Review: Perfect Day by Sally Malcolm

Perfect DayDisclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Having never read the original Austen novel, Persuasion, this book is based on, I was a bit tentative when Malcolm reached out to me and asked for a review. However, she knew that I’ve been on a kick for exactly this sort of romance novel the past few months, and I’ve previously been a fan of her media tie-in novels to the Stargate franchise. But there’s no hoity-toity Britishness here, nor aliens and spaceships. Instead, Perfect Day was a novel I was glad to fall head-first into.  Continue reading

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Review: “CTRL Me” by Anna Zabo

CTRL MeDisclaimer: I consider the author a friend; however, I purchased this ebook short story for full price.

While I continue my trend of reading everything Anna Zabo writes, I appreciate that they’ve taught me a lot about my romance genre preferences. I enjoyed this particular short tremendously, but I think I prefer my romance in novel-length form. In this case, the beginning felt a bit rushed before it all came together as a proper love story in the end. I’d rather have enjoyed the slow burn of the two characters meeting and interacting rather than jumping into the middle of their friendship.  Continue reading

Review: All the Wrong Places (Bluewater Bay #14) by Ann Gallagher

All the Wrong PlacesDespite the primary premise of this book being a romance between two asexual characters, all of the really intriguing elements of this relationship revolved around what made the characters unique aside from their asexuality. Which I suppose proves the point.

Both men were a study in contrasts. Brennan is a skater dude to reads science fiction and fantasy. Zafir is a Muslim single-father who works at a porn shop. I can’t say that their chemistry was instantaneous, but I will say that their friendship was genuine. Because that was the other point of this book — its difficult to have an excellent relationship if it’s not built on the solid foundation of a true bond of friendship.  Continue reading

Review: Selfie (Bluewater Bay #13) by Amy Lane

SelfieI don’t think it’s a coincidence that the two Bluewater Bay books that have made me cry so far are by the same author. I devoured this book in less than 24 hours, even pushing back work on my own book to both finish it and type up the review while everything is fresh in my mind. Selfie was my sort of romance, because it wasn’t just a romance. It was a story of a character’s journey through heartbreak and loss and how to come out the other side in (mostly) one piece.  Continue reading

Review: Stuck Landing (Bluewater Bay #11) by Lauren Gallagher

Stuck LandingThough at first it seems odd to have an F/F romance in the midst of a series that has been primarily M/M to this point, Anna Maxwell has been a recurring character through the Bluewater Bay tales, and it was lovely to finally see her find some happiness of her own after the drama of her drawn-out breakup with Leigh featured over so many stories.

Of course, the elephant in the room for this book is Anna’s biphobia. Continue reading