Review of Love at Cooper’s Creek by Missouri Vaun

Love at Cooper’s Creek by [Vaun, Missouri]

When I saw Love at Cooper’s Creek by Missouri Vaun listed on NetGalley I was intrigued. I have really enjoyed the other books that I have read of hers in the past. This book was no exception.

Here is a short blurb about the book:

Successful but suffocated by the demands of her corporate career, Shaw Daily walks out on it all. She returns to her grandparents’ rural property in Cooper’s Creek, North Carolina, with a plan to hide out and reboot her life to be simple and stress free. But escapism eludes her when her attentions are captured by small town beauty Kate Elkins.

Kate has spent almost her entire life in Cooper’s Creek. For Kate, the bonds of small-town life are a source of strength and comfort. When her aging mother weakens, Kate takes a leave from teaching to care for her. Romance is the last thing on her mind when she bumps into her unrequited teen crush Shaw Dailey just back from California. Long-buried feelings resurface for Kate, but all Shaw sees is a beautiful woman saddled with the responsibilities she is finally free from.

I really enjoyed this book. I also liked how the story was told from both Shaw and Kates point of view. It gave a deeper view into their relationship. I liked how each of the characters had a side story to go along with their relationship. Shaw was on a search to find out about herself and she discovers the truth about her family. Kates Story hit close to home for me because Kates mother had Alzheimer’s and my grandmother also had Alzheimer’s and recently passed away. I really appreciated Kate taking care of her mother. I also enjoyed how Shaw is portrayed as Butch. When she stands up to the redneck boys I was on the edge of my seat. This book has some of the best sex scenes that I have ever read.

I would recommend this book for anyone who loves a sweet romance and steamy sex scenes. Also, if you like strong butch women this is a great book for you.

A big thanks to Bold Strokes Books and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review Love at Cooper’s Creek.

You can purchase a copy of Love at Cooper’s Creek by clicking here.



Interview with Clare Lydon

Clare Lydon headshot

I just finished reading Twice in a Lifetime  by Clare Lydon , and I have had the opportunity to interview the author about it!

 Who or what inspired you to start writing?

The first lesbian series I ever read was Alison Bechdel’s comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For. It was so brilliantly written, and I always wanted to emulate her but purely in words – I’m no graphic artist! I then read Georgia Beers’ books and realized there was a whole world of lesbian romance out there – but most of it American. So I thought I’d write lesbian romances set in the UK to balance things up!

Which of your books was your favorite to write?

It’s normally the last one I’ve written, so I’d have to say Twice In A Lifetime. Writing that book also reminds me of the fabulous time I had in Chicago last year where the idea for the book was born, so it still makes me smile. I also have a soft spot for Nothing To Lose, because that was based on a true story and reading some of the accounts of the flooding that occurred and the community spirit that came out of it was humbling. I put my heart and soul into that book and readers seem to love it.

Who is your favorite character from your books and why?

I love Jess from London Calling because she was my original heroine, and it’s been great to see her grow up in the following London books. I’m just finishing book four in the series – The London Of Us – and there will be another following that, too.

Where is your favorite place to write?

It always used to be my office, but about nine months ago, our neighbor decided to excavate their basement and it meant our house was shaking every day for about six weeks. It made me feel sick, so I started writing in a coffee shop down the road from me – and now I can’t write anywhere else! The good thing is the coffee shop is a 25-minute walk along the river, so it gets my steps up, too. It’s a win-win!

What is your writing process?

I wrote my first three books – London Calling, This London Love and The Long Weekend – by the seat of my pants. I had no idea what the story was, I just wrote. However, since All I Want For Christmas, I have become a plotter. I work out the theme of the book, I work out story and character arcs, and then I plot scene by scene, so that when I sit down to write, I know exactly what I am going to do. This has super-charged my writing speed! Once I have the story done, it goes through a story editor and a copy editor, as well as early readers to check everything works and makes sense.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

I learned a lot doing it the first time, and my second book took half the time it took to write book one. For my third book, I wrote it in five months, and now my process from day one to publishing is around four months. This year, I’d like to speed that up a little more!

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

Scrivener is an invaluable writing software and only costs about £40. It’s definitely the best money I ever spent. I also love buying nice pens. I don’t write stories with them, but I love looking at them while I type – they’re inspiring!

What is something memorable you have heard from your readers/fans?

