Always a Love Song by Charley Clarke

This book is one that will make your heart hurt. The angst is so rich and realistic that I felt actual pain. You can literally feel your heartbreak right along with the two leading ladies. A fantastic book that is full of emotion.

Bridget Callahan and Alex Marlow a childhood best friends. There has always been a special connection between them. As they grew into women, they became everything to each other. They spend their 20’s wrapped up in school absolutely in love with each other. When college ends and both are forced to find any work they can. The stress of not enough money or time begins to slowly make cracks in their relationship. When Alex’s father suddenly passes, the cracks become craters and their love is cast aside for reason’s neither of them has ever fully recovered from.

A handful of years later Bridget, a pop music sensation decides to return to her small hometown. The same location in which Alex owns and runs a cafe and brewery. Bridget thought she could handle being back but the emotions and loss of her relationship with Alex are beyond overwhelming. Everywhere she goes brings back a flood of memories of better times. The book flashes back between Bridget’s and Alex’s romance to the present day. This one is full of tension, angst, and romance. I’m not kidding when I say this book pulls at your emotions. I felt my heartbreak with them, I felt their joy as well as their pain.

4.25 stars out of 5


Fear of Falling by Georgia Beers

Sophie James is known worldwide. The singer is known for her amazing ballads, soulful voice and selling records at lightning speed. Everyone looking from the outside would think she lives the dream life. The truth is, she is basically all alone other than the companionship of two friends, her longtime stylist and makeup artist. Her mother sees her as a cash cow and the only person she could look to as a loving parent figure, her long-time manager Ray, has suddenly passed away. Sophie is beginning to realize that she needs to forge her own life and start making music that means something to her.

Dana Landon has just been assigned Sophie as her new client. She will be the singer’s PR specialist as well as her manager. She could not be less excited. Sophie has gone a bit off the rails since Ray’s death and the last thing Dana needs is a superstar that has public drunken escapades she has to clean up. Dana really doesn’t think too highly of the “diva” she now represents.

What I really adored about this book is how the main characters, Sophie and Dana, played off each other. The unhurried pace lets them develop from a business relationship, then to friends, and then finally to lovers. Beers sets a nice pace, not too long, not too short and just enough heat to keep you begging for more. It’s the little moments or intimacy between Dana and Sophie that really hook you. You the reader are right there for every step and misstep on their journey. Georgia Beers always delivers amazing stories. This is a book that will charm you and leave you with a smile. Not a bad way to spend your time.

4 out of 5 stars


In Development by Rachel Spangler

I like a good fauxmance, what can I say. You know what’s going to happen. It’s a bad idea that totally seems like a good idea at the time and then it all gets derailed by those feelings of the heart. I’m a sucker for a high degree of tension with a huge serving of angst. Give that to me every single time!

Cobie Galloway has been pigeonholed as the nice girl next door in every film she has been cast in. She wants to break that mold ASAP. She has her heart set on playing a bad girl in a new film that has yet to be cast. Cobie needs a new image and she needs it fast. When she approaches her agent, even he is skeptical of her pulling off such a dramatic image change. She asks him to think outside the box and boy does he ever.

Lila Wilder is the pop star of all pop stars. Her image is everything and she has a carefully crafted empire that she rules meticulously. In my head, this character is totally T-Swift. Lila is not new to fauxmances, she needs the publicity from the tabloids to keep her name front and center with every new love interest. The only problem is even that is losing momentum, so her publicist and Cabi’s publicist switch it up a bit. Hello lady loving fauxmance time.

These two go round and round. You have banter, you have biting witty comments, a lot of heat and whole lot questions swirling around. They like each other, they are afraid of love and image is everything. Conundrum after conundrum with lots of glitz and glamour. This was a really fun read.

4 out of 5 stars

In Development
by Rachel Spangler


Juliana: Volume 1: 1941-1944 by Vanda

Juliana by Vanda is an interesting book that follows the lives of a handful of men and women who live in New York city in the early 1940s. The characters are alluring and the tale is poignant. You definitely don’t want to miss this one.

The main character is the story is Alice “Al” Huffman. Al leaves her small town family home and moves to NYC. She is accompanied by her childhood best friends, Aggie, Danny & Dickie. They plan to take Broadway by storm and fulfill the dreams they have had since grade school. Al is naive, she is thoughtful, and she is kind. Her evolution into her true self is amazing to read. She is a wonderful character, who is by no means perfect, and makes many missteps throughout the book, she a compelling main character.

Al and her gang meet Maxwell P. Harlington the Third on one of their first nights in the city. Upon meeting Max, life for the three, especially Al, changes forever. Max is a magnetic character. He promises to open doors for the young friends, which Aggie and Danny jump right on. Al is a skeptic, and she has no qualms putting her concerns of Max’s abilities right back in his face. Max and Al’s relationship continues through the book, growing as time goes on. At times they are harsh, contentious, and very critical of one another, but they have a mutual respect that continues as life and new characters weave their way into the book.

Juliana is another character who is a main player in this book. She is an absolutely fascinating woman. Juliana is a singer, a great one who has not reached the peak of her stardom. She plays in well-known dives throughout the city but has not reached the main stages. She is rich, she is upper-class, she is married, and Al is hooked on her from the very first moment she hears Juliana sing. Their relationship is a push-pull force that neither can deny but is not always wanted.

Meeting Max and Juliana changes Al forever. She is introduced to a world of people that she never knew existed. One she cannot deny knowing matter how many times she says she is not a lesbian.

This is a great read, and I was hooked right from the start. Vanda does a wonderful job of pulling the reader right in and holding you in the story. I highly recommended this book, you will not be disappointed. I cannot wait for the sequel!

4.5 out of 5 stars

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Juliana: Volume 1: 1941-1944
by Vanda