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Bird of the Summer by Laila Blake: I did enjoy this story but it was my least favorite of th...moreARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
Bird of the Summer by Laila Blake: I did enjoy this story but it was my least favorite of them all. This has the teacher/student scenario to it and unfortunately (for me) I have a hard time with that kind of set up. I’m a little too risk conscious to be able to just enjoy these kinds of stories. I’m constantly freaking out that someone is going to walk in on them and I’m not even the one in “danger”! I enjoyed the writing and thought it well done it’s just not my type of subject matter generally. However, I have already selected other stories by this author that I’m very excited to read. It definitely wasn’t a lack of writing ability that kept me from enjoying this story as much as the others.
Off the Record by Harper Bliss: My favorite in the set! Maybe I’m biased because it was written by Harper Bliss, and I absolutely ADORE her and her writing, but I don’t care. I really enjoyed the set-up of a famous in the closet lesbian worrying over an interview with a hard ass journalist. I also always like the way Harper presents her characters right up front as being flawed but relate-able. Harper never disappoints!
Roadside Assistance by Lucy Felthouse: My 2nd favorite story in the set. I’ve had never read anything by this author so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I found it a rather sweet and romantic story and therefore it stood out from the other stories where there weren’t necessarily as many scenes of romance as there was lust.
As You Wish by Erzabet Bishop: This one and Cheyenne’s story tied for my 3rd favorite. I enjoy BDSM fiction so I this story was right up my alley. I loved the Mistress in this story and how she handles her live in housekeeper when she’s caught trespassing. Highly erotic and entertaining so I went and found more to read from Ms. Bishop.
My Name is Bond by Cheyenne Blue: Another sweet story that I thoroughly enjoyed. This one wasn’t necessarily as romanticized as Roadside Assistance but I absolutely loved the additional bit of storyline added here with the threat of cancer. It really rooted the story in a realistic