Review: The Sapphist’s Sly Seduction by April M. Junisdottir

The Sapphist's Sly Seduction (Courtly Affairs Book 1)

 

An uptight noblewoman arrives at a debauchee’s palace – only to find out she had been mistaken for a man, and her ‘entertainment’ mistaken to match! The dark-haired seductress sent to her room doesn’t seem to mind… but horror… and curiosity… run through her ‘patron’s’ veins!

A ~5500 word lesbian tale!

 

REVIEW

 

It was a nice but very short story. It doesn’t left too much space to a complex plot because of its length, but what it has is a very heated scene between two women.

I was misled by the cover. It had nothing to do with the story and it was a little bothersome. I’m a very visual person and the cover just wouldn’t attract my attention as the blurb did.

It kind of felt like the start of something bigger, I enjoyed reading the story but I also would love to see what the future will bring for the main characters, both of them were very likable. I was mostly intrigued by Lilly, I would love to know more of her story and the reason to be where she was, I think the story has so much possibilities that I truly would love the author would explore them. Overall it was an entertaining short story that can be enjoyed by someone looking for a hot F/F relationship.

Review: An Instruction in Sin by Amy Paine

An Instruction in Sin

 

Millie, now married to James, is taking her delayed honeymoon on the Riviera, and her lover, Benita, has accompanied them. Millie’s attitude towards her has changed, and even though their affair is still as intense as ever, and now plumbs new depths of depravity—as she watches husband and wife together—Benita begins to wonder if Millie actually loves her as much as she thought, or if, as she feared, marriage has changed her. Her emotions in turmoil, Benita is plunged into a world of doubt as things prove harder for her to accept than she thought. In the midst of her anxiety though, she soon begins to wonder if the tales of James are true, and he is more of a womaniser than Millie knows.

As Benita fights for the love of her life, James is drawn further into the world of wealthy industrialist Lance Preslin and his beautiful damaged wife, Belle. Benita investigates his absences from the villa and soon fears that James is indeed having an affair. Events are poised as Benita finds herself in an impossible situation, should she or should she not air her fears, or will this push Millie further away. Then, the unthinkable occurs, and overnight, something happens changes her entire future.

 

REVIEW

 

The third instalment of the Travelling Companion’s series, was just as good and interesting as the previous book. We see Benita and Millie as an established couple now, and it was great to guess where their relationship would go now.

There was some kind of melancholic feeling on this book, I felt the same about the second book. Both of them lack the humorous feeling the first one had, but that doesn’t make them any less good, just a little bit different.

What make this one feel somehow sad, was the fact that their relationship seemed to be falling apart, there were moments I was even thinking why would they even bother?, why not just quit?. I even got to second guess Millie’s feelings and see her as a little selfish. Things were so much more complicated than what I was thinking and I got to change my thoughts about her, but I had the same feeling for most of the book.

I guess, seeing things from Benita’s point of view made easier to care more about her. I liked her the most and felt so frustrated for the things she had to endure in order to being at the side of her beloved Millie, she was a great character and the book in general was really good. It is the one from the series that has the most interesting twist, it was very interesting.

* ARC provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Review: Clockwork Dolls by R.W. Whitefield

Clockwork Dolls

 

Short Story (10,000 words)
Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical, Steampunk
Anke can do anything with brass and steam, springs and gears. What she can’t do is cross the lines of class and propriety that keep her from declaring her love for her patron, the beautiful Lady Phoebe. Lady Phoebe has long been entertained – and stimulated—by the dancing dolls Anke has made for her, but now she must marry for the sake of duty and family. She has one last commission for Anke—to build a doll that can love her as much as Anke does. (F/F – For content labels and excerpt, see details on publisher’s site.)

 

REVIEW

 

This was a nice story. Fun to read and free of angst.

I liked Anke, she was a nice character, but I feel like I didn’t get to know too much about her, other than the fact that she care so much for Lady Phoebe, who wasn’t as nice character as Anke. I don’t know why, but it was very hard for me to care for her. She seemed too spoiled and I couldn’t feel any sympathy for her.

