8 Fake Relationship F/F Romances

April 27, 2018

8 Fake Relationship F/F Romances

Les Do Books

In this episode, Tara is joined by Sheena, founder of The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show. They talk about their favourite fake relationship books.

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8 Awesome Books With Bisexual Leading Ladies

April 18, 2018

8 Awesome Books With Bisexual Leading Ladies 

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Tara joins Sheena in this episode to talk about 8 Awesome Books With Bisexual Leading Ladies.

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Here are Tara’s choices for excellent books with bi rep:

 

All That Matters Susan X Meagher

Our Review on TLR

Publisher Brisk Press

Synopsis

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.

 

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Just Jorie by Robin Alexander

Our Review on TLR

Publisher Intaglio Publications

Audiobook Publisher Dog Ear Audio

Synopsis

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.

 

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Blurred Lines by KD Williamson

Our Review on TLR

Publisher Ylva Publishing

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?

 

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Tricky Wisdom by Camryn Eyde

Our Review on TLR

Synopsis

Darcy Wright is a closeted lesbian who has been infatuated with her best friend, Taylor, since junior high. Leaving her small northeast Minnesota town for Harvard in a quest to become a doctor, she moves in with med-student Olivia Boyd, a neurotic, anal, gigantic pain in the backside. The first year of juggling medical school is gruelling, but it’s nothing compared to living with Olivia.

Coming out to her friends and family with an anti-climactic flop, Darcy uses her newly publicised sexuality to try and win Taylor’s affections through an ill-hatched scheme that crosses uncomfortable lines. The result is as unexpected to Darcy as Darcy’s affinity for medicine is to Olivia.

The first year of medical school is a nerve-wracking encounter in medicine, learning lessons the hard way, and finding what her heart desires.

 

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Camp Rewind by Meghan O’Brien

Our Review on TLR

Publisher Bold Strokes Books

Synopsis

Alice Wu is at Camp Rewind only because her therapist thinks it'll help her overcome the social anxiety she's battled since childhood. She's not sure she believes that theory, but will try anything to make a real friend. A casual fling would also be nice, but she's not holding her breath.

Rosa Salazar hopes camp will be an escape from a life permanently altered. Eviscerated online for her feminist critique of a popular video game, Rosa has endured months of anonymous threats over social media, doxxing, and, worst of all, the posting of graphic, sexually explicit material stolen from her cloud storage - including a dirty video she made for an ex. Using a fake name, she enrolls in camp craving a return to a simpler time, before the shame.

Alice and Rosa soon discover that at Camp Rewind, anything is possible. Even an unlikely friendship that swiftly becomes something more.

 

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Fire On The Ice by Tamsen Parker

Our Review on TLR

Synopsis

Welcome to the Snow and Ice Games where competition is not the only thing that is heating up! The fourth book in bestselling Tamsen Parker's romance series continues with two female skaters from opposite sides of the rink.

Blaze Bellamy is the bad girl of the short track speed skating world. Looking like a roller derby bruiser when she’s not in her Team USA uniform, she’s an unlikely American heroine. She’s got a punk attitude to match her provocative dress and her dyed hair, and she’s determined to get onto the front pages of the papers regardless of how she has to do it.

Maisy Harper is the workhorse of the Canadian women’s figure skating team. Serious, modest, and above all, polite, Maisy would prefer to win her victory on the ice rather than in the press, and is exasperated by Blaze’s antics. When she’s not lusting after her anyway. After they both failed to make the medal podium at the last Snow and Ice Games, they drowned themselves in gin—and each other.

Despite their hookup being drunken, they both harbor fond memories of their night together and are keen for a repeat. But they’ve got different ways of going about getting what they want, and Blaze’s willingness to go to any lengths for the spotlight could ruin any chance she has with Maisy.

 

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Far From Home by Lorelei Brown

Our Review on TLR

Publisher Riptide Publishing 

Synopsis

My name is Rachel. I’m straight . . . I think. I also have a mountain of student loans and a smart mouth. I wasn’t serious when I told Pari Sadashiv I’d marry her. It was only party banter! Except Pari needs a green card, and she’s willing to give me a breather from drowning in debt.

My off-the-cuff idea might not be so terrible. We get along as friends. She’s really romantically cautious, which I find heartbreaking. She deserves someone to laugh with. She’s kind. And calm. And gorgeous. A couple of years with her actually sounds pretty good. If some of Pari’s kindness and calm rubs off on me, that’d be a bonus, because I’m a mess—anorexia is not a pretty word—and my little ways of keeping control of myself, of the world, aren’t working anymore.

And if I slip up, Pari will see my cracks. Then I’ll crack. Which means I gotta get out, quick, before I fall in love with my wife.

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Flinging It by G Benson

Our Review on TLR

Publisher Ylva Publishing

Synopsis

Frazer, head midwife at a hospital in Perth, Australia, is trying to make her corner of the world a little better by starting up a programme for at-risk parents. Not everyone is excited about her ideas. Surrounded by red tape, she finally has to team up with Cora, a social worker who is married to Frazer’s boss.

Cora is starting to think her marriage is beyond saving, even if she wants to. Feeling smothered by a domineering spouse, she grabs hold of the programme and the distraction Frazer offers with both hands. Soon the two women get a little too close and find themselves in a situation they never dreamed themselves capable of: an affair.

As the two fall deeper, both are torn between their taboo romance and their morals. But walking away from each other may not be as simple as they thought.

 

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We Also Mentioned

The Three by Meghan O’Brien

Our Review on TLR

Publisher Bold Strokes Books

Synopsis

A daring, provocative exploration of love and sexuality…

 

Two lovers, Elin and Kael, struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where disease, lawless marauders, and fanatics threaten their existence. When the two befriend Anna, another survivor, the fabric of their lives and the family they have made shifts in ways that challenge each woman to redefine the boundaries of love and friendship. For in order to prevail, the two must become...The Three, and ultimately Anna and Kael must find a way to save the woman they both love.

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Erin’s 5 Favourite Women Who Kill

April 11, 2018

Erin’s 5 Favourite Women Who Kill 

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

Sheena is joined by Erin, fellow reviewer at The Lesbian Review. Erin loves the complexity of women killers and in today’s episode to shares five of her favourite reads with us.

 

1 Alex and Cassidy Series by Nancy Ann Healy

Synopsis

From Book 1: FBI agent Alexis Toles is dispatched to New Rochelle, New York, to investigate threatening letters sent to Congressman Christopher O’Brien, and to protect his ex-wife Cassidy and six-year-old son, Dylan. But when she gets to New Rochelle, Alex discovers that there is more to the situation than simple stalking or political agendas; she finds that she has growing romantic feelings for Cassidy—and that the feelings are mutual. 

As Alex and Cassidy explore their budding romance, they must surmount many obstacles in explaining their relationship to those around them, including Dylan. All the while, the investigation continues, and the disturbing, convoluted, and complicated web surrounding the threats begins to unravel, placing the characters’ lives in grave danger. 

