Monthly Archives: December 2016

Taste – Kris Bryant

Taste - Kris BryantKi Blake is in her final semester at culinary school and determined to win the coveted scholarship. She knows its between her and 2 others and intends to everything she’s got into the final term. When she walks in to her first class, late, she is stopped in her tracks by the gorgeous new instructor, Taryn Ellis.

Taryn has chosen to step back from being one of the top chefs in the city while she brings up her 5-year-old daughter on her own. Her new job at the Kirkwood Culinary Academy is both a way to earn a living, and to pass on the love of food that is central to her world.

Ki and Taryn have an instant attraction and their chemistry sizzles, but both know it’s a very bad idea to cross the line. Ki is leaving on that scholarship, and Taryn cant afford to lose her job for getting involved with a student.

This is an excellent traditional romance, well written, well conceived and well put together. Kris Bryant has given us a lovely warm hearted story about two real human beings with whom we can genuinely engage. There is no melodrama, no over blown angst, just two women with an instant attraction who have to decide first, how to deal with it and second, how much it’s worth.

Ki and Taryn are genuinely nice women, people we would love to meet, let alone have cook for us. Their passion for food matches their lust for each other and Ms Bryant uses the culinary school setting as an superb backdrop for the romance. The sub-plot of the lessons and experiences of the student chefs, the interaction of the characters and the believable angst over winning the scholarship all give a layer of interest and credibility.

Kris BryantA few of the secondary characters stand out, primarily Ki’s main competition, but it is Olivia, Taryn’s 5-year-old, who makes the most impact. Finely drawn and interesting in her own right there is a charming interaction between her and Ki that adds a genuine warmth to the story, and allows Ms Bryant to show the deep bond between Taryn and her daughter.

I really enjoyed this, light, warm, cheerful, entertaining with some delightful romance, hot sex and characters you are really rooting for. Perfect for an evening in front of the fire, preferably with a fine wine and some delicious nibbles.

(publisher review copy received)

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Product info:

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • First published 2016
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (October 18, 2016)
  • ASIN: B01LXI13ZS
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Love On Call – Radclyffe

Love On Call - RadcliffeBack to the Rivers family Hospital and ex –army medic physician-assistant Glenn Archer is the permanently on call ER PA who works to atone for the lives she couldn’t save. She is the typical cut-off true romantic who no longer believes she is fit for anything except work. Mariana Mateo arrives in town to join the faculty of the new PA training program, leaving a home and family that has left her battered and bruised from rejection. She is determined to make a new life, but having never been part of a small town community, has no idea what to expect, or how she will fit in.

A very traditional romance, with two women with damaged hearts and souls, seeing work as their only positive, determined to create a life on their own, both with very different but equally valid reasons for being emotionally distant. On the one hand they fit almost seamlessly into the Rivers clan, Glenn as an adopted member of the family, Mari soon finding that she has found a perfect niche, but on the other both are outsiders having either come from or faced far tougher lives than those of the sheltered small town community.

Glenn and Mari are interesting characters. There’s enough angst to give the story impetus without being melodramatic. I always enjoy Radclyffe’s medical dramas and this one definitely kept my interest with it’s medical emergencies and the interplay of the ER team. The classic climax of the plot is well done, and there’s a good mix of romance and sexual exploration.

RadclyffeI enjoyed the read, I enjoyed, as always, revisiting well-liked and known characters and seeing the developing interaction between them. I admit to being an avid series junky, and the Rivers clan are a warm and welcoming bunch. Each novel adds a layer of events and knowledge to our existing characters and I particularly enjoyed seeing a little more of mother Rivers, the rock behind the family.

One has to wonder quite how many lesbians can work in this one fairly small hospital, how many lesbians you can fit into one family, and how many new romances Rad can work into the series. I would definitely vote to revisit, deepen and broaden the existing characters; any more incoming will push the bounds of suspended disbelief.

For me the Rivers Community Romance series is a solid and enjoyable soap, nothing too taxing or difficult, a gentle re-immersion into a familiar space. Not up there with the Provincetown and Honor Series, but still a very pleasant way to spend the evening in front of the fire.

(publisher review copy received)

Did you know? If you purchase any of the books reviewed on the LRR from our Amazon shop or Amazon page links we receive a couple of cents per book which will help us support the Lesbian Reading Room GCLS Scholarship Fund.

Product info:

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • First published 2016
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (Nov 15, 2016)
  • ASIN: B01MEHWKXB
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Amazon.co.uk
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