The plot is not too complex, Lady Phoebe likes to have fun with the marvelous dolls Anke create for her pleasure, but anything seemed to be good enough for her. Again, in that plot description, I seem to see Lady Phoebe as a spoil little brat. I can’t see her any other way. But still, I have fun reading it. I didn’t appreciate the ending so much, but I understand the reasons for things being certain way. Overall it was a nice story.

Review: Bitten by Eden Darry

Bitten

 

Blurb

Dr Gray Davis is looking for a peaceful, sun-filled holiday on a remote island, but then she meets Beau Pickford. The attraction is immediate.

Unfortunately for them, Brody Douglas is also on holiday, and a stone carving he finds by the river makes him sick—sick enough to kill him. But when he awakens, he’s not who he was before, and Gray and Beau find they have to fight for their lives and a way off the island.

 

Review

This book was amazing, I just couldn’t put it down. It was so full of action, I loved it.

Gray is taking some time off work and a remote island it’s the perfect place to get the peaceful environment she is looking for. Doesn’t hurt her plans that Beau, a beautiful and seductive woman, is looking for a summer fling, and Grey appeared to be the one she put her eyes on. But things began to be a little uncomfortable when Brody’s illness starts put everyone in danger.

 

It started nice, but as I kept reading it was getting better and better. I liked workaholic Gray who seemed unable to get herself some rest and how Beau manage to put down that hard cover and have some fun. Both characters were really nice, I liked Beau better, she was charming.

 

The story was told from the points of view of Gray, Beau and Brody, I liked the parts when he intervened, it was a little disconnected from Gray and Beau’s story but it was important for the plot, which was great. Near the half of the book everything stared to be so exciting, there was a lot of action and I just wasn’t able to put the book down, it was so good.

 

The relationship between Gray and Beau was nice, it was believable and it didn’t feel forced even under the circumstances they lived. I really enjoyed reading this book, I think it can be enjoy by readers who like action and paranormal stories.

 

* I Received copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Review and Excerpt: A Gathering Storm (Travelling Companions #2) by Amy Paine

A Gathering Storm

Author: Amy Paine

Title: A Gathering Storm – Book 2, Travelling Companions

Publisher:  NineStar Press

Release Date: June 13, 2016

Genre: Historical

Pairing: FF

Length: Novella. Words: 24,900

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Purchase Links:   NineStar Press.

 

Blurb

Marriage is proving hard for Millie, and as her love for Benita grows new wings, she is thrown into the impossible position of risking all for the thrill of a love so exciting, so deep and heart stopping that her life could be changed forever.

Millie faces a gathering storm of emotion that is about to topple her over the edge into an instruction in sin. On the one hand, she must fight to sustain her marriage and secure a certain future for her impoverished mother. On the other, she longs to break free to chase the dream of a forbidden love.

 

Excerpt

 

The church looked lovely. The pews were decked out in foliage, and the large vases of spectacular flowers in their Greek urns, from Hemsby’s gardens, flanked the doors and naves.

Millie gathered her skirt up in her hands. It was difficult because the dress was so huge and elaborate, made up of copious lengths of lace and silk. Its train and long veil tangled around her arms and legs as if the confounded dress were trying to tell her something.

No, no, she must not think like that. She pushed such nonsense from her head. It would be hard enough as it was to get through what lay in front of her. Millie pasted a smile onto lips that didn’t want to smile at all. She had to think ahead, to think of the good points of being married to James.

Her uncle smoothed his hand along her thin arm. “Darling, there’s no need to be nervous.”

“No, I know. I’m not. Well, just a little…perhaps,” she replied, forcing a weak smile.

She was having absurd notions, as if she were delirious. Maybe, despite the preparations, James wouldn’t show up. Of course, that was wishful thinking. She was about to marry into the Hemsby fortune, and last-minute hitches didn’t happen to a family like his. But still she thought about it, as she had so many times over the last week or two. Wondered what it would be like to be free, free to live and love who she wanted. And she did love, didn’t she? But it wasn’t James.

She fluffed out her dress, smoothed the silk and satin with her hands.

It was a perfect day for a wedding, with a clear blue sky and not a cloud in sight. The crowds from the village had turned out in their finery, lining the one main street flanked by the jolly houses in burnished golden stone, the sunlight reflecting from their windows. The little public house was decked with bunting.