Intersection is a taut political thriller that combines the action and suspense found in hit television shows like 24. Kirkus Reviews says, “The complex depictions of both Toles’ and Cassidy’s sexualities and personalities are refreshing.” 

This second edition of Intersection includes bonus material from the second novel in the Alex and Cassidy Series, Betrayal. 

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2 The Organisation by Annette Mori and Erin O’Reilly 

Synopsis 

The feisty, fiery women from Asset Management are back for another heart-stopping adventure! This time, their sights are set on a new mob boss Leonid Petrov who is more cunning and ten times more ruthless than the slave trader they took on in Asset Management. 

No one is more surprised than Val when she is tagged as the go-to member of the team. Her task…infiltrate Leonid’s inner circle and work with another agent already on the inside. Val’s impenetrable exterior is starting to crumble, but Maggie, the head of The Organization doesn’t have a better option. Tasked with keeping Leonid’s impossible new wife, Gina, safe, Val encounters more problems than solutions. 

Will wild card Gina provide Val the inspiration to take on her violent husband, or will that inspiration lead to Val’s downfall? Find out in this intriguing, fast-paced, romantic adventure just what love can do. Will it be Val’s Achilles heel and lead to her demise, or will it fill her with a strength she didn’t know she had? 

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3 From A Distance by CL Heart 

Synopsis 

Who do you trust when you have no one left but yourself? Kenzie is a military trained assassin, hunting her target in Mexico. Cori is a student at the University of Guadalajara. One fateful afternoon their lives will come together under a flurry of gun fire.

Questioning the lies around them, they will soon learn that they can not live without each other. On the run from an unknown enemy, they must learn to trust each other, and to believe they'll make it out alive.

Winner of the 2011 GCLS Literary Award Mystery/Thriller

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4 Close Enough To Touch by Cade Brogan 

Publisher Triplicity Publishing 

Narrator Emily Beresford 

Synopsis 

Joanna Grey injects the deadly poison into the chamber of the syringe - time after time. She's murdered before and she'll do it again. She's intelligent, educated, and beautiful. 

At 35, Rylee Hayes is a respected homicide detective. Her best friends are her grandparents, her coonhound, and her partner - in that order. She's about ready to give up on the idea of a relationship. She hasn't seen the love of her life, Kenzie Bigham, since college. 

At 34, Kenzie Bigham is the single mom of a 13 year old, a church secretary, and a woman who's struggled much of her adult life with her own sexuality. 

Their paths will cross when Rylee's new investigation involves members of Kenzie's congregation. They'll discover that the passage of time may have offered them a second chance at love - just as Joanna sights her next target. Will Rylee have what it takes to meet the challenge of a serial killer who's proven herself to be a more than worthy opponent? 

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5 21 Weeks by RA LaShea 

Synopsis 

Beck Nash arrives in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide division with a shaky reputation and a lot to prove. Her first moments a disaster, she gets the chance to redeem herself with her first murder investigation and a sympathetic new partner. 

Trying to adjust to the mold, and no idea how she’s going to adapt her questionable investigative techniques to her new position, Beck's only goal is to make it to week’s end. But as shocking as the first day of her first week in Homicide turns out, it will be nothing compared to her last. 

21 Weeks is a fast-paced police procedural thriller series that ramps up in intensity with each victim that falls until its explosive final week. 

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3 Must-Read Books About Women In The Military

April 4, 2018

3 Must-Read Books About Women In The Military 

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

Sheena is joined by Valden today to talk about 3 Must-Read Books About Women In The Military. Who doesn't love a woman in uniform? 

Books discussed: 

The Witch Of Stalingrad by Justine Saracen 

Synopsis 

As the German Blitzkrieg brings the Soviet Union to its knees in 1942, a regiment of women aviators flies out at night in flimsy aircraft without parachutes or radios to harass the Wehrmacht troops. The Germans call them “Night Witches” and the best of them is Lilya Drachenko. From the other end of the world, photojournalist Alex Preston arrives to “get the story” for the American press and witnesses sacrifice, hardship, and desperate courage among the Soviet women that is foreign to her. So also are their politics. While the conservative journalist and the communist Lilya clash politically, Stalingrad, the most savage battle of the 20th century, brings them together, until enemy capture and the lethal Russian winter tears them apart again. 

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Show Of Force by AJ Quinn 

Publisher Bold Strokes Books 

Synopsis 

It should have been simple, but life has a way of getting complicated. 

When correspondent Tate McKenna broke her own rules and took navy pilot Lieutenant Commander Evan Kane home from an embassy dinner in Bahrain, she knew all the reasons why it wouldn’t work. Long, unpredictable work hours. Extended absences. The dangers inherent in their jobs. Yet after being with Evan once, it was inconceivable she wouldn’t be with her again. 

When they finally have a chance to get things right, danger follows them home from Afghanistan. Now, Tate and Evan must stand together in a show of force or risk losing everything—including their lives. 

 

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Whatever Gods May Be by Sophia Call Hagin 

Publisher Bold Strokes Books 

Synopsis 

Jamie Gwynmorgan doesn’t believe in prayer. She doesn’t believe in anything much. Except that people can’t be trusted—certainly not anyone she’s ever met. 

But Jamie knows some things. From experience. She knows if she died, nobody would give a damn. Nobody would even notice. She knows the better she can fight, the safer she’ll be. That’s why she can’t resist the sleek, dark lethality of the weapon—and the recruiter’s promise that yes, if she’s strong enough, good enough, she’ll get to fire that weapon in combat. She doesn’t care about the uniform. And screw the pretend-camaraderie. Only Safe matters—and if she can do combat, then maybe she can fight her way to Safe. 

Jamie expects a grueling fight that she might lose. What she never expects is to win love. 

 

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Other books mentioned

Battle Scars by Meghan O’Brien

Depths Of Blue by Lise MacTague

Sword Of The Guardian by Merry Shannon

The Caphenon by Fletcher DeLancy

 

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3 Thrillers To Thrill You

March 28, 2018

3 Thrillers To Thrill You 

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

Sheena is joined by Erin who talks about some of her favourite thrillers. Erin has come up with three books that she is sure will delight any thriller lovers. 

Erin’s Recommendations: 

Four Point by Max Ellendale 

Thirty-two bodies, twenty years, and a cold case that lives inside her alone. Detective Sali James teeters on the edge of sanity as she's forced to unearth her darkest days in order to stop Washington's most elusive serial killer. "Isn't watching beautiful?" 

Get this book on Amazon (link for for US, UK and Canada) 

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The Last First Time by Andrea Bramhall

When Gina Temple decides to go Christmas shopping for her girlfriend, Detective Sergeant Kate Brannon, in the Norfolk town of King’s Lynn, it seems like an easy enough task. 

If only life were that simple. 

A split-second event, months in the planning, tips their safe world upside-down. 

In this twisting lesbian thriller, Kate’s subsequent investigation leads her down the rabbit hole, where innocent people are targets, and has repercussions that will reverberate for a long, long time. 

