The lesbian Review Podcast: 10 Lesfic Women Who Will Kick Your Ass

April 28, 2017

The Lesbian Review Podcast

10 Lesfic Women Who Will Kick Your Ass

 

 

In this episode Sheena is Joined by Brooklyn, fellow reviewer and all round awesome person, and we are talking about 10 lesbian fiction women who will kick your ass. 

We love reading action, adventures and other books with awesome heroines who can get some serious stuff done. So we decided to go through some of our favorite kick ass characters. 

 

Sheena’s List 

1 Ruby from The Only Way by Jamie Sullivan 

The Only Way is set is a bleak, poverty stricken world. 

The city holds the wealth and opulence of those with too much money and no caring for anyone else. Next to it is the alley, a sector much poorer than the city but a veritable palace in comparison to the Gutter where the poorest residents live. 

Each section is blocked off from the others with security guards, fences and gates that need passes.

Our main character, Heart, lives in the Gutter. To make ends meet her father is a fighter. Fighters earn more than many of the residents who pick up bits of metal and thrown away appliances that have landed in the trash heap.

Fighting is dangerous, though and when her father doesn’t come home from a fight she had to figure out how to keep her family alive. Her mother was injured in a work accident and is not healthy enough to find work, even if there were jobs available, and the oldest of the three younger siblings is only twelve years in age. 

She looks for work, but knows that she will only find work on her back. In a desperate bid to feed her family she cuts her hair, pretends to be a boy and enters the world of no-holds-barred fighting. 

Initially she is dismissed by Arena owners until one man decides to give her a chance and takes her on to train her. It is at his Arena, in the Alley, where she meets his daughter, Ruby. 

Ruby trains Hart to fight and they develop a strong friendship. As they grow closer, Hart finds it increasingly difficult to keep up the appearance of being a boy. 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

2 Jack from Depths Of Blue by Lise MacTague 

Torrin is a smuggler who is always looking for the next big score. When she hears about a civil war, on a relatively isolated planet, she can’t help but see the money she can make. 

Jak is one of the best snipers in the male-only-army, Hiding the fact that she is a woman is not always easy but it is necessary. Little does she know that her mission to kill and off-world smugger will lead to big decisions and an unexpected attraction. 

This is the life-and-death adventure of two women who not only fight their way through enemy territory, battle fatigue and the local wildlife but then have to escape from the not so friendly allies as well.  

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca  

3 Jude from Lucifer Rising by Sharon Bowers 

This is the story of fallen DEA angel, Jude Lucien and the Miami Herald reporter determined to unearth Jude’s secrets. When an apparently happenstance meeting introduces Jude to reporter Liz Gardener. The dark DEA ex-agent is both intrigued and aroused by the young woman. 

A sniper shot intended for Jude strikes Liz and the two women are thrown together in a race to discover who is intent on killing Jude. As their lives become more and more intertwined, Jude finds herself unexpectedly falling for the reporter and Liz discovers that the agent-turned-drug-dealer is both more and less than she seems. 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

4 Olivia from Tricky Wisdom/Tricky Chances by Camryn Eyde 

Darcy Wright is deep in her closet and has been in love with her best friend, Taylor, since junior high. 

At the beginning of the book she leaves the small town that she comes from in order to study medicine at Harvard. She moved into an off campus apartment with Olivia another medical student. 

Olivia is neurotic, brusque and an all round ice queen.  But she is also brilliant and beautiful and ends up changing Darcy’s world when she agrees to pretend to be Darcy’s girlfriend in a scheme to help Darcy win Taylor’s affection. 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca  

5 Kade from Prayer Of The Handmaiden by Merry Shannon 

Erinda and Kadrian (Kade) are the main characters of this novel. Kade is appointed as a spiritual warrior by the Goddess Ithyris. Everyone is mystified, including Kadrian herself since she isn’t particularly outspoken or warrior-like. 

Through the book the backstory evolves and we discover that Erinda and Kade were childhood sweethearts, but the priestesses cannot be romantically involved and Kade had to leave Erinda when she joined the service of the Goddess seven years before. 

But Erinda is never quite able to get over losing Kade and in a desperate attempt to forget her childhood sweetheart she flees her job at the palace to join the army that is headed for war with the Barbarians who have crossed into the Gossesses lands. Little does Erinda know, the goddess Ithyris has sent Kade to fight in the same battle. 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

Brooklyn’s List

6 Afra from Sword Of The Gladiatrix by Faith L Justice 

Two women. Two swords. One victor. 