She passed beneath the lychgate and, glancing up, noticed the servants from the house that was soon to be her home. Some of them she liked. Davies, her maid-to-be, for instance. Others, such as Foukes the butler, she didn’t like quite so much. He was stodgy and patrician, and she’d once heard him whispering about her to the housekeeper. He’d said she was a fly-by-night. But she could cope with it. She had to.

Her mother, Patricia, arrived behind her in the car. The lines on her face seemed less etched than they had been of late. She was responsible for that, Millie thought with a sense of pride. She had saved the day—was saving the day, and salvaging her mother from a life of penury. When her father had died, leaving them in so much debt, the lovely dower house had been about to be taken off them. Then, amazingly, James had come along out of the blue. Her own angel. Ready to save her, incorporate her into the kind of wealthy lifestyle her mother had dreamed of, had wanted for her but never expected her to get. Sometimes she wondered how she had managed to trap him, when to all intents and purposes she wasn’t his type. James was a playboy who frittered away his considerable income in Monaco. She knew he’d had affairs, but none of those women had suited him and she had. She was flirtatious, she supposed, but she had always acted so coolly towards him, and maybe that was the reason. He had taken her reticence as morality when, in fact, the true reason was she just didn’t have an eye for men, not at all. No, her interests lay in a rather more feminine direction.

The little gatehouse waited for Patricia Carruthers, and Millie knew she was content with it. Content to have her daughter on her doorstep.

While she would be Lady Millicent Alice Hemsby. Her heart did a flutter. Any other girl would be delirious with joy, and she was grateful, she truly was, except…She loved someone else; she didn’t love James. Yes, he had been kind to her, made her immensely grateful, rescued her, but she couldn’t love him, not in the way he wanted because…because…

Amy Paine © 2016

All Rights Reseved

 

Review

I just love this book so much. It was so beautiful. It started with so much emotion and from the first pages it was easy to see that this would be more center on romance than the previous book.

The story it’s seen from Millie’s point of view. She has been recently married and is not enjoying the life as a wife. She’s feeling overwhelmed by the changes in her life but mostly she is unable to see her life without Benita in it.

The plot was nice, I enjoy the story very much but it was sort of expected for the moment in time they are living. It had a steady pace and it was very well written.

It was nice to see that most of their personality traits remain the same, but there were some changes on Millie. The unapologetic attitude she had, it’s very different in this book, but I feel like it was due to the experiences she had since the reader, and Benita, met her on the travel and it was appropriate for her current reality. It was delightful to see her internal struggle.

On Benita’s case, the reader gets to know her a little better, I liked the way she acted and how down to earth she was about the whole situation they were living.

There is definitely a more melancholic sentiment on this book. There has been a growth in Benita and Millie’s relationship, and this time, I saw so much sentiment, love and despair. This book was pure romance. It was nice to see the differences they have and how that is shown on the expectations each have of life and how, even seeing life from completely different points of view, they were able to be respectful to the other’s ideas, hopes and dreams. The love scenes between them were passionate but also so sweet.

I liked this book very much, and I think anyone who like historical romances would be able to enjoy it. A reader who prefer F/F stories would be most likely to feel more attracted by it, but I have to say F/F it’s not my favorite paring, and yet this book was so beautiful that I can see anyone who loves romance, regardless the pairing, could like it.

*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

 

Author Bio

 

Amy Paine is the LGBT name of a well-known author of contemporary romance. She loves writing about strong women with tantalizing stories to tell, and always likes a happy ending. She writes across a broad spectrum of genres, enjoying penning both historical and contemporary stories.

Right now, she is busy at work on the rest of the Travelling Companions series that sees her two heroines negotiating many twists and turns with their 1920s romance. She also has plenty of other ideas in the pipeline.

When she’s not writing, Amy loves to cook, take walks, paint, and spend time with friends. She is probably to be found at least one day a week in her favourite café, enjoying her preferred tipple—a frothy cappuccino—or indulging in plenty of cakes at afternoon tea.

 

 

Review and Excerpt: The Turning Point (Travelling Companions #1) by Amy Paine

The Turning Point

Author: Amy Paine

Title: The Turning Point

Publisher:  NineStar Press

Release Date: March 7

Genre: Historical

Pairing: FF

Length: Novelette

Purchase Links:

NineStar Press .
Amazon .
Goodreads .