Meanwhile, as the two women grow closer, things get even more complicated. Life seems determined to throw obstacles in their path. 

Will things ever feel normal again? 

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Read Erin's review on TheLesbianReview.com 

Indiscretions by Barbara Winkes 

A detective and a rookie officer hunt a serial killer with "morals"... 

After surviving an attack by a stranger, Officer Ellie Harding decides to put herself first and make bold moves in both her career and her private life, refusing to let the traumatic incident get her off track. 

Detective Jordan Carpenter faces the decision whether to remain in a disastrous, but long-term relationship or give in to the attraction she feels for her younger colleague. Her partner Bethany isn’t willing to let go, of Jordan or the case, a sadistic killer who murders women for behavior he considers immoral. 

Can they find him before he strikes again? 

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Read Erin's review on TheLesbianReview.com 

 

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10 Ways Disney Is More Harmful To Kids Than Lesbians Are

March 12, 2018

10 Ways Disney Is More Harmful To Kids Than Lesbians Are

Les Talk About It

In this episode of Les Talk About It, Sheena and Tamara talk about 10 Ways Disney Is More Harmful To Kids Than Lesbians Are.

Don’t get us wrong, we love Disney, but having a lesbian character is not going to harm your kids, especially if these 10 common things in Disney movies are not already harming them.

About The Hosts

Sheena comes from a media background and in 2014 she started The Lesbian Review, a website dedicated to reviewing the best lesbian books and movies. In 2016 A podcast channel seemed like a natural progression and so she started The Lesbian Talk Show

Sheena discovered lesbian fiction in her late teens and it helped her with her coming out process, something for which she will always be grateful. 

Tamara is a marketing professional and has branched out into design and photography. Her natural love for research and learning meant that she was the perfect podcast partner when Sheena wanted to start Les Talk About It. (Well, that and the fact that Tamara is married to Sheena.) 

About The Show 

Les Talk About It is a show dedicated to busting the myths around lesbians. We look at everything from flannel to lesbians being cat ladies, loving softball and having carabiners. 

One of the first shows to be started on The Lesbian Talk Show, it has been running since 2016. 

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3 Lesbian Movies Directed By Women

March 7, 2018

3 Lesbian Movies Directed By Women

The Lesbian Review Podcast

Sheena is joined by Anna Gramlich today to talk about Anna’s recommended 3 Movies Directed By Women. These are her picks:

Loving Annabelle

Director: Katherine Brooks

Starring :D iane Gaidry and Erin Kellly (III)

Synopsis

Rising star Erin Kelly (Waking Madison) is Annabelle, a precocious Senator's daughter who falls for her Catholic school teacher, Simone (Diane Gaidry, The Dogwalker).

After Simone is assigned to control the rebellious student, she instead finds herself drawn into Annabelle's world. As their attraction builds, the two women must cope with the reactions of those around them. Writer-Director Katherine Brooks unveils this smoldering tale of forbidden love with intelligence, wit and sensitivity.

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Girl Play

Director: Lee Friedlander

Starring: Robin Greenspan and Lacie Harmon

Synopsis

Passion abounds when two sexy lesbian actresses are cast in a play about two lesbian actresses falling in love. Real-life chemistry kicks in and suddenly the women are no longer just acting like they're in love

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Hannah Free

Director: Wendy Jo Carlton

Starring: Sharon Gless and Maureen Gallagher

Synopsis

Starring award winning actress Sharon Gless (Cagney and Lacey) in a tremendous performance, Hannah Free is a film about the lifelong love affair between an independent spirit and the woman she calls home. Hannah and Rachel grow up a Midwest town, where gender expectations challenge their deep love. Hannah becomes an adventurous, unapologetic lesbian and Rachel a strong but reserved homemaker.

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Other Things Discussed

Tipping The Velvet 

The Housemistress 

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3 Lesbian Action Books Recommended by Brooklyn

February 23, 2018

3 Lesbian Action Books Recommended by Brooklyn Recommends

The Lesbian Review Podcast

Sheena is joined by Brooklyn to talk about some of her favourite action novels. She has come up with three books that she is sure will give any action lovers a thrill.

Brooklyn’s Top 3 Action Books

1 Keepers Of The Cave by Gerri Hill

Category Starter Action/Starter Lesbian

Publisher Bella Books

Synopsis

While the investigations go on in Dallas and Baton Rouge after the disappearance of a senator’s daughter, FBI agents CJ Johnston and Paige Riley are assigned to the sleepy backwoods of East Texas for a dead-end assignment to infiltrate an all-girls school. 

Random disappearances dating back fifty years and more raise red flags that point to the tiny, isolated community of Hoganville. But CJ and Paige fear there will be little distraction from the memories of the one-night stand they shared six months ago. 

Nevertheless, they integrate themselves into the lives of the teachers and staff, but soon the odd behavior of the townspeople has them convinced something sinister lurks there. Something, perhaps, that even the residents of Hoganville don’t know about.

Six-time Goldie winner Gerri Hill delivers thrills and passion in the chilling Keepers of the Cave.

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2 Five Moons Rising by Lise MacTague

Category Romantic Action

Publisher Bella Books

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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3 The Magistrate by Keira Michelle Telford

Category Advanced Action

Publisher Venatic Press

Synopsis

THE PRISONWORLD TRILOGY -- VOLUME ONE

Poverty is rife in twenty-fourth century London, England. Crime rates are at an all-time high, and living conditions for many are bleak. Capital punishment and public hangings have been reinstated, and Magistrates, in their new role, are tasked with patrolling the streets to enforce arrest warrants and 'terminate' any civilians who attempt to evade justice -- which isn't always a noble pursuit.

The laws are strict, illiberal, and unsympathetic. If you can't afford to feed and clothe yourself, you'll be sent to the workhouse. If you fall behind on your rent, you'll be sent to debtors' prison. If you're gay, you'll be hanged.

For Carmen Wild, the latter becomes a potentially deadly problem when the discovery of a murdered prostitute brings her back into the life of her first love -- the Madam of an East End cathouse -- and the illicit passions between them are swiftly reignited.

 

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The Magistrate is set against the backdrop of dystopian, neo-Victorian London, and features a romantic lesbian relationship at its core.

***Contains graphic & explicit language, including some M/F sexual violence***

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Other Books Mentioned In This Podcast

 

Weeping Walls by Gerri Hill

Publisher Bella Books

Synopsis

An abandoned old house in a small town northeast of Houston is the site of a second murder, eerily similar to a supposed cold case of fourteen years earlier. FBI Agents CJ Johnston and Paige Riley are dispatched to find the link between the two homicides. 

The team, including Ice and Billy, find the case to be anything but cold. For CJ and Paige, juggling the investigation while trying to keep their love affair a secret proves to be as hard as uncovering long-buried clues.

Eight-time Goldie winner Gerri Hill delivers thrills and passion in the chilling sequel to Keepers of the Cave.

