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
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
Ghosts, I have never encountered one. I am not sure I really want to. I have quite the chicken heart and having a ghostly encounter, to be honest, gives me the heebie jeebies. With this being said I would usually pass on a ghost story, but the fact that it was written by Stephanie Kusiak made me override this immediately. Her book Loved and Lost is one of my all-time favorites, and therefore her books are on my automatic read list.
Caitlin Cassidy is a newly divorced author that has decided to lick her wounds the only way she knows how, she heads home. Packing up and leaving Los Angeles was harder than she ever imagined it would be. Her marriage is over. A life she was 100% committed t, but could not make work. In her devastation she decides to buy an old abandoned home and restore it to its former glory. The thing about the home is there is a ghost that lives there. Caitlin knows this because the ghost saved her life when she was a little girl, and that moment has stayed with her forever.
Natalie Hargrove is the ghost that remains in Caitlin’s house. Once an accomplished painter, Natalie had it all. A great family, a beautiful lover, amazing friends, but she lived in a time where she couldn’t be open and honest about who she was and who she loved. Upon telling the truth to her loved ones it all came crashing down. Natalie turned to the bottle in her despair and she fell to her death falling down her grand staircase. Natalie should have never met Caitlyn but she did, and now they are roommates.
I will tell you this book made me cry. I am not really much of a crier, I try to repress those feelings most of the time, but this book brought out the waterworks. While this book is on the short side, it does not lack for emotion. There are times parts of the story are rushed or glossed over, but what you do have is simple and beautiful. The interactions between Natalie and Caitlin are power packed, and with heavy emotion. The two women and their journey was incredible, not like any other story I had read before. I was enthralled, completely captivated by Natalie and Caitlin. This is an amazing story of lost souls and love. Stephanie Kusiak does not disappoint with this one!
5 out of 5 stars