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Delicate by Sarah Sanders

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Gosh! What a beautiful romance! Sports romance with the most gorgeous MCs. Valentina González was a promising tennis playe...

Sugar & Spice by Sarah Sanders

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This one is super short, super cute and super hot.

Princess Aurora has just been formally made the Crown Princess of her country. She’s grown up in the romantic reality of her parents’ marriage – the prince and the royal dog walker – and hopes to get her own fairy tale.

Elandra’s grandmother is the royal chef. A decade back Elandra had got infatuated by Aurora and gone away to see the world and has just returned back as an accomplished cook herself.

When the Crown Princess offers Elandra the position as her personal chef, things really get moving.

We loved Aurora and Elandra. Though thee storyline is thin, the chemistry is unbelievable and the sex, hot. There is insta-attraction and insta-love, but we totally buy into that concept, so it works for us perfectly. We are impressed that in the limited space, there was enough burn and enough relationship to make the sex longed-for and entirely satisfying.

For a pocket packet, this one is quite a pocket rocket, and we so recommend it.
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Back to Ruby's (Ruby's Bar Book 2) by KC Luck

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This book is like reading an episode of a dramatic lesbian TV series.


A group of seven friends hang out together regularly. The group comprises two couples, one desperately want-to-be couple and one happy-to-mingle single. This is the story of the couple that wants-to-be: Rey and Marty. Rey and Marty are roommates who need to move soon. They both nurse hidden feelings for the other. They are keen on moving together but can't find the right place, so the possibility of moving separately is getting real. One of the other couples, Liza and Tate, have having relationship problems. The third couple, Allie and Vivian seem to have got it all together with their personal and professional lives, but things are not quite what they seem. Exes turn up to throw spanner in the works.


The Rey-Marty relationship is agonising. There is only assumption and non-communication between them. So much so that the angst only feels irritating and you actually want to beg them to have one blessed conversation. Just. Plain. Irritating.


The best thing in the book is how staunch Allie and Nikki are. We're not particularly fond of the great butch-femme binary and typecasting which this book has. But that pairing seems to have its takers, so who can argue about that?


While not a great read, this is nevertheless an easy read.

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The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite

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⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

This is a brilliantly written slow burn historical romance that uses facts to effectively give social and historical context to fiction.

Agatha Griffin has been widowed for three years. Her marriage was one of harmony and love. While her husband was alive, the couple ran a printing business which she is now managing alone and trying her best to get her teenaged son interested in. Her son is however more interested in rebellion and change which makes Agatha extremely nervous.

Agatha has a press in London and one in the town of Melliton, where her mother-in-law lives. On a visit to the Melliton press, Agatha finds a part of the warehouse colonised by bees. On her mother-in-law’s recommendation, Agatha sets off in search of Penelope Flood to deal with the bees.

Penelope is a merchant’s daughter with a whole lot of brothers who’ve moved out of the village. She lives in the family home by herself while her husband, a sailor, is away for years at end. Penelope has a steady income and also a gift with bees, so besides her own hives, she helps other beekeepers around town.

Flood helps Griffin with her problem and promises to look after the resettled hive and keep Griffin updated. Thus starts an unlikely connection between the two women.

The story is set in 1820s and the whole drama between King George and Queen Caroline forms important context. The environment of suppression of women and the social acceptance and expectation of a ‘woman’s place’ is written so well that you can practically feel it.

There are a lot of characters – practically an entire village – and each individual has their own personality and depth. Most characters are depicted as ordinary folk not wanting to upset the apple cart too much. But they aren’t complete doormats either and do thumb their nose at insufferable authority figures whenever they can while making sure that they do not face repercussions. More heroism would’ve been nice, but since history is such an important part of the story, guess Waite didn’t want to particularly change that.

