Sunday, July 31, 2011

June Reading List (Playing Catch Up)

OK, here's what I read in June 2011:


Finished All That Matters by Susan X. Meagher & gave it 4 stars. Excellent story! Fantastic read!!




Life is going damned well for Blair Spencer. She’s a very successful real estate agent, happily married to a man who encourages her to live the independent life she loves—and they’re actively working to have a baby. The wrench in the works is that Blair favors adoption, while her husband David desperately wants to have a biological child. The fates are against them, and they finally seek the help of a group of reproductive specialists. One of the doctors, a surgeon named Kylie Mackenzie, eventually becomes a good friend to Blair. And she needs all of the friends she can get when things start to go horribly wrong at home. As her marriage teeters on the brink of collapse, …..

Finished The Legacy by Susan X. Meagher & gave it 4 stars. Awesome, wonderful, tender & exciting.

The Legacy

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The good news is that you’ve just been given a guest house in a great gay and lesbian resort area. The bad news is that your mother, who gave you away at birth, left it to you in her will. Noel wants to sell her gift as soon as possible. But when she makes a few trips down to Rehoboth Beach before putting it on the market she’s convinced that she’d get a much better price if she made some repairs. Enter Toni, handywoman extraordinaire and noted ladykiller. As Noel gets more involved in repairing the house she finds she’s more interested in the renovator than the renovations. Toni is just the kind of woman who gets her motor running. But there are so many complications …..


Finished Cherry Grove by Susan X. Meagher & gave 4 stars. Great story, real people, real emotions.

Cherry Grove

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When Hayden rented a house in Cherry Grove on Fire Island for the summer she was looking for nothing more than a quiet place to write. Accessible only by ferry, the island promised to give her the solitude she needed. But she hadn't counted on the allure o...f the ferry driver; a headstrong, proud, prickly woman named Gina. Gina is happy with her life , and she's not quite ready to get into another relationship. But Hayden gets under her skin, and they wind up making a very quick trip to bed. Once that itch is scratched the women have to decide if there's more between them than lust. They're both fairly certain that their lives are too different to really mesh, but...still...there's something …..

Finished Just Business by Julie Cannon & gave it 4 stars. Wonderful story, touching, tearful, joyous

Just Business

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What should be just business becomes much more when two women agree to a deal that changes their lives. Real estate tycoon Dillon Matthews, in the middle of negotiating the deal of her life, is stunned when the owner of the small parcel of land she desperately needs to complete her latest project presents the final condition she must meet to close the deal. Callie Sheffield is struggling to pay the attorney she has hired to appeal her brother’s conviction for a crime he didn’t commit. When Dillon and Callie meet by chance, they realize each has what the other needs. A simple business transaction will give them both what they need—until love threatens to derail the negotiations.


 
Finished Love in the Outback by JM Cann & gave it 3 stars. Good book, very interesting story but it had terrible formatting on my Kindle.

Love in the Outback

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Tara and Grace's relationship is still new when they move from the protective environments of the city of San Francisco to the wilds of Australia. Both women will be tested as an ex-lover and the near death of one of them will make them question their commitment and love. Will Tara and Grace walk away from their love or dig deep within their hearts to unearth the real love they both have for each other? This struggle will involve family and friends as the two women learn what it takes to be a couple while becoming comfortable with their new life in Australia.


Finished Whitewater Rendezvous by Kim Baldwin and gave it 4 stars. Wonderful story!!


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Danger, destiny, and romance on the river. A wilderness kayak adventure brings together two very different women—Chaz Herrick, a laid-back outdoorswoman, and Megan Maxwell, a workaholic news executive. As they battle the challenges of nature for survival, they discover that true love may be nothing at all like they imagined.


Finished A Gift From Home by Regina Paul and gave it 4 stars. A short, fun read.

A Gift From Home

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Melanie has always known she was attracted to women and not men. Kicked out of the only home she's ever known when she was eighteen, Melanie has been on her own for years. Verbally abused her whole life by her mother because she is tall, big boned, tan, an...d god forbid, a brunette, Melanie used her mother's disappointment in her sexual orientation as an excuse to chart her own course. But when a bus ticket along with a plea to come home for Thanksgiving arrives out of the blue, Melanie is less than enthused, and suspicious. However, it is not her mother who arrives to pick her up at the bus station, but a familiar and beautiful blond. Melanie and Loraleigh fall hard for each other, but Melanie…..



Finished Breaking the Ice by Kim Baldwin and gave it 4 stars. A very excellent read!