An action-packed tale that exposes the brutal underside of Imperial Rome, "Sword of the Gladiatrix" brings to life unforgettable characters and exotic settings. From the far edges of the Empire, two women come to battle on the hot sands of the arena in Nero's Rome: Afra, scout and beast master to the Queen of Kush; and Cinnia, warrior-bard and companion to Queen Boudica of the British Iceni. Enslaved, forced to fight for their lives and the Romans' pleasure; they seek to replace lost friendship, love, and family in each other's arms. But the Roman arena offers only two futures: the Gate of Life for the victors or the Gate of Death for the losers. 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

7 Tallon from Sword Of The Guardian by Merry Shannon 

A shocking assassination creates an unconventional bond between a princess and her guardian in a kingdom filled with political intrigue, danger and unexpected romance. Princess Shasta Soltranis enjoys a pampered life of court dances, elaborate finery, and the occasional secret fencing match with her twin brother, Daric.  

But in the midst of a birthday celebration, her world shatters when a mysterious assassin takes her brother's life. Shasta, the only remaining heir to the throne, narrowly escapes the assassin's blade thanks to the intervention of a traveling acrobat named Talon. 

With the threat of another attempt on Shasta's life imminent, her father declares that the young hero will be come the Princess's bodyguard. But what Shasta doesn't know is that her new guardian has a very well-kept secret: he is actually a she. Talon and Shasta soon grow closer than anyone, especially her father, could have predicted. Will the truth of her guardian's secret change their relationship forever?

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca  

8 Casey and Pax from Rabbits Of The Apocalypse by Benny Lawrence 

Rabbits of the Apocalypse is set in a not-too-distant future plagued with drought, human trafficking, rabid religious groups, and people who completely lack a sense of humor.  What with all the hunger, chaos, sunstroke, landmines, and radiation it's hard to get by, and harder still to get laid.  

In the remote desert town of Lafontaine, Casey Prentice has been trying to survive the endtimes by keeping her head down and refusing to give a damn about anyone except her younger sister Emily and wingman Malice Hiroyama. But that ceases to be an option when a powerful and mysterious entity known as the Anastasian League descends on the town. 

Casey offers shelter to genius Pax, who is trying to escape the League. In doing so, she invites a whole new kind of danger into her life on top of a budding romance. The town of Lafontaine has a secret . . . and if the League discovers it, then the apocalypse will be the least of Casey’s worries. 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

9 Sangfroyd from The Tea Machine by Gill McKnight 

The story of a love that never dies…except it does, over and over again. 

London 1862, and Millicent Aberly, spinster by choice, has found her future love—in the future! She meddled with her brother’s time machine and has been catapulted into an alternative world where the Roman Empire has neither declined nor fell. In fact, it has gone on to annex most of the known universe. 

Millicent is rescued from Rome’s greatest enemy, the giant space squid, by Sangfroid, a tough and wily centurion who, unfortunately, dies while protecting her. Wracked by guilt and a peculiar fascination for the woman soldier, Millicent is determined to return in time and save Sangfroid from her fatal heroics. Instead, she finds her sexy centurion in her own timeline. And Sangfroid is not alone; several stowaways have come along with her. 

Soon Millicent’s mews house is overrun with Roman space warriors and giant squid. 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca  

10 Requiem from Requiem For Immortals by Lee Winter 

Professional cellist Natalya Tsvetnenko moves seamlessly among the elite where she fills the souls of symphony patrons with beauty even as she takes the lives of the corrupt of Australia’s ruthless underworld. The cold, exacting assassin is hired to kill a woman who seems so innocent that Natalya can’t understand why anyone would want her dead. As she gets to know her target, she can’t work out why she even cares. 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca  

Bonus: Seven from Sharpshooter by Leslie Murray 

A mission gone horribly wrong. 

A vicious killer who will stop at nothing. 

Two women on the run for their very lives. 

After 9/11, an experimental branch of the U.S. government has been tasked with the mission of proactively putting a stop to terrorism. They have sent a team to eliminate a financier responsible for funding the worst of these organizations. Everything is going according to plan. 

Until it’s not. 

The team is ambushed, and when the mission is looking its darkest, it goes from bad to worse. Former Marine scout sniper Seven Michelis is a black ops sharpshooter now injured and on the run for her life. Peace Corps volunteer Dr. Jenny MacKenzie defies good sense and sets out to help a stranger in need. What she finds is something else entirely. 

