Face It (Scissor Link #2) by Georgette Kaplan

Georgette Kaplan has such a unique way of telling a story. I love it! Her characters are dynamic, witty and absolutely zany. She rights at a fast-paced that take a bit to settle into but once you do, time just whizzes right by.

Elizabeth Smile is our main character from this one. If you can remember back to Kaplan’s second book, Scissor Link, Elizabeth was Janet Lace’s administrative assistant. (PS you don’t have to read that one to read this one, this is a stand-alone) The book starts off with a flashback to college when she had a hook-up with her roommate Michelle Harlow. Michelle had Elizabeth’s heart and didn’t even know it. That short fling has been one of the catalysts for Elizabeth never settling down and staying far away from a commitment longer than an evening or two.

So of course, Michelle comes back into her life almost a decade later. Why, well she needs Elizabeth to pretend to be her girlfriend as she is going through a messy divorce. Husband had a threesome and now she wants him to get none of their millions. EEK! Nothing good can come of this idiotic plot and it doesn’t help that Michelle is kind of a douche bag. I’m not kidding I was actually terrified that this was a love story between Elizabeth and Michelle because I wanted to scream, hell no, run away, Liz, run far, far away. Spoiler alertIt’s not. Whew!

Anne, she is an amazing character. She brings so much fun to this book. Anne is Michelle’s sister and Elizabeth meets her at the Harlow family home in Ohio. Michelle needs Elizabeth to help her sell the story to all parties involved including her siblings. One sibling in skeptical and is not afraid to hide her opinion. Anne’s dynamic with Elizabeth is by far the best aspect of this book. (hide spoiler)]

My final thoughts are this. Kaplan writes zany, humor-filled books. Her characters have that biting, sarcastic humor that I adore but I know many folks that do not. There is a lot going on with this book. The supporting characters and their issues can be somewhat distracting. If you overlook that one issue and can just focus on Elizabeth and Anne, the book is so much fun. A true breath of fresh air. I really, really liked it. I think you will see reviews for this one all over the place. My advice it this, if you liked Kaplan’s other works you will most likely like this one too. This is not a serious book at all! It’s self-deprecating, zany, full of witty a*hole comments and just a bit twisty. So I totally liked it!

4 out of 5 stars

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Tread Lightly by Catherine Lane

Tread Lightly by Catherine Lane is an absolute delight. You have fairy godmothers, guardian angels, and a whole lot magical moments. Not only are these ladies fighting demons from another dimension but they also have to dance to the tune of self-absorbed millennials.

Claire is a fairy god-mother, who has been helping to create the greatest love stories. She helped Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Kate Middleton all find their perfect match just to name a few. Lately, it hasn’t been so easy, her charges aren’t as interested in their soulmate as past princesses. They have demands and want proof you say who you really are. They also want Jimmy Choos!

Claire becomes entangled with a guardian angel, Tamiel on a case that has a ton of red flags. First off the fairy godmothers are strictly prohibited for fraternizing any way with a guardian angel, who knew! Of course, this just adds to Tamiel’s intrigue. Together these two fight not only demons but alternative facts that both of their organizations have been peddling for centuries. It’s a grand adventure!

This book is light, it’s fun and features one bad ass wand. Yup, you heard it here, a wand! Who knew an inanimate object could steal the show, but it does. This novella was a little gem.

4 out of 5 stars

  • Publisher: Ylva Publishing
  • www.ylva-publishing.com

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The Last of the Loudens by Robin Alexander

Robin Alexander’s books are a favorite of mine. I love her humor and style of writing, I love that there are always zany characters that a full of life and mischievousness. So when I see a new one of her books is out, I automatically snatch it up.

Taryn Louden doesn’t know what life has in store for her but she knows that she needs a change from how it was going. When her elderly aunt calls her up, shortly after being laid off, to take over as the project manager of her historical home’s massive remodel, she jumps at the chance. Anything is better than taking another job like her last one, sure it paid the bills but every day she died a bit more on the inside. Little did she know how badly the house had been rundown. We are talking seriously decrepit, think horror story style house! Plus, her aunt is acting weird and spends much of her time talking to ghosts from the past.

Vicky Andre is the head of the Louden construction project. She is hated by Taryn’s aunt and the feeling is pretty mutual. She takes the project because restoring old homes is her passion. Vicky used to run through women like water but has recently come to want more in life. Her sister is constantly trying to get her to settle down, she’s just looking for someone that can hold her attention.

This book is good but is not one of Alexander’s best. While chuckle-worthy in a few places it didn’t have the hilarity of some of her others. I don’t always need super funny, though. What I do need is for the two mains to give me the feels or capture my heart just a little. This is where I thought this book faltered, compared to let’s say Next Time or Pitifully Ugly. Those two of Alexander’s you feel the passion and the love coursing through the two protagonists. Vicky and Taryn’s love story just didn’t move me much. This book is good, its just when you compare it to the author’s past books it comes up a bit short.