Blurb

1920s aristocratic feminist, Benita, dreams of heading her own magazine in a male dominated world but needs her lover Terence to help her reach her goals. Millie, a rich socialite and heiress to the Hemsby fortune, is about to be married to James, thus fulfilling her family’s dream of assuring their line.

A chance encounter on a train journey to London throws both women together, and a sensual trap is spun by their mutual desires. By the time they alight on the platform at Waterloo, both are changed and neither wants to say goodbye.

Is Benita strong enough to risk jeopardising her dreams and goals for a woman who captivates her? Can Millie break with tradition to follow her heart? When confronted by opposition and heartbreak Benita and Millie must find a way to be together, yet the world seems set to oppose them.

 

Excerpt

 

Benita stood with her hand on the handle of the carriage door, peering through the glass and experiencing a mild pang of annoyance on seeing she’d have to share a carriage with two men. She hated sharing and being constantly observed.

Travelling second class was not her thing, not her thing at all, any journey normally being undertaken in the civilised surroundings of first, where she was cosseted and able to spread out on a comfortable seat. She was fiercely territorial, practically a tiger about it. She hated any infringement of her space. She even hated Terence, her lover, invading that space—if lover was what you could call him. Benita rather thought of him as her escort, a necessary peon who assisted her in her elevation towards becoming the first woman editor of her own magazine. This notion filled her with an almost unbearable sense of egotistical satisfaction. Satisfaction that she was ahead of her time, forging through barriers whereas most women of her age stood still, surrounded by children and a home. Not that there was anything wrong with that, but she’d always possessed determination and a masculine thrust to her personality.

Oh well, since I’m writing an article about the joys of economy travel I must grin and bear it. She entered, clicked the door shut, sat down, and instantly fell under the scrutiny of the men, one who stared at her with ravenous intent and the other furtively from behind his newspaper.

Benita was far too modest and grounded to face up to her attributes despite the fact Terence evidently revered her. Her mother was Jamaican and had married a lord. It was utterly taboo, Henry having enjoyed a scandalous relationship with her mother, who was deliciously beautiful, strong and wilful, and yet suffused by a benevolence that had meant she was loved by everyone who met her. Benita was the reflection of the best parts of both her parents. She had hair the colour of burnished mahogany and her darkly interesting eyes—capable of an army of emotions—were emphasised with the en vogue smoky shadow, a perfect foil for her café au lait skin and plump, seductive lips. Lips which Terence said couldn’t help themselves, they were so downright sinful. She self-consciously smoothed a hand down the front of her crisp ivory blouse while the newspaper man’s gaze followed her elegant fingers as they hovered over a minor adjustment to her cameo. She congratulated herself that she could smile directly into his eyes before looking away, through the window at the empty platform. She would not be invaded. You needn’t think of changing places, either, she thought triumphantly as she swung her large paisley holdall onto the seat beside her.

As the steam train moved out of the station, the bolder of the two men extended his leg and, using the toe of his expensive shoe, tried to engage her in mildly predictable flirtation by brushing her ankles again and again. Benita suffered an unconscionable urge to kick him where it hurt, but she was used to such behaviour. She reached instead into her purse, taking out the small black notebook she’d become famous for using, and with the stub of her pencil began to make notes in her scratchy, masculine handwriting. Whenever she looked up, which she did from time to time, it was to see she was still under scrutiny. The man’s expression seemed to say ‘address me, seduce me’.

A shiver of distaste eased down Benita’s spine. She did not invite the attention of men, but she was not oblivious to the game of attraction. She enjoyed it somewhat, but not quite as much as she enjoyed the notion of the warm, smooth places and ineffable charms of woman.

The train belched and jerked as it clicked across the points, and Benita, not wanting to unbutton her coat too much, stood up. Inching down the window, she let in the breeze. The train rolled smoothly along, leaving the town and heading through a pastel-hued countryside beneath crystal blue skies and scudding clouds. Benita continued to scribble as her astute mind absorbed things and criticised them. She was a voracious shrew regarding small details.

Once, she glanced up and saw a rather pale and haunting face observing her through the door of the compartment. Then, like a ghost, it vanished, and Benita speculated that she must have imagined it.