From the rugged foothills of the Andes through the dense forests of the Amazon river basin, Seven and Jenny fight to survive the perils of being hunted through Bolivia by a killer hell bent on homicide. Who can they trust, and what fresh hell awaits them if and when they make it home? Will they survive long enough to explore their growing attraction? 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

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Book Clips: Not-So-Straight Sue by Cheyenne Blue

April 22, 2017

Book Clips 

Not So Straight Sue by Cheyenne Blue 

 

Synopsis 

“Sorry, I’m straight.” Those words, accompanied by a smile, were the ones Sue Brent used to turn down women. But the truth was buried so deep that even her best friend, Nora, didn’t know that Sue was queer. Sometimes, Sue even managed to convince herself. The only person in London who’d seen through her façade was Moni, an American tourist. 

When a date with a friend’s brother goes disastrously wrong, Sue has to confront the truth about herself. Leaving London, she returns to Australia to take up the reins in an outback law practice. Back in the country of her birth, she is finally able to accept who she is, including facing Denise, the woman who burned her so badly years ago and set her on the path of pretence. But it’s not until Moni arrives in Queensland to work for the Flying Doctors that Sue is finally able to see a path to happiness. However, as things start to go her way, Denise arrives in Mungabilly Creek, begging a favour that might destroy Sue’s new relationship. 

 

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

 

 

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Les Do Books: Courting The Countess by Jenny Frame (Book Club)

April 21, 2017

Les Do Books 

Courting the Countess by Jenny Frame 

 

Sheena, founder and queen of The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show channel, joins Tara to talk about a mutual favourite book, Courting the Countess by Jenny Frame. Check it out to hear why they both love it so much, what’s so fabulous about Annie Brannigan, and what spinoff book Tara thinks Jenny Frame should write.

 

This podcast has spoilers, so read or listen to the book before you check it out. Or not. Follow your heart.

 

 

 

From the back of the book 

Professor of Archeology Henrietta “Harry” Knight becomes Countess of Axedale upon her father’s death and takes a sabbatical from Cambridge University to begin refurbishing the long-neglected and run-down Axedale Hall. The child of a loveless marriage, witness to her father’s infidelities and her mother’s pain, Harry has no intention of ever falling in love. 

Annie Brannigan is a survivor, remaining positive through hardships. As an agency housekeeper, she moves from post to post with her daughter Riley, taking care of people who have everything she will never have. Annie’s greatest wish is to find her happy ever after. 

Can love restore the countess’s heart and the crumbling Axedale Hall, or will the first foundations of love turn to dust? 

 

Tara also announces the next book club pick, Just Like That by Karin Kallmaker. 

 

 

 

More info

Come talk to Tara, Sheena 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: Devoted by Alison R Solomon

April 20, 2017

Book Clips 

Devoted by Alison R Solomon 

 

Synopsis 

 

SHE SET OUT TO FIND A KILLER AND ENDED UP FINDING HERSELF 

Ashley Glynn suspects her beloved sister, Lizzie, was poisoned and she's determined to find out who did it. But unraveling the mystery of her sister's death forces her to face the conflict between her religious beliefs and long-suppressed sexual desires. How can she discover the truth about her sister’s death, if she can't face the truth about her own life? 

 

PRAISE FOR ALISON R. SOLOMON'S ALONG CAME THE RAIN: 

"FASCINATING, COMPLEX AND FULL OF SUSPENSE, AN EXCELLENT PSYCHOLOGICAL WHODUNNIT." 

 

"A very unique book that kept me wanting to turn the page... extremely well written and a fascinating story...I really enjoyed the first person perspective told through different eyes. This is a book I will remember. Highly recommended." 

 

" I FOUND MYSELF BINGEING FOR TWO DAYS WITHOUT STOP." 

 

 

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

 

Visit www.TheLesbianTalkShow.com/Reading for more information on sending us your reading for Book Clips

 

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Book Clips: Blurred Lines by KD Williamson Narrated by Ann Etter

April 15, 2017

Book Clips 

Blurred Lines by KD Williamson Narrated by Ann Etter 

 

Synopsis 

Kelli MacCabe is a no nonsense detective with a tough exterior. Only a select few know her as a loyal, loving friend. Committed to her family, her friends, and her job, Kelli puts her needs behind everyone else’s. 

As a surgeon, Nora Whitmore is used to being in control. The hospital is her life and leaves room for little else. Respected by her colleagues, but misunderstood by the residents, Nora takes what she needs and keeps everyone at arm’s length. In the process, she creates unexpected enemies. 

