The Lesbian Review Podcast: 10 Reasons To Read UK Lesfic

July 28, 2017

10 Reasons To Read UK Lesfic

UK lesbian fiction (lesfic) is increasingly popular with readers across the globe. In this episode Sheena chats to authors Cari Hunter and Clare Ashton as they tell her why everyone should be reading this sector.

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Book Clips: Rescued by Adan Ramie

July 27, 2017

Rescued by Adan Ramie 

Synopsis 

Chuck and her sister, Brenda, have always been passionate about animals. That's why Brenda became a veterinarian, and why they started the only animal shelter their small town knew. 

Old, malnourished, and abused, Stanley the Yorkie had a hard life, and the first time Chuck laid eyes on him, she knew she would do anything to save him -- even if the odds weren't in his favor and Chuck's ex - the one holding most of the cards when it comes to the shelter - is against it. 

When Chuck meets Stella, the beautiful professional who brought Stanley to them to be saved, the two hatch a plan to save him. Every day they spend together, the two women grow closer, but there's a snake in their midst that wants nothing more than to keep them apart. 

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This is the first in an upcoming lesbian romance series called Paws in Peril. Each of the short, sweet books will deal with love between two women - and their love of the cute, furry creatures who need their help. 

What are you waiting for? Grab this title at its new, lower price!

 

You can find this novel on Amazon.com | on Amazon.co.uk | on Amazon.ca 

 

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Book Clips: Tread Lightly by Catherine Lane narrated by Ann Etter

July 22, 2017

Tread Lightly by Catherine Lane Narrated by Ann Etter 

Synopsis 

Claire, fairy godmother level one plus, is one of the best operatives at the Fairy Godmother Council, but god-mothering in the twenty-first century isn’t all it used to be. The magic’s drying up; the girls are spoiled brats, and guardian angels poach the council’s best clients whenever they can. 

When her boss assigns her a VIP case, Claire assumes it’s more of the same. But Frankie, her client, seems to be the deserving underdog of the olden days. And Tamiel, the guardian angel who pops onto the scene, swears she’s there to protect Frankie, not to steal her. It doesn’t hurt she’s smokin’ hot. 

As the case starts to unravel, Claire is forced to examine her own prejudices and desires. Is she heading for certain ruin, or will she grab her happily ever after in this lesbian urban fantasy? 

 

You can find this novel on Amazon.com | on Amazon.co.uk | on Amazon.ca

 

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Book Clips: Never Enough by Robyn Nyx

July 15, 2017

Never Enough by Robyn Nyx  

Synopsis 

When a killer sets her sights on her target, is there any stopping her? 

Award-winning journalist Madison Ford is taking a well-deserved break from covering foreign wars. That break is cut short when she receives a mysterious package, full of incriminating information on a human trafficking ring. When she’s asked to do an interview with an actress and humanitarian, it seems like a welcome distraction. Little does she know how distracting it will become. 

Elodie Fontaine is in demand. She chooses the movies she wants to work on and the women she wants in her bed. Humanitarian work takes up the rest of her time. Love isn’t an option. When Madison walks into her life, she’s faced with a dilemma: pursue Madison and lose her heart, or avoid the risk and lose her chance at happiness. 

When Madison’s life is in danger, will love pull them through? Or will it be too late? 

 

You can find this novel on Amazon.com | on Amazon.co.uk | on Amazon.ca 

 

 

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Book Clips: The Wave by Jean Copeland

July 13, 2017

The Wave by Jean Copeland 

Synopsis 

Alice never imagined that meeting co-worker Leslie would lead to an all-consuming love affair. But even in the anything-goes 1970s, feminist attitudes and the sexual revolution can’t change the fact that Leslie is a traditional married mom of two who won’t chance losing her children to follow her heart and divorce her husband. Their year of risk, passion, and heartache takes its toll on both women. Tired of only receiving crumbs from Leslie, Alice makes the toughest choice of her life and moves on. 

Although their affair is short-lived, their desire to be together never dies. Nearly forty years later, Alice returns to Connecticut after learning Leslie has suffered a stroke. She soon realizes that time and distance haven’t doused the fire for Leslie that’s always burned in her heart. But is it too late to pick up where they left off? 

 

You can find this novel on Amazon.com | on Amazon.co.uk | on Amazon.ca

 

 

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Lez Geek Out: Wonder Woman

July 12, 2017

Lez Geek Out! 

Show #11: Wonder Woman 

Andi and Lise rave about the movie Wonder Woman because…omg, you have to see it. Both were blown away by the strong women’s rep in all senses of the word, but they would like to have a movie with nothing but the Amazons. We didn’t get enough of them. MOAR Amazons, please. And definitely MOAR Wonder Woman. All of that. Much MOAR. 

Synposis:

Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that's raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny. 

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Book Clips: The Ghost Of Emily Tapper by Nita Round

July 11, 2017

The Ghost Of Emily Tapper by Nita Round 

Synopsis

Two families, inexorably linked through time and misfortune, come together to face an uncertain, and possibly fatal, future. 