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Devils Rock by Gerri Hill

Publisher Bella Books

Narrator Abby Craden

Synopsis

Two women vow to bring a killer to justice. Deputy Andrea Sullivan had hoped to leave the horrors of Los Angeles behind her, but the serial murders of college students in peaceful, picturesque Sedona are her nightmare case to solve. The complexities stretch local resources to the limit, and the FBI joins the case with Agent Cameron Ross in the lead.

The crime scenes are covered with the trademark signs of the fiendish Patrick Doe, whose handiwork has been investigated by Dallas detective Tori Hunter and others. But where Hunter failed Cameron intends to win. She will break the case, find justice and go home. No distractions. Unfortunately, Deputy Sullivan is very distracting. And Patrick Doe has other plans.

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10 Butch Women We Fell For

January 12, 2018

10 Butch Women We Fell For 

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

Sheena is joined by fellow reviewer April as they talk amazing butch women in fiction.  

Sheena’s Choices 

Yvonne from Valley Of The Dead by Chrystal M Romero 

Gay Pride weekend this year was bound to go down in history because of the nation's advances in equality. Across California's Silicon Valley, couples gathered for numerous weddings, and people showed their pride at a downtown park. Even the usual religious protesters failed to ruin the celebration. Unfortunately, history would not remember this as the day of celebrating equality but as the day the zombies overran the world. Revelry quickly turned to chaos as the crowds fought for their lives. 

Yvonne Martin just wanted to relax at home this year, but a frantic call from her best friend set her on a terrifying mission to save him. Along the way, they are thrown together with Captain Jacqueline Rhodes and her partner, the last surviving officers of the police force. Together with some of their neighbors, they must make their escape from this Valley of the Dead. 

 

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Zane from Soul Mates by KA Moll 

Do you believe in soul mates? Do you believe that somewhere there’s person who makes you whole? If you ran into each other at a coffee shop or on the street—would you know her? Would you have the courage to put yourself out there—to risk it all for love? 

Zane was sexually assaulted just days before her high school graduation—targeted because she was a lesbian. The horrific nature of that violation has left her unable to engage in intimate relationships. They were bullies and as far as she’s concerned, they destroyed her life. 

When Jaina’s mother was incarcerated, she and her brother were placed in foster care. The years spent lingering in that system have left her battling lifelong issues of abandonment. Jaina trusts no one enough to risk being hurt again. Sex is fine, but relationships are out of the question. 

When circumstances result in Jaina embarking on a search for her bio-family, her path will cross with Zane’s. Both recognize the other as a soul mate, but will their love be strong enough to overcome a lifetime of baggage? 

 

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Jessie Forbes from Innocent Hearts by Radclyffe 

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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Talon 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 become 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? 

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Jane from Jane’s World by Paige Braddock 

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! 

 

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April’s Choices 

Jameson Reid from The Design Series by J.A. Armstrong 

Building bridges has a very different meaning for Jameson Reid than it does for Candace Fletcher. J.D. Reid spends her days designing some of the most elegant and majestic buildings and homes in North America. U.S. Senator Candace Fletcher has spent her life working to build bridges between people. J.D. Reid is not who Candace Fletcher was expecting to arrive on her doorstep. 

Candace will challenge all of Jameson's preconceptions about the women of Washington D.C. The enigmatic architect will test the resolve of the Junior Senator from New York. Two women will discover that falling in love may be out of their control, but creating a relationship in the world of politics and business is completely BY DESIGN. 

 

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Skye Kenny from Repercussions by Jessica L. Webb  

Nearly fully recovered from a car accident that caused a major concussion, Edie Black is hopeful about returning to her life as a freelance journalist and college teacher. A series of bizarre incidents and the persistent feeling that she’s being followed make Edie question the reliability of her thoughts and instincts. 

Edie meets Skye Kenny, a brilliant and shy former soldier, and their immediate connection has Edie confessing her paranoid thoughts. 

Skye convinces Edie she is in real danger, and together the two women discover that information was embedded in Edie’s brain during her concussion recovery and whoever put it there will do whatever it takes to get it back. On the run, Edie and Skye must uncover who is behind this plot while keeping Edie and her mind intact. Trusting Skye with her life, Edie can only hope she can also be trusted with her heart. 

 

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Cain Casey from The Devil Series by Ali Vali 

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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Kate Delafield from Amateur City by Katherine V. Forrest 

Tough and demanding LAPD Detective Kate Delafield is the leader of the investigation into a highrise office building murder. The case is intriguing but routine - until Kate interviews the only witness, Ellen O'Neil.  

When Ellen O'Neil took her new job over the objections of her lover, she wasn't expecting to become embroiled in murder. The curiosity that Kate Delafield rouses is equally unexpected. But it is never far from Ellen's mind that she is merely a name on an interview sheet to the tight-lipped detective. 

Kate's thin trail of clues are enough to convince her that she is looking for an amateur, and amateurs are notoriously unpredictable and dangerous. She finds her path increasingly intersecting with that of Ellen O'Neil, who is proving unpredictable and dangerous in a far more personal way.  

Amateur City is the first novel in the compelling Kate Delafield mystery series that has gripped readers all over the world.  

 

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Dez Reilly from Gun Series by Lori L. Lake’s 

While on patrol, Minnesota police officer Dez Reilly saves two women from a brutal attack. One of them, Jaylynn Savage, is immediately attracted to the taciturn cop - so much so that she joins the St. Paul Police Academy. 

As fate would have it, Dez is eventually assigned as Jaylynn's Field Training Officer. Having been burned in the past by getting romantically involved with another cop, Dez has a steadfast rule she has abided by for nine years: Cops are off limits. 

But as Jaylynn and Dez get to know one another, a strong friendship forms. Will Dez break her cardinal rule and take a chance on love with Jaylynn, or will she remain forever gun shy?  

 

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10 Lesbian Books We Want As Movies

November 3, 2017

10 Lesbian Books We Want As Movies

The Lesbian Review Podcast

Welcome to The Lesbian Review Podcast, a podcast spin-off of the popular review website TheLesbianReview.com 

I am Sheena and I have been joined today by Anna a fellow reviewer at TLR. Today we are talking about Books That We Want As Movies.

Sheena's List

1 Lethal Affairs by Kim Baldwin and Xenia Alexia (Elite Operatives book 1) 

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

Elite operative Domino is no stranger to peril and impossible situations. Trained all her life to be just as comfortable fighting terrorists as mixing with the gala crowd, she is proficient at playing any role necessary to accomplish her objective and believes the cause sanctifies the means.  

But her latest assignment to investigate journalist Hayley Ward will test more than her skills, ingenuity, and courage, because this time she faces the ultimate dilemma: a choice between loyalty and love. 

 

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2 Five Moons Rising by Lise MacTague 

Published by Bella Books 

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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3 The Sublime And Spirited Voyages Of Original Sin by Colette Moody 

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

The Gulf of Mexico, 1702: When pirates of the square-rigger Original Sin steal ashore to abduct a doctor to tend to their wounded, they end up settling for the doctor’s attractive fiancée—Celia Pierce, the town seamstress. 