Tragedy brings them together. As chaos grows around them, the lines between them begin to blur. Despite being from different worlds, friendship grows between them, turning quickly to attraction. Will these two strong, independent women find a way to deal with their individual baggage? Or will they be overcome by it? 

 

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

 

Visit www.TheLesbianTalkShow.com/Reading for more information on sending us your reading for Book Clips

 

You can contact Ann Etter on Facebook or email her

 

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Harper Bliss And Her Mrs: Who Reads Your Books?

April 11, 2017

Harper Bliss And Her Mrs 

Who Reads Your Books? 

In this episode Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) answer the listener question - who reads your books and where are your readers from. They talk about how they find stats and what it means for them. 

Find out:

  • Whether Bliss believes her audience is predominantly lesbian
  • Where they sell the most copies
  • What interesting trend has been happening to them

 

If you have questions please feel free to email them to HarperBliss@TheLesbianTalkShow.com and they will either answer them on the show or on their blog.

 

You can also find Harper Bliss on her website HarperBliss.com or on the Ladylit website Ladylit.com check out her books on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

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Book Clips: Close To Home by Rachel Spangler Narrated by Ann Etter

April 10, 2017

Book Clips 

Close To Home by Rachel Spangler narrated by Ann Etter 

 

Synopsis 

When a CPA is forced to hire help for tax season, she resents the presence of her brash, young intern. The intern only wants to complete the internship so she can chase her dream job in D.C. Will the CPA's past and the intern's future add up to something greater than the sum of their escalating attraction?

 

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

 

Visit www.TheLesbianTalkShow.com/Reading for more information on sending us your reading for Book Clips

 

You can contact Ann Etter on Facebook or email her 

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Book Clips: Just Like That by Karin Kallmaker narrated by Ann Etter

April 8, 2017

Book Clips 

Just Like That by Karin Kallmaker 

 

Synopsis 

Karin Kallmaker's lesbian retelling of Pride and Prejudice pits first impressions against last chances in this lush wine country story. 

Syrah Ardani tried independence - but the call of the Napa Valley hills and rolling vineyards of her family's winery have brought her home again. She is content with her ordered world until she learns that her father's feckless management has put Ardani Vineyards into receivership. 

Corporate turnaround specialist Toni Blanchard's arrival is preceded by tales of her slash-and-burn techniques. Determined to meet this soulless corporate raider head on, Syrah proudly prepares to do battle for her home and family business. Toni has reason to retreat from a high-pressure Manhattan lifestyle, not the least of which is a bitter break up. She's been told that Syrah Ardani is attractive and single, but Toni never mixes business and pleasure.  

Creditors clamor for a quick sale and payment. The beautiful--and hostile--Syrah wants Toni off her land and out of her life. Their clashes smolder with distrust and resentment, but also threaten to light a completely different kind of fire. Most dangerous of all is the one thing Toni can't control--the way her heart reacts when Syrah looks at her...just like that. 

 

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

 

 

You can read Sheena's review here 

 

Visit www.TheLesbianTalkShow.com/Reading for more information on sending us your reading for Book Clips 

 

You can contact Ann Etter on Facebook or email her 

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Les Do Books: Melissa Brayden Talks Romance

April 7, 2017

Les Do Books

Melissa Brayden Talks Lesbian Romance 

 

Listen as Tara talks to author Melissa Brayden. Authors are readers too, so Tara was excited to hear about the first lesfic book Melissa ever read, a historical that isn’t to be missed, a whole series, and her favourite lesfic ever.

 

Check out the books discussed here: 

 

Behind the Pine Curtain by Gerri Hill - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

Letters Never Sent by Sandra Moran - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

Shaken series by KG MacGregor - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

And Playing the Role of Herself by K.E. Lane - Get it on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

Learn more about Melissa Brayden 

 

Website 

Facebook 

Twitter 

See our reviews and top 10 lists featuring Melissa Brayden’s books

 

More info

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

 

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Book Clips: Beneath Everything by Suzie Carr

April 6, 2017

Book Clips 

Beneath Everything by Suzie Carr 

 

Synopsis 

Sarah Destin is a highly successful marketing executive who makes great money, lives in a beautiful home, and drives a sweet car with an engine that purrs. She should be thrilled, but somewhere along the line she took a wrong turn and ended up in the dreaded rat race of life. 