I heard from one reader that my books helped a suicidal teen realizes she wasn’t alone and after reading it, her mum read it too and it brought the family together. She’s now got a girlfriend and has gone to her first pride. That brought a tear to my eye. I also recently had a mail from a man whose daughter came out, and he wanted to read some lesbian fiction to know lesbians could have happy endings too – and he’s now a fan of mine. I also love hearing from readers just telling me that my books have cheered them up or touched their week – it’s why I write!

What book that you have read has most influenced your life?

I loved Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit – what a first book that was. But while I admire Jeanette Winterson’s writing, it’s authors like Judy Blume and JoJo Moyes I want to emulate. I loved Judy Blume’s recent In The Unlikely Event, and JoJo Moyes’ The Last Letter To My Lover was spell-binding. And if you haven’t read And Playing The Role Of Myself by KE Lane, it’s one of the best lesfic novels ever written.

How do you take your coffee?

Nuclear strength, splash of milk.

Review of Twice in a Lifetime by Clare Lydon

Twice In A Lifetime

When one of my favorite authors contacted me to read her latest work I couldn’t turn down the opportunity. Twice in a Lifetime by Clare Lydon is a wonderful story of a second chance romance.


Here is a short blurb about the book:

When her first love walks back into her life, Harriet Locke is thrown – because Sally McCall still looks as gorgeous as ever. The trouble is, Sally doesn’t trust Harriet, and with good reason: she hasn’t forgotten the past.

Sally loved her once, but 17 years later, is that still the case? And if it is, there’s just the small matter of living in different states, as well as convincing Sally she’s worth taking a chance on again.

Will Harriet and Sally be lucky enough to find love twice in a lifetime?

From the best-selling author of London Calling and Nothing To Lose comes a witty & wondrous story of second-chance romance!


As always Clare Lydon delivers. Twice in a Lifetime is a cute lighthearted read.  I really enjoy how chance brings these two lovers back together. I thought that the characters were beautifully written. My favorite character was Sally. She was so relatable. I feel like everyone has been he here shoes before. Not knowing what choice to make because they don’t want to be hurt again. I was also a huge fan of Aunt Paula. She seemed like that crazy Aunt that everyone has. You can’t help but love her because she is so off the wall. The sex scenes in this book are a knockout. Clare really has a talent for creating some of the steamiest sex scenes in her books.



I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a second chance romance. Also to anyone who loves steamy sex scenes.


I would like to thank Clare Lydon for allowing me to review this book.

You can purchase a copy of Twice in a Lifetime by clicking here.

Review of Lucy’s Chance by Jackie D


I really enjoy reading Thrillers. There is something about the way they keep you guessing that I really enjoy. When I saw Lucy’s Chance by Jackie D available on NetGalley I couldn’t pass up the chance to read it.


Here is a short blurb about the book:

Lucy severed the connection to her first love when the seduction of college life pulled at her desires. Now in their thirties, Lucy returns home to cover a story where Detective Erica Chance plays a central character. Erica has spent a decade trying to banish the memory of Lucy, and on the surface, she has succeeded. Now, the reporter is back in her life, insisting she is a valued resource in the search for their hometown’s first serial killer. Old wounds are opened and new enemies are discovered as Lucy tries to take her chance.


I thought this book was great. I really enjoyed how the search for the serial killer was the main focus of the book. The way the relationship between Lucy and Erica was intertwined with the story of the missing women really made the story for me. Even though the women had a past they didn’t let it take away from trying to save the victim of the serial killer. I enjoyed how Lucy and Erica had a troubled past but still had a deep connection to one another. As everyone knows I always enjoy a story with a puppy in it and this book does not disappoint in that area. There are two cute little puppers to love.


I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the Mystery or Thriller genera.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

You can purchase a copy of Lucy’s Chance by clicking here.


Review of Off Pitch by Brianna Kienitz

Off Pitch (Pitch Prodigies, #1)

After the craziness that was my fall semester I needed a light-hearted read. Lucky for me Off Pitch by Brianna Kienitz was exactly what I needed. It has been on my to-read list since the bringing of the fall semester and I have finally got back into reading and writing for my blog.


Here is a short blurb about the book:

Soccer star Adeline Fahey has never taken an interest in the world outside of the pitch. The daughter of wealthy Irish immigrants, and a straight-A student, she sees nothing but the goal—finish her last two years of school and join a professional soccer team—no ifs, ands, or buts.


