The Road to Madison by Elle Spencer

I fell in love with Elle Spencer’s writing style after I stumbled open Casting Lacey. Such a fun read with a fabulous push-pull dynamic between the two leading ladies, it really had that something special that makes a book memorable. The Road to Madison is no different, this book will break your heart, make you smile and have your fingers crossed that true love wins in the end. A damn fine read!

When we meet the two main characters Madison Prescott has just buried her father. This is a man she despised with her whole being. She is standing by his grave glad that he is gone and can no longer control her life. Ana Perez picks that exact moment, graveside, to reappear fifteen years later. Ana and Madison were childhood sweethearts. Star crossed lovers from a different class, madly in love but torn apart by the cruelness of George Prescott and the power and influence he yielded. In Madison’s dreamworld, once her father was out of the picture, she could reclaim the love the heart of the girl she once let go. The only problem is Ana’s heart has never healed and she has never forgiven Madison for turning her back on their future.

Elle Spencer weaves a tale of full of sadness, remorse but one filled with those little moments that make you have the flutters. Her characters are well developed, the dialogue is seamless and natural, you really get thrown right into Madison and Anna’s world. You feel what they feel. This book grabbed my attention and had me turning the pages through the night. A delightful story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I cannot wait for the next adventure Elle Spencer takes me on.

4.25 out of 5 stars

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A Wish Upon a Star by Jeannie Levig

A Wish Upon a Star by Jeannie Levig is a fabulous read. This book has those little moments that pull at your heartstrings. A slow burn romance that uses tension in the most glorious way. Leving writes a balanced well-written book with characters that you just cannot get enough of. So damn good!

Leslie Raymond has had her heart shattered. The wounds are deep and extraordinarily painful she decides to move from her home in Florida back to her childhood residence in Burbank, California. This is a chance for a new beginning, a chance to heal and start fresh. What is she isn’t prepared for is her gorgeous neighbor and her amazing daughter.

Erica Cooper is a college professor and mother to Siena, a special needs child that that is on the autistic spectrum. Siena is immediately taken to Leslie and her dog. They strike up and unlikely friendship that is filled with understating, patience and kindness.

Erica and Leslie each have baggage and trust issues from previous relationships. They develop an easy friendship that builds as the story moves along. It feels real, I cannot say how impressive these characters are. They are three dimensional and are 100% relatable. Not to mention the chemistry between Erica and Leslie is out of this world.

What makes this book special is not just the two mains and their romance but how Siena and even Gus, the dog all play such an intricate role in the book. You cannot help but fall in love with them all. This is an amazing story.

5 out of 5 stars

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books                       https://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/books/a-wish-upon-a-star-by-jeannie-levig-2726-b

Drawing the Line by K.D. Williamson

I think this one is going to come down to personal preferences when it comes to what you are looking for in a romance. A breakup to makeup story can be a success but it’s a hard road to navigate. The reader has root for the couple even though they know there has been a monumental moment that caused that relationship to end. By the time I finished with Drawing the Line I just couldn’t have cared if the love was back or not.

Dani and Becca broke-up four years ago. They tore each other apart at the end of their relationship. One night Dani coming home late after a long night as a medical student walks into an empty apartment. Becca took everything that belonged to her and hit the road. No goodbye, nothing but a disconnected number. In all honesty who could come back from that kind of hurt. Who is going to even take your phone call much less fall in love with you again? That is a monumental mountain to climb up. Add on to it that for four years they have had ZERO contact. Then Becca decides to move back to Atlanta needing forgiveness. Girl, come on now. Dani and Becca share a mutual bestie, Rick, who has played the middleman for years. To say their bad blood is thick is a huge understatement. These two ladies have monster obstacles to overcome even to be in the same room together.

Dani, she’s okay. A bit of an ice queen who keeps everybody at a distance never really overcoming her breakup with Becca. Becca, she is really, really hard to connect with. I did not care for her, and maybe I missed something but she came off like a giant ass. Really neither character made my heart swoon. I needed to root for their them, for their love, and in all honesty, I just wanted to end my time with them as quickly as possible.

K.D. Williamson is a brilliant writer. I love her work, but this one was just not for me. I’m going to chalk it up on me that this isn’t my type of story. I know there will be folks that love Drawing the Line and rightfully so. I think it comes down to preference, this just not being the book for me on this given day.

2.75 out of 5 stars

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Shades of Blue (The Loudest Silence, #2) by Olivia Janae

I have held off writing this review for a few days. I needed to let my thoughts marinate on just how to say exactly how I feel about this one. When I finished The Loudest Silence, I wrote in my review that “I was glad this wasn’t over, I need more of this in my life”. I needed this sequel. I had to see where the two characters go. While reading the sequel, I cannot say this thought continued. I confusing statement but let me explain.

Is the book well written? Absolutely, Olivia Janae is an amazingly gifted author. There is no question about that. Where I got hung up, is that in the first book, I loved the time that Kate and Vivian spent together. Whether they are fighting, friends or lovers their interactions were spellbinding. In Shades of Blue, the two characters don’t for a large portion of the book, even see one another. Over the course of reading the book, I was struck by the coldness of the book. I could hash this out in detail but I don’t want to ruin it for would be readers. You can gather that there is a break of some sort and it’s rather harsh.