3 out of 5 stars

  • Publisher: Intaglio Publications
  • www.intagliopub.com

The Last of the Loudens
by Robin Alexander
Link: http://a.co/bGAhB5R

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Transformed: San Francisco (Charley & Electra #1) by Suzanne Falter & Jack Harvey

Interesting characters and great dialogue are what makes a book standout to me. I want a character or characters that are memorable. I want dialogue that sounds like real people talking. Easy right, yeah you would think so, but this takes real skill by a really good author. A few weeks ago I was contacted by Suzanne Falter and asked if I would be interested in reading her novel, Transformed: San Francisco (Charley & Electra #1). Let me tell you, this book is so much fun, and a really fantastic read.

Charley McElroy is a kind, witty, an exceptionally smart guy. He also happens to be a transman and an undercover CIA agent. Upon meeting Charley you learn that this amazing character is suffering from a touch of loneliness. His recent breakup is the cause. Not so much that he lost his great love, but from the fact that another lover has left because of they can’t commit to a life with Charley for the one reason that he doesn’t have a male appendage, you know which one I’m referring to. His recent ex wanted “real sex”, she wanted kids, the novelty of having a trans lover was over for her as she walked out his front door.  Talk about OUCH!!! Charley has been dealt another blow, another heart break because he is who he is. He begins to wonder should he have bottom surgery, and would this change the outcome of his personal relationships.

Pamela Delacroix is on the front page of smut magazines being referred to as the Society Dom. Why? Well, because Pamela is a New York socialite who has recently been outed as a dominatrix. Messy divorce, public scandal, and ridicule, you name it and it has been hurled her way.  So Pamela has fled from her penthouse in Manhattan to begin a new life in San Francisco. Pamela is conflicted. She feels guilt for hurting her daughter as she emerges as herself, as Electra the dominatrix, but she is also desperately seeking acceptance to be who she needs to be. It has taken her years to embrace who she really is, San Francisco is her refuge. This move is her chance at finding a community that will not shun her, not make her a public mockery, but as she settles in she realizes that it is actually harder than she had ever imagined, and social circles have become closed to her no matter the size of her check. Well that is until she meets Charley.

I adored both Charley and Electra these characters are so much more than a dominatrix and a transman. They are fun, quirky, almost comical at times, and not because of their labels but because they have big personalities. They are relatable and that what makes the reader grab on to them and want to go on their journey. You feel their “heart” in the story. I really enjoyed their path to romance, I could have spent all day just reading their story but this book has so much more to offer than just a romance. Oh yes, you have a thriller as well.

The book also has a crime oriented. You see a sub character Randy Tytus is fanatical evangelistic psycho that wants to eliminate the sexual deviants from Earth, specifically the hedonistic mecca of SF. Randy has suppressed his urges and has heeded his dead father’s evil ways and has decided that the only way to memorialize his father is to keep the hate going. So Randy travels to SF to find his prey. EEEKKK! The only problem is that Randy begins to have urges again and begins to sees the human side of things. That doesn’t mean he stops his crazy plan, nope this cuckoo bird and his villainous way just keeps on trucking. No worries though Electra, Charley and their upstanding police friend, Frankie will save the day and the City by the Bay.

This book has personality, it has heart, and it has characters that are more than just a label. This book is fun and really has moments of lightheartedness while it tackles hard hitting subjects. I think if you take one thing away from this book it will be the fact that love really does make life better. Cliché absolutely, but also totally true.

4.25 stars out of 5

  • Publisher: New Heights Publishing

Transformed: San Francisco (Quirky Queer Spy Novels Book 1)
by Suzanne Falter et al.
Link: https://amzn.com/B018RKHYNU

Totally Worth It by Maggie Cummings

I just finished Totally Worth It by Maggie Cummings. Let me say it was totally worth it (pun intended). This is a wonderful read! It was absolutely delightful and refreshing. Great book, I am absolutely astonished that this is the author’s first book. Maggie Cummings, you are on my list of authors whose books are a must read from now on!

There are two main characters that this book follows. The first is Megan “Meg” McTiernan. Meg just moved in to an all female community, Bay West, after finishing her MBA. She is recently single, a little wounded, super overworked, and ready to get back in the dating pool.

The other main character is Alexis “Lexi” Russo. Lexi is Meg’s new BFF and next door neighbor, who has lived in Bay West her whole life. She’s finishing her third year of law school, and is actually interning at her other neighbor’s law firm. This neighbor just happens to smart, sexy, young and single.

While this book is a romance, the absolute best thing is the relationship between Meg and Lexi. Their friendship is so well written, Maggie Cummings wrote their interactions like you would talk to your own bestie. You can think of a two person Sex in the City-esque friendship. Lighthearted, fun and sure to put you in a good mood! Can’t wait for the next one in the series. The way Maggie Cumming’s writes I know it’ll be fantastic.

4.5 stars out of 5

Totally Worth It
by Maggie Cummings
Link: http://amzn.com/B018A9FZC0