Review: Portrait of a Crossroads by Kelly Rand

Portrait of a Crossroads by [Rand, Kelly]


Since finding her father’s body at the bottom of the basement stairs, Annette’s been drifting through her days, watching cars pass down the rural Ontario crossroads beside her house. Her brothers have no great ambitions, but Annette remembers a time when she did. She just can’t remember what they are.

Then she meets her neighbour, Sadie, a tattooed, world-weary, newly single portrait artist. Something about Sadie awakens something in Annette — the essence she captures in her subjects, perhaps, or the way the old familiar crossroads seem so fresh and promising from the view out Sadie’s window.

Annette begins to help Sadie, cleaning brushes and filing invoices between long lazy afternoons of conversations and shared silences. Soon, though, Annette wants more from her enigmatic neighbor, and their slowly heating friendship melts into passionate nights. Somewhere along the way, Annette discovers that her lover has illuminated for her, as with the people Sadie paints, not just her essence but her own endless worlds of possibilities




I’m not really sure about this. I didn’t disliked it but I can’t say I was very interested in the story either. I got attracted by it because of its beautiful cover, but I ended up wanting so much more from it.

Annette was a nice character, so was Sadie, but I don’t think I really got to know any of them. There wasn’t much of a plot development and, if it was consider a romance, I didn’t think it was very romantic.

What I did liked about it, and I don’t know if this was intentional, was a melancholy feeling all along the book. It was a little slow paced but I think it was appropriate for the general emotion I perceived, maybe related to Annette’s grieving although there wasn’t too much information about her relationship with her father.


Review: Spring Tide by Tami Veldura

Spring Tide


Cancer is the watercraft-branch of the privatized Zodiac Forces. If you can float a boat, you’ll find Cancer operatives on the water investigating. Whiplash and Cardinal are two soldiers off the coast of Italy, hot on the trail of an ivory smuggling gang.

Instead of ivory, they find a message in a bottle calling for help. It’s ten years old and the case is probably cold, but Whiplash knows a proper adventure when she sees one and Cardinal is along for the ride. It gets personal when the trail leads back to the very smugglers they were tracking. Both Whip and Cards are kidnapped and the woman who threw that message in a bottle: she locked Cardinal in the forward berth of the ship herself.

Was it a trap for the Zodiac women or does the lady pirate want out? Separated from her partner and supplies, it’s up to Cards to keep it together and get herself free. If it means pretending to cooperate, even pretending to fall in love, Cardinal won’t pull any punches.




I have some mixed feelings about this book. I liked it overall but there were a lot of things that bother me, most of it silly things and not relevant to the plot but they bother me nonetheless.

The plot was good. I enjoyed the conflicts that were presented to the main characters. I wasn’t too fond on Whiplash or Cardinal but there’s this other character that instantly got my attention. She was really interesting and with some bittersweet moments that were very endearing. I did have some problems even with her at the end because she seemed, in some aspects, more naïve than she should be. I understood the circumstances but I still felt that way.

There is a little romance but I don’t think it’s the most important part of the story or maybe I was the one who dismissed it quickly because I’m not really into insta-love kind of relationships.

I felt so distracted by their names, I spend all the reading time wishing they were named something different and I was very confused by all those zodiac names, I get it’s part of a series and the zodiac is relevant to it, but I even ended the book without understanding what was that about.

Overall I liked it, the story was really good. I didn’t loved it but I’m sure I’ll be reading more books from the author in the future.

Review: Heart’s Thaw by Bru Baker

Heart's Thaw


As the daughter of the Duke Keering, Lady Helena Alexandra Gertrude Heart is well-versed in propriety. Her purity has never been called into question, and many go so far as to call her frigid.

When a scorned incubus bespells her, Lady Heart must find a way to unlock her inner passions—and her true feelings for her trusted companion, Calliope—or risk an icy death at the hands of the creature’s curse.




This was short and nice. It was exactly what I was looking for when I choose it. The writing was good and the plot interesting.

I liked both main characters, but there was something about Calliope that made me care a lot more for her. There were lot of things that weren’t told between them, but the feelings were clear enough. It’s length doesn’t allow the story to be more complex, but I was very pleased with it.

Overall it was a very entertaining story, I had a great time reading it.

Review: A Bloody Legacy (HIP Fem Domme Series) by Lily Luchesi

A Bloody Legacy (HIP Fem Domme Series)


Give in to the darkness within.
Rebecca Renfield and her best friend Johanna Seward are reopening an old sanatorium to start their psychology practice when Bec discovers old recordings from a John Seward pertaining to someone with her surname. What she finds in the recordings are unnerving, but their new night-shift doctor promises to provide the distraction Bec needs.
Victoria Draconis is a mysterious, beautiful woman who opens doors into levels of pain, pleasure, and submission that Bec had never imagined existed.




This was nice. I liked some parts of it, not everything, but I got a good time reading it. What I liked was the connections between famous characters that I love, but that’s exactly what keep me a little skeptical the whole time, and at the end I just wasn’t as thrilled about it as I was at the beginning.

The characters were nice, I liked all of them. One of the things that I wasn’t ok about was that I felt like the romantic relationship was too rushed. I would love to see a lot more seduction before something happened and there was something about the main couple that feel a little bit off, maybe the same feeling that everything was too fast to my taste and also I felt Rebecca was pushed too far too soon. The plot was interesting and it kept my attention.

I enjoyed reading it, even with the issues I got. I think I might be find myself reading more books from the author in the future.

Review: Mr Tok by Sadie Swift

Mr Tok (The Inexplicable Adventures of Miss Alice Lovelady Book 1)


A murderous attack at Queen Victoria’s Annual Inventor’s Exhibition is the latest in a series by the mysterious Mr Tok. Because of the danger posed to Her Majesty the Government is on high alert.

The secret Department Sir Percival (connoisseur of Cossack Horserider Weekly) and I, Miss Alice Lovelady (seeker after Sapphic love), work for inform us we must forego further aetheric experimentation and put a stop to Mr Tok’s homicidal activities.

But, even with the aid of the dour Departmental liaison, can we also prevail against the offensive capabilities of flightless birds?




This was a very nice book. I liked the mystery although I was distracter for a few moments, I guess I’ll take the blame on this, because the story was very fun to read.

I’ll admit two things about this. I was kind of expecting some romance here, not that the blurb said anything about it but I was kind of hoping. I did felt a little disappointed but it didn’t lack it completely, at least there is a hint of a future relationship which motivates me to keep reading the next instalments. The second thing I had to admit is, I didn’t noticed it was a series when I got it. It’s not a bad thing, I guess the reasons I explain before might keep me hook to another part of it.

One of the things I didn’t like was that, at the beginning of the book I felt like there was not an appropriate spotlight for the main character, she was just there but I didn’t feel like she was doing anything other than just being there and at times I even second guessed if she was really the main character. Thing got a little better after a while but it was a little bothersome.

Overall it was an enjoyable book, I had a good time reading it and I loved the idea of Alice hair.

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!




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.




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.