Monthly Archives: October 2013

Hawaiian Love – Jeanne McCann

Hawaiian LoveOn a beautiful beach on the big island of Hawaii, a faint cry drives a brave young woman to put her life in danger to save a young boy’s life. A split second decision and Shannon Dunbar’s life was irrevocably changed. Lieutenant Simone Moreau never thought a routine training ride with her paramedics would make a difference in her life. She was unprepared for the overwhelming feelings that she had for the injured young woman.

An unplanned meeting and the events of that day would set in motion a romance so compelling that it would force both women to make very hard decisions if they were to ever be together.

Would Simone and Shannon’s romance survive the normal growing pains of a new relationship, let alone a frightening rescue that Simone would face a year later? While Shannon waits terrified for her lover and partner to return, would the fate that brought them together tear them apart?

Product info:

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • First published 2004
  • Publisher: iUniverse (26 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006R1572C
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The Right Kind of Love – Jeanne McCann

The Right Kind of LoveA romance tested by circumstance and the legal system, as a newly divorced woman finds passion with another woman. A lesbian relationship triggers a violent reaction from her ex-husband that puts her job, her family, and her new lover in jeopardy. Can the relationship withstand public scrutiny and still survive as two women learn to rely on each other for strength as they fight to protect one another against insurmountable odds.

Both women are forced to learn to trust each other in order to keep the relationship, while fighting both physical and mental stress to stay together. Old relationships will falter while new ones are forged as they struggle to deal with overwhelming events that place both women in danger.

Working within the legal system that fails to protect them, they rely on family and friends to support them as they are forced to protect themselves against an unforeseen enemy intent on making them pay for choosing to love one another.

Product info:

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • First published 2008
  • Publisher: iUniverse (30 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006V79D2W
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Magic in Our Hearts – Jeanne McCann

Magic in our HeartsBrett, a charismatic world-class skier with a playgirl lifestyle . Taylor, a talented and successful physical therapist . One chance meeting and the two women fall head over heels for each other. Passion and the beginning of true love sweep the two off of their feet, but their relationship is ended almost before it has a chance to begin. The two are reunited years later, after Brett’s Olympic dreams are shattered along with her body. Battered and broken, relying on alcohol to numb her mind and heart, Brett is slowly killing herself. Unable to refuse Brett’s dying mother’s request, Taylor agrees to work with Brett to help her regain some of her physical capabilities. Can Taylor overcome her heartbreak and anger long enough to help Brett heal? Will she be able to reach the woman she once knew and help her rekindle the passion that once made her a world-renowned skier? Will Brett have the fortitude to heal her mind and body? Both struggle with past feelings, deeply hidden hurts, anger and resurfacing emotions for each other. Working out their problems requires effort, love, and a little bit of magic.

Product info:

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • First published 2007
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (14 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595428991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595428991
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Out on the Panhandle (The Adventures of Decky and Charlie) R. E. Bradshaw

Out on the PanhandleIn this, the second Decky and Charlie novel, we have jumped forwards two years and find the happy couple going off to Oklahoma to visit Charlie’s family for the first time. Decky has been working on the Warren family tree and wants to find out more about Charlie’s mysterious Comanche heritage and in particular the elusive great great grandparents Merdy and Grace.

Take a girl from the beach and dump her in the Boomer state with several hundred of Charlie’s relatives and friends, a psychotic fundamentalist sister-in-laws, Cow Pat throwing competitions and a huge family secret and you have the makings of a great read.

As the story unfolds we intermingle the current LGBT struggle for family recognition and acceptance with an amazing historical tale.

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R.E Bradshaw is a great storyteller and this is no exception. The book is full of laughter and love as well as heartbreakingly sad moments – definitely have the Kleenex close to hand.

She seamlessly melds the old and new into a really interesting story line which takes us another stage along the Decky and Charlie romance. Looking forward to the next one.

 

Product info:

  • Paperback: 343 pages
  • First published 2012
  • Publisher: R. E. Bradshaw Books (28 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983572097
  • ASIN: B009JA9R1K
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Hawaiian Love, Jeanne McCann

Hawaiin Love5 friends beach holiday is radically interrupted when one of them hears a young boy’s cries for help on an idyllic Hawaiian beech. Shannon Dunbar makes a selfless and daring rescue which leaves her back shredded with coral cuts.  But Shannon’s life is changed forever when she is helped by the gorgeous senior paramedic, Simone Moreau, along for a training assessment.

As the 5 friends continue their holiday under Simone’s roof, how far will Shannon and Simone let their burgeoning romance go? Do they have the nerve to look beyond a holiday romance?

