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Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction.
Published: December 2012
Length: 358 Pages (Kindle Edition)
5 out of 5 Stars (LOVED!)
Where do I start so I give this book an awesome review like it deserves? So many fond thoughts I have after finishing this awesome book. Days after finishing, I still can’t get my thoughts in order.
Quick Synopsis: Nicholas Turner moves to Dublin, Ireland and across the hall from Freda Wilson (or as she prefers to be called “Fred”). Nicholas gets a job to perform as the main act at his friend’s drag queen bar. Nicholas dresses up as the drag queen, Vivica Blue. Now Nicholas is all man. He is tall, handsome and confident. He is not gay or bi. At first, Fred is not sure what to make of Nicholas, as the drag queen, Vivica Blue, but she is later hired to work as his assistant and begins to see and understand Nicholas.
“We all paint a face to show the world. For some of us, that’s quite literal.”
Nicholas he is just *sigh* I am a grown woman and yes that was just a *sigh* over a fictional character.
I loved how Nicholas loved Fred for being Fred. Fred knows she will never be the prettiest or thinnest girl at the party or bar, but she is sweet, confident and strong.
“I might not have a boyfriend, but I have cupcakes, and those tasty bastards haven’t let me down yet.”
I cried. I laughed. I sighed. I held my breath. Beautiful from beginning to end.
I am asking (well begging) the author, L.H. Cosway, to write more with these characters. I would love to read some of the scenes in Nicholas’s POVs. I would also love to see this book on the big screen.
The author did an amazing job putting the music together with the scenes. While reading, I would go on YouTube, find the song listed in the book and have it play in the background. The music fit perfectly with what was happening in the story. Even the scenes that made me hold my breath or shed a tear.
The loves scenes in this book are among the most beautiful that I have ever read. The intimacy between these characters just melted my heart. Nicholas melted my heart.
Now my favorite part in the entire book…hands down…is the scene that Elbow sings “ONE DAY LIKE THIS”. I will not tell you more about that scene. I do not want to ruin that moment for you. However, I will leave you with this…that scene was one of my all-time favorite scene in any book I have ever read.
I hope you read this book. Please do not let the drag queen aspect of the story turn you off. This is a beautiful, well written story.
I leave you with the awesome song from Elbow “ONE DAY LIKE THIS”
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Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Adult Fiction (18+),
Published: December 2012
Length: 326 Pages
4 out of 5 Stars (It was worth my time to read)
Synopsis: The main character, Lori, is a 26 year old successful romance writer who is also a virgin. Lori has become frustrated with all her previous attempts at losing her virginity so she looks into hiring an escort just for one night. Who Lori “hires” is a highly paid escort by the name of Ander. Lori’s one night with Ander turns to a regular weekly appointment and before she realizes it she can’t stay away from him even though she knows it is foolish for her to develop any types of feelings for him.
When I picked this one up, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about a “relationship” between a woman and a male gigolo. The whole prostitution factor bothered me. I wasn’t sure of I was going to buy anything more than “sex” between Lori and Ander. There was obviously steam in the story, but more than it being descriptive sex, it was emotional. Yeah, I can’t believe I just said that about a relationship between a woman and a male prostitute, but there was growth that you saw in the characters.
So I understand if you started rolling your eyes and thinking “so predictable.” If you are having those thoughts, stop them. It was worth my reading time which is precious to me as I know it is too many of you. Yes, some things are predictable, like any contemporary romance novel, but this one was written so well that I got lost in the story.
Genre: Sociology/Abuse, Erotica, Adult Fiction, BDSM.
Published: March 2010
Length: 138 Pages
5 out of 5 Stars (I am still thinking about this story)
I can’t believe I almost did not read this book. This was an amazing read.
Synopsis: Emily Vargas, who is a successful self-help author and speaker. While on one of her speaking engagements, something is slipped into her drink and she wakes up in a small dark room, held captive. Emily does not know why she was kidnapped. She does not even know who her captor is. In this story, we go through this journey of mental “abuse” where her captor conditions her to be what he wants her to be.
“That’s the thing about conditioning. You can know it’s happening all you want; it doesn’t change the results.”
The minute you start reading, you are immediately involved in what is happening to Emily.
Is there an HEA? Is there romance? Is this a love story? These are questions that you will ask yourself and answer when you finish reading this book.
I do not want to give away much more. I do not want to spoil the story for you since I want you to experience the events with fresh eyes.
The ending left me speechless. The epilogue was brilliant. Many times when I read the ending of the book, I thought how I could have written that better or thought of a better ending. This ending could NOT have been more perfect. It left me thinking and I love when a book does that.
The author, Kitty Thomas, did an amazing job.