start of many characters I have grown to love, from the other books. It was also nice to see how Connie and Marie got together.

Connie and Marie are great, and even more likable than I remembered. The romance is slow going, but the chemistry is obvious. The sex scenes were nice and steamy. I do feel this book is still at the beginning of their relationship. I feel we just scratched the surface. I would actually love to read another book that picks up where this one left off so I could read about Connie and Marie’s relationship developing even more.

I am a big fan of this series and highly recommend these books to paranormal-romance fans. If you are new to this series and you read this book, make sure you go and grab ‘Ambereye’, it is fantastic! I really hope this is not the end of the Garoul’s, I would love another book.

An ARC was given to me for an honest review.

          

Review of ‘The road ahead’ by A.E. Radley.

Two days before Christmas, all flights from the south of Portugal are grounded due to technical problems. Among the passengers stranded are Rebecca Edwards and Arabella Henley, two strangers that decide to share the last rental car and drive the 1,500 miles back to London. The women can’t be any different and even incompatible but they’ll soon discover that the journey is also of self discovery and mutual understanding.

This is book one of the ‘Around the World’ series by this author which is followed by ‘The Big Uneasy’. Much of this book is spent in the building up of the mains’ friendship so, I suggest that in order to appreciate this story fully, you commit to read both books in chronological order.

‘The road ahead’ follows the ‘opposites attract’ formula and indeed, these women couldn’t be any different. Rebecca is in her late twenties, middle class and a lesbian while Arabella is in her early forties, upper class and – allegedly – straight. They are profoundly different but the author excels in transforming their relationship from the awkwardness of two strangers sharing a small space to find a common ground and to establish a budding friendship. This is where the book earned my 4 stars.

Unfortunately I couldn’t feel their romantic chemistry as much as their friendship bond. Maybe because the author doesn’t get the reader enough into Arabella’s headspace to see her musings about her life’s choices and sexuality, her romantic decisions come through as a bit forced and rushed. It doesn’t help either that the book finishes before their romance develops fully. So I think that this book is better appreciated as a whole with the sequel or else as a friendship story. Either way, it’s entertaining, sometimes funny, others sad, sometimes road-trip, others an inner journey.

Overall, an entertaining age-gap, opposites attract romance better enjoyed with its sequel. 4 stars.

ARC provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

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Review of ‘Her best friend’s sister’ by Meghan O’Brien

First of all, a word of warning for those readers who haven’t read anything by this author. This book could be categorised as erotica as much as romance. Putting it in the romance category as the publisher did could be misleading for those readers who don’t know Meghan O’Brien as the excellent f/f erotic writer that she is. This book won’t disappoint her fans as more than half of the book describe sex scenes: they are varied, explicit and, of course, hot. The main characters, Alex, a butch photographer, and Claire, a femme software developer, have great sexual chemistry. I would have rated this book higher if this chemistry would have transferred to the romantic aspects of the plot. The romance was lacking. Additionally, the secondary characters are portrayed with different success: while Alex’s sister is multilayered and authentic, the ex girlfriend is a bit stereotyped and unrealistic.
3.5 stars rounded up to 4. Overall, an entertaining erotica read.
ARC provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Review of ‘Capturing forever’ by Erin Dutton.

I have read a few books by this author, which some I enjoyed more than others. The story description didn’t appeal much to me so I wasn’t too eager to read it. If I’ve known I was going to enjoy it so much, I would have picked it up much earlier.

This is a slow burn romance that, unlike most of the books in the genre, is about two people who were a couple once and external circunstances bring them back together again. The plot per se isn’t original but Ms Dutton brings the characters to life with such a skill that you can feel and empathise with their contradictions, struggles but above all, their ability to love. This fabulous character portrayal permeates to the secondary characters too contributing to get a whole family picture. The plot develops and manages the tension perfectly so much so that you could actually feel their anguish and need of conflict resolution. In this context, the subplots complement the story and gives it an even more realistic feel.

Thumbs up to Ms. Dutton for this great read. I cannot recommend it more! 5+ stars.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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