When she meets Jolene, a scuba instructor from Bonaire, curiosity stirs deep within. Suddenly, she begins to crave adventure. By getting out of her comfort zone, Sarah soon begins to realize that life begins to bloom beneath the facade of materialism. Purpose and meaning can’t be found on the surface. It can only be found when she digs deep and uncovers things that make her question what’s most important in life. Does Sarah have the courage to embrace her newfound discoveries, even if that means letting go of what brings her comfort in the process? 

 

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

 

 

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Book Clips: Jane’s World by Paige Braddock

April 1, 2017

Book Clips 

Jane’s World: The Case Of The Mail Order Bride by Paige Braddock 

Synopsis 

Jane's PayBuddy account gets hacked and she inadvertently purchases a mail-order bride from Transnistria. Jane doesn't realize she's about to embark on her honeymoon until the bride, Natasha, shows up on her doorstep, with luggage. Jane's roommate, Ethan, can't stop drooling over sexy Natasha. Luckily, after the demise of the local newspaper, Jane has just taken a job at the public library where she has lots of coworkers smarter than she is that she enlists to help her figure a way out of this accidental marriage. Natasha believes if she can get Jane to consummate their marriage that, according to California's new state rulings on same-sex marriage, she'll be a US citizen. But is that all she's really after? Or does true romance begin to bloom between Natasha and Jane? If Jane's part-time girlfriend, Dorothy, has anything to say about it, the answer is no! 

 

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

 

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The Lesbian Review Podcast: 10 Books That Changed My Life

March 31, 2017

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

10 Lesbian Novels That Changed My Life 

 

10 Lesbian Novels That Changed My Life is a podcast that I (Sheena) did with a special guest - Karin Kallmaker.  

 

 

1 Christabel by Karin Kallmaker  

 

 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

2 Tomorrow’s Promise by Radclyffe  

 

 

 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

3 Fingersmith by Sarah Waters 

 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

4 Shell Game by Benny Lawrence 

 

 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

5 Keepers Of The Cave by Gerri Hill 

 

 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

 

Karin Kallmaker’s List 

 

1 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 

 

 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

7 Sex Variant For Women In Literature by Jeannette H Foster 

 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

8 Curious Wine by Katherine V Forrest

 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

9 Tell Me What You Like Kate Allen 

 

 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

10 Being Emily by Rachel Gold 

 

Get It On Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

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Les Do Books: Blurred Lines by KD Williamson (Book Club)

March 24, 2017

Les Do Books 

Blurred Lines by KD Williamson (Book Club) 

Tara is joined in this episode by Amy Herman-Pall, fellow reviewer at The Lesbian Review, to discuss Blurred Lines by KD Williamson. Check it out to hear what it’s about, why they loved the characters so much, and what detail had Tara asking a friend “What the eff???!!” 

This podcast has a whole bunch of spoilers, so make sure you read Blurred Lines before listening (or embrace the spoilage). 

 

Buy Blurred Lines on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

Read Tara’s review at The Lesbian Review  

 

From the back of the book: 

Kelli MacCabe is a no nonsense detective with a tough exterior. Only a select few know her as a loyal, loving friend. Committed to her family, her friends, and her job, Kelli puts her needs behind everyone else’s.  

As a surgeon, Nora Whitmore is used to being in control. The hospital is her life and leaves room for little else. Respected by her colleagues, but misunderstood by the residents, Nora takes what she needs and keeps everyone at arm’s length. In the process, she creates unexpected enemies. 

Tragedy brings them together. As chaos grows around them, the lines between them begin to blur. Despite being from different worlds, friendship grows between them, turning quickly to attraction. Will these two strong, independent women find a way to deal with their individual baggage? Or will they be overcome by it? 

 

Tara also announces the next book club pick, Courting the Countess by Jenny Frame. 

 

Buy Courting the Countess on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Read Sheena’s review at The Lesbian Review

 

 

More info

Come talk to Tara, Amy 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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/LesReviewBookClub/ 

 

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

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Book Clips: Till Darkness Comes by Sandra de Helen

March 23, 2017

Book Clips 

Till Darkness Comes by Sandra de Helen 

Please note: This reading contains some violent and abusive content. While not graphic it is quite clear.

Synopsis

NYT best-selling author Chelsea Cain says about Till Darkness Comes: "I wish I had half the plotting talent that Sandra de Helen has. This is such a terrific and totally satisfying book." When Beth Vogelsang's Uncle Jerry is tortured and murdered Beth's estranged friend Regan is the first cop on the scene. Regan hopes for reconciliation, but they've led different lives. Beth has been abused, beaten, raped, and has experienced a devastating death in the family. She's also fallen in love with her lesbian therapist. Will she reunite with her genderqueer friend? Or will their individual secrets keep them apart. Meanwhile, there's a serial killer on the loose, putting both their lives at risk.

