Spring has sprung in the Northern Hemisphere and, after a cold winter, the days are warmer and the flowers are blossoming. Time to enjoy the outdoors with a good book. Here are the recommendations for March: new releases, debut authors, lesfic classic and last year’s book you shouldn’t miss. Enjoy!
Recommended new releases:
‘You’re my kind’ by Clare Lydon
‘You’re my kind’ is a second chance romance that starts with a funeral. As anti-climatic as it might sound, the author makes it work more as a celebration of life than sorrow for an irreparable loss. Lydon is a master of lesfic rom-com with a British feel. Only that this time, she combines her usual witty, funny and sarcastic dialogues and situations, with a savvy reflexion about life and death. As the author presents a piece of her philosophy of life, the story will make the reader cry, laugh and keep faith in humanity. 5 stars.
‘The do-over’ by Georgia Beers
Bella Hunt is a successful therapist who, as a teenager, struggled to deal with her sexuality and was bullied by her classmates. Fifteen years later Easton Evans, one of her high school bullies, ends up in her conflict resolution class. Soon Bella discovers that grown-up Easton is friendlier and kinder than her teenage self but still very beautiful. As their mutual attraction develops, their shared past is eventually going to catch up with them…
Overall, a very good second-chances romance with an amazing chemistry that only a few lesfic authors can create. 4 stars.
‘The Priory of the Orange Tree’ by Samantha Shannon
This is a wonderful, sweeping, epic fantasy book. If you are a fan of ‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘Game of Thrones’, or ‘Dragonoak’, this book is for you. Plus, the main romance in this book is between two strong, kick-ass women. 5 stars.
Recommended debut book:
‘Gallows Humor’ by Carolyn Elizabeth
This debut novel is a medical romance with a side of mystery in the unusual setting of a hospital morgue. Corey and Thayer are both doctors working at Jackson City Memorial Hospital. As they deal with their mutual attraction, Corey investigates the suspicious death of a construction worker endangering both their lives and their chance at love. 4.5 stars.
Last year’s book that you should read:
‘Just for show’ by Jae
This is another fantastic book by Jae about a fake relationship between psychologist Claire Renshaw and barista/actress Lana Henderson. Dr. Renshaw is a successful couples therapist with a mild obsessive compulsive disorder and a big reputation at stake when her fiancée calls the engagement off. As an expert in relationships, a career changing book deal might fall through if her publisher realises that she’s been dumped. Hiring an actress to play the role of her fiancée seems to be the perfect solution, at least in theory. But when Lana appears in Claire’s life with her untidiness, her diet full of carbs and tendency to put her foot in her mouth, Claire starts second guessing her decision. Will they be able to fake their relationship? And what if it’s not so pretend after all?
Overall, a very entertaining, well written, heart warming romance. Highly recommended. 5+ stars.
Classic lesfic book of the month:
‘Tipping the velvet’ by Sarah Waters
Nan King, an oyster girl, is captivated by the music hall phenomenon Kitty Butler, a male impersonator extraordinaire treading the boards in Canterbury. Through a friend at the box office, Nan manages to visit all her shows and finally meet her heroine. Soon after, she becomes Kitty’s dresser and the two head for the bright lights of Leicester Square where they begin a glittering career as music-hall stars in an all-singing and dancing double act. At the same time, behind closed doors, they admit their attraction to each other and their affair begins.
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