Review: Collide-O-Scope by Andrea Bramhall

 Series: Norfolk Coast Investigation Story (book 1)

Genre: LGBT (f/f), Crime

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Cover: I love the light in it

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Trigger warnings: none

Description: An unidentified woman is found murdered on the North Norfolk Coastal Path and newly promoted Detective Sergeant Kate Brannon and Kings Lynn’s CID have the task of figuring out whom, how, and why. A job that’s made more difficult when everyone of the forty residents in the village has something to hide and answers her questions with a string of lies.
Georgina Temple has her own secrets to keep, and her own reasons to keep them. But her growing attraction to Kate makes it increasingly difficult to keep them.
Kate’s investigation into the woman’s death brings delves into the heart of the tiny fishing village where nothing and no one is quite what they seem.

Review: This reads like your usual british crime fiction, which I enjoy very much. I enjoyed the building relationship between Kate and Gina, although at first I wasn’t very convinced by it. Your bff was just murdered and you’re oggling the ass of the one who is investigating it? But there is a lot of character development and I love how Gina’s daughter wasn’t just there on the sidelines, but played a big part in her life and in the story as well.

Sadly the crime development was… boring. It’s just obvious how it was done way before the police comes to the same conclusion.

Disclaimer: The publisher provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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Review: Light Switch by Lauren Gallagher

20740583 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (m/m/f, polyromantic character), Erotica

Rating: 2/5 Stars

Cover: Somehow it seems strange

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Description: After far too much lackluster sex with her now-ex-boyfriend, Kristen Locke isn’t just ready to try something new, she’s ready to try everything. And as luck would have it, two of her good friends are more than willing to introduce her to the kinkier side of life: Experienced dominant Scott Moore wants to bring out the submissive in her. Neighbor and voyeur Matt Sommers quite literally sees the exhibitionist in her.

Little by little, they open up a whole new world to her, and Kristen’s about to learn that love can be found in the most unusual places…

Review: I am so disappointed in this novel… it started really great and then it got worse and worse.

But let’s start at the beginning. I like the slow approach Kristen takes into BDSM territory. It’s not boring, but very erotic and teasing. I felt with Kristen and I thought I’m in for an amazing ride.

But there’s only sex. It gets really boring after a while and I started skipping the scenes. I skipped a lot, because there is like absolutely no plot in this. And after sex, sex, sex suddenly boom! Love! What? How did that happen? The ending felt forced and unbelievable, too.

Bonus points for making Kristen a switch and at least showing her in a few scenes as a domme.I’m used to BDSM novels being like “you’re a switch, but I’m making you a sub!”, so that was really refreshing.

Maybe I would have liked it better if I would have read it in small doses, but reading it in a few sessions? Sexual overkill.

Review: No place like somewhere else by Ceasar J.M. Kauftheil

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (f/f, bisexual character)

Rating: 1/5 Stars

Cover: Best thing this novella has to offer

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Trigger warnings: slight biphobia, alcohol

Description: Josie has a passion for running away—or, as her girlfriend Marjorie would say, a fear of commitment. She runs away from home, from making decisions, and most recently, from having a serious discussion about her crumbling relationship.

Upon discovering a pair of tennis shoes outside a Chinese restaurant, Josie feels a sense of lightness on her feet, but each time she wears them, she finds herself running into trouble—in the form of a strange man named Jay, who might just be what she needs to break her own bad habits.

Review: My thoughts after finishing this novella? ‘WTF?!’ I really felt like I wasted my time reading. I was so bored while reading and I couldn’t get into the book, because the writing isn’t really flowing. I hated Josie and it’s never helpful if you can’t stand the MC. I can’t tell you much without spoilering you – although there isn’t really much to spoiler, really… I want my time back.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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Review: Villains, Inc. by Tan-ni Fan

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (m/m, f/f, m/m/f, trans* character), Historical, Romance

Rating: 3

Cover: Love the colours

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Description: Everybody loves a good villain. The glory shouldn’t always go to the presumed golden heroes of the story. Be they antiheroes, misunderstood, or people who love causing trouble simply for the pleasure of it, these stories focus on the baddies we all adore.

When Shadows Touch Mountains by Helena Maeve
Strait of Monsters by Stephanie Rabig
Famished by Cassandra Pierce
Vinc by Michelle Chow
Good Things Come by Sumi
Mandelbrot by A. D. Truax

Review: I was really happy to see a book with a focus an villains. Finally a look at the other side of the story. Here we have six different stories/villains and I have six different opinions.

When shadows touch mountains (3 stars): It’s a new take on the usual Merlin/Arthur story and in theory very interesting. Sadly the characters had no chemistry with each other and it felt kinda unfinished.

Strait of monsters (5 stars): My favourite story in this collection! At first I thought ‘oh no…’, but then there’s Medusa and I just really felt with her. I liked the romance as well and it even features a trans* woman.

Famished (2 stars): Utterly boring. Because first thing you’ll read is a summarization of everything that’s going to happen. At first I thought Famished is a second part to something and you’ll get a ‘this is what happened before’, but no. The romance was boring as well.