 

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

 

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Book Clips: Somewhere Between Love And Justice by SW Andersen

March 18, 2017

Book Clips  

Somewhere Between Love And Justice by SW Andersen 

Synopsis 

Sarah Sawyer has spent the last ten years reliving a nightmare. Stripped of her innocence at the tender age of thirteen, she's grown into a woman with nothing to lose and one thing on her mind. 

Justice. 

With her horse, her guns and a plan, she takes to the trails of the old west in search of those who wronged her family. A trusted friend shares the quest for justice, but wants so much more. However, another silently holds Sarah's heart. 

Little does Sarah know, the woman, Jo, who graces her dreams has a past of her own and has spent the last year wishing for the return of the mysterious gunslinger who stole her heart. 

When Sarah's path takes a disastrous turn, the pair reunite. Now the gunslinger has to decide if she will open herself up to love or let her thirst for vengeance lead her down a path of no return.  

Choosing between love and justice was never part of her plan. 

 

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 Outdoor Novels

March 17, 2017

10 Best Outdoor Books

by Sheena and Wendy Hudson

Wendy Hudson, author of Four Steps, joins me in this episode as we discuss lesbian novels set outdoors.

 

Sheena's List

1 No Good Reason by Cari Hunter

Published by Bold Strokes Books

What it’s about

“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.

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2 Paradox Valley by Gerri Hill

Published by Bella Books

What it’s about

Was it an earthquake? A meteor? Or something else entirely?

Running from a marriage proposal in Seattle, Dana Ingram returns to her parents' farm in Western Colorado for a two-week vacation in Paradox Valley. Only a couple of days into it, however, a small earthquake leaves them without power. Cars won't start, batteries don't work, and cell phones are useless.

When a Black Hawk helicopter vanishes off of radar, Captain Corey Conaway is sent in to locate it and its crew - all while keeping the disappearance out of the media. When she meets Dana and her cousin, Butch, Corey solicits their help in the search. But as they travel on horseback through the rugged and remote Paradox Valley, what they stumble upon soon has them running for their lives.

 

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3 Night Vision by Karin Kallmaker 

Published by Bella Books

What it’s about

Julia Madison is having nightmares. Every night. All night. Painful and perplexing, the nightmares of a woman in captivity calling for help escalate until she is having them during the day, wide awake. Doctors prescribe pills. Therapists theorize about past lives and post-traumatic stress. Fortune tellers predict she will meet a tall, mysterious stranger. Julia would prefer to blame her ex, her job, even the Santa Ana winds. 

In spite of her long history as a loner, she turns to a support group for women with sleep disorders. To her amazement she learns that the other lesbians in the group—and only the lesbians—are having similar nightmares. No longer believing these vivid night visions are in their heads, the women join forces to find the source of their disturbance. 

Since Julia knows that her dreams focus on the woman she's named Sirena, finding Sirena is her number one priority. Convincing the other lesbians to help her comb the Mojave Desert is only the beginning of the adventure. 

Karin Kallmaker's story pits the power of sisterhood—and love—against the savagery of fear and hate. 

 

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4  A Time Before Now by Missouri Vaun

Published by Bold Strokes Books

What it’s about

More than fifty years have passed since “peak oil” has left the Earth without access to modern technology while great Cloud Cities for the rich float above the oceans. 

On the ground below, Vivian Yates leaves Oklahoma on an epic 700-mile journey east to her ancestral home. Early on, she encounters Elizabeth, who preys on Vivian’s inexperience and naivety, luring her into a brief affair that ends in disaster. Betrayed and withdrawn, Vivian sets out again on her eastward trek. Along the way, she meets the beautiful, lighthearted Ida. Together they face obstacles both natural and manmade. Ida brings Vivian, wounded in both body and spirit, back to life. Destiny has thrown them into each other’s arms where they find not only love, but hope, trust, and forever.

 

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5 Innocent Hearts by Radclyffe

Published by Bold Strokes Books

What it’s about

In 1860's Montana Territory, Kate Beecher, a young woman from Boston, faces the hardships and hard choices of life on the frontier. Just eighteen and quietly struggling against the social constraints of the era, Kate meets a woman who fires first her imagination, and then her dreams. Jessie Forbes, a fiercely independent rancher, finds in Kate the passion she never knew she had been missing. This is the story of their struggle to love in a land, and time, as cruel as it was beautiful.