Maggie Durrant is heir to a rambling estate in the middle of nowhere. Along with the ramshackle, gothic style castle, she is plagued with a curse that will end her days sooner, rather than later. Providing her brother doesn't get to her first. 

In the city, a world away from the estates of Magwood Hall and the Durrants, Emma Blewitt discovers a heritage that she did not know she had. Orphaned at a young age, she finds herself the beneficiary of a house, money, and the legacy of an aunt who leaves her everything and tells her nothing. 

Through ghosts and spectres, murder and mayhem, even the curse of the ghost of Emily Tapper cannot diminish the attraction between Emma and Maggie. Their bond has the strength of ages behind them, but Emma must discover her own legacy before she and Maggie can seek a solution to The Ghost of Emily Tapper. 

 

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Book Clips: Maladaptation by Adan Ramie

July 9, 2017

Maladaptation by Adan Ramie  

Synopsis 

A drug deal gone wrong. The murder of an old friend. A stolen ride turned kidnapping. Three women follow the same path on a map plotted by murder. Who will survive? 

Lee Barsten is a burnout on the run from a vicious drug dealer who will stop at nothing to make sure she pays for a debt he wants to collect in blood. Ruby Isles is a victim of spousal abuse trying desperately to get out and make a new life for herself. And Harry Thresher is a detective who doesn't play by the rules, but gets the job done - at a high price that is steadily catching up to her. Their lives collide as drugs, murder, and lust drive them to unexpected extremes. 

 

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Book Clips: Escape In Time by Robyn Nyx

July 8, 2017

Escape In Time by Robyn Nyx

Synopsis 

An extractor is elite in every way, and Landry Donovan is no exception. Pulsus, an organization working to build a better future by saving people from the past, sends Landry’s team back to Nazi Germany to save a Jewish doctor working on a cure for cancer. For the first time on a mission, she’s distracted by thoughts of a woman—the enticing basketball player, Jade Carter. 

Jacqulyn Delaney, a Pulsus Operative, waits in a concentration camp for Landry’s arrival. Her job is slowly messing with her mind, as is her desire to be more to Landry than just a friend with benefits. When an unexpected relationship blooms in Germany, it puts a new perspective on the future. 

Can they save the doctor? Or will their personal demons leave them stuck in the past? 

 

You can find this novel on Amazon.com | on Amazon.co.uk | on Amazon.ca 

 

 

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Les Do Books: Ann McMan Talks 3 Must-Read Books

July 7, 2017

Les Do Books 

Ann McMan’s Favourite Lesbian Books 

In this episode, Ann McMan tells Tara all about her three favourite lesbian books. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about these books and why Ann loves them. And if you can believe it, Tara even managed not to fangirl too much. 

Check out the books discussed here: 

Other Women by Lisa Alther Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca  

 

Slow River by Nicola Griffith Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca  

 

 

Ash by Malinda Lo Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca  

 

 

Learn more about Ann McMan

 

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Come talk to us about these books and any other lesfic you’ve been reading lately at our Facebook group, The Lesbian Review Book Club

 

You can see all of our reviews, top 10 lists and author profiles on TheLesbianReview.com and don’t forget to send your emails, questions and more to Tara@TheLesbianReview.com

 

Book Blurbs

Other Women

Caroline is a giver—as an ER nurse, as devoted lover to her partner, Diane, as a divorced mother of two boys, and as the daughter of world-class do-gooders—but can she accept help from others and still be herself? 

When trauma cases in the ER leave Caroline emotionally paralyzed and her relationship with her partner, Diane, breaks down, she knows its time to take a look at her life and do something she’d never imagined: go to therapy. Her therapist, Hannah, knows a thing or two about sacrifice and pain. A former war bride, Hannah may live a seemingly cozy domestic life with her beloved husband and two grown children, but she can’t forget her own harrowing past. As she and Caroline work together, each comes to understand and admire the resilient woman sitting before her. 

A poignant look at the human need for acceptance, Other Women is a thoughtful novel about how a life examined is worth living. 

 

Slow River 

Nicola Griffith, winner of the Tiptree Award and the Lambda Award for her widely acclaimed first novel Ammonite, now turns her attention closer to the present in Slow River, the dark and intensely involving story of a young woman's struggle for survival and independence on the gritty underside of a near-future Europe. 

She wakes in an alley to the splash of rain. She is naked, a foot-long gash in her back was still bleeding, and her identity implant is gone. Lore Van de Oest was the daughter of one of the world's most powerful families...and now she is nobody. 

Then out of the rain walks Spanner, an expert data pirate who takes her in, cares for her wounds, and gives her the freedom to reinvent herself again and again. No one can find Lore if she doesn't want to be found: not the police, not her family, and not the kidnappers who left her in that alley to die. She has escaped...but she pays for her newfound freedom. 

