Ask, Tell by E.J. Noyes

When you see a book get rave reviews, over an over again, you rush to read it right. Shoulda, coulda, woulda! I have had this book on my list of to-reads for months now, why the delay, I am not sure, but I am so glad I finally read this one. It was an amazing way to get 2018 started.

Captain Sabine Fleischer is an Army surgeon currently deployed in Afghanistan. Her days are filled desperately trying to save the wounded men and women that are serving in the war. When we meet Sabine she is struggling to fight her crush on her superior as well as navigate a nine-year relationship that is sinking fast. Her longtime partner is tired of military life. Vic, her girlfriend, was never a being a fan of the Army and the years of separation have created a crater that cannot be fixed. Sabine is trying to get through this deployment and navigate her life back in the States. No easy feat, and it’s all begging to crumble around her.

Colonel Rebecca Keane is Sabine’s superior as well as the object of her massive crush. She’s a gifted surgeon who is rock solid under pressure, respected by her peers and all around a good person. Sabine is drawn to Rebecca even though she knows there is no way they can ever be together. Everything is against them especially her relationship status and military policies. I won’t ruin the story for you, just know that Sabine and Rebecca have a magnetic chemistry together, and love always conquers all.

Reading this book, you feel the horrors of war, the pain of a breakup and the utter despair our service members must have felt serving in the military under DADT. This book was amazingly well written, I cannot say that enough! EJ Noyles transported me to the medical camp and put me right there with the main characters. The story is heart-breaking, romantic, sexy as hell and shows the resilience of the human spirit. It’s hard to believe that DADT only ended in 2011. Thank goodness it did! A great read well worth your time.

4.25 out of 5 stars

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Right Here, Right Now by Georgia Beers

This one is difficult to write as I think Georgia Beers is a fine writer and has written novels that I absolutely adored. Right Here, Right Now is not my favorite of hers. I wanted so much more from this one.

My main issue with this book is the repetitive nature. The main character, Lacey Chamberlain, is an accountant and financial advisor. When the book begins Lacey’s in an accountant’s busiest time, tax season. So many times, I mean so many, the reader has subjected the length of Lacey’s day, how busy she is, random uninteresting client details. I felt like I was Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. It felt clunky and a loop I desperately wanted to jump out of. Break the cycle, stop telling me boring mundane details. S T O P!

What’s good about this book is the relationship Lacey develops with her office neighbor, marketing guru Alicia Wright. Alicia is a fantastic character and when her an Lacey are together, it’s hot, sexy and absolutely adorable. The only thing is you have to weed through so much to get to those scenes. It is never good when you start skimming, and oh how I forced myself to refrain from skimming.

Not bad but just not a great one either. I would still read any book Georgia Beers writes.

2.75 out of 5 stars

Heart Stop (First Responders, #6) by Radclyffe

If you are a Radclyffe fan, you’re going to love this one. The romance of Heart Stop has all the right elements. Fantastic main characters, delicious romantic tension, and just enough angst to keep you riveted to the storyline. I adored this book!

Dr, Jay Reynolds is lucky to be alive. An almost life ending accident has changed the direction of Jay’s life. Jay was born to be a surgeon. This was her life plan for as long as she can remember. In the blink of an eye, everything has changed. Jay is no longer physically capable of surgery. She can’t stand for long periods of time and not to mention the tremor in her hands. A push from a friend Jay changes her medical career into the field of pathology.

Assistant chief medical examiner Olivia Price is 100% the job. She expects excellence not only from herself but everyone around her. Burned by her first love, Olivia has completely written off all aspects of love, nope, this is for others, not for her. She spends her time focusing on the dead, and giving them final respects and answering clues on how they met their end. She is fine with that. Of course, this all changes when a new student, is thrust upon her.

Right off the bat, you have two things, a lot of tension and a lot of attraction. Let me tell you, I loved every second of Jay and Oliva’s story. It’s interesting, it’s hot and Radclyffe gives you just the right amount of push and pull to keep you riveted to their story. Secondly, there is a crime element of this book. If you have followed Radclyffe’s books you are going to meet up with a lot of past characters. Rebecca Frye and Catherine Rawlings, Dellon Mitchell and Sandy Sullivan, Dr. Ali Torveau and Beau Cross are all in here somehow connected to our main characters and looking for who a fatal synthetic heroin has ended up on the streets of Philadelphia. I think when you have a book that includes past characters you walk a thin line of whose book is this. Radclyffe does a good job of their cameos tying in directly to the story as a whole.

I always love a Radclyffe book, and this one I must say was a delight. I really, really liked Jay and Oliva’s dynamic.

4.25 out 5 stars

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Deal-Breaker by Siri Caldwell

Rae Peters is a dancer, get you mind out of the gutter, not that kind of dancer. She’s a backup dancer for an up and coming pop sensation. On stage is where Rae feels most comfortable, her body is the epitome of grace and movement. This all suddenly changes, when she slips onstage and breaks her ankle and tears her knee to shreds. Surgery followed by rehab has changed the direction of Roe’s life momentarily. All seems hopeless until she meets Jori Burgess.

Jori Burgess is a single mom, who is a semester away from her graduate degree in accounting. She supports herself and her young daughter by working as a water aerobics instructor. She just happens to work at the same facility in which Rae is doing rehabilitation. These two ladies become immediate friends. As time progresses Jori wants more from Rae, but Rae thinks she’s straight and that’s just not worth the risk.

I really liked the book, the concept is excellent. The character of Rae is very compelling, and you really feel how lost she is during her recovery period. Not being able to dance has stolen her passion for life, and she doesn’t really know what to make of her existence. She pushes the boundaries of her physical capabilities to try to speed up her bodies healing process. She is a little bit lost in this period of her life.

Jori on the other hand has clear path of where her life is headed. She can literally see the proverbial finish line. Grad school is almost complete, and so will the days of being borderline broke. As a child Jori, was raided by an invalid mother. This childhood struggle has driven into her to excel in school and to maintain her body to be the strongest she can be. Seeing Rae struggle pulls at her heartstrings and draws her time and time again to the injured dancer.

The only real hang-up I had with this book is with the character of Axel Nye, Jori’s daughter’s father. He is an ass first off. Very unlikable! Secondly I didn’t think he brought anything really to the book, his character and the mini story line he plays in just took away from the time of Jori and Rae’s relationship development.

Overall this book is a treat. Siri Caldwell has written a great book, perfect for some light, fun reading to take your mind off a busy week.

I was given a copy of this book by the author, Siri Caldwell, in return for an honest review.

3.75 out of 5 stars

Publisher: Brussels Sprout Press

Deal-Breaker
by Siri Caldwell
Link: http://amzn.com/B01E1PP8EC