 

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Wendy’s List

 

1 Out On The Sound by R.E. Bradshaw

Published by R.E Bradshaw Books

What it’s about

Second edition of R. E. Bradshaw's first novel, Out on the Sound. Decky and Charlie begin their adventures together in this story of new love. Two-thirty somethings find each other through fate, and fight to hang on as their romance takes them on a roller coaster of emotions. Mostly filled with hilarious interactions with friends and family, it is through a tragic event that Decky and Charlie find out just how far they would go for each other. 

Set on the North Carolina coast, the beautiful scenery serves as a background to Decky and Charlie's adventures during the first four whirlwind weeks of their relationship.

 

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2 Rock And A Hard Place by Andrea Bramhall 

Published by Ylva Publishing

What it’s about

“Set in patagonia, this is the perfect lesbian adventure novel”

 

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Not released yet

 

 

3 The Dead by Ingrid Black 

What it’s about

WINNER OF THE SHAMUS AWARD FOR BEST FIRST PI NOVEL

“I defy anyone to guess the identity of the killer or to put this book down."

Five years ago, the serial killer known as the Night Hunter vanished without trace after murdering five women. Now another killer claiming to be the notorious Ed Fagan is back prowling the streets of Dublin in search of new victims - but Saxon, former FBI agent turned true crime author, knows that it can’t really be him. Joining forces with Detective Superintendent Grace Fitzgerald of the Dublin Metropolitan Police, Saxon soon finds herself in danger as the body count starts to rise and old secrets come to light. The Dead won the Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel and was long listed for the Sunday Independent/Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year award. 

 

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4 The January Flower by Orla Broderick

Published by Council House Publishing

What it’s about

This novel will touch your heart. It will transport you to the Scottish islands. You will smell, hear and touch love and nature. It may change your life for ever.

When single mother Mary finds herself isolated from friends and family she seduces a strange man to find affection. He moves her to a caravan on a beach on his mother's farm. She explores meditation, spirituality and sexuality with the help of his mother. She falls in love with his sister. She is on a quest to realise truth - and save herself and her small daughter.

This book will leave you breathless and begging for more.

 

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5 Out On The Panhandle by R.E. Bradshaw

Published by R.E. Bradshaw Books

What it’s about

Take a thirty-nine-year-old woman, born and raised on the beach, and plop her down on the Panhandle of Oklahoma in the midst of her lover’s huge family reunion. Add in a cow chip throwing contest, a horse round up, Native American legends, a crazed fundamentalist sister-in-law, a family secret, an unforgettable romance, and Decky Bradshaw is in for a wild ride. The sequel to Out on the Sound, this novel continues the tales of Decky and Charlie. From Lambda Literary Award Finalist author, R. E. Bradshaw, Out on the Panhandle will elicit tears one moment and side-splitting laughter the next, on the way to discovering that true love never ends.

 

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You can find Wendy Hudson online  

 

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Book Clips: Vellmar The Blade by Fletcher DeLancey Narrated by Ann Etter

March 11, 2017

Book Clips 

Vellmar The Blade by Fletcher DeLancey Narrated by Ann Etter 

 

Synopsis

An elite warrior. A split-second decision that launches a legend. 

Lead Guard Fianna Vellmar is the daughter of a champion, raised from childhood to work hard and be the very best. When she is given the opportunity to compete at the highest level and earn her place among Alsea’s elite warriors, a stunning turn of events forces her to choose between life and glory, mercy and pride. 

Vellmar became a legend not for winning a championship, but for losing it. 

With Vellmar the Blade, Fletcher DeLancey has created another strong female protagonist in her compelling science fiction series Chronicles of Alsea. 

 

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Les Do Books: Salem West Talks Jewish Lesbian Fiction

March 10, 2017

Les Do Books

Salem West Talks Jewish Lesbian Fiction

Listen as Tara talks to author, reviewer and Bywater Books publisher Salem West. Salem comes prepared with her reader hat on and shares about three books by Jewish lesbian authors that are not to be missed. 

Check out the books discussed here: 

 

Learn more about Salem West

 

More info

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

 

Beyond the Pale

Set in Russia and New York during the early twentieth century, Beyond the Pale follows the lives of two women born in a Russian-Jewish settlement who immigrate to New York’s Lower East Side. Gutke Gurvich is a midwife who travels to America with her partner, a woman passing as a man. Their story crosses with that of Chava Meyer, a girl who was attended by Gutke at her birth and was later orphaned during the Kishinev pogrom of 1903. Chava immigrates with the family of her cousin Rose, and the two girls begin working at fourteen as they live through the oppression and tragedies of their time. They grow to become lovers, which leads them to search for a community they can truly call their own.