The romance between Agatha and Flood is mostly pining for each other and keeping their feelings in check for propriety. But the connection and chemistry is unmissable. Whether spending time traversing the town taking care of hives, or their letters to each other, or just being a part of each other’s lives and thoughts – the relationship is beautifully built. Once they confess their feelings, however, the relationship moves at a sonic pace, including one graphically lush sex scene.

This is a great read which we strongly recommend.
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The Love Factor by Quinn Ivins

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Set in the late 90s, this is a teacher-student romance but written so convincingly that it is not the tiniest bit discomfiting.

Carmen Vaughn is a tenured professor in the political science department of Maryland University.  Her subject is statistics. Carmen comes from a Roman Catholic family and her department is notoriously regressive, so her personal life is strictly under wraps – particularly because she is gay. Carmen has no illusions about what coming out would do to her personal and professional life so she chooses to be quiet about her sexuality and completely professional (and brilliant) at work.

Molly Cook is an activist at heart but has decided to be pragmatic and at almost thirty, she has returned to studies with a goal of doing Phd and then getting into research and academics. But Molly’s natural instinct is to fight for changes and try as she might, this part of her won’t be repressed.

Molly is attracted to Carmen right from the beginning and her natural gift with numbers helps her excel in class. Carmen offers her the position of TA for a semester and Molly is delighted at the thought of spending more time with Carmen. Unwittingly, Molly also discovers Carmen’s best kept secret. Molly promises silence but cannot help hope flaring that the chemistry between them may find an avenue. However, Carmen shies away from that possibility.

While they are navigating their personal attraction and their professional relationship, one homophobic faculty publishes a report with some highly suspect anti-gay findings; new queer-identifying students refuse to disappear into the woodwork and both the women get drawn into unexpected situations.

Molly and Carmen are wonderful characters. It is strange to realise that even in 1997 (which doesn’t seem that long ago), being gay was so tough. Carmen’s character has in interesting arc while life and circumstances make the deeply-closeted lesbian and a closed professor undergo many changes becoming almost the complete opposite by the end of the book.

The relationship is mostly pining and burning, but it is so convincing. The chemistry between Molly and Carmen is awesome and the caring that they have for the other is really special. You cannot but help root for the two of them to get together already.

We love the title which smartly uses a statistical term in the romantic phrase. We thoroughly enjoyed the meticulousness with which the 90s have been written (floppy discs, long distance landline calls, Smashing Pumpkins…that’s just a tiny sample of the perfect details). We loved Carmen’s journey and the romance.


Obviously, we recommend this one.
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Vegas Savages by Jane Brooke


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Adjectives slam around when we try to think about what to say about this book. The one that swims on to the top is -- raw. This book is raw. It has raw emotions, raw sexuality and sexual descriptions and a raw depth. It is also edgy, grimy, gritty and somewhat mind bending. Through it all runs a delicious vein of dry humour and uncompromising observations (good and bad; positive and negative) about everything from politics to environment and conservation.

PI / Bounty Hunter Jane is a Brit repartiate in North Vegas, a place of debauchary, deviance, dreams and deaths. Bold, brilliant, beautiful and badass, Jane has the sensibilities of a vigilante but manages to tread a very, very fine line between meting out justice in crude, painful ways and staying on the right side of law. An unapologetically sexual creature, she has no qualms about using all tools -- guns, martial arts or sex -- at her disposal to put away a bad 'un -- man or woman. 

Jane is described as a Mensa genius, stunning (an ex model), quirky, tall, queer twist savage, steel toed boot string blond, wealthy, linguist, violent, troubled, weapons and martial arts expert, a heart of gold, lives in her own retro/film noir world. She is a NOW generation kinda plugged in girl, seeing the world in a acid etched reality. 

This book takes us into Jane's world as she first handles a couple of jobs for the police, living and partaking enthusiastically of the den of sin that her world is. She is all guns and glam with a massive sexual drive. One of the beautiful girls who come to Vegas with stars in their eyes only to end up in a gutter of deadbeat degradation, reaches out to Jane about her missing thirteen year old daughter.