Breaking the Ice

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Nothing is easy about life above the Arctic Circle. Except, perhaps, falling in love. Bryson Faulkner embraces the challenges that come with making a home in one of the most beautiful but unforgiving places on earth: the isolation of the endless wilderness..., the harsh and unpredictable climate, the predators that lurk about her remote cabin. And even the most perilous dangers of all—those that await her when she takes to the skies as one of Alaska’s most daring bush pilots. The only thing missing is a special woman to share it all with, but she’s resigned herself to the fact that few people can thrive in such an extreme environment. Everything Karla Edwards thought she ……


Finished Safe Harbor (Provincetown Tales) by Radclyffe & gave 5 stars. An emotional roller coaster.

Safe Harbor (Provincetown Tales)

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A mysterious newcomer, a reclusive doctor, and a troubled gay teenager learn about love, friendship, and trust during one tumultuous summer in Provincetown. Reese Conlon, LtCol USMCR, is the new sheriff who has heads turning amidst speculation as to who wi...ll be the first woman to capture her attentions. Doctor Victoria King has been betrayed by love once and refuses to risk heartbreak again. Brianna Parker, the teenaged daughter of Reese's chief, fears her father’s wrath when he learns that she loves another girl. As these three women struggle to live and love in freedom, they risk their hearts and souls to give one ….


Finished Designed for Love by Erin Dutton and gave it 4 stars. Excellent story & characters.

Designed for Love

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Jillian Sealy and Wil Johnson don’t much like each other but they do have to work together, at least long enough to rehab an historic house. Jillian Sealy is not running away from her life, she’s seizing a business opportunity. That’s ...what she tells herself when she moves to a rural Tennessee town to flip a nearly century-old house. But the project gets a bit more interesting when she meets her devastatingly attractive contractor, Wil Johnson. When Jillian seems to think she has Wil all figured out from nearly their first meeting, Wil wants nothing to do with her. Wil has spent most of her life being underestimated by her neighbors because of where she came from, and she……


Finished Homecoming by Nell Stark and gave it 4 stars. Excellent read. Great characters.

Homecoming

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Love is thicker than blood. When Yale student Sarah Storm comes out to her parents, they disown her and withdraw all support for her education. A few days later, Sarah's long-term girlfriend breaks up with her and Sarah loses everything that matters&#x2014...;family, future dreams, and love. Forced to leave Yale with only the contents of her dorm room and a boat of a car bequeathed to her by her grandmother, Sarah scrambles to get her life back on track at the University of Rhode Island. Burying her hurt and disappointment, Sarah throws herself into both her classes and social life. But no one she meets is quite as intriguing as Rory, her new—and apparently straight—roommate.


Finished Starting From Scratch by Georgia Beers & gave it 4 stars. Sweet, tender, loving, an awesome story.

Starting From Scratch

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What happens when your life takes an unexpected turn? What happens when you need to protect the one you love from the one you want to love? What happens when you lose something you never knew you wanted? Lambda and Golden Crown Literary Award-winning auth...or Georgia Beers brings to you her long-awaited seventh novel, Starting from Scratch, a story where learning, laughing, loving, and baked goods are just a few of life’s basic ingredients. Starting from Scratch…where life is what you make it.


Finished Dreams of Bali by C.J. Harte and gave it 4 stars. A very enjoyable read!

Dreams of Bali

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Work, power, and success are the idols attorney Madison Barnes worships, and she’s never allowed anything, or anyone, to interfere with attaining them—except for her younger sister Dee. To help her sister out, Madison reluctantly agrees to sp...end a weekend with Dee’s closest friend, a smart-ass troublemaker Karlie Henderson. To Madison’s consternation, she discovers that the opinionated young college activist she remembers has turned into a wildly popular romance author and an attractive, exciting woman she can’t quite keep out of her thoughts. Karlie's life is in complete upheaval. Depressed and troubled, she's not looking forward to spending a weekend ……


Finished Full Court Pressure by Lynn Galli & gave 4 stars. Excellent read, very enjoyable.

Full Court Pressure

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When Graysen Viola moves across the country to coach a college basketball team, she thought the hardest part of her job would be establishing a winning record. Being wrong has never been so challenging. A misunderstanding puts her in the unique position of... coaching the men’s team, which is struggling just to be competitive. The last thing this team wants or thinks it needs is a female coach. Together they must find a way to understand and trust each other in order to succeed. Complicating matters is the lovely and persistent volleyball coach, Darby Evan, a former crush from their college days. Graysen isn’t sure starting a relationship with a colleague amidst her job turmoil is …..


Finished Imagining Reality (Special Edition) by Lynn Galli and gave it 4 stars. excellent!