Lore has a choice: She can stay in the shadows, stay with Spanner...and risk losing herself forever. Or she can leave Spanner and find herself again by becoming someone else: stealing the identity implant of a dead woman, taking over her life, and inventing her future. 

But to start again, Lore requires Spanner's talents--Spanner, who needs her and hates her, and who always has a price. And even as Lore agrees to play Spanner's games one final time, she finds that there is still the price of being a Van de Oest to be paid. Only by confronting her past, her family, and her own demons can Lore meld together who she once was, who she had become, and the person she wants to be... 

In Slow River, Nicola Griffith skillfully takes us deep into the mind and heart of her complex protagonist, where the past must be reconciled with the present if the future is ever to offer solid ground. Slow River poses a question we all hope never to need to answer: Who are you when you have nothing left?  

Solitaire 

Jackal Segura is a Hope: born to responsibility and privilege as a symbol of a fledgling world government. Soon she'll become part of the global administration, sponsored by the huge corporation that houses, feeds, employs, and protects her and everyone she loves. Then, just as she discovers that everything she knows is a lie, she becomes a pariah, a murderer: a person with no community and no future. Grief-stricken and alone, she is put into an experimental program designed to inflict the experience of years of solitary confinement in a few short months: virtual confinement in a sealed cell within her own mind. Afterward, branded and despised, she returns to a world she no longer knows. Struggling to make her way, she has a chance to rediscover her life, her love, and her soul—in a strange place of shattered hopes and new beginnings called Solitaire. 

Ash 

In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted. 

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash's capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love. 

Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief. 

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Book Clips: Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton

July 3, 2017

Book Clips 

Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton 

Synopsis 

Two old friends, one hot summer, a whole load of confusion. 

Poppy Jenkins makes everyone smile. She’s the heart of Wells, a beautiful village in mid-Wales, leaving light and laughter in her wake. She has a doting family, an errant dog and a little sister with a nose for mischief. But she’s the only gay in the village and it’s a long time since she kissed a girl: the chance of romance in sleepy Wells is rarer than a barking sheep. 

If she doesn’t think too hard, life is cosy, until a smart sports car barrels into town with the last woman Poppy wants to see behind the wheel. Beautiful Rosalyn Thorn was once Poppy’s high school BFF even though she was trouble. Then one day she abandoned Wells and Poppy without explanation. Now the highflier is back and bound to cause fresh havoc in the village and with Poppy’s heart; folk are not happy. 

Wells needs to wake up to the 21st century and Rosalyn can help, but old prejudices die hard. If they can be friends it could be the chance to make everyone’s happy ever after. Couldn’t it? 

 

You can find this novel on Amazon.com | on Amazon.co.uk | on Amazon.ca 

 

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Book Clips: Dragon Horse War by D Jackson Leigh Narrated by Ann Etter

July 1, 2017

Book Clips 

Dragon Horse War by D Jackson Leigh 

Synopsis 

When is war justified to preserve peace? 

Society has evolved into one collective belief that celebrates diversity. Luxury credits are earned and spent only after the world population is fed and educated. But when catastrophic weather kills thousands and destroys crops, people begin to look for answers among ancient legends of guilt, retribution, and a vengeful deity. 

Jael, seasoned commander of a latent cell of dragon horse warriors, understands what Alyssa, an alluring young priestess, doesn’t—words won’t be enough to quell the violent sect preying on the population’s fear and hunger. As their conflicting ideologies threaten to jeopardize their mission, Alyssa and Jael realize their growing attraction and entwined destiny might be more formidable than the enemy they have been called upon to defeat. 

You can find this novel on Amazon.com | on Amazon.co.uk | on Amazon.ca 

 

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The Lesbian Review Podcast: 10 Best Girl Next Door Novels with Melissa Brayden

June 30, 2017

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

10 Best Girl Next Door Novels 

by Sheena and Melissa Brayden 

Sheena is joined today by Melissa Brayden, contemporary romance author, and they put together an epic list of the 10 Best Girl Next Door Novels 

 

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1 First Position by Melissa Brayden 

This book is a: Thawing The Ice Queen Romance 

What it’s about 

Anastasia is the rising star of the New York City Ballet. She’s sacrificed creature comforts, a social life, as well as her own physical well-being for perfection in dance. Even her reputation as The Ice Queen doesn’t faze her. Though Ana’s at the peak of her career, competition from a new and noteworthy dancer puts all she’s worked for in jeopardy. 

While Natalie has shown herself to be a prodigy when it comes to ballet, she much prefers modern dance and living on her own terms. Life is too short for anything else. However, when the opportunity to dance with the New York City Ballet is thrust upon her, it’s not like she could say no. Dealing with the company’s uptight lead is another story, however. When the two are forced to work side-by-side, sparks begin to fly onstage and off. 

Why it made this list 

It is a charming story of two women who are really different and yet they are drawn to one another with a power that can’t be denied even when tragedy occurs. 

Plus they live literally across the hall from one another. 