As Jane tracks the missing child, we are taken through all sorts of darkness and mayhem, depravity and justice.

This is a genre defying work. It cannot be slotted into a neat box. It is erotica. It is crime. It is action. It is stream of consciousness. It is also social and political commentary. It is all these things and yet cannot be contained in just one of these genres.

Written in first person, the style is entirely unique. Clipped phrases form short, staccato sentences that move incidents along at a rapid fire pace. Jane's thoughts move along a stream of consciousness going from thinking of a evil man to Taylow Swift and back seamlessly. The style is kind of mesmerising and addictive.

Brooke doesn't shy away from writing everything in explicit and excruciating detail -- whether it is sex (including a singularly detailed BDSM 'scene'); gut-wrenching and stomach-churning descriptions of what happened to a victim; heart wrenching aftermath of the aforementioned  knowledge on Jane via tortuous dreams; and sordidly graphic violence (which feels strangely satisfying given who is at the receiving end). 

This is not a book for the squeamish or faint hearted but if you do pick t up, it is quite an experience. Enthralling, even.

We certainly recommend this book. Tread the path not frequented and walk the wild side.

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Vesting Period by Monica McCallan

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⭐⭐☆

This is the second in the series about the ladies behind LadyLuck, a dating app for lesbians. Though it is a part of a series, it is complete as a standalone romance in itself.

Carter Montgomery is LadyLuck's app designer. She and her friends Avery and Brennan are the three co-founders of the popular app. Pushing Carter to find some romantic (or at least sexual) interest, Avery sets her up on a date using LadyLuck. Carter's date is Jamie Prescott, a roving start-up streamlining and troubleshooting consultant employed by a major venture capital firm based in New York. By the nature of her job, Jamie is never in any city for long and all she is really looking for is hookups in whichever city she happens to be. While Carter and Jamie are intellectual equals, there is no meeting ground in their thoughts, ideas, outlooks or personal wants. Their first date ends with Carter walking away in a huff. 

Subsequent meetings don't go much better despite Carter's best efforts. A natural with people, Carter cannot figure out why she can't really have a cordial conversation with Jamie. Being attracted to the infuriating woman doesn't help. When Jamie makes Carter realise that she's looking for love and a relationship, things only get more difficult for Carter trying to balance her long term wants with the attraction for a woman who isn't going to be in town much longer.

The thing that we enjoyed the most in this book were the dialogues. Whether intellectual dialogues about abstractions and concepts; fun dialogues with friends or serious ones with family -- the dialogues are awesome. Then there is great supporting cast of friends (Carter's and Jamie's) and Carter's sister. 

Carter and Jamie are very well developed personalities and their baggage (particularly Jamie's) is thoroughly explained. But all the character development and motive explanation in the world cannot make us forgive ghosting -- so Jamie loses points. Plus, between the two, only Carter makes compromises with who she is and what she wants, to be with Jamie, which made us feel that Carter is way more invested in the relationship than Jamie. This feeling remains even at the end. Skewed relationships in a romance don't sit too well with us -- at least in our books, the escapist world should have more balance and emotional equality. 

Notwithstanding our need for Carter to get more and to get better than Jamie, this is a well paced, highly readable romance with likeable characters, a well developed context and (once again) great dialogues.

⭐⭐☆

The Woman in 3B by Eliza Lentzski

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This one has an almost romcom meeting premise but is definitely a contemporary romance.

After spending two ill-advised years in college and running up a student debt of about 40k, Alice Kaminski is now a flight attendant scrambling to clear off the debt. To that end, Alice works non-stop even choosing to be on-call when she can have an off. Also to the same end, Alice participates in a secret monthly flight attendant bingo competition which lists twenty-five tasks of varying difficulty levels to be completed in a month. The person completing all tasks takes home the kitty and if no one completed it, the prize money rolls over to the next month. The current kitty stands at 10k which would go a long way in paying off Alice’s debt. One of the tasks in the current month’s competition is to drop a beverage on the person sitting in seat 3B. Alice is all set to complete the task but the gorgeous woman in 3B, Anissa Khouri, shows unexpected politeness towards Alice and mid-task, Alice cannot go through with it and spills the water on herself.