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Another great romance by Jeanne McCann. Nice characters, good interplay between the friends and a good story line.

Shannon’s camera work allows her to quickly immerse herself in local life and find a role in Simone’s life, while Simone’s career shows the strength and dedication of a true professional. Both women are prepared to risk their lives to save others, providing plot  and tension as perfect bookends for the story.

Good local colour,  interesting minor characters and a lovely picture of life on the islands.

As always, full on sex scenes and dripping with soppy romance, but well worth a read.

Product info:

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • First published 2004
  • Publisher: iUniverse (26 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595320465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595320462
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Keepers of the Cave, Gerri Hill

Keepers of the CaveGerri hill takes off in a new direction with FBI agents CJ Johnston and Paige Riley who are assigned to the sleepy backwoods of East Texas for a dead-end assignment to infiltrate an all-girls school.

While the investigations go on in Dallas and Baton Rouge after the disappearance of a senator’s daughter, CJ and Paige are sent to find out if there is a link with more than 50 years of random and unsolved disappearances and the isolated community of Hoganville.

But the biggest challenge for the sparring FBI agents will be their mutual attraction and whether they can play-act being a couple while posing as teachers, or whether their one night of unresolved passion will overtake their apparent mutual antipathy.

Soon the odd behaviour of the locals has them digging deeper into Hogansville and a sinister presence threatens them all.

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I loved this new story line. Lesbian Romance Crime Horror.. new genre on me. I was quite shocked by the negative reviews. Yes its a new direction, but cant authors try something different?

I couldn’t take the horror too seriously, found it more tongue in cheek than Stephen King frightening – think X files, but with a smoldering Scully that the seemingly uptight Paige finds hard to resist.

Love CJ and Paige, fun new characters, typical exaggerated but recognisable lesbian romance.. fancying the pants of each other (literally) but refusing to deal with it, and then just not being able to resist the pull.

Look forward to more of them, their team and their wacky cases and watching what Gerri does next with their odd romance.

Product info:

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • First published 2012
  • Publisher: Bella Books (19 August 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594933014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594933011
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A Perfect Romance, Layce Gardner

Perfect RomanceDana Dooley falls in love while attending an AA meeting with her BFF Trudy  (makeup artist in a funeral parlour) – who is hunting for sober men. Unable to bare losing contact with her new love object, Ellen, Dana claims to be an alcoholic whose father died when stuck up the chimney doing his Father Christmas act.

Unfortunately both Dana and Ellen have a girlfriend and do their best to resist the pull. But both feel their girlfriend is cheating on them, frequently absent and acting suspiciously. Dana tries to find evidence of her girlfriend Kimmy’s infidelity but without success

In a completely dysfunctional family setting we learn of Dana’s multiple U-Haul girlfriends called Lisa, her taxidermist Gran and her bigfoot brother the Mayor.  Meanwhile the relationship with Ellen grows, without going anywhere as neither can bare to finish with their respective GFs without proof they are being wronged.

The twist in the tale humorously appears as Dana catches Ellen having sex with Kimmy – who is, of course, both of their girlfriends. And the plot thickens…

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Layce Gardner  clearly has a wicked sense of humour and a dry sarcastic wit. Many of us will recognize parts of ourselves in Dana’s emotional neediness and fat girl insecurities:
“Dana didn’t have a full length mirror in her house because she wasn’t masochistic enough to want to see all of herself at the same time”

They characters are funny, zany and frequently daft. Despite making the Adam’s family look normal many are easy to relate to and empathise with – such as gran MawMaw’s despair when Dana uses her best spatula to clean bikini wax globs off the bathroom floor (enough said).

The plot is both simplistic – girl meets girl, falls in love, wants to dump current girl and consummate with the new one – and frighteningly complex at the same time. Every single character has found a way to make their lives as difficult as possible with failed relationships, alcoholism, mad career choices and lifelong character defects.

But while the first three-quarters of the book made me chuckle at the witty comedy of errors, the self-depreciating stream of consciousness, the silly but oh so typical lesbian romances, and the mad family dynamics, the last quarter lost me completely. The plot becomes increasingly bizarre and goes from being a daft but enjoyable romance to a hyper-active fantasy. The characters actions and behaviors are “in-character” but only if those characters are taken to an extreme beyond reality.

I was really enjoying the story and the characters before the plot became so outlandish, but the ‘National Enquirer’ type ending didn’t work for me and left me regretting a more normal denouement.

Product info:

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • First published 2013
  • Publisher: Bella Books (17 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159493343X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594933431
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