 

Touching on the hallmarks of the Progressive Era—the Women’s Trade Union League, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911, anarchist and socialist movements, women’s suffrage, anti-Semitism—Dykewomon’s Beyond the Pale is a richly detailed and moving story, offering a glimpse into a world that is often overlooked.

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The Escape Artist

Sofia, a nice Jewish girl from Poland, is lured away from home by Tutsik Goldenberg, a wealthy traveling businessman who claims to be a lonely Argentine diamond merchant in search of a wife. Upon arriving in Buenos Aires, Tutsik dumps Sofia at his sister’s brothel.

Hankus, also a nice Jewish girl from Poland, is passing as a man. Having escaped the pogroms of Poland that killed her family, she lives her life as a handsome and mysterious magician and escape artist.

When Tutsik spots the talented juggler and acrobat Hankus he envisions success as his manager, seeing Hankus as the means to get out from under his sister’s thumb.

Sofia and Hankus fall in love and their attempts to walk the tightrope of love, freedom, and independence are quickly put to the test.

Sex, deception, magic, and love are the main ingredients of this tour de force novel by Lambda Literary Award winner Judith Katz. In The Escape Artist, Katz reveals that all human interactions consist of love and hate, deception and candor, altruism and self-interest. This is as true in our lives today as it was in an immigrant community at the turn of the last century.

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I Came Out for This

There’s only one place Joanna Kane can tell it like it is. Her journal:

I hate Terri Rubin, the woman I’m in love with. She called and told me she’s dating a woman named Sonya. I hate this Sonya and I hate Terri and I hate myself because I was never like this in my life. Do you know what it’s like to come out when you’re in your forties, having menopausal symptoms, for God’s sake, and then fall madly in love with someone? All of a sudden you’re in adolescencefor the first time. You don’t even recognize yourself. My whole adult life I was this cool, collected writer, strutting around in jeans and leather jacket, advising friends and siblings about their relationships, being a devoted daughter and a responsible professional person and a good citizen, and then one day I woke up and realized I was gay, and then this sassy woman walked into my life and I fell in love at first sight, after spending my life thinking that never really happened and only watching West Side Story because of the gangs. And now I’ve become the kind of person I used to make fun of, who becomes hysterical because her beloved tells her she’s dating some woman named Sonya who has an apothecary store in Bethesda, Maryland.

I’m sick of being in this endless rut, I’m sick of Cleveland, and I’m thinking of moving to Washington, DC to be with Terri Rubin who I hate.

 

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Book Clips: Just Physical by Jae Narrated by Ann Etter

March 9, 2017

Book Clips 

Just Physical by Jae Narrated by Ann Etter 

Synopsis

After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, twenty-five-year-old Jill Corrigan takes herself off the romantic market. Not wanting to become a burden to a potential partner, she focuses on her career as an actress instead.

On the set of a disaster movie, she meets stunt woman Kristine “Crash” Patterson, whose easy smile instantly makes Jill wish things were different. Meanwhile, Crash is trained to fall, but she didn’t count on falling in love.

Despite their growing feelings for each other, Jill resolves to let Crash into her bed, but not her heart.

As they start to play with fire on and off camera, will they really be able to keep things just physical?

 

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Book Clips: Say Yes To The Soccer Player by Abby Crofton

March 4, 2017

Book Clips 

Say Yes To The Soccer Player by Abby Crofton 

 

Settling into college is easy, settling into a relationship is another story! 

Jenny Jeffries loves her first year of college: the late nights in the dorms, the parties, and the freedom that comes with being away from home for the first time. The girls who flirt with her are nice too, except she can't work up the courage to actually talk to any of them. Just standing next to an attractive female causes Jenny's brain to shut down, which means that she's still single. 

When Beth Kirkland, the star forward for the university’s women’s soccer team, uses the same drive she has on the soccer field to get Jenny's attention, Jenny turns to her friends for help. She gets advice from her best friend, who is in a committed relationship with Jenny's one-time worst enemy, and another friend looking for the perfect guy among a sea of lesbians. She gets lots of advice, some better than others. 

Has Jenny finally found the relationship she’s always been looking for? Or will forces outside of their control end their romance before it can even begin? 

 

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