Alice’s klutziness is the start of an unexpected series of events by with Anissa and Alice spend more time together. And the more Alice sees of Anissa, the more she is attracted to her. An attraction that is fully returned by Anissa who is less shy than Alice about acting on it.

Alice and Anissa are both interesting multi-dimensional characters. Alice is singly focussed on herself with little time for her older sister, niece and nephew. Alice finds her sister passive-aggressive and is not particularly there for or with her. But she is also kind, sweet and something about her is rather young and vulnerable.

Anissa is into HR and is married to her work. She is close to her family and generous with her time and interest in Alice’s family. Of the two, Anissa moves in first sexually, but when it comes to the emotional part of the relationship with Alice, she is chicken. In fact, the entire emotional burden of the relationship is carried by Alice singlehandedly. Between the two, Alice has a greater character trajectory especially with her family.

We’re never big fans of lopsided relationships and even less of one person ghosting the other. Nothing ends a relationship more that blocking another. Yet romances would have us believe that this is forgivable behaviour. Well.

The end is surprisingly hurried. There is just no insight or lead-in to Anissa’s behaviour in the end. But all’s well that ends well, so the happy ending (yes it is expected in a romance, but that doesn’t make it less gratifying) makes this a worth it read.

BTW, hot, hot sex scenes ;)  

⭐⭐⭐★

Star Struck: A Lesbian Romance by Mia Archer

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Tabitha Cartwright became a teen sensation starring in a popular superhero TV serial. Now a young adult, she's in the process of transitioning onto the big screen. There are rumours about her and an actor and a studio wants to cash in on the interest in the possible romance of the two former child stars by making a cheesy romance with the two in the leading roles. Amy is an extra on the set of the movie for the meet cute scene. She's had a crush on Tabitha forever but knows to keep her head down if she wants to have anything like a career in the movies. Except that Tabitha singles her out to hang out. Amy is surprised to discover that Tabitha's sexuality is one of the better kept secrets about her.

As Tabitha and Amy find more and more in common, the movie is quickly getting all but derailed.

We wish we'd got a better sense of what the two leading ladies looked like. We know Tabitha has a radiant smile, but little else. Also, both Tabitha and Amy behave like irresponsible teenagers most of the time which, given their backgrounds didn't quite jell.

Tabitha and Amy have great chemistry in the first couple of scenes but it doesn't pop the same way later. Even the relationship didn't really grow. In fact, though there was an immediate U-haul, the relationship didn't quite move past the initial awkward stages since they never got around being completely emotionally open and vulnerable with each other. Amy in particular was rather unmindful and uncaring about the situations she was putting Tabitha in. She also didn't have any real appreciation of Tabitha. We didn't get the sense that Amy actually saw Tabitha. And that was rather sad. The onus of making the relationship a relationship lay entirely with Tabitha and though she seemed to put in everything, it never seemed like her efforts were returned in any way.

With the way things are between them in the end, this is more HFN than HEA unless Amy does a whole lot of maturing emotionally rather quickly -- something that we don't see happening.

This book constantly teetered on the possibility of moving to magnificence. At every point we hoped that it would move into being more detailed, have greater depth and explore more dimensions in characterisations and the relationship -- but that never happened. As someone once said (think it was Somerset Maugham) people don't write as they want to, they write as they can. We just wish there was more to this one, though.

