Randoms: February 2022 Reads

Slopes of Love by Carmen Lace

Eva was looking to just have a fun weekend at a ski resort with her friends. But the fun turns into a fight for survival.

Lydia was recovering from breaking up with her boyfriend. Feeling down about her love life, she decides to get away and take in a weekend of skiing to think about things.

Eva and Lydia never expected to run into each other but events forces their hands. Will they recognize the signs and see love?4

My thoughts

A quick weekend getaway turns into an overnight romance. Carmen Lace spends more time on the trip to the place than on the building blocks of the romance. The chemistry is there for the lesbian, but there is no indication of an attraction ont he part of Lydia. I then figured it’s supposed to be erotica, but when the scene finally happened…it was not. Disappointed. (2017) Goodreads. Amazon.

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What’s Mine Is Yours by Willow Renee

A FFM, Workplace Strangers to Lovers, Polyamorous Love Story

College sweethearts, Daisy and Derrick, have fantasized about opening their relationship for years. With a relationship built on trust and communication they believe it could not only bring them both a lot of satisfaction, but also strengthen their relationship in the process.

Derrick has always put everything into his relationship with Daisy and would do anything to strengthen their bond. He feels like the luckiest guy in the world that Daisy wants to explore their love in this way, but will he feel the same when fantasy becomes reality?

August is new to town, and she lands a job working with Daisy at the local plant boutique. She has a strong personality and unconventional style that Daisy is completely captivated by. After years of fantasies and ‘almosts’ the possibility of opening up to a third is more tantalizing than ever. Will Daisy and Derricks stable and loving relationship withstand the growing pains of bringing someone new into their lives? 

My thoughts

What’s Mine Is Yours has a great premise and lots of potential. Two women and one really nice guy all get together and it has lots of heat. Willow Renee promotes body positivity and communication in polyamory. Renee can also write the best dry hump scenes I have ever read. What’s the problem then? Renee is also very preachy. The writing felt patronizing and speechy. If Renee had instead had these conversations in an organic way versus the character thinking these thoughts about how it is okay to be bisexual or in a poly relationship or in their body it would have been natural. Instead I felt like I was in a self-help session with these messages repeatedly phrased. I found it to be extremely annoying. 

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily. I am sorry to say that I did not connect with the characters in this book. You might, so please do not take my opinion as anything other than a reader who did not make a connection.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Luck Lines by Quinn Tollens

Every person is born with a line of luck on their arm that they can spend to bribe fate in their favor. Spend it wisely and the doors to success will open. Spend it foolishly and you’ll be shunned as a reckless blank-arm.

At age twenty-three, Helena has never spent a single inch of luck, for fear of ending up like her gambling brother. She’s never needed luck though. So far, her life has unfolded perfectly as planned, with her plush apartment, prestigious job, and parental approval. But then Helena develops inconvenient feelings for the mysterious, blank-armed Nadia who works in the office next door.

Nadia is brilliant and confident and absolutely hiding something. Helena wants to love her, but she has a hard time trusting someone whose priorities are so different from her own. Can Helena make this relationship work, or will she rue the day she took a risk on romance?13

My thoughts

I disliked Helena from the start, and I still disliked her at the end. I just couldn’t connect with a character who is so judgmental. I received a free copy of this book, and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily. I am sorry to say that I did not connect with the characters in this book. You might, so please do not take my opinion as anything other than a reader who did not make a connection. Read an Excerpt here. NineStar Press, 2022. Goodreads. Amazon

I received a free copy of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Cold Heart by Mary Stone

Life after Kingsley doesn’t get any smoother for Ellie as a new lead detective ramps up the tension at work and previously hidden family secrets begin to emerge. Ellie tries to get accustomed to her new role as a mother, while juggling challenges with a new supervisor and meanwhile, a sinister serial killer emerges from the shadows, breaking his pattern and showing signs of deadly escalation.

My thoughts

I think I just don’t like Ellie Kline (chuckle). Cold Heart isn’t so much of a mystery as a PTSD fiction story about what happens after you catch a serial killer that has impacted your life on a personal level. There is a mystery here, but it is buried in the emotional aftermath of Kline finally catching her demon. Mary Stone and Donna Berdel have written an interesting fiction story. As for the mystery, which it is labeled to be, it just…sucked. I don’t care for how Kline went about it. I don’t care for her character in regard to her family, friends, child, and boyfriend. I think I’m with Stoddard on this one, fire her. (February 28, 2022, pp. 277)

I received a free copy of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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