Imagining Reality (Special Edition)

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Considered Charlottesville’s most eligible lesbian, Jessie Ximena has recently grown tired of that status and has stopped dating entirely. She’d rather focus on the important things in life like her job, her family, and her friends. There will always be plenty of time for relationships when she feels like jumping back into the fray. If she finds someone to hold her interest, that is. Lauren Aleric has been searching for Ms. Right since she began dating, but no one has yet filled the role. Her friends think that she’s too much of a romantic mush to settle. She wishes she could be more like her good friend Jessie, who seems perfectly happy dating casually.


Finished Wasted Heart (Special Edition) by Lynn Galli & gave 4 stars. What a great series. Awesome!

Wasted Heart (Special Edition)

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Austy Nunziata has spent two years pining for her married best friend and about the same amount of time berating herself for it. In fact, she’s so adept at trying to stamp out her feelings that she could probably write a How-To guide on the subject.... One, move 3,000 miles away from your best friend. Two, get a time-consuming job so you don’t have time to think about your best friend. Three, hang out with new friends who aren’t anywhere as enchanting as your best friend. Four, get involved with a striking woman who is smart, sexy, caring and, most importantly, available, unlike your best friend. Five, hope the new love interest doesn’t find out about your pathetic ……


Finished Trails Merge by Rachel Spangler and gave it 4 stars. Excellent read. Great story.

Trails Merge

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Every skier knows that anything can happen when trails merge. After a devastating ultimatum from her lover, Campbell Carson returns to her childhood home, Bear Run Ski Resort, seeking her family’s unconditional solace and support. Parker Riley escapes to the mountain after the high-powered world of Chicago’s political machine leaves her questioning her judgment in both life and love. Despite their initial wariness, the women find their budding friendship snowballing toward romance. The idyllic mountain resort is the perfect setting for them to learn to rebuild trust, and perhaps to find a second chance at love. However, when Parker’s past resurfaces, Campbell is forced …..

Finished Fully Involved by Erin Dutton & gave 4 stars. Excellent read. Great characters & story.

Fully Involved

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A love that has smoldered for years ignites when two women and one little boy come together in the aftermath of tragedy. An early morning hotel fire turns out to be anything but routine, and firefighter Reid Webb’s best friend and partner, Jimmy Gra...nt, dies. Guilt-ridden and grieving, Reid feels responsible for her partner’s young son, Chase. She would do anything for him, even if that means spending far too much time in the company of the woman she’s harbored feelings for since high school. Isabel Grant doesn’t know anything about raising children. But when she returns to her hometown to assume custody of her orphaned nephew, she gets a crash course.


Finished Uncommon Emotions (Special Edition) by Lynn Galli & gave 4 stars. Fantastic emotional read.

Uncommon Emotions (Special Edition)

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As a turnaround specialist, Joslyn Simonini spends her days analyzing corporate profit margins and trying to keep her likeness from being turned into a voodoo doll by company employees. If she does her job well, they often lose theirs. So, it comes as a surprise when she finds herself being kissed one day at work. She’s even more shocked to find out that the mysterious kissing bandit is a woman. Not in the habit of kissing women, Joslyn tries to brush off the unintentional mistake. But before long, she’s forced to examine the rush of emotions that accompanied the kiss, especially when she meets Raven Malvolio. At first, she needs Raven to complete her analysis, but she doesn’t ….


Finished Doublecrossed by Susan X. Meagher & gave 4 stars. Joyous, funny, tender & heart breaking!

Doublecrossed

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Trying to figure out the rules of her first lesbian relationship is a difficult task for Callie Emerson. She and her girlfriend worked long and hard hammering out an agreement on fidelity. But Marina is having an even harder time keeping her end of the bar...gain. Regan Manning and her lover had a very traditional relationship, built on a foundation of monogamy. Or so Regan thought. She is devastated when she learns the truth, and she is unwilling to forgive or forget. Cheating partners brought Callie and Regan together. Not as lovers, but as friends supporting each other through tough times. They slowly realize that they could be more than friends. But each has to get past her insecurities before ….


Finished The Reluctant Vampire: An Argeneau Novel by Lynsay Sands & gave 5 stars. I love this series

The Reluctant Vampire: An Argeneau Novel

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Has this immortal finally met her match? Rogue hunter Drina Argenis (from the Spanish side of the Argeneau family) has been many things in her years as an immortal, but bodyguard/babysitter to a teenage vampire is something new. There's an incentive, however: the other vampsitter, Harper Stoyan, may be Drina's life mate. Trouble is, having just lost a life mate, Harper is resigned to being alone. He's completely unprepared when sexy and unpredictable Drina bursts into his life to reignite his passions. Can Drina, with a little matchmaking help from their teen charge, tempt this reluctant vampire to take a chance? Or will a dangerous, unseen renegade kill Drina and Harper's one chance ….

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