Overall, this is an okay read in the short reads niche.
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The Goode Vet by JJ Arias

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⭐⭐⭐☆

Ronny Hayes has just won a lottery of thirty million and moved into a decrepit mansion in an exclusive neighbourhood with grand plans of restoring it herself with the help of her brothers. Dr. Vanessa Hunter, a vet, is the star of a popular reality show and Ronny's closest neighbour. Vanessa is also rather a diva and doesn't take kindly to the shenanigans of her new neighbours, no matter how amiable they are.

So we have a gripe -- the books in the Goode Girls series are usually long enough to get into totally. They give you a feeling of satisfaction at the end. This one is just too short. And the length is even more galling because we felt that Arias could've developed everything more. To be fair, whatever is there is very well written and every scene is well done. Vanessa and Ronny are nice, but we'd have liked to know them more. With how well it is written, the length felt like a tease.
All our griping just underlines that this is a good read. If you're looking for a short read, this is highly recommended. 

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In the Black by Luci Dreamer

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Michelle Mitchell (Mitch) and Lilly Tan were high school sweethearts living and idyll life in the small town of Bend City. Till Lilly chose to go away to study and in response Mitch cut her off completely. Ten years thence, Mitch is a firefighter. She loves her job and is kickass at it but hasn't spent a single day without thinking of Lilly who seems to have created a whole new life in Atlanta. 

When Lilly's beloved aunt, May, falls ill, Lilly is back in town. May owns a popular bar which she wills to Lilly. May's health deteriorates rapidly and Lilly's visit extends to become a longer stay. May and Mitch also have a close relationship so Lilly and Mitch meet and interact much more than expected or planned and find that their past connection never quite went away.

Initially, we were completely Team Mitch. We totally felt her, especially about the not-a-day-without-thinking-of-Lilly decade. We are never great fans of the plot device were a third party is treated poorly by one of the MCs as she finds her way back to love and that was exactly what Lilly was doing, so our empathy and liking for her was very low. But as the story progressed the understanding and liking flipped. 

Both Lilly and Mitch made missteps but on the whole, we felt Lilly's share of blame in their relationship's demise was less than Mitch's. Closing off communication -- neither talking, nor listening; not being physically present; refusing to read written communication in any form -- this is certain killing off of a relationship. This feeling got stronger because in the second half of the book, Mitch became more self-pitying about what had happened in the past and refused to move on from there. We have low to no patience with people who reject or delay love, so we found Mitch un-understandable, exasperating and downright irritating. We still didn't like Lilly's treatment of her girlfriend in Atlanta, but she was faultless with Mitch. 

We found the fire action in the climax rather long drawn out and admit that we skipped a lot of it. To us it was too long a detour from the main story about the relationship.

Despite our issues with both the leading ladies at different points in the book, this is definitely a good second chances romance -- so go for it.
⭐⭐⭐☆

Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

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⭐⭐⭐☆★
Reimagined fairytales has become quite a thing now but this one does much more than just reimagine Cinderella and the premise is super exciting.

In Lille, the city of the almost mythical Cindrella, Sophia is a sixteen year old headstrong young lady in love with her friend, Erin. Since the fabled Cinderella's ball, things have devolved in Lille. The tale has become a religion and following Cinderella's footsteps has become the law. The year a girl turns sixteen she's expected to attend the annual ball with the hope that someone will choose her. Each girl is allowed three balls and if she's not chosen, she becomes 'forfeit' i.e. she's claimed by the palace never to be heard from again. This is just one of the many, many horrible rules governing the land and subjugating women. 

Sophia attends the ball but doesn't play ball and runs away from there setting in motion many events with her determination to end the restrictive and destructive regime of cruelty. 

Every character, no matter how tiny their appearance, is finely defined and etched. The atmosphere is evocatively described. The dark reimagination of the fairytale is unexpected and detailed. We were shaken by the ruthlessness with which Bayron did away with characters and the physical abuse against women, but it all goes towards creating the circumstance, the society and the king's character. The take on the benevolent fairy godmother is unique. Sophia's and Cinderella's stories are excellently interwoven and superbly narrated. 

