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Bad Blood by Sarah Sanders


Enemies to lovers done most excellently, this is a fabulous, sexy read.

Annabelle Carr grew up rich and spoilt, but has faced reversal of fortunes. She’s taken hits and worked hard to provide for herself and her younger sister. When the designer she is working for decides to resettle, Annabelle has to look for another job. She goes for an interview to Taylor Blair’s and finds herself face-to-face with Gracie Smith, a girl she had tormented in high school. Gracie employs Annabelle to mete out vengeance, but spark between them grows to a huge flame.

We loved this book. Annabelle in particular is a great MC. Gracie is also good, but Annabelle rocks. The sex scenes, as in all Sanders’ book, are awesome – and plenty. We love the very brief appearance of Taylor (we totally crush on her!) and Joy from Tease Me and the mention of Kat (another yummy character) and Beth from Begin Again.

Definitely recommended.   


Coyote Blues by Karen F. Williams


A gripping paranormal, second chances thriller, this one had us in a thrall from word go.

Riley Dawson was a foundling. She was literally found on the Appalachian trail. Adopted by a rich couple, Riley is unusual in some ways but mostly an above average student and a 'good' child. The family has a holiday home in Lenox, Massachusetts, where they spend every summer. One summer, Riley meets Fiona Bell with large blue eyes and a zest for life, and the two girls become inseparable. As they grow into their teen years, they have a deeper attraction towards each other. With the fearlessness of teens and first love, they confess their feelings and consummate their love.

And then, disaster strikes Riley. Riley was born with a tail that was surgically removed. On the night of the most fantastic day she spent with Fiona, she transforms into a coyote. She is a werecoyote (like a werewolf). 

Riley's parents witness the transformation and literally throw her out of their lives soon after. Her mother withdraws from her immediately and her father is more than happy to drop the scared teen off to a rented house in Northampton, Massachusetts where she is to atten Smith College, with instructions to not socialise with others lest her lycanthropic affliction becomes known and stricter instructions to never get in touch with them again. She is essentially cast out, though with financial support. (To their credit, the parents make Riley financially more than secure for life even when they've abandoned her).

Fast forward twenty years. Riley is a psychotherapist. She has a successful practice with Dr. Margaret Spencer (Peggy) who once her professor. Early in their acquaintanceship, Riley had confided in Peggy about her condition and found unconditional acceptance from Peggy and from Peggy's wife and brother-in-law. 

The Spencer-Dawson practice has a couple of new clients, the Barrett family -- mother and daughter, with the father already in an anger management program. Peggy asks Riley to take the mother as a client.

When her newest client walks in, Riley is shell-shocked to see her Fiona who she'd never heard from since that fateful day twenty years back.

As the two reconnect, Fiona's grim reality surfaces and continuing meeting could put both their lives in danger. Plus, despite their undeniable connection, Riley's truth could well rend them apart immediately.

Riley and Fiona are lovely women individually and quite wonderful together. Both of them have not had easy lives but never come across as weak. For the author to pull this off, especially with Fiona is especially commendable because her challenges are not of the supernatural kind. She has made some questionable choices but given her background, they are justified. In fact, Fiona is psychologically a very, very well thought out and well defined character -- her behaviour typifying that of anyone in similar circumstances.

This book has all the edge-of-seat tension of Sleeping with the Enemy. The looming spectre of Fiona's abusive husband is nerve-wrackingly omnipresent which makes you root for the couple even more. The sheer horribleness of the man ensures that none of Fiona's actions actually feel like she's cheating him.

With so much drama of the circumstances going on, we're thankful that there was no unnecessary relationship-level emotional angst added. Both the ladies had reason to feel angsty about the way the other disappeared on them, but their confessions only speak of deep love rather than accusation or betrayal. It was particularly gladdening that their feelings for each other never changed and when they re-meet they confess their feelings with the same speed and fearlessness as in their teens.

While the paranormal aspect (and the incredible support group) was nice, the romance was particularly rewarding to read. We absolutely loved the Psychology 101 parts too. 

As we mentioned at the start, this is a gripping, oh-so-good read. 

PS: We have to mention some trigger warnings because they are important drivers in the book: domestic violence; emotional, psychological, verbal and physical abuse; mentions of homophobia and self-harm and reference to homophobic characters; animal cruelty.

But these triggers are perfectly balanced and offset by unconditional platonic love and support; romantic love that meets all our ideals and then some; great chemistry between all characters and particularly between Riley and Fiona; one adorable child and a bunch of adorable animals (including dogs, kittens and turtles); great supporting and tertiary characters; lots of love, sympathy and empathy for all creatures (including earthworms in one very, very sweet scene) and above all, the extreme satisfaction of the bad guy getting what was coming to him.


Home by Jenn Alexander


What does home mean? Alexander explores all possibilities that can mean home writing within the framework of this lovely romance.

Rowan Barnes is a chef. She loves cooking and spends all her time learning the skill. Born and brought up in Portland, Rowen's dream job materialises in Fort Worth, Texas. While she's not crazy about Texas and the stereotypical image of Texans she has, she finds the opportunity too good to pass and despite her trepidation, makes the leap and moves to from familiarity and comfort to the unknown. Kate Landreth is a true blue Texan rancher. Except that she is also a lesbian. Rowen is assigned to get supplies from the Landerth ranch and finds more than just the supplies. She finds someone who could make her rethink Texas.

So, the question 'what is home?' is explored in a variety of ways via Rowen. The books, photographs, things? The city you've known? Your friends? Family? Routines (weekends at bars / trying out new foods)? The comfortable conversations? A person? Love? 

Both the ladies are quite lovely with Rowen scoring more points for adorability. It did feel that a disproportionate amount of the emotional work of the burgeoning relationship was laid on Rowen but both the MCs are unusually aware and self-aware and have an enviable understanding of the other. So Rowen realises the unfairness but is able to see where Kate is coming from and her unaddressed issues with her mom. Kate appreciates Rowen's difficulties with being alone in a new place, with having left everything and everyone she loves behind. Kate also has a revelation about her own unfairness in asking much more from Rowen than she (Kate) is offering. 

The difference between Rowen and Kate is that Rowen walks the talk, thought and emotion  (she makes many leaps to make the relationship work) while for Kate it remains intellectual awareness which doesn't entirely translate to emotional or behavioural change. And this, amongst other adorable behaviours, makes Rowen special. To the credit of the author, Kate remains likeable, but rather everyday and ordinary in comparison.

The progress of the relationship between Rowen and Kate is beautifully etched. The chemistry between them is excellent. 

Probably unintentionally the book also kind of showcases Texas in many ways, but that is quite welcome for armchair travellers like us. 

We thoroughly enjoyed reading this one, especially getting to really, really know the ladies as fully developed and realised characters. This is a lovely read.


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