While in the end, the two main characters come back together, this is a romance, you know it’s all but guaranteed. I’m going to be honest here, and I will probably be in the minority, I felt like the ship had sailed. It felt final, I felt like the reunion was grasping at straws. Again this is just my take on a very good book. Is it worth reading? YES! Did it hurt my heart, again a yes, but isn’t why a good book is hard to beat.

Overall a solid 4 stars

  • Publisher: Heartsome Books
  • heartsomebooks.com/the-loudest-silence

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The Art of Us by K.L. Hughes

When you pick up this book be prepared for your heart to be ripped out of your chest. This book knocked me flat out more than a time or two. You can literally feel your heartbreak right along with the main characters. A fantastic emotional ride that is chock-full of angst and emotion.

Charlee and Alex meet early on in college. There is an instant connection, and they spend the next years blissfully in love, head over heels. When school ends Alex is offered an amazing career opportunity on the opposite coast. They thought they could overcome the distance, make it through this intersnship, but instead, it broke them.

Five years later Alex has returned to NYC. she thought she could handle being back but the emotions and loss of Charlee are overwhelming. Everywhere she goes brings back a flood of memories of better times. The book flashes back between Charlee and Alex’s romance to current day. When Alex and her lost love meet back up the chemistry pops right off the page. Tension, angst, romance this book is deliciously full of it all. I’m not kidding when I say this book pulls at your emotions. A felt my heartbreak with them, I felt their joy, their pain. KL Hughes takes you on one hell of a ride. So good!

4 out of 5 stars

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Lucy’s Chance by Jackie D

Lucy’s Chance by Jackie D was just what I needed after a long week of craziness that just won’t quit. A great escape, that didn’t overthink what it really was, two ladies with a life-long bond that even after twelve years of separation, the love was still there.

Lucy Rodriguez made a terrible decision at the age of twenty. Caught up in the razzle-dazzle of undergrad she decided to break up with her girlfriend to see what dating life was all about. She has regretted that decision every day thereafter. She broke her true love’s heart and has spent every day thereafter paying the price. She works and she works with very little else in life. A renowned journalist who covers the crime beat for San Diego and has Pulitzer for her stories from the Middle East, her works is her lifeblood.

Erica Chance is a small town police officer in Northern California. Erica has spent the last decade of her life trying to repair the hole in her heart Lucy left behind. She doesn’t let any woman close to her heart anymore. Four months of casual dating and then that relationship must end. Erica’s regimented life is thrown out of orbit when dead college-age women appear in rapid succession. It also brings Lucy Rodriguez back into her life.

Add a bit of conflict, add a bit of angst, a derail killer and you have a really good read. Is this anything revolutionary? Not so much. What this book is a great escape. You have a few hours to decompress from real-life’s craziness, and enjoy a quality story with interesting characters. Well minus the psychopath murderer, but you know what I mean.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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The Rules of Love by Cara Malone

Cara Malone reached out to me and offered me the opportunity to read her latest book The Rules of Love. Right off the bat, just reading the story’s description I was intrigued. Which for some of us that read 100+ books a year, intrigued by something new is a whole lot of awesomeness. So, what struck me most about Cara’s story, her main character, Max.

Maxine “Max” Saddler is just beginning her first year of grad school working on dual masters in library science and user experience. What makes Max’s character so interesting in terms of a romance novel is that she has a mild form of Asperger’s syndrome. Max tends to put people on the defensive, she’s blunt and lacks the social etiquette that people expect when meeting someone new. You can see how Max struggles in the friendship department, even though she is a thoughtful and lovely person. You just have to get past the lack of social skills and have patience combined with an understanding of her nature. This is especially difficult because Max is very protective of letting anyone know about her Asperger’s. She wants to be seen for herself and not as someone with a disability.

Ruby Satterwhite grabs Max’s attention like no one ever has. Ruby is gorgeous, fun, super smart and a true social butterfly. She’s the girl that walks into a room and is friends with everyone by the time she leaves. Ruby is one of those magnetic personalities who people just automatically gravitate too. Ruby is immediately struck by Max, right off the bat she is attracted to the beautiful loner. Making a point to introduce herself to Max, Ruby is thrown off by Max’s abruptness and the borderline antagonistic qualities their initial meeting has. Fortunately for Max, Ruby can’t just write her off, they are forced to work together on a group project.

At the thirty percent mark, I was 100% percent invested in the book and completely unsure how Cara Malone was going to get these two ladies to the happily ever after moment. Max continued to rub Ruby the wrong way, and add into the mix that Ruby is still nursing a major heartache after her first love of six years dumped her out of the blue right after undergrad graduation. All I could think is damn we have major mountains to climb to get to true love. Never fear, our author gets us where we need to be in the most unexpected but adorable way. In regards to Ruby and Max, I would love to see more of how their relationship fares as time goes on, but I thoroughly enjoyed the ride in bringing them together. The Rules of Love is a delightful read, you can’t go wrong picking this one up.

4 out of 5 stars

The Rules of Love: A Lesbian Romance
by Cara Malone
Link: http://a.co/bVypAUC

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