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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?