Fragile Wings by Rebecca S. Buck takes us back to the roaring 1920’s via London. This is the story of a country girl who moves to big city to find herself and experience new opportunities. The book is descriptive, picturesque and overall a nicely written novel.
The Great War has come to an end and the young people of that time are bound and determined to live life to the fullest. Dancing, drinking, and carousing with other rebel rousers is the name of the game.
Evelyn Hopkins is a small town girl from West Coombe. Evelyn has always wanted more from life. She wanted to be educated, but her parents pulled her from school at the age of 14. Her closet friend is her older brother Edward, but he returned from the war shell shocked, badly wounded, and no longer able to communicate. Evie has lost her beloved Eddie even though he was one of the soldiers that made it home. She has an almost desperate need to fly from West Coombe and experience life’s pleasures, but like many women of her time she is held back by her station in life. Until one day, Edward breaks his silence and asks Evie for a favor. He needs her to deliver a letter from a fallen comrade, Frank Grainger, and take his parting note to his twin sister Lilian in London. This gives Evelyn her shot at the adventure she’s been dreaming of.
Upon leaving her family home Evelyn runs into a cast of characters all very different from any of the people she knew in West Coombe. These new friends and acquaintances will forever change the the way she views the world. She will experience true friendship, acceptance, betrayal, but best of all, true love.
This book is a very nice read. There were a few times it bogged down with an abundance of details and comparisons of cities. I thought the characters were a lively, spirited bunch. I loved their desire to push the limits and live their lives to the fullest. If you like romance with a lot of history built in this may be the book for you.
3.75 stars out of 5
by Rebecca S. Buck
Never-Tied Nora is a quick, sexy read. This is a romance that leans heavily towards erotica. So if that floats your boat, you definitely want to give this one a whirl.
Nora Kelly is your love’em and leave’em type. Everybody knows Nora has no desire to settle down. Even her large Irish family gives her a hard time about her revolving door to the bedroom. Everything changes the very second she lays her eyes on Geraldine Flannery entering a local pub.
Geraldine is a junior architect, who has her heart destroyed once and has no desire to repeat the process. Her guard is up when it comes to women, she wishes she could let the past go, but finds it hard to put herself out there again. This all changes as Nora forces her to a share a glass of wine. The only problem is Nora is a Kelly and Geraldine is a Flannery and these two families hate each other.
This book is quick read and Cheyenne Blue does a great job of creating likable characters right from the start. You really want these two be each other’s happy ever after, feud be damned. One thing I would have liked to see is more of the feud in the later half of the book. The tension was wrapped up just a tad too quick and too easily.
If you are looking for a sexy read, with some majorly hot lady loving scenes this is your book. If you are more the slow burn uber-romance type, this book is not that. It’s hot right from the start. Fire extinguishers might be needed!!!
3 out of 5 stars
Never-Tied Nora (Girl Meets Girl Book 1)
by Cheyenne Blue
Amazon Link: http://amzn.com/B018SSJJUC
The Tea Machine by Gill McKnight is a fantastical tale of time travel. I found myself simultaneously enthralled and confused.
The main character of this novel is Millicent Abberly who hails from London via 1862. Millicent is a strong, sharped tongued, independent, super intelligent woman who is light years ahead of her time. Miss Abberly is a forward thinker, who is more than capable of handling a time traveling adventure. Good thing for her, her brother Hubert just invented a time traveling machine.
The story starts as Millicent takes an unexpected journey to 100 years into the future. No, she doesn’t end up in the 1960s, she goes to a parallel universe when Roman Empire is fighting to control the galaxy. There she meets up with Decanus R.J. Sangfroid, a handsome lady soldier, who is battling colossal squid that are hell bent on destroying the ship that Millicent just showed up on.
I told you this story was fantastical, and it doesn’t stop at a futuristic squid battle. Millicent, Sangfroid, Hubert and a handful of other characters have caused a ripple in time. Time travel has consequences and this crew must be dealt with the fallout.
I had to really think about this book upon conclusion. What could I say to a fellow reader, I asked? So here goes… This book has a lot going on. At times I was lost as to where we were going. Just when I thought I had figured it out, nope Millicent and company are off to another adventure. You have to read this book with a wide open imagination, don’t try to figure it out until it’s completed. I did enjoy my time with it. I loved Millicent, she is awesome. I do wish more of Millicent and Sangfroid’s love story was brought to the forefront of the story. McKnight did a good job of establishing chemistry between them in the beginning of the book, but it was like it became a side note in the final third of the story.
I think if you are really interested in science fiction you will find this book fascinating. If you are looking for a clear cut romance, this may not be the one for you. It’s definitely different, but different is not a bad thing. This book is what I would call unique!
4 out of 5 stars
The Tea Machine (The Teatime Chronicles Book 1)
by Gill McKnight