Together with Gayle Malvern, daughter of wounded pirate captain “Madman” Malvern, Celia becomes a reluctant participant in an unexpectedly thrilling journey through the Caribbean. For Gayle, Celia’s presence is at first a welcome and shapely distraction, but as her attraction to the seamstress deepens, she realizes that Celia comes to mean more to her than is almost certainly prudent. As Celia and Gayle navigate the perilous territories of gypsies, prostitutes, mercenaries, and slave-traders, they forge a partnership born of necessity that Gayle soon hopes will veer away from insurmountable danger—and instead detour directly to her bed. 

 

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4 Devil’s Rock by Gerri Hill 

Published by Bella Books

Two women vow to bring a killer to justice. Deputy Andrea Sullivan had hoped to leave the horrors of Los Angeles behind her, but the serial murders of college students in peaceful, picturesque Sedona are her nightmare case to solve. The complexities stretch local resources to the limit, and the FBI joins the case with Agent Cameron Ross in the lead. 

The crime scenes are covered with the trademark signs of the fiendish Patrick Doe, whose handiwork has been investigated by Dallas detective Tori Hunter and others. But where Hunter failed Cameron intends to win. She will break the case, find justice and go home. No distractions. Unfortunately, Deputy Sullivan is very distracting. And Patrick Doe has other plans. 

 

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5 All I Want For Christmas by Clare Lydon 

Published by Custard Books 

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! 

 

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Anna’s Picks 

6 Kicker's Journey by Lois Cloarec Hart 

Published by Ylva Publishing 

In 1899 two women from very different backgrounds are about to embark on a journey together - one that will take them from the Old World to the New, from the 19th century into the 20th, and from the comfort and familiarity of England to the rigours of Western Canada, where challenges await at every turn. 

The journey begins simply for Kicker Stuart when she leaves her home village to take employment as hostler and farrier at Grindleshire Academy for Young Ladies. But when Kicker falls in love with a teacher, Madelyn Bristow, it radically alters the course of her tranquil life. 

Together, the lovers flee the brutality of Madelyn's father and the prejudices of upper-crust England in search of freedom to live, and love, as they choose. A journey as much of the heart and soul as of the body, it will find the lovers struggling against the expectations of gender, the oppression of class, and even, at times, each other. 

What they find at the end of their journey is not a new Eden, but a land of hope and opportunity that offers them the chance to live out their most cherished dream - a life together. 

 

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7 The Killing Ground by Syd Parker 

Published by Syd Parker Books 

A serial killer is working his way through Chicago. His victims have nothing in common except being pregnant. Detective Rebecca Foxx of the Chicago Detective Division has her hands full trying to catch the murderer before he kills again. She has enough pressure without the overbearing FBI butting in.  

FBI Special Agent Jordan Gray isn’t sure what she is in for when a midnight call brings her to her boss’s office. She asks her to take an assignment off the records. Investigate the attack of her partner, but don’t let anyone outside her office know. 

It soon becomes obvious that Rebecca resents the FBI’s intrusion and it seems Jordan’s personal attention. With no breaks in the case, she is forced to accept the FBI’s help, but she’ll be damned if she is taking anything else from Jordan. 

What follows is a series of missteps and twists and turns that leaves both women wondering if they will ever catch the killer and trying to figure out how to keep their feelings for each other from becoming a distraction.

 

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8 True Nature by Jae 

Published by Ylva Publishing 

When wolf-shifter Kelsey Yates discovers that fourteen-year-old shape-shifter Danny Harding is living with a human adoptive mother, she is sent on a secret mission to protect the pup and get him away from the human. 

Successful CEO Rue Harding has no idea that the private teacher she hires for her deaf son isn’t really there to teach him history and algebra—or that Danny and Kelsey are not what they seem to be. 

But when Danny runs away from home and gets lost in New York City, Kelsey and Rue have to work together to find him before his first transformation sets in and reveals the shape-shifter’s secret existence to the world. 

 

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9 Don't Call Me Hero by Eliza Lentzski 

It’s been over a year since Cassidy Miller retired from the United States Marine Corps, but try telling that to her nightmares. She knew that coming back after eight years in a war zone wouldn’t be easy, but she’d underestimated the real difficulties of transitioning back to civilian life. War is hell, but the aftermath is endless. Looking for a fresh start, she’s left her friends and career in Minneapolis to be a police officer in northern Minnesota. It’s in the tiny town of Embarrass where she learns more about Julia Desjardin. The city prosecutor is cool, professional, and untouchable. But she and Cassidy have history, and Cassidy isn’t going to let her easily forget that. For all their surface differences, Cassidy and Julia have more in common than they first realized—both are reluctant to hand over their pasts to be judged and studied. But it might take someone just as damaged as the other to help each cope with the skeletons in their respective closets. 

 

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10 Bridesmaid of Honor by Graysen Morgen 

Published by Triplicity Publishing 

Britton Prescott's best friend is getting married and she's the maid of honor. What her best friend failed to mention, was the fact that her cousin Daphne was going to be a bridesmaid. The same cousin that has been Britton's nemesis since they were in high school. 

As if that isn't enough to deal with, Britton's sister announces she's getting married in the same month and her maid of honor is none other than her best friend Daphne, the same woman that has tormented her sister for years. Britton has to suck it up and play nice, instead of scratching her eyes out, because she and Daphne are in both weddings. 

Everyone is counting on Britton and Daphne to behave like adults and put the past behind them. No one expects to find them wrapped in each other's arms at the most inopportune time.

 

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10 Best Debut Novels - The Lesbian Review Podcast

October 20, 2017

10 Best Debut Novels - The Lesbian Review Podcast 

Clare Lydon joins Sheena as they talk about their favorite debut novels. 

Sheena’s Picks

1 London Calling by Clare Lydon 

Published by Custard Publishing 

Synopsis 

A break-up. A mix-up. Will there be a make-up? 

Jess Sharp’s life hasn’t exactly gone according to plan. She’s 32, unemployed, and single after a devastating breakup. She’s also left Australia for London to live in her parents’ spare room. Her chaotic life seems to be spiraling until she meets someone who could be a game-changer. 

She’s optimistic after a wildly successful first date, but far too much tequila and the ghosts of girlfriends past may drag her far below her lowest point. Can she win the race for romance without tripping? 

London Calling is the first book in a series of lesbian romance novels. If you like punchy drama, wicked humor, and charming British characters, then you’ll love Clare Lydon’s hilarious debut novel. 

 

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2 Depths Of Blue by Lise MacTague 

Published by Bella Books 

Synopsis 

For Torrin Ivanov, life is a bargaining table. Every planet is a new business opportunity. Legality is optional and supplying one side in a local civil war always adds up to profit. 