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

Check out Tara’s full review here 

 

2 Hidden Truths by Jae 

Published by Ylva Publishing 

This book is a: story about coming to terms with who you are because the girl who moved in next door is irresistible. 

What it’s about 

Hendrika has nothing left after her best friend Johanna dies, she loses her job, and is kicked out of the boarding house she’s been living in. Nothing left, that is, but the ticket from Boston to Oregon that Jo was sent by a man expecting his mail-order bride. With nothing but her meager belongings in a carpet bag and trepidation for taking a dead woman’s place at a stranger’s side, she hops on the train to begin her journey. 

When she arrives at the ranch she discovers that her husband to be has left the ranch for a journey to deliver some horses. But she is welcomed in by the resident ranch owners, the Hamiltons and she meets Amy, their oldest daughter and a force of nature in her own right. Amy is hiding the fact that she is drawn to women in a way that she thinks in unnatural and when Hendrika arrives on the scene she is left reeling.  

The more time these Hendrika and Amy spend together the stronger their attraction becomes. 

Why it made this list 

Hendrika and Amy essentially live next door to each other.  

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

Check out Tara’s review here 

 

3 The Roundabout by Gerri Hill 

Published by Bella Books 

This book is a: sweet enemies to lovers romance. 

What it’s about 

Megan Phenix - bar and grill owner in gay-friendly Eureka Springs - is labeled as "playing hard to get" and finds herself the object of much unwanted attention. If only she were seeing someone...maybe the women would leave her in peace. 

Leah Rollins thinks 50 is too young to retire, so instead she opens a store in the touristy shopping district of Eureka Springs, next to the popular Phenix Grill. She soon learns that Megan Phenix is a bit on the grumpy side as they spar over parking spaces and anything else they can find to argue about. When Leah catches the attention of the multitude of single lesbians in town, she searches for a way out. Could the grumpy grill owner next door be the answer to her problems? 

Megan and Leah strike an unlikely alliance and conspire to rid themselves of the unwanted attention by fake dating. Can they pull it off? 

As they pretend to date and convince everyone in town that they really are a couple, the pretense becomes harder to hold on to. But there's just one problem...they don't really like each other. 

Or do they? 

 

Why it made this list 

Megan moves in next door to Leah’s business. 

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

4 All I Want For Christmas by Clare Lydon  

Published by Custard Books 

This book is an adorable friends to lovers romance.

What it’s about 

This Christmas, Tori Hammond is on a mission to find love. 

Her ideal present under the tree would be a shiny new girlfriend, so Tori gives herself one month to find that special lady by December 25th. Christmas spells romance and she’s going to grab some. 

Love Christmas? Love romantic comedies? Then you need to read All I Want For Christmas and prepare to be swept off your festive feet! From the author of international smash-hits London Calling and This London Love, Clare Lydon has crafted another page-turner, bursting with seasonal attitude & wit. 

Why it made this list 

These two are room mates, best friends and it takes a sweet and funny journey for Tori to realize that they can happily be more than just friends. 

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

Check out my full review here  

 

5 Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton 

Published by Breezy Tree Press 

This book is the story of the “ultimate girl next door” - poppy is the sweetheart of the village 

What it’s about 

Two old friends, one hot summer, a whole load of confusion. 

Poppy Jenkins makes everyone smile. She’s the heart of Wells, a beautiful village in mid-Wales, leaving light and laughter in her wake. She has a doting family, an errant dog and a little sister with a nose for mischief. But she’s the only gay in the village and it’s a long time since she kissed a girl: the chance of romance in sleepy Wells is rarer than a barking sheep. 

If she doesn’t think too hard, life is cosy, until a smart sports car barrels into town with the last woman Poppy wants to see behind the wheel. Beautiful Rosalyn Thorn was once Poppy’s high school BFF even though she was trouble. Then one day she abandoned Wells and Poppy without explanation. Now the highflier is back and bound to cause fresh havoc in the village and with Poppy’s heart; folk are not happy. 

Wells needs to wake up to the 21st century and Rosalyn can help, but old prejudices die hard. If they can be friends it could be the chance to make everyone’s happy ever after. Couldn’t it? 

Why I love it 

It is brilliant. 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

Check out my full review here

 

Melissa Brayden’s Top picks 

6 Without Warning KG MacGregor 

Published by Bella Books 

What it’s about 

On a day that begins like any other, a violent earthquake strikes Los Angeles, plunging the region into chaos. Two strangers, trapped in a collapsed shopping mall, find each other amid the rubble and join forces to escape. Hampered by injury and darkness, they dig and claw their way through one crumbled store after another, emerging long after most have given up hope for survivors. 

The ordeal leaves both women shaken, but their shared triumph sets them on a life-changing course together, igniting a connection like neither has ever known. 

Anna Kaklis--whose perfectly planned life never included falling in love with another woman--is thrown for a loop, but she doesn't doubt her heart. 

Lily Stewart--abandoned too many times by people she trusted--won't let herself believe that Anna's love will endure.  

Without Warning is the story of their courageous journey through adversity, and their promise of steadfast love.

