Monthly Archives: March 2017

Delay of Game – Tracey Richardson

Delay of Game - Tracey RichardsonSet in the world of women’s international ice hockey Delay of Game is an excellent combination of sports based intrigue and rekindled romance.

Niki was one of the top players on the Canadian olympic team, now retired and teaching, she has moved on, married, become a parent and been widowed. When team Canada come knocking her first response is to say no, but her country and her team need her for the upcoming olympics. Eva is still playing and still one of the best on the young American team, but her body is giving out and its a constant struggle to get on the ice.

Their relationship ended bitterly many years before and they have avoided each other ever since, but now they are bound to meet in the run up to the olympics. Old feelings spark, rivalries run deep and some will do literally anything to win. When it comes to the crunch both women have to choose who they want to be, and where their loyalties lie.

This is a great read, fast moving, full of intrigue and action, on and off the rink. The spark between Eva and Niki is excellent, one having settled, literally, the other having spent her energy being a player in every sense of the word. The constant battle between their obvious passion for each other, Niki’s determination to stay loyal to her past and their commitment to their teams makes for great romantic tension and some hot sex.

Tracey richardson bioBoth women are interesting characters, well drawn and complex. You want both to succeed, clearly impossible for opposing teams, but off the rink you can’t help but want them to work it out. The intrigue between the teams adds a great dramatic energy that lifts this above a straight forward romance. Even though it is obvious who is playing dirty Ms Richardson keeps the tension high until the very end, we may know who, but we don’t know why – or if good will overcome.

Thoroughly enjoyable read, one of her best yet, and given they are all on my re-read pile that’s saying a lot.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • First published 2017
  • Publisher: Bella Books (February 21, 2017)
  • ISBN: 978-1594935268
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Secret Hearts – Radclyffe

Secret Hearts - RadclyffeThe new Rad is an excellent lightweight traditional romance: quick and easy with little angst and a sweet charm.

Kip comes from money and power, but finds herself on the wrong side of at least a misdemeanour when she tries to make sure her brother doesn’t drink and drive. Being assigned to 400 hours of service at a local Community Garden is a million mies from her normal life, but she quickly realises just how much life she is missing.

Jordan was born a farmer and it’s in her blood, but tragedy has left her living a life with very little commitment. Sort term projects using her Ag skills, very few friends and a sense of always moving on. She is passionate about her projects though and not at all sure she sees the help of a criminal she never even asked for.

I really liked Kip and Jordan. They both have a complex family back history and are deeply scarred by tragedy. They both live restricted and unemotional lives because of their losses. Their coming together is a classic “happy ever after” without much angst, their attraction is overwhelming and overcomes any minor obstacle, but who doesn’t need an extremely rosy HEA now and again?

RadclyffeThere are touches of realism. Kip’s enabling behaviour to her wayward brother, the dysfunctional family, the fear of an illegal when the feds show up, even Kip’s claustrophobic reaction to a jail cell. Enough grounding to make it real, especially the heartfelt energy to make the project work, bring the garden to life.

Well written, fast paced, easy reading – an enjoyable way to spend the evening being swept away by romance and passion.  Radclyffe at her romantic best.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • First published 2017
  • Publisher: BBold Strokes Books (March 14, 2017)
  • ASIN: B06X3ZKY8K
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The Termination – Annette Mori

The Termination - Annette MoriAnnette Mori writes the most unusual books. No two have anything in common except for their distinctiveness. The Termination starts out as a seeming political thriller, prophetic and apt for the events which have happened since it was written, but resolves into a sweet traditional romance.

The political thread of the story was clearly written, as the author mentions in her closing note, as an outrageous political satire, taking the worst case scenario for the 2016 election to an extreme of neo-nazi dictatorship. The action adventure is fast paced and while, intentionally, far fetched is a great read.

Without giving away the plot its very hard to explain what happens next, so suffice it to say that out of the satirical drama comes a sweet romance. The plot links between the political drama and the main characters lives are cleverly done and quite fascinating. The story cross’s several genre boundaries which adds unexpected twists and turns.

Annette Mori BioThe main characters, Codee and Sawyer, are genuine, well drawn and complex women with layered and realistic backstories that make them very authentic. The secondary characters add depth and, if Ms Mori was a series writer, could easily be the basis of another romance novel, while I personally would vote to read Erma’s story which i suspect would be most intriguing.

The writing is well done, quite face paced despite describing a slow burn romance. The authors style and tone pulls you in and carries you along like the great storyteller she is. While you might know there is going to be a happy ever after ending, there is always that sense of expectation, waiting for another twist in the tale.

A lovely read, i thoroughly enjoyed it.


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  • Paperback: 183 pages
  • First published 2017
  • Publisher: Affinity (January 31, 2017)
  • ASIN: B01N171BC1
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Amounting To Nothing – Karis Walsh

Amounting to Nothing - Karis WalshBook three in the Tacoma Mounted Police series, although this will definitely stand alone if you haven’t read the previous stories. This is a sweet and gentle romance with a frisson of crime drama.

Billie Mitchell is a vet with PTSD who has found a place in the Tacoma Mounted Police. Despite considering herself a nomad after a disruptive childhood and years in the army, she is settled in Tacoma and has made friends in the neighbourhood and on the force.

Merissa Karr comes from a very privileged background and although she lives on her grandfather’s estate and runs a polo team, she is determined to make her own way as a project manager and designer in urban renewal. When her boss is shot the suspect list is small, and the motive hard to believe, but she needs both Billie’s protection and understanding in the aftermath of murder, and she is determined to find out why her boss and friend were killed.

Karis Walsh biogAs always with Karis Walsh’s books the characters are well drawn and the inter-relationships well developed. The friendships grow as the books unfold, and these are people we can genuinely care about and want to succeed. Ms Walsh has a subtle and enjoyable way of developing her characters and portraying their interactions, with an excellent narrative balance and a writing style that makes the plot flow.

There isn’t a huge amount of tension, and the crime is solved quite easily, but the crime is a vehicle for the romance, and I always enjoy Karis’ gentle and sweet stories. Well written and edited, this is an easy read, but definitely a great way to send the evening in front of the fire.


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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • First published 2017
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes (February 14, 2017)
  • ASIN: B01N6SVDY7
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