Then Gabriella Soto, a cello prodigy in her own right and the teaching assistant in Adeline’s dreaded Beginning Spanish class, walks onto her playing field.


After a drunken night in a T-rex costume boots their hearts onto a collision course, Adeline and Gabriella must tackle a field of school scandal, homophobic parents, and their own passionate career goals to have a shot at something more. In the face of so many obstacles, Adeline and Gabriella fear that their love may not be strong enough to score them the championship relationship they never knew they wanted.


I really enjoyed reading this book. I really liked that the characters had a sense of humor. There were times when I couldn’t help laughing out loud. I thought that the relationship between Adeline and Gabriella was very cute. They really loved and cared about each other. They handled their relationship problems well. The problems that they had were very relatable. They were growing up and finding out were their relationship fit into their goals and dreams.


The only problem I had with the story was the main character. Her personality was great and I thought she was hilarious but the way that she threw her money around was ridiculous. Even after her parents disowned her she still used their money. It was like she took no credit for herself.


If you are looking for a lighthearted romance novel this I would recommend this book.


You can purchase a copy of Off Pitch by clicking here.

Review of Crossing the Wide Forever By Missouri Vaun

Crossing the Wide Forever

Most people know I love a good historical fiction novel especially set in the developing American frontier. So, when I saw that Crossing the Wide Forever by Missouri Vaun on NetGalley I jumped at the chance to read it. I was not disappointed.


Here is a short blurb about the book:

Cody Walsh leaves Arkansas for California. Lured by stories of opportunity, even for women, Cody disguises herself as a man and prepares for the arduous journey west. 

Lillie Ellis leaves New York to accept a post as a schoolteacher on the frontier near a small homestead she just inherited from her uncle. Lillie’s ultimate desire is to become a painter, and she hopes the Kansas frontier will offer her the freedom to follow that dream. In the nineteenth-century, a young woman has few options in the East that don’t revolve around marriage and motherhood. Lillie is interested in neither.

Cody rescues Lillie after a chance encounter in Independence, Missouri. Their destinies and desires become entwined as they face the perils of the untamed West. Despite their differences, they discover that love’s uncharted frontier is not for the weak in spirit or the faint of heart.


I really enjoyed this book. I liked how it was from the point of view of both Cody and Lillie. When they had conflicts, you could understand them from both of their points of view which made the characters very relatable. I also thought their romance was sweet. It seemed to develop naturally and not be forced like in a lot of lesbian fiction. The story also kept me on the edge of my seat. The ending was amazing one of the best ending I have ever read. I also appreciated that Cody was portrayed as butch. The only problem I had with the story was sometimes phrases were used that took me out of the period setting. But that was only in the first portion of the book.


If you like historical romance novels I would highly recommend this book. Also, if you like strong butch women this is a great book for you.

You can purchase a copy of Crossing The Wide Forever by clicking here.



A big thanks to Bold Strokes Books and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review Crossing the Wide Forever.




Review of A Girl Called London by Clare Lydon


Romance novels have always been a guilty pleasure for me so when I was contacted to review A Girl Called London by Clare Lydon I couldn’t wait to get started.

Here is a short blurb about the book:
Tanya Grant is a high-flyer who’s ready for a fresh start. That is, until her gran dies, leaving behind her dog, Delilah, and a hot mess of family pain.

Enter Sophie London, dog walker and girl about town. She’s on a romance sabbatical after getting burnt, and nothing changes when she meets Tanya.

However, when their paths keep crossing, the pair are thrown together on a roadtrip to Tanya’s home town. What happens next changes both their lives forever.

If you love romance with humour and heart — along with a cast of pooches — you’ll love the latest London Romance from the best-selling author of London Calling and This London Love.

This book really struck home for me because my grandmother passed away earlier this year. I could truly feel Tanya’s pain having lost someone who meant so much in her life. It was also very sweet that she took in her grandmothers dog when her mother threatens to give her away. Anyone who knows me knows I have a soft spot when it comes to animals.

I think the book did a great job explaining why Tanya and Sophie acted the way they did in their relationships. Past experience really does taint how people regard future relationships. Both women had been hurt in the past and needed to work out their issues before they were able to love each other. I’m excited to read the next installment in the London series.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romance novels. The relationship is very believable and the smexy scenes are extra smexy. Plus, who could say no to a cute puppy?

Thanks to the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

If you would like to read this book it can be found at Amazon.