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

7 All That Matters by Susan X Meagher 

Published by Brisk Press 

What it’s about 

Life is going damned well for Blair Spencer. She’s a very successful real estate agent, happily married to a man who encourages her to live the independent life she loves—and they’re actively working to have a baby. 

The wrench in the works is that Blair favors adoption, while her husband David desperately wants to have a biological child. The fates are against them, and they finally seek the help of a group of reproductive specialists. One of the doctors, a surgeon named Kylie Mackenzie, eventually becomes a good friend to Blair. And she needs all of the friends she can get when things start to go horribly wrong at home. As her marriage teeters on the brink of collapse, she relies more and more on Kylie’s friendship. 

Kylie’s happily gay; Blair’s happily straight. But the way they structure their relationship leads friends and family to privately question whether the pair is setting themselves up for heartache. They eventually come to a crossroads, which could either destroy their friendship or turn it into what each of them has been seeking. The question is whether each woman can change her view of herself and her needs. The answer is all that matters. 

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

Read Our Review Here

 

8 Too Close To Touch by Georgia Beers 

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

What it’s about 

Life gets complicated when love turns out to be nothing like you expected - and the woman you want is too close to touch. Gretchen Kaiser is a workaholic corporate honcho with issues – she’s got daddy issues, she’s got female-executive-in-a-man’s-world issues, and she’s got one night stand issues. What she doesn’t have are love issues. She isn’t looking for it, she doesn’t feel she needs it, and she doesn’t expect to find it…certainly not right under her nose. Kylie O’Brien is the kind of girl who believes in true love and is willing to wait until it shows up at her door. Her best friend Mick would sweep her off her feet given the chance, but Mick doesn’t make Kylie feel the way true love should. And now Kylie has to worry about her new boss – Gretchen Kaiser’s icy reserve makes life as her administrative assistant a challenge. It doesn’t matter one damn bit that Gretchen is extremely attractive with a voice as rich and smooth as melted chocolate. It absolutely doesn’t… 

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

9 Wasted Heart Lynn Galli 

Published by Penikila Press 

What it’s about

Austy Nunziata has spent two years pining for her married best friend and about the same amount of time berating herself for it. In fact, she’s so adept at trying to stamp out her feelings that she could probably write a How-To guide on the subject. One, move 3,000 miles away from your best friend. Two, get a time-consuming job so you don’t have time to think about your best friend. Three, hang out with new friends who aren’t anywhere as enchanting as your best friend. Four, get involved with a striking woman who is smart, sexy, caring and, most importantly, available, unlike your best friend. Five, hope the new love interest doesn’t find out about your pathetic best friend obsession before you have time to replace it with actual life-altering love. 

Even following her own step-by-step process, Austy may not be able to redirect all of her misguided feelings. Becoming involved with Elise Bridie helps her realize how pointless her pining has been. But when Elise suspects that she harbors feelings for someone else, will their new found love survive the unrequited infatuation of Austy’s fantasies? 

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

10 Just Jorie by Robin Alexander 

Published by Intaglio Publications 

What it’s about 

Some believe that special someone is out there just waiting to be found. Jorie Andolini is one of those people and has spent a lot of time envisioning that moment. She bumps into a woman at a grocery store, the woman drops a can of peas, Jorie picks it up, their eyes meet, and two souls connect. But it’s actually a wasted trip to New York, a snowstorm, and a canceled flight home that puts her in the path of Lena Vaughn. 

Lena has found fault in every man she’s ever dated. Her dream of finding a husband is dwindling with every year that passes. Despite what her friends say, Lena doesn’t believe she has a fear of commitment, she simply hasn’t found a man she wanted to commit to. It comes as a surprise that in fact it is a woman who stirs those desires. For Lena, it’s not really a matter of sexuality, it’s just Jorie. 

Travel the road to happiness with Jorie and Lena. Two crazy old women, meddling friends, and cattitude are just some sights you’ll see along the way. 

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

Check out my full review here 

 

Amy's Bonus Book

Totally Worth it by Maggie Cummings 

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

This book is a: girl next door, age gap melting the ice queen 

What it’s about 

Welcome to the world of Bay West Social. 

Twenty-something Meg is all about her career when her house hunt unexpectedly lands her at Bay West—a lesbian mecca tucked away in the suburbs of NYC—and her social life is given a turbo boost. There’s a pool, a softball league, even a nightclub practically in her backyard. In this loaded environment, finding the right girl just got a lot more interesting. 

Case in point: law student Lexi grew up at Bay West and is about to start an internship at the law firm of another local, self-assured, sexy Jesse. Lexi’s had a crush on Jesse forever, but Jesse’s the one Bay West woman she can’t possibly have. And not just because she’s her boss. 

Together, new friends Meg and Lexi navigate romances, fun flirtations, juicy gossip, tons of drama, and maybe just the right amount of true love. 