Jak Stowell is at war within a war. A woman hidden in the heart of a male-only army, her brother’s murder has left her desperate for vengeance. Her skill as a sniper gives her both the disguise she needs and paves the way ever closer to her real goal. She kills efficiently, without remorse. Putting down an off-world smuggler will be no different. 

A moment’s hesitation. A flicker of doubt. Two women on a collision course set off a chain reaction of intergalactic intrigue—and awaken a dangerous passion that could cost them their lives.

 

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3 Safe Harbor by Radclyffe 

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

Synopsis 

A mysterious newcomer, a reclusive doctor, and a troubled gay teenager learn about love, friendship, and trust during one tumultuous summer in Provincetown. 

Reese is the new sheriff who has heads turning amidst speculation as to who will be the first woman to capture her attention. 

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 another a safe harbor. 

 

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4 Daughter Of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones 

Published by Bella Books 

Synopsis 

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. 

 

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5 Sharpshooter by Leslie Murray 

Published by Sapphire Books Publishing 

Synopsis 

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?

 

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Clare’s List 

6 And Playing The Role Of Herself by KE Lane 

Published by Regal Crest Enterprises 

Synopsis 

Actress Caidence Harris is living her dreams after landing a leading role among the star-studded, veteran cast of 9th Precinct, a hot new police drama shot on location in glitzy LA. Her sometimes-costar Robyn Ward is magnetic, glamorous, and devastatingly beautiful, the quintessential A-List celebrity on the fast-track to super-stardom. When the two meet on the set of 9th Precinct, Caid is instantly infatuated but settles for friendship, positive that Robyn is both unavailable and uninterested. Soon Caid sees that all is not as it appears, but can she take a chance and risk her heart when the outcome is so uncertain? 

The leading ladies and the supporting cast of this debut novel by newcomer K.E Lane will charm you, entertain you, and leave you with a smile on your face, eager for Ms. Lane's next offering. 

 

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7 All The Little Moments by G Benson 

Published by Ylva Publishing 

Synopsis 

A successful anaesthetist, Anna is focused on herself, her career, and her girlfriend. Everything changes abruptly when her brother’s and sister-in-law’s deaths devastate her and her family. Left responsible for her young niece and nephew, Anna finds herself dumped and alone in Melbourne, a city she doesn’t even like. She tries to navigate the shock of looking after two children battling with their grief while managing her own. 

Filled with self-doubt, Anna feels as if she’s making a mess of the entire thing, especially when she collides with a long-legged stranger. Anna barely has time to brush her teeth in the morning, let alone to date a woman—least of all one who has no idea about the two kids under her care. 

Just when Anna finally starts to feel as if she’s getting some control of the situation, the biggest fight begins and Anna really has to step up once and for all. 

 

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8 Exception To The Rule by Cindy Rizzo 

Synopsis 

What will keep you safe—and sane—when you find yourself in a new and unfamiliar place convinced you'll never find anyone like you? 

For Robin and Tracy, it's the rules they set for themselves as they begin their first semester at Adams University near Boston. 

Robin is determined to hide in her room writing until she can get back to her homeless gay friends in New York City, whose easy exchange of sex and friendship inspires her creativity. She's sworn off perfect princesses like Tracy Patterson, no matter how attractive she finds the mysterious Southerner on her hall with the long blonde hair and tight jeans. 

And Tracy has no interest in cynical, smart-mouthed Northerners like Robin. She has her own set of rules—fine-tuned back home in North Carolina where she had a fake boyfriend and an uncomplicated string of older female lovers, including her mother's best friend. Here at college, she already has her first conquest planned, and it's certainly not Robin Greene. 

This is a love story about two young women who can only find their true selves by finding one another. But are Robin and Tracy willing to give up all they think they know in order to find happiness? 

Sometimes in life, the person who will matter most is the one who's an exception to the rule.

 

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9 Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan 

Synopsis 

The coming out story that will completely change the way you look at love. 

Juliet represents the road less traveled. Will Lena take it? 

Lena Newman is 17, her best friend's a cheerleader, her boyfriend's a football player, and as far as everyone is concerned, her life is sorted. But that's before she befriends the new girl. Juliet is confident, slightly damaged, drop-dead gorgeous and a lesbian. 

Lena realizes that her interest goes beyond just friendship. She sets off on a path of self-discovery where the loyalty of those closest to her will be tested. 

 

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10 Curious Wine by Katherine V Forrest 

Published by Bella Books 

Synopsis 

The intimacy of a cabin at Lake Tahoe provides the combustible setting that brings Diana Holland and Lane Christianson together in this passionate novel of first discovery. Candid in its eroticism, intensely romantic, and remarkably beautiful, Curious Wine is a love story that will remain in your memory.

 

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10 Brilliant Slow Burn Romances - The Lesbian Review Podcast

October 6, 2017

10 Brilliant Slow Burn Romances 

Jae has stopped by to help Sheena put together a list of 10 brilliant slow burn romances. You know those books where characters don’t instantly get together? Instead it takes the whole book for them to overcome the obstacles and finally become a couple. We love them and so will you. 

Sheena’s List 

Backwards To Oregon by Jae 

Published by Ylva Publishing 

“Luke” Hamilton has always been sure that she’d never marry. She accepted that she would spend her life alone when she chose to live her life disguised as a man. 

After working in a brothel for three years, Nora Macauley has lost all illusions about love. She no longer hopes for a man who will sweep her off her feet and take her away to begin a new, respectable life. 

But now they find themselves married and on the way to Oregon in a covered wagon, with two thousand miles ahead of them.  

 

Get It On Amazon (Works for US, UK and CA) 

 

Above Temptation by Karin Kallmaker 

Published by Bella Books 

For Kip Barrett, a secret commission from her boss's boss's boss, CEO Tamara Sterling, shows that the respect she's earned for her integrity and intelligence as a fraud investigator is justified. All she has to do is what she's done successfully before: Follow the cyber-trail, find the high-tech thief, and document it so that justice prevails.  

This time, however, the embezzler is one of their own. Sterling Fraud Investigations has an unblemished reputation for ethical conduct and security. Kip must find out who and how, as soon as possible, and no one but Tamara can know what she's doing.  

As Kip gets closer to discovering the embezzler, her clandestine meetings with Tamara grow more frequent. It doesn't help that her admiration for Sterling's work is compounded by an undeniable physical chemistry. But SFI has an iron-clad no fraternization rule, and Sterling investigators never break the rules. She needs to wrap up her findings before anyone--including her emerging prime suspect Tamara Sterling--realizes Kip is not above temptation. 

Follow the passion--and the money--from Seattle to Nassau in the latest page-turning story from Lambda Literary award-winning author Karin Kallmaker. Fans of this novel won't want to miss the follow-up short story in Frosting on the Cake 2: Second Helpings!

 

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Crossing The Wide Forever by Missouri Vaun 

Published by Bold Strokes Books 

Cody Walsh leaves Arkansas for California. Lured by stories of opportunity, even for women, Cody disguises herself as a man and prepares for the arduous journey west. 

