It’s Been A While

Hi Everyone,

I’m really sorry it has been so long since I have posted anything for my lovely readers. Unfortunately this year has been a difficult one for me. I separated from my wife last July (currently going through a divorce, will be finalized at the end of the month) and the last year I have taken a break from a lot in my life. I am happy to say that I am back to doing one of the many things I love. Reading. And of course posting some reviews for you! So keep a look out and in the next week because I will have a new review up for all of you.

🙂 Stephanie

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Fully Involved by Erin Dutton

Hi Everyone,

I do not usually cry when reading books but this one had me tearing up a few times. Fully Involved by Erin Dutton is not only a touching story about loss but also about finding that one person you can spend the rest of your life with.

This is the second novel I had read by Erin Dutton and I have to say she is a great writer! This story follows two women that have known each other since they were kids. Reid Webb, a firefighter loses her best friend Jimmy in a hotel fire. Isabel Grant, owner of an investment company, is Jimmy’s sister. After the loss of Jimmy, Isabel moves back home to take care of her nephew, Chase. Reid was already helping Jimmy take care of Chase since the loss of Chase’s mother. Both women as well as Reid’s mother take care of Chase together. Reid knew this was going to be difficult because she has loved Isabel since she was 16 years old. Many problems arise throughout this novel including the resentment Isabel has for Reid and the fact that Reid blames herself for Jimmy’s death. These issues and taking care of Chase bring these two women together when they need each other the most.

I recommend this book, especially if you feel like a sad story.

Thanks for reading,

Stephanie

 

“How Sweet It Is” by Melissa Brayden

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Hi Everyone,

Today I am bringing you a review on How Sweet It Is by Melissa Brayden (also wrote Waiting in the Wings). I read this novel a few months ago but forgot to review it for all of my wonderful followers. I ran into trouble when trying to write this review because I forgot what it was about! So, I decided I needed to re-read the book to give a proper review. Oh poor me!! Right? To be honest I would have re-read this novel anyway! Melissa Brayden is one of my favorite authors and she does not disappoint with this one!

How Sweet It Is, is a wonderful story about Molly O’Brien who owns a small bakery in Applewood, Illinois. Jordan Tuscana is a film maker and happens to be Molly’s sister-in-law. Now, before you think a love story between these two is weird, it is not what you think! Cassie, Molly’s partner of many years and Jordan’s sister died in a plane crash. This could definitely be filed under forbidden love because that line is just not supposed to be crossed but I think that is what makes it such a great story. Jordan’s feelings that she has always had for Molly helped too! 

Jordan has been away making movies and hasn’t been back to Applewood since her sister’s passing four years prior. when she comes back into town she reconnects with Molly and their relationship grows from there. Now, as you can imagine there are many issues in this story including the fact that Molly just hasn’t been able to let go of Cassie, which causes an unrealistic expectation that Jordan will never be able to meet.

This is such an amazing sweet story. Both characters pulled me in from the beginning. The most important aspect of this novel is that Melissa Brayden made Jordan and Cassie’s characters completely opposite. If she made them too similar I don’t think the story would have worked. She wrote it perfectly, as usual! Definitely a must read for lesbian fiction lovers. I can’t wait for her next book, Kiss the Girl. Coming out in July, 2014.

 

I wish I could give you more detail about the story but I don’t want to ruin it for you!

Thanks for reading,

Stephanie

A Place to Rest by Erin Dutton

Hi everyone,

“A Place to Rest” by Erin Dutton is a short read but definitely worth picking it up. This is also the first book I have read from Erin Dutton and I have to say I thought her writing was great.

Sawyer Drake is kind of flakey and hops from one job to the next as well as one woman to the next. I did find that her character was a little frustrating at times but overall she was my favorite main character. She has so many issues that include a fear of commitment and low self esteem. This novella takes us on her journey to overcoming all of her issues.

Jori Diamantina in my opinion, is the complete opposite of Sawyer. Although she has issues of her own they are completely different than the issues that Sawyer has. Jori has a fear of abandonment after being in foster care most of her childhood. I did enjoy her character but became frustrated because she never really told Sawyer she thought she was beautiful. Sawyer needed this from her and I felt that was lacking in Jori’s character.

Overall this was a great short read and would recommend picking it up! I will be looking into her other titles as well

Thanks for reading,
Stephanie

Falling Snow by Graysen Morgen

Hi Everyone,

The week is halfway over and I thought I would share a new review with you.

‘Falling Snow’ by Graysen Morgen is about trauma surgeon, Cason Macauley and professional snowboarder, Adler Troy. Cason does a 2 month rotation every year at the hospital in Aspen. She meets Adler when they literally run into each other. They don’t meet again until Adler is taken to the emergency room. From here their friendship begins and their relationship evolves. Of course there are more details I would love to share but you know how I hate to spoil a book for you!

So, my feeling about this book is really one of disappointment. Not because of the story itself but because a large amount of the book has grammar errors. This book had so much potential in my eyes but this ruined it for me. The story was an amazing story by itself but the grammar errors were hard to wrap my mind around. I did, however get through those issues and focused only on the story and I have to say that it was a great story. I loved both of the characters but thought they could have been developed a little more.

This is a short read so if you think you can get through the grammar and other errors I say give it a try! Please let me know what you think about it and if you were able to get through reading it!

Thanks for reading,
Stephanie!

Do you read books more than once?

Hi Everyone,

This is just a quick post about something I have been thinking about today.

Before I started reading lesbian fiction I was not interested in reading at all! I just couldn’t get interested in heterosexual romances or even the popular supernatural titles. This was on my mind because I would never have thought I would want to read a book more than once but I do. There are a handful of books that I have read over and over again. Today I finished reading The Gravity Between Us for the second time. I absolutely love this book and will most likely read it several more times in my life. There are so many other books that I have re-read which include most of Radclyffe’s books and my all time favorite Waiting in the Wings by Melissa Brayden.

So my question to all of you is: do you read books more than once? And if you do, which ones?

Stephanie :>