 

Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

Tara's Bonus Books 

Strawberry Summer by Melissa Brayden 

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

What it’s about 

Just because you’re through with your past, doesn’t mean it’s through with you. 

Margaret Beringer didn’t have an easy adolescence. She hated her name, was less than popular in school, and was always cast aside as a “farm kid.” However, with the arrival of Courtney Carrington, Margaret’s youth sparked into color. Courtney was smart, beautiful, and put together—everything Margaret wasn’t. Who would have imagined that they’d fit together so perfectly? 

But first loves can scar. 

Margaret hasn’t seen Courtney in years and that’s for the best. But when Courtney loses her father and returns to Tanner Peak to take control of the family store, Margaret comes face-to-face with her past and the woman she’s tried desperately to forget. The fact that Courtney has grown up more beautiful than ever certainly doesn’t help matters. 

 

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Always Alex by Robin Alexander 

Published by Intaglio Publications 

What it’s about  

Robin Alexander cooks up another tale using her favorite recipe—love, family, and a healthy dose of humor.  

Dana Castilaw grew up tossing coins in a well, hoping her wishes would come true, but the candy fountain, puppy, and love never seemed to manifest. At eighteen, she left her hometown of Barbier Point, Louisiana, longing to be free of her father’s chokehold on her life and with a heart full of dreams she hoped would come true. Years later, she is forced to return home with at least one granted wish—her daughter, Sydney. 

Alex Soileau stood at Dana’s side for years tossing her coins into the well, making the same wish each time, a secret plea that she refused to reveal even to her best friend. Time and maturity insisted that she give up on her one fervent desire, but her heart never would. 

Reunited as adults, both women realize that maybe there was magic in the well after all. 

 

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Safe Harbor by Radclyffe 

Published by Bold Strokes Books  

What it’s about 

A mysterious newcomer, a reclusive doctor, and a troubled gay teenager learn about love, friendship, and trust during one tumultuous summer in Provincetown. Reese Conlon, LtCol USMCR, is the new sheriff who has heads turning amidst speculation as to who will be the first woman to capture her attentions. 

Doctor Victoria King has been betrayed by love once and refuses to risk heartbreak again. Brianna Parker, the teenaged daughter of Reese's chief, fears her father’s wrath when he learns that she loves another girl. As these three women struggle to live and love in freedom, they risk their hearts and souls to give one.  

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The Devil Inside by Ali Vali 

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

This book is a: Second Chance Romance 

What it’s about 

Brains, guts, and ruthless ambition should be enough to come out on top in any fight. Except when the battle is over love, all bets are off. Derby Cain Casey was groomed from birth to take the reins of the Casey family enterprises, which just happens to be one of the major crime organizations in New Orleans. 

Surviving by never turning away from a fight and knowing how to win at all costs, Cain is as careful with her heart as she is with her business - until she meets Emma Verde. The farm girl from Wisconsin puts a hit out on Cain’s heart and leads her down a dangerous road filled with great joy and devastating sorrow. The Devil Inside is the story of unexpected passion, a shattering betrayal, and the challenge of love put to the test. 

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Check out my full review here 

 

 

Too Late…I Love You by Kiki Archer 

Published by K.A. Books 

This book is a: Romance about finding love where you least expect it 

What it’s about 

Too Late…I Love You is the new novel from best-selling, award-winning author Kiki Archer. 

Connie Parker isn’t convinced by this falling in love lark. Falling hurts, you end up with bruises and scars. 

She has the perfect answer: she’ll write about love instead. But what happens when the novel-in-progress describes more about Connie’s own dull existence than she wants to admit? And when will she realise that her hero is beginning to resemble her new best friend Maria – a woman who seems to turn every simple outing with their 3-year-olds into a fun-filled adventure for them all? 

In trying to make sense of the puzzle of her life, Connie learns there is no perfect person. Just that person who'll fit you perfectly. 

 

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Check out my full review here 

 

The Long Way Home by Rachel Spangler

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

What it’s about 

They say you can’t go home again, but Raine St. James doesn’t know why anyone would want to.  

Rory St. James was disowned after she came out at seventeen. She rebounded by moving to Chicago, changing her name to Raine and putting down her hometown to audiences around the country. Now, ten years later, too old to be considered a gay youth, broke, evicted, and fresh off a much needed break-up, Raine St. James is forced to accept a job teaching at Bramble University in Darlington, the town she’s been publicly bashing for the last decade. 

Beth Devoroux was born and raised in Darlington. Despite losing her parents at a young age, she is well loved by everyone who knows her. She leads a comfortable life with good job at Bramble University, a long-term but closeted relationship, friends that she can count on, and everything she thinks she wants, so why is she so drawn to a rabble-rouser like Raine St. James? 

Can Raine and Beth face their pasts and come to terms with their differences in order to have any hope for a future together? 

 

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Check out my our review here

 

Lessons by Kim Pritekel 

Published by P.D. Publishing Inc 

What it’s about 

Chase Marin is an 18 year-old girl filled with more confusion than common sense. A daughter of affluent parents, Chase is expected to go to college at the University of Arizona and prove herself as equally successful as her big sister. How can she do that when she doesn't even know herself? 