Lillie Ellis leaves New York to accept a post as a schoolteacher on the frontier near a small homestead she just inherited from her uncle. Lillie’s ultimate desire is to become a painter, and she hopes the Kansas frontier will offer her the freedom to follow that dream. In the nineteenth century, a young woman has few options in the East that don’t revolve around marriage and motherhood. Lillie is interested in neither.  

Cody rescues Lillie after a chance encounter in Independence, Missouri. Their destinies and desires become entwined as they face the perils of the untamed West. Despite their differences, they discover that love’s uncharted frontier is not for the weak in spirit or the faint of heart. 

 

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Pelican’s Landing by Gerri Hill 

Published by Bella Books 

The high-powered high life loses all its allure in the face of family tragedy. A return to the Gulf Coast life and a chance to reconnect and reclaim what really matters leads to unexpected passion and a final chance at true love in this tumultuous summer romance from best-selling author Gerri Hill! 

 

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Starting From Scratch by Georgia Beers 

Published by Bella Books 

What happens when your life takes an unexpected turn? What happens when you need to protect the one you love from the one you want to love? What happens when you lose something you never knew you wanted? 

Lambda and Golden Crown Literary Award-winning author Georgia Beers brings to you her long-awaited seventh novel, Starting from Scratch, a story where learning, laughing, loving, and baked goods are just a few of life's basic ingredients. Starting from Scratch...where life is what you make it. 

 

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Jae’s List 

And Playing The Role Of Herself by KE Lane 

Published by Regal Crest Enterprises 

Actress Caidence Harris is living her dreams after landing a leading role among the star-studded, veteran cast of 9th Precinct, a hot new police drama shot on location in glitzy LA. Her sometimes-costar Robyn Ward is magnetic, glamorous, and devastatingly beautiful, the quintessential A-List celebrity on the fast-track to super-stardom. When the two meet on the set of 9th Precinct, Caid is instantly infatuated but settles for friendship, positive that Robyn is both unavailable and uninterested. Soon Caid sees that all is not as it appears, but can she take a chance and risk her heart when the outcome is so uncertain? 

The leading ladies and the supporting cast of this debut novel by newcomer K.E Lane will charm you, entertain you, and leave you with a smile on your face, eager for Ms. Lane's next offering. 

 

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Glass Houses by Ciaran Llachlan Leavitt 

Published by Renaissance Alliance Publishing 

Two actresses fight the system and each other when the director of their career making film dies in the middle of production. 

 

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Coming Home by Lois Cloarec Hart 

Published by Ylva Publishing 

A triangle with a twist, Coming Home is the story of three good people caught up in an impossible situation. 

Rob, a charismatic ex-fighter pilot severely disabled with MS, has been steadfastly cared for by his wife, Jan, for many years. Quite by accident one day, Terry, a young writer/postal carrier, enters their lives and turns it upside down. 

Injecting joy and turbulence into their quiet existence, Terry draws Rob and Jan into her lively circle of family and friends until the growing attachment between the two women begins to strain the bonds of love and loyalty, to Rob and each other. 

 

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Jericho by Ann McMan 

Published by Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company 

Librarian Syd Murphy flees the carnage of a failed marriage by accepting an eighteen-month position in Jericho–a small town in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Her plans to hide out and heal her wounds fall by the wayside as she gets drawn into the daily lives of the quirky locals. She becomes fast friends with Maddie Stevenson, the enigmatic physician who has returned to the backcountry community to take over her late father’s medical practice. Together they learn that life and love can have as many twists and turns as a country road. 

 

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Without Warning by KG McGregor 

Published by Bella Books 

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.

 

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The Lesbian Review: 10 Best Villains On Screen

September 8, 2017

10 Best Villains On Screen 

by Sheena and Lee Winter 

I get shivers when I think of the ultimate villains. I love an evil woman and find it fascinating to watch her. I especially love it when I can’t personally understand her motivation but she is a well developed character and I like her even though she does hideous things. 

Join author, Lee Winter and I as we explore 10 of our favorite villains of the screen. 

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The Lesbian Review Podcast: 10 Best Speculative Fiction Novels

August 25, 2017

10 Best Speculative Fiction Novels

by Sheena and Nita Round 

Nita is joining Sheena in this episode of The Lesbian Review Podcast to chat about the 10 Best Spec Fic. 

Sheena’s List 

1 Knights Sacrifice by Nita Round 

Urban Fantasy 

For most people, running a funeral home is a dull and conservative line of work, but when Catherine Samuels inherits the family business she discovers that it is anything but straightforward. For a start, the dead do not always stay dead, they sit up, and they bite. In this strange world, Catherine needs help, and that comes in the form of Cassandra (Cassie) Evans, a heavily armed problem solver, knowledgeable in all things arcane and undead. 

Cassie, however, hates her posting to Catherine Samuels. Her charge knows nothing of family, her heritage, nor her duty as the sole remaining caretaker of The Gate, a sentient construct that guards the way to hell and stops the inhabitants of Hell finding their way to the land of the living. Anyone who does not understand the importance of this duty is a liability. Catherine is a liability. Except that Cassie finds an unsettling attraction developing between them that she neither expects nor wants. Duty first, there is no room for emotional entanglements, and certainly not with a woman who rejects all that Cassie thinks is important. 

When Catherine finds herself on the brink of losing everything, Cassie, her family, and even life itself, then she must awaken. She must become The Samuel, The Gate Keeper and guard the way between the living and the dead. To make it safe she must travel to hell, with the warrior that she has chosen, and there, if they survive, she must heal the problems of the Gate before all hell breaks loose. 

 

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2 Five Moons Rising by Lise MacTague 

Supernatural 

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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3 Dark Dreamer by Jennifer Fulton 

Horror 

Best selling horror author Rowe Devlin has had two flops in a row and keeps falling in love with straight women. Seeking inspiration and a fresh start, she abandons life in Manhattan for an old Victorian house in Maine. But Dark Harbor Cottage is a far cry from the tranquil writing environment she envisioned. 

For a start, the place is haunted, and the ghost is none too friendly. To make life even more difficult, her neighbors are a huge distraction. 

The Temple twins, Phoebe and Cara, are identical and profoundly alluring, and Rowe is soon under their spell, unable to decide which of the two she is more in love with. 

Just when it seems things can't get any worse, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery more bizarre and frightening than anything she's ever written. Intrigue, passion and suspense combine in this taut paranormal thriller/romance, the first in Jennifer Fulton's new Heartstoppers series. 

 

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4 The Time Before Now by Missouri Vaun 

Science Fiction 

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 Christabel by Karin Kallmaker 

Across Time 

Deeper than the city streets, the subways, even the dry riverbeds that no longer flow, are the roots of a tree that remembers love and tragedy... 

Financier Dina Rowland's assignment is to make fashion designer Leo Goranson a lot of money. But the more she knows of him, the more repugnant his personal life is to her. Not the least inconsequential is his unbreakable hold on his greatest asset: supermodel Christabel. One touch and the power--and responsibility--of Dina's long-hidden heritage threatens to crumble the careful plans she has made for her life. 

