Review of ‘Just Jorie’ by Robin Alexander.

This was only my second Robin Alexander’s book. Although I did not like it as much as the first one, it was still an enjoyable story.

Lena Vaughn is in New York on a work trip when a snowstorm grounds all flights. Jorie Andolini is trying to fly out of New York after going there to meet an online love interest that did not turn out to be what she was hoping for. They meet at the airport and share a ride to a hotel, where they realize the best way to return to their home town of New Orleans is to share a car rental. There is some chemistry but when the trip ends, they part ways without plans for anything more. Jorie is back to her family owned business and Lena is left wondering why a woman has her full attention for the first time in her life.

The beginning of the book felt slow and I was not sold until Jorie fell off the treadmill. Literally. Then it started picking up and I was thrilled to see the book did not end with their arrival to New Orleans. There, the main characters find a way to come together and keep it rolling. The secondary characters also took some getting used to but then I found them hilarious. Of course, I’m talking about the meddlesome older family members of the Andolini clan.

This book does not have any mysterious turns. Things were civilized and the coming out part was as effortless as they come. This was a light fun story that kept me entertained. Pass it up if you like some drama in your romances.

I actually listened to the audiobook. It was narrated by Lisa Cordileone, who did a great job. It took me a few chapters but then she had me laughing out loud, successfully bringing Alexander’s witty dialog to life. Very happy my next listen is also narrated by her.

Overall a solid book for those who enjoy funny banter. 3.5 stars

         

Review of ‘Escape to pleasure. Lesbian travel erotica’ edited by Sandy Lowe and Victoria Villasenor.

This is a collection of 18 erotica short stories by different authors such as Aurora Rey, Sam Ledel, Jeannie Levig, Kris Bryant (writing as Brit Ryder), Jane Esther, among others. Edited by Sandy Lowe and Victoria Villasenor (also known by her pen name Brey Willows), the stories are compiled under the theme of erotic lesbian travel. They depict a wide range of travel situations, destinations and seasons along with different sexual scenes for almost every taste.

As it’s the norm in these types of collections, there are great stories and others not so good. My favourites were ‘Mistakes happen’ by Brit Ryder, ‘A fantasy getaway’ by Jeannie Levig and ‘The lay of the land’ by Raven Sky. For me, these stories were the ones that better captured the sensuality of traveling with the joys of lesbian sex.

Overall, a very good collection under the theme of erotic lesbian travel. 4 stars.

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

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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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