The book draws the horrors of patriarchy very effectively but doesn't quite pull off overthrowing patriarchy. It is more a fight against the King -- his megalomania, his corruption and his cruelty -- than against patriarchy. 

This was an engrossing, though rather disturbing, read which kept us awake and involved an entire night.

PS: There is a huge list of trigger and content warnings for this one starting with homophobia, toxic masculinity, physical, verbal and emotional abuse and going on to encompass many, many more issues.

⭐⭐⭐☆★

Her Secret Love by Chanel Ivy

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A pocket packet filled chock-a-block with predictable drama.

Georgia Hunt owns a very successful company that she's built from scratch. She married very young and that marriage has now fallen apart since she and her husband are in completely different mind spaces. Katrina Smith is a new temp accountant in Georgia's company. Georgia has an immediate attraction to the hot, confident, gorgeous, somewhat cocky temp and they fall into a sexual relationship almost immediately.

Kat seems to have some secret past and deflects any questions about it. Despite the secrecy, both the women find their feelings for each other deepening even as Georgia's husband steadily loses control on sane behaviour.

This is a compact read which is more about the drama than about characters or characterisation. There's a sex scene almost as soon as the two women meet. We thought that meant this would be an out-and-out erotica but after maybe one more explicit scene, the concentration was mostly on Georgia's deteriorating marriage i.e. The drama aspect. But then, it also wrapped up with a sex scene. So we imagine that the intention was for this to be more erotica than anything else.

This is a short, not emotionally or mentally involving, rather forgettable read which nevertheless serves a single episode soap-operatic-high-drama purpose. 

⭐⭐☆

A Shot at Gold by Nicole Pyland

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Madison Fletcher is a quiet, hardworking, determined young lady with a single goal in life -- to win an Olympic gold for archery. Already a national champion, she believes that the right coach can make her Olympic-ready and to Madison that coach is Elodie Booker. When she was competing, Elodie had transcended the gender divide and was known as the best archer in the world. After winning a clutch of medals, culminating in an Olympic gold, Elodie disappeared from the scene post the death of her coach.

Madison gets to know that Elodie is going to be coaching at an archery academy and joins just for her. However, at the last minute Elodie reneges on her coaching commitment. Madison tracks Elodie down and convinces Elodie to become her personal coach.

The relationship between the student and coach is rocky and labours under the baggage Elodie is carrying. It is not exactly helped when the attraction between them becomes impossible to ignore.

Madison is such a wonderful person. Initially, she does seem a little cocky about her skills but as you get to know her you realise she's just confident. She is matter of fact, honest, open, forgiving and one of the most straightforward people ever. She expresses her emotions truthfully and without ambiguity. Whether her ambition, her past, her anger, hurt, attraction or love -- she doesn't prevaricate about expressing. While her goal of the Olympic gold is supposed to be all-consuming, Madison is, in fact, ruled much more by her heart than anything else. She is a great human. We'd love to have such people in our life. 

Elodie, right in the beginning, proves herself to be undependable. She does redeem herself somewhat later, but her biggest positive quality is that Madison likes her and is willing to repeatedly give her chances. 

This is book is an engaging read that we do recommend.
 
⭐⭐⭐☆

Just One Reason by Jaime Clevenger

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⭐⭐⭐★

Sizzling hot chemistry and very, very explicit scenes make this more erotica than romance – though there is romance too.

Dr. Terri Anderson is an amazing doctor but has had a couple of setbacks in her relationships. Two divorces to be exact. The second marriage was to a resident in the hospital which ended up in a triangular drama of rather epic proportions. After that fiasco, Terri has sworn off ever getting involved with a resident.

Elizabeth Samuels (Sam) is a resident in Terri’s hospital. At thirty-one, she is older than a typical resident, but has her reasons for getting in late. Sam has had a crush on Terri from the start and when a colleague tries to set them up, Sam is all for it, except that she runs into Terri’s hard line about steering clear of residents despite scorching chemistry between them.

