Category: LGBT



That's What Friends Are ForThat’s What Friends Are For by Sophia DeLuna

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a short review on a short book. It was sweet and I wish there was more. I read this a couple weeks ago but life got in the way of reviews. I hope you’ll give it a try. I have a glow as I am writing this so even though it was a long time ago, it left its bittersweet mark on me. Enjoy!

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Wild Shores (First Responders, #5)Wild Shores by Radclyffe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Disclosure: I was lucky to receive this Kindle book for free from NetGalley.com for an honest review. Thank you.

Yes, thank you. Radclyffe’s books have been on my wishlist of books for a long, long time. I have heard many good things about her writing. What has stopped me is the price. Most of her books are way above my budget for books.

What I liked best about this book is what I like best about any book: I felt educated. Okay, I’m into taking ecological steps, and anti-oil, and want to take aggressive steps to become self-sufficient on clean renewable energy. And if you are able to include preserving wildlife I’m in hook, line, and sinker. Okay, not the best way to say that. Let’s leave that metaphor for just, I loved it. Could there had been more on these two subjects? Maybe but we have to remember that it was about these two people who met and fell madly for each other.

Which brings up the romance. If you read a lot of my reviews, you know I am not a romance fan. Mostly I hate the angsty stuff about does he/she love me will they think I’m stupid, how can I live without him/her. Ugh! But I think Radclyffe did a nice job on this though it felt a little formulaic. Then there is the erotic nature of a love story. This one went there a little but not enough to get icky. I knew going in this is a lesbian book but as with other Radclyffe’s books that IS the theme. And she handles her characters with love and respect. Each character very well developed as was the story line. It kept me reading. I didn’t want to quit until I knew I’d reached that solid ending. And I came away wanting to see the relationship growing. What could happen next? I don’t know if there is a sequel in the works. It isn’t needed. Just wanted.

Thanks, again, for letting me read this book.

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Hidden SecretsHidden Secrets by Sophia DeLuna

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At the end of summer, I got an e-mail from the author, Sophia DeLuna, requesting I read and review Hidden Secrets for her. I was delighted to. And I read it but it was just as the big move was happening in my life so I felt I hadn’t given the story enough of my attention and wanted to be fair. I had read it on my Fire with the text-to-speech set on “Amy” the British English setting I love. It always sounds like Julie Andrews is reading to me. But I had it set on 2x which is a little too fast to catch some things. It’s okay when you want to read a book quickly. But for this task I either needed to slow it up or read it with just my eyes. So I wrote back to Ms. DeLuna explaining all of this and told her I wanted to read it again to be fair to all of us. Not that I thought the story bad, I just wanted to immerse in it a little deeper.

I loved other books by Ms. DeLuna on Smashwords. They often have an LGBT (lesbian) central character or two but they are not erotica which is refreshing. This story is the same, it is a sci-fi/space adventure that happens to include women who love women. I love the sci-fi aspect because there aren’t that many sci-fis with women main characters, much less, lesbians.

The characters are interesting and I liked them. I liked that she had pictures of the characters. That helped somewhat. Though I found that I forgot who was who after a while. I kept the captain in my head. But it seemed that the deeper part of the story didn’t include her so much. What tragedies that do unfold are about other characters. I don’t know how I would have fixed that. It wasn’t bad. I had grown to like those people, too. It just felt like we could have gotten to know them better before it got bad.

What I found interesting was that Hidden Secrets contains elements of the sci-fi series I am still editing from my NaNoWriMos long ago. Spaceship crashes on a planet that has healing elements. I think the name, Haven (my sentient planet’s name), was part of the name of the planet Sophia’s characters were heading toward. So it was almost like reading about my own imaginary friends. 😉

The style of writing was my biggest problem. It is a style I fight in my own writing. Passive voice. For all the flying and meeting aliens and learning about them all… I think it would be better to have a more active voice. Now can I explain how that works? Not so much. Here, let Grammar Girl explain it:

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I will have to review all that as I get away from the writing of my NaNo to the editing.

But honestly, it was still a good story and I found that even with the long period of time between reads, I still remembered quite a bit about it. AND I felt that it may have a sequel in the wings. I would like that!

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Dana's Dilemma: The Morelville Mysteries - Book 3Dana’s Dilemma: The Morelville Mysteries – Book 3 by Anne Hagan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ask me! Go ahead, ask me why I’m just waking up at 3 in the afternoon. Anne Hagan! I blame her! The third book is the charm-er! I couldn’t stop reading once I started. Granted I started after midnight, but the rest I blame on the author!

There are some hot, hot, hot scenes! Whew! Equal to those is the story that never stops. I feel the two main characters are now well fleshed. Oops, not the word I wanted. Well-developed, hm, that doesn’t say it quite either. Real. Yes. That’s it! They’re real. I feel I know them well, like friends. Strong, smart people keep the three books moving but, this one is the very best of all.

Oh, and for those not given to enjoying the erotic moment or two, there is enough action and on the edge-of-your-seat excitement, well, to keep you from putting the book down and going to sleep when you should!

The sad part? I have to wait until Ms. Hagan give us another! And I can see the direction of the flow of Dana and Mel’s lives. They are alive, right? They aren’t just in my imagination. Right?!

I want to thank Amazon for having this book and others on Kindle Unlimited. I can’t always afford books now that I have “retired” (read: disability). I just hope that the author gets paid well when they allow the use of KU.

Again, way to go, Anne Hagan!!!!!!

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A Woman Ignored (A Woman Lost, #2)A Woman Ignored by T.B. Markinson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Know what I hate? Having to wait for the next book! I really love the characters in T.B. Markinson’s series which includes: A Woman Lost (book 1) and A Woman Ignored (book 2). I relate to Lizzie, the main character, a lot.

You know, I have had a hard time figuring out how these two books kept me so enthralled. There was no great mystery to figure out. No one is flying in spaceships. Nor is there a race to the finish of any kind. Yet I could not stop reading until I was finished with this second book. And though there is no cliffhanger, I am holding my breath hoping for the next steps.

I’ve had the kind of mother that Lizzie had. I’ve been through a lot of things like she has. No, I’m not rich with my own trust fund, which means I had to work harder at relating to others and still have a very hard time. Being with people wears me out. I think that is why I found myself reading a lot about autism and Asperger’s syndromes. And often my friends choose to show me how naïve I am. What they don’t understand is that I don’t know any other way of being. Thank goodness they still want to be friends with me, just as Lizzie’s friends cling to her. Ms. Markinson writes her world and characters so realistic that you feel you are hanging out with people you have known forever. And that is why when tragedy strikes it hurts the reader deeply.

If you get the chance to read these two books give them a try. Maybe you can explain how much empathy can be had for a reader. I picked the first one up for free though it is only $2.99 right now. And I see that book two is now free on Kindle Unlimited.

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