Amy Paine © 2016

All rights reserved

 

Review

Benita is traveling for work and is not having too much fun until a new travelling companion makes her entrance in scene. Millie is a socialite, who doesn’t waste any time trying to seduce Benita and making the time on the train unforgettable.

 

This was a very fun, entertaining and lovely story.  I loved the language used, it was very appropriate for the historical setting. I’m not used to read too much historical stories but it was easy to read. The plot was interesting, I guess it wasn’t too complex but I felt it was ok for the length.

 

The characters were very nice. I liked Millie the most, she is such a free spirit, unapologetic and happy. She come a little too strong for my taste but she manage to remain likable. There was a little background on of the life of both women that made it more enjoyable, but I it was too little. I wanted to know more of Benita, she remain as a mystery for me.

 

The encounter was so short, but I feel like it made a very well job on creating the beginning of a relationship. I can’t said I finished the book thinking they were in love, but I do believe there were very strong feeling between them, and it might end up in juts being  a sexy escapade. The constant possibility of being discover was thrilling, that made the story so much fun for me, it keep me on the edge all the time.

 

It is a very well written novelette. Anyone who likes Historical romance and prefer F/F pairing would be able to enjoy it.

 

* I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

 

Author Bio

 

Amy Paine is the LGBT name for a well-known author of contemporary romance. She loves writing about strong women with tantalizing stories to tell, and always likes a happy ending. She writes across a broad spectrum of genres, enjoying penning both historical and contemporary stories.

Right now, she is busy at work on the rest of the Travelling Companions series that sees her two heroines negotiating many twists and turns with their 1920s romance. She also has plenty of other ideas in the pipeline.

When she’s not writing, Amy loves to cook, walk, paint and spend time with friends. She is probably to be found at least one day a week in her favourite café enjoying her preferred tipple—a frothy cappuccino—or indulging in plenty of cakes at afternoon tea.

 

 

Review: Strangers by Eden Darry

Strangers

Blurb

Three stories about chance meetings between strangers. Kip and Claudia are terrorised by an unknown creature lurking in the woods in Car Trouble. Summer Holiday takes place on a Caribbean island where Leigh and Amy discover a secluded pool for their erotic interlude. Charlotte gets an unexpected shot at love when Freya delivers her pizza in The Delivery.

Review

This was a very entertaining reading. Three short stories about stranger women finding what they weren’t looking for. Stories full of passion, lust and great characters.

Car Trouble
Claudia and Kip find themselves in the middle of nowhere and chased by childhood fears that become a little too real. This was my favorite of the three, it made me put the book down a while because I stared reading it in the night, and there was no way I’ll be reading a scary book at that time. In the morning after, I really enjoyed it, yes, it was a bit scary, but not enough to keep me away from reading it. It had a fast pace, a very good plot. At the beginning I didn’t liked Claudia, she seemed a little spoiled, but after a while she became nicer. I liked both character very much. And the ending was great.

Summer Holiday
Amy decides to give herself a break from life and, on her vacation, meets Leigh. Both women go seeking for adventure and a sexy escapade. I think Leigh was an amazing character, I loved her so much. She was such a flirtatious little thing, I enjoyed that so much. But it wasn’t just that about her, there is also the reasons she had to choose Amy among other possible women she met. It was a nice story.

The Delivery
Charlotte is tired of having bad dates. And, while disappointed thinking on her bad experiences, luck knocks on the door. They meet in a rather awkward situation, but that doesn’t prevents attraction and flirting start making its entrance among Charlotte and Freya. This was a sweet and fun story. Again full with great characters and very entertaining.

In general I think the three stories were great. I liked the plots, some more elaborate than others, but all very enjoyable. The characters were so nice, I wish they would be a little more developed, but at the length of the stories, I think it was a very well done job. It was very well written. One of the things that I didn’t liked too much was the extremely fast built of the relationships, I prefer books that take a while to develop the characters before they hook up, and this ones feel too rushed, but I think it was, again, because of the length of the stories, and perhaps other readers won’t have the same problem I had. I feel the same about the sex scenes, too rushed. I think they would worked a little better if they were longer or a bit more descriptive.
Overall, they were so good, very entertaining, and easy to read. I think it can be easily enjoyed by any reader.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.