Vinc (2 stars): I was confused. Not enough world building/explanation in my eyes. And I didn’t get the romance, because suddenly they were a thing? Or weren’t they?

Good things come (3 stars): I thought it was rather funny and interesting, but it would have worked so much better as a novel… because the ending is rather abrupt, but maybe it’ll get its own book. One can hope. There is a big focus on sex, though. A little bit too much sex for this short story.

Mandelbrot (4 stars): This is your usual comic book villain. There definitely was some chemistry between both guys and it was a fun read. Thought provoking, too, I’d say.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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Review: Points of departure by Emily O’Beirne

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (f/f), Romance, NA

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Cover: It fits

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Description: In this young adult novel, to be released June 2016, best friends Kit and Liza have been looking forward to this trip forever.
Five girls, five tickets overseas. It’s exactly what they all need after the final slog of high school. But when Kit’s suddenly forced to drop out, Liza’s left with three girls she barely knows.
There’s Mai, committed only to partying. There’s Tam, who already has her doubts about leaving her sick father behind. And there’s Olivia, so miserable about screwing up exams she’s not even sure she wants to get out of bed, let alone on a plane. Meanwhile Kit’s stuck working double shifts to pay off a debt, wondering if she’ll ever get it together.
All Liza wants from this trip is to discover a new version of herself. She just hadn’t planned on doing it without Kit by her side.
And they’re all learning that travel isn’t just about the places you go, but who you’re with at the time.

Review: I’m not really sure how to explain why I liked this novel. But I’ll give my best.

Even though the different scenes are rather loose-fitting and there isn’t really a main story idea (well, maybe travelling could be the point of this book), I was really sucked into the world of each different girl and time flew by while I was reading. I’m sure a lot of readers are able to identify with at least one girl’s problems, so that’s a huge plus for me.

The writing is really easy and flowing, but the different POVs don’t read really that different from each other. Still I was hugely entertained and I really like to travel, too, now.

Disclaimer: I was provided by the author with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Review: Snow Men by Evelyn Fire

 Series: Snowed-In Series (Book 1)

Genre: Erotica

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Cover: Nothing special to be honest

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Description: Voluptuous Miranda Davies’ high pressure career and recently ended relationship have left her desperately needing a peaceful getaway—alone. A quiet weekend in a secluded, snowy rental cabin is just what she desperately needs.

When two young, attractive men arrive and disturb her peace, Miranda envisions her restorative vacation going down in flames. She lets the intruders know, in no uncertain terms, that they are not welcome. Unfortunately for her, Drew and Colin seem to have a valid claim to the cabin as well…and no intention of giving it up.

With the sky churning out far more snow than forecasted, and tensions churning among them, the three must find a way to coexist in the small space for the weekend. Then an unexpected, shocking dream shines a whole new light on the situation for Miranda. Suddenly, it seems the flames these two men ignite in her are what she has really needed all along.

Review: I’ve read my fair share of erotica books and this one really does stand out. In more ways than one.

  • it features a woman, who is neither young nor skinny (fucking finally! by the way)
  • one of the men is not your typical stud but instead average and a little bit shy
  • we’ve got a lady in charge
  • the details!

This novella is just a very fun, sexy and different read. You get to know the characters (I just love Miranda) and the environment because this is no ‘hi, my name is xyz, let’s have sex’ erotica.

Disclaimer: I was provided by the author with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Review: City of hope and ruin by Kit Campbell & Siri Paulson

 Series: Standalone as of now

Genre: LGBT (f/f, genderqueer character), Fantasy, Romance,

Rating: 4/5 stars

Cover: I love it!

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Trigger warnings: drugs

Description: Every night the monsters hunt.

A city that is the whole world: Theosophy and her companions in the City militia do their best to protect the civilians from the monsters, but they keep crawling from the Rift and there’s nowhere to run. Theosophy knows she’ll die fighting. It’s the best kind of death she’s seen, and at least she can save lives in the meantime.

They say the Scarred carve you up while you’re still alive.

A village in the shadow of a forest: Refugees from the border whisper about the oncoming Scarred, but Briony can’t convince her brother to relocate his children to safety. Briony will do anything to protect them. She owes them that much, even if it means turning to forbidden magic.

When Theosophy and Briony accidentally make contact across the boundaries of their worlds, they realize that solutions might finally be within reach. A world beyond the City would give Theosophy’s people an escape, and the City’s warriors could help Briony protect her family from the Scarred. Each woman sees in the other a strength she lacks—and maybe something more.

All they need to do is find a way across the dimensions to each other before their enemies close in.

Review: This is a very interesting story idea and as a cherry on top you’ll get a f/f pairing and a genderqueer side character as well. Yay!

City of hope and ruin jumps right into the story and at first I was a little bit confused (there are some magical crystals and they… do stuff?). So more worldbuilding would be great. But I found my way into it and both worlds are really different from each other and really interesting as well.

I came to like both Briony and Theosophy on their own, their relationship? Not so much. It left me cold, because it didn’t really make sense and was very rushed. The ending is rushed as well. I was like ”It’s over? Huh???”

So some minor things could be done better, but it still makes a very interesting read.

Disclaimer: I was provided by the author with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.