Terri is quite interesting as a character. Sam – we never really got Sam or even really got to know her. The attraction and chemistry between the two is crazy and once the sex starts, it eclipses everything else. The sex is in the BDSM world, but it is not intense. So it is palatable BDSM.

The forty-one million mentioned is the blurb is the defining touchstone for Sam’s characterisation, motivations and background. Maybe a little more development of their respective backgrounds and personality development would’ve helped in knowing the ladies better.

The writing is solid, but somehow we didn’t feel too invested in the relationship despite actively liking Terri. Nevertheless, we’d definitely recommend this as NSFW romantic erotica.

This is the third part of a series which has recurring characters, but each book can definitely be read standalone.  

⭐⭐⭐★

Kiss Me Every Day by Dena Blake

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⭐⭐⭐★

Wynn Jamison, COO of an IT company is a ruthless professional. She also carries a torch for Carly Jamison, nee Evans, who is marries to Wynn's sister, Jordan. Carly is a leading marriage counsellor and though her marriage has completely deteriorated almost completely because of Jordan, she refuses to end it. Wynn and Carly had a mutual spark but Wynn had stepped away when Jordan claimed that Carly was "the one". Carly has planned a romantic evening with Jordan for the anniversary of their first date but Jordan engineers it such that Wynn and Carly end up sharing the evening. They talk about what happened a year back and end up kissing.


Post that kiss, Wynn wakes up in some alternate reality / dimension. The day she wakes up in this new dimension is one where her actions had far-reaching consequences on many lives. 

This book is Groundhog Day with Wynn reliving the same day over and over again. She is fully aware of each day and everything that's happened in her life before and after that day, but no one else seems to be aware of anything but their current reality. She keeps changing her actions especially at work and with Carly to change the outcomes but no matter what she does, the same day recurs ad infinitum

Through the events, present and the looping ones, Carly's character is fairly well etched. You also get a definite feel of secondary characters like Wynn's two sisters and her boss. Wynn however remains rather dimensionless. 

The sweetest moment in the book is when the titular phrase is uttered. 

This well written book is an interesting read because of the whole premise of getting repeated opportunities to right wrongs (it takes Wynn seven attempts to correct things). But honestly? We'd  have much rather preferred it to have been written in the present continuum and read how Wynn and Carly find their way to each other overcoming past mistakes and choices.
⭐⭐⭐★

The Business of Love by Emma Collins

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⭐⭐⭐★


Quinn Lawson went into her family business of real estate agency. Her beloved father had a dream of moving into real estate development. Quinn is determined to make her father’s dream come true and has been buying all the properties in a quiet Brooklyn street. There is just one house owned by an elderly lady in her nineties, with no family, left. But Quinn’s plan go a little awry when the lady actually wills her house to Lauren Burke.
Lauren is a chef with a future ambition of opening her own restaurant. Having had a poor coming-out experience with her family, Lauren is on her own, working hard. She is fair, kind and giving which is what made her one-time neighbour will her property to Lauren.
When Quinn arrives on Lauren’s new doorstep with a six-figure offer for the house, Lauren is taken aback, but not interested. Quinn is in a hurry to get the property because she wants her ailing father to know that his dream is on its way to materialise before he passes.
Quinn and Lauren have a stand-off over the house, neither willing to let go for their own reasons. A mutual attraction complicates matters further for them.
Quinn and Lauren are both okay women. Lauren gets the edge on being nicer because she is a little more open and Quinn employs at least one underhand move for the house. Both the woman are well developed characters and it’s easy to see where each one is coming from. The chemistry between the two is good. The pacing of the narrative is even and easy.
Within its niche of being a pocket packet, this age-gap romance is definitely a good choice.  
⭐⭐⭐★


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