Christa knows there is no escaping her tormentor, but she has a plan to deny him what he ultimately wants from her. The past can't be changed. Having long accepted her fate she is unprepared for the wild feelings that Dina's eyes arouse in her. There is passion, certainly, but also the rarest feeling of all to her: hope. 

 

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Nita’s List 

 

6 Partners by Melissa Good 

Science Fiction 

After a massive volcanic eruption puts earth into nuclear winter, the planet is cloaked in clouds and no sun penetrates. Seas cover most of the land areas except high elevations which exist as islands where the remaining humans have learned to make do with much less. People survive on what they can take from the sea and with foodstuffs supplemented from an orbiting set of space stations. 

Jess Drake is an agent for Interforce, a small and exclusive special forces organization that still possesses access to technology. Her job is to protect and serve the citizens of the American continent who are in conflict with those left on the European continent. 

The struggle for resources is brutal, and when a rogue agent nearly destroys everything, Interforce decides to trust no one. They send Jess a biologically-created agent who has been artificially devised and given knowledge using specialized brain programming techniques. 

Instead of the mindless automaton one might expect, Biological Alternative NM-Dev-1 proves to be human and attractive. 

Against all odds, Jess and the new agent are swept into a relationship neither expected. Can they survive in these strange circumstances? And will they even be able to stay alive in this bleak new world? 

 

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7 Iron And Velvet by Alexis Hall 

Paranormal 

First rule in this line of business: don’t sleep with the client. 

My name’s Kate Kane, and when an eight-hundred-year-old vampire prince came to me with a case, I should have told her no. But I’ve always been a sucker for a femme fatale. 

It always goes the same way. You move too fast, you get in too deep, and before you know it, someone winds up dead. Last time it was my partner. This time it could be me. Yesterday a werewolf was murdered outside the Velvet, the night-time playground of one of the most powerful vampires in England. Now half the monsters in London are at each other’s throats, and the other half are trying to get in my pants. The Witch Queen will protect her own, the wolves are out for vengeance, and the vampires are out for, y’know, blood. 

I’ve got a killer on the loose, a war on the horizon, and a scotch on the rocks. It’s going to be an interesting day. 

 

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8 Dragonoak: The Complete History of Kastelir by Sam Farren

Epic Fantasy 

After being exiled to the farmland around her village, Rowan Northwood takes the only chance at freedom she might ever get: she runs away with a passing Knight and doesn't look back. The woman cares nothing for Rowan's company, yet she’s the first person who isn’t repulsed by the powers that burn within her. 

Rowan soon learns that the scope of their journey is more than a desperate grasp at adventure. She breaks away from the weighty judgement of her village and has no choice but to abandon her Kingdom altogether. Sir Ightham's past takes them to Kastelir, a young country draped in the shadow of its long-dead Queen: a woman who was all tusks and claws and great, spiralling horns. 

Hiding her necromancy is no longer Rowan's greatest challenge, and what hounds them across Kingdoms and through mountains is already fifteen-hundred years in the making. 

 

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9 Burning Suns: Conflagration by Lisa Wylie

Science Fiction 

- - Conflict is coming - - 

Jennifer Bronwen, deep-space freighter skipper, sometime smuggler, and occasional blaster-for-hire is flat broke and in desperate need of a job. With her bills mounting and her ship one unlucky micrometeorite collision away from the scrapheap, when she’s offered a lucrative contract for a risky heist, well, it’s an opportunity she can’t afford to pass up.  

Keera Naraymis, a secret agent on deep-cover assignment in alien space, has just one more job to finish before her mission is complete. Getting it right means making the galaxy a safer place, and taking a trip to the Terran homeworld should be simple enough. But in the espionage game, your enemies are never quite who they appear. 

When their lives collide with catastrophic consequences, Jen and Keera form an unlikely alliance to find out why anyone would want to kill either one of them. What they discover runs far deeper than they could ever have anticipated, and throws them into a race against time to stop a conspiracy that threatens to unravel a thousand years of peace in the galaxy of the Burning Suns. 

 

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10 O Captain, My Captain Katherine V Forrest 

Erotic Science Fiction 

"O Captain, My Captain" is an intelligent, enthralling, and sensuous science fiction vampire story. 

Harper is on a galactic salvage mission into a dangerous asteroid zone with Captain Drake. 

Alone with the captain for days, Harper falls into her thrall and, eventually, into her bed. But Drake has secrets she protects at all costs . . . 

 

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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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The Lesbian Review Podcast: 10 Best Britishisms That Should Make It Into Lesfic

July 14, 2017

10 Best Britishisms That Should Make It Into Lesfic 

by Wendy Hudson and Andrea Bramhall 

Sheena’s podcast is taken over by the charming Wendy and Andrea as they chat about 10 uniquely British things that should make an appearance in lesbian fiction (lesfic). 

Everything from drinks to swearing make it into the podcast and there is even a lump of coal. 

 

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Les Talk About It: 10 Things You Should NEVER Say To A Lesbian

July 10, 2017

10 Things You Should Never Say To A Lesbian

by Sheena and Tamara

 

It is really frustrating when someone learns that you are gay and they immediately go from being a normal person to asking you things as if you are an exhibition at the zoo. 

So, for all you lesbians out there who don’t want to have to deal with this - we made this podcast so that you can play it for THOSE people. You know the ones, and maybe they will learn a little something. 

  1. If you want to be with a woman that looks like a guy then why not just be with a guy?
  2. You would look so pretty in a dress/with longer hair/with some make up on
  3. If you use a strap on then why not just date a guy?
  4. Are you a virgin?
  5. When did you become gay?
  6. I’m a lesbian too (said a guy)
  7. But you are too pretty to be a lesbian
  8. This is a phase/you will change your mind when you meet the right guy
  9. That’s so gay
  10. You are not like those other gays/you are so normal

Catch Sheena and Tamara every Monday on The Lesbian Talk Show podcast channel or email them on podcast@TheLesbianTalkShow.com 

 

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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 

 

 

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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. 

 

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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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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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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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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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Badass Women Save Themselves: Top 5 Romantic Lesbian Moments On TV

June 21, 2017

Badass Women Save Themselves 

Top 5 Romantic Lesbian Moments On TV

What makes good romance? Candles and kissing? Witty banter? Standing up for the one you love to someone who disapproves? Do the most romantic moments happen when a relationship is just beginning, or when it's coming to an end? In this episode, we each offer a list of top five romantic scenes on TV, and we discuss the range of television shows available to draw from in order to create such a list. 

About Jove And Blythe 

Both are published authors and all round badass women in their own right.  Jove is also on the Women And Words podcast where she and Andi do a roundup of the week’s happenings on their website. 

 

You can find more info here 

 

Jove Belle’s website 

 

Blythe Rippon’s on Facebook

 

The Badass Women Save Themselves website

 

The Lesbian Talk Show website

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