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 ‘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.

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Review of ‘Twice in a lifetime’ by Clare Lydon.

Clare Lydon is a pro writer of feel-good lesbian romantic comedies. Her books are the equivalent of a hot chocolate in front of a fireplace: they leave the reader all warm inside. Normally her stories are inspired in London and have a British feel, but this time Ms. Lydon decided to depart from her comfort zone and set her romance in the US and write it in American English. I understand her possible reasons behind it as conquering the American readers and eventual ‘world domination’. Even though I miss her Britishness, I think she pull this book off expertly.
Set in Chicago and New York, this is the story of former high school sweethearts Harriet and Sally who accidentally meet again seventeen years later. The plot describes their trials and tribulations at second chances and long distance relationships. Ms. Lydon puts into the mix an eccentric lesbian aunt, a tight group of friends, witty dialogues and an equal parts sexy and hilarious elevator ‘ride’ for an entertaining and satisfying read.
Overall, 5 stars. Highly recommended for lesbian rom-com fans.
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Review of ‘Turbulence’ by E.J. Noyes.

Wow… and when I say ‘wow’ I mean… WOW. After the author’s debut novel ‘Ask, tell’ got to my list of best books of 2017, I was wondering if that was just a fluke. Fortunately for us lesfic readers, now it’s confirmed: E.J. Noyes CAN write. Not only that, she can write different genres (‘Ask, tell’ was a military story / romance, this one is a traditional romance) with exactly the same competence.

This is the story of Isabelle, a rich stockbroker who has a one-night stand with Audrey, unaware that she is the new-hired pilot of Isabelle’s private jet. Having to meet each other almost every day, the plot focuses on how their relationship evolves. The book blurb might seem to describe a superficial romance between a rich woman and her f**k buddy/employee but nothing could be more remote. There are quite a few sex scenes, but they are justified within the plot as they showcase the evolution of their relationship. Additionally, they are all described tastefully.

Written in first person from Isabelle’s point of view, the reader gets into her headspace with all her insecurities, struggles and character traits. Alongside Isabelle, we discover Audrey’s personality, her life story and, most importantly, her feelings. The subplots and supporting characters add realism to the story, specially Isabelle’s mother who shows her daughter in a different light. Throughout the book, Ms. Noyes pushes us down a rollercoaster of emotions as we accompany Isabelle in her journey of self-discovery. In the process, we laugh, suffer and enjoy the ride.

Overall, a very easy 5 stars. Highly recommended if you like romances with a bit of substance and don’t mind a few (justified) sex scenes.

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Review of ‘A girl called London’ by Clare Lydon.

This book shows Clare Lydon at her best: witty, funny and downright romantic. Additionally, the author manages to introduce serious issues such as homophobia and family conflict with a perfect balance between depth and feel-good moments.

Ms. Lydon takes the reader, from the confines of a small lift to the big London city as a background, through a sweet, funny and romantic journey.

Overall, 4.5 stars. Great holiday read.

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.