Dagny Robertson is everything that the Marin's would want in a daughter - too bad Dagney's own parents don't even know their only child, borne from their intense love, exists. Now, Dagny works on her graduate degree while acting as a TA in Psych 101. Can this older woman, once the worshipped babysitter of a lost eight year-old girl, help Chase find herself? 

 

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Book Clips: Five Moons Rising by Lise MacTague

June 29, 2017

Book Clips 

Five Moons Rising by Lise MacTague 

Synopsis 

Unknown to regular citizens, nightmarish creatures lurk in the dark underbelly of human civilization. The presence of these supranormals (“supras”)―werewolves, vampires, demons―is a closely guarded government secret, as is the existence of a cadre of specially engineered Hunters charged with exterminating them.  

Code-named Malice, Hunter Mary Alice Nolan was genetically modified and rigorously trained to use her great strength, heightened senses, and killer instincts to track and eliminate supras who prey on the innocent. A loner by choice, her only real link to the human world is her close connection to her mother and sister―until the unthinkable happens… 

Ruri Samson has been a werewolf for more than a century and is comfortably situated as the Beta of her peaceful pack. Until she is betrayed by the woman she loves and an evil outsider massacres her Alpha and his most loyal followers. Barely escaping with her life, Ruri is forced to tread the perilous path of a lone wolf while vowing vengeance against the usurper and his minions. 

Although these two powerful women should rightfully despise each other, fate will soon compel them to join forces on a dangerous quest to avenge their loved ones―and will ignite a forbidden passion that neither of them ever imagined. 

 

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Lez Geek Out! Gail Carringer

June 28, 2017

Lez Geek Out! 

Bestselling steampunk author Gail Carriger 

Episode 10 

Andi had a long chat with steampunk author Gail Carriger, writer of multiple award-winning steampunkish genre fiction that melds not only steampunk, but paranormal, urban fantasy, comedy and dashes of romance. If you’re not familiar with her work, start with Book 1 of her first series (the Parasol Protectorate), titled Soulless. The protagonist is Alexia Tarabotti, a woman of some means in alt-Victorian England who is also a preternatural – she negates supernatural powers because she has no soul. Hence, “Soulless.” She is thus capable of temporarily rendering vampires and werewolves non-supernatural. 

Carriger is also an aficionado of all things steampunkish and, in particular, the Victorian era. 

She is currently writing another series that is a spinoff of the Parasol Protectorate, The Custard Protocol, and she is writing a series of novellas that feature as main characters her LGBTQ characters from the Protectorate/Protocol world. The first, Romancing the Inventor, features lesbian character Madame LeFoux (and you can see an interview about that Andi did at Women and Words). 

 

Find Gail at the following places: 

Website (bibliography here

Pinterest 

Twitter (@gailcarriger) 

Facebook 

AND catch her Retro Rack Fashion Blog 

 

Synopsis of Soulless

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she is being rudely attacked by a vampire to whom she has not been properly introduced! Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire, and the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. 

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart? 

 

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Les Do Books: Hoosier Daddy by Ann McMan and Salem West (Book Club)

June 23, 2017

Les Do Books

Hoosier Daddy by Ann McMan And Salem West (Book Club)

Tara is joined in this episode by author and fellow reviewer at The Lesbian Review, Laney Webber. They both fangirl a LOT about Tara’s favourite book ever, Hoosier Daddy by Ann McMan and Salem West. Check it out to see why they loved Hoosier Daddy and what follow-up short story they hope the authors will someday write. 

This podcast has spoilers, so be sure to read the book before you check it out.  

 

Buy Hoosier Daddy on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

Read Tara’s review at The Lesbian Review 

 

From the back of the book 

Jill Fryman (Friday to her friends) is a Line Supervisor at a truck manufacturing plant in a small southern Indiana town—and life on the assembly line is almost as predictable as her love life. When it comes to matters of the heart, Friday always seems to be making the wrong choices. 

Things go from bad to worse when El, a sultry labor organizer from the UAW, sweeps into town to unionize the plant right after it’s been bought out by a Japanese firm. Sparks fly on and off the line as Jill and El fight their growing attraction for each other against a backdrop of monster trucks, fried catfish dinners, Pork Day USA, and a bar called Hoosier Daddy. 

 

Tara also announces the next book club pick, The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin by Colette Moody.

 

Buy The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

More info 

Come talk to Tara and the rest of The Lesbian Review crew about these books and any other lesfic you’ve been reading lately at our Facebook group, The Lesbian Review Book Club

You can see all of our reviews, top 10 lists and author profiles on TheLesbianReview.com and don’t forget to send your emails, questions and more to Tara@TheLesbianReview.com 

And if you’re loving the podcast on The Lesbian Talk Show, be sure to check out our Facebook group, The Lesbian Talk Show Chat Group.  

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Book Clips: Flight SQA016 by AE Radley Narrated by Ann Etter

June 17, 2017

Book Clips 

Flight SQA016 by AE Radley 

Synopsis

Spurred on by overwhelming and ever-increasing debts, Emily White takes a job working in the first-class cabin on the prestigious commuter route from her home of New York to London with Crown Airlines. A gruelling transatlantic schedule means she is in the air nearly as much as she is on the ground and desperately misses her five-year-old son. 

On board she meets Olivia Lewis, who is a literal high-flying business executive with a weekly commute, a meticulous schedule, and terrible social skills. 

When a personal emergency brings them together, will Emily be able to swallow her pride and accept help from Olivia? And will Olivia be able to prevent herself from saying the wrong thing? 

 

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The Lesbian Review Podcast: 3 Must-Read Books About Incidental Lesbians

June 16, 2017

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

3 Must-Read Books With Incidental Lesbians 

Today Sheena is joined by Tamara and they talk about three books which they just loved. What’s even better is these books had incidental lesbians in it. 

 

1 Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones 

Margerit Sovitre did not expect to inherit Baron Saveze’s fortunes—even less his bodyguard, a ruthlessly efficient swordswoman known only as Barbara. Wealth suddenly makes Margerit a highly eligible heiress and buys her the enmity of the new Baron. He had expected to inherit all, and now eyes her fortune with open envy. 

Barbara proudly served as the old Baron’s duelist but she had expected his death to make her a free woman. Bitterness turns to determination when she finds herself the only force that stands between Margerit and the new Baron’s greed. 

At first Margerit protests the need for Barbara’s services, but soon she cannot imagine sending Barbara away. And Barbara’s duty has become something far more hazardous to her heart than the point of a sword. But greater dangers loom than one man’s hatred—the Prince of Alpennia is ill. Deadly intrigue surrounds the succession and the rituals of divine power known as The Mysteries of the Saints. 

Heather Rose Jones debuts with a sweeping story rich in intrigue and the clash of loyalties and love.

 

Read Sheena’s Full Review here 

 

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2 Forsaken Trust by Meredith Doench 

Wallace Lake, Ohio, takes care of their own. Unwelcoming of outsiders, the community closes ranks when four women are found murdered along the water’s edge. Agent Luce Hansen of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation must find a way in before another woman loses her life to the ruthless serial killer. 

With the help of her new team—a hot rookie and a smart, beautiful medical examiner—Luce uncovers a ring of devotion surrounding the prime suspect. As Luce works to unearth the dark secrets of this close-knit town, she learns to what extraordinary lengths people will go to protect the ones they love. And when Luce feels forsaken, both professionally and personally, she must regain trust in her most valuable investigative tool: herself. 

 

Read Tamara’s Full Review here 

 

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3 No Good Reason by Cari Hunter 

“I can’t do this. I can’t do any of this without her. ”Detective Sanne Jensen (not blonde, not tall, definitely not Scandinavian) and Dr. Meg Fielding (scruffy, scatterbrained, prone to swearing at patients) are lifelong best friends, sharing the same deprived background and occasionally the same bed.When a violent kidnapping stuns the Peak District village of Rowlee, both women become involved in the case.  

As Sanne and her colleagues in East Derbyshire Special Ops search for the culprit, and Meg fights to keep his victim alive, a shocking discovery turns the investigation on its head. With the clock ticking, Sanne and Meg find themselves pushed closer by a crime that threatens to tear everything apart. 

 

Read Sheena’s full review here 

 

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Book Clips: Fury’s Bridge by Brey Willows

June 15, 2017

Book Clips 

Fury’s Bridge by Brey Willows 

Synopsis 

If you knew the gods worked from a building in Santa Monica, California, would it change you? 

Avenging fury Alectho (Alec) Graves has been tasked with saving the world, when she isn’t out seeking justice for those innocents who suffer at the hands of evil-doers. If she fails in her mission, those she loves will cease to exist.  

Selene Perkton is a philosophy professor in Los Angeles. She lives an ordinary, well scheduled life, and knows her place in it. When Alec appears, the world she thought she knew becomes a very different place. 

You can find this novel on Amazon.com | on Amazon.co.uk | on Amazon.ca 

 

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Book Clips: Steel Eyes by Melissa Price

June 10, 2017

Book Clips 

Steel Eyes by Melissa Price 

Synopsis 

Show after show, tour after tour, they scream for Steel Eyes. Yet she could pass any fan on the street and they’d never know it was her.  

What should have been a life of global stardom is shadowed by debts of honor that can’t be set aside. Anonymity is essential to her double life. Sex is easy, love is impossible. The only woman who will ever matter is safer not knowing the truth. 

But someone has penetrated the secret layers of her identity and now they want Steel Eyes dead. If she is to survive an assassin’s plot and claim any kind of future she will have to open the wounds of the past—back when the woman who loved her knew her name. 

Look behind the mask of Steel Eyes in this powerful, high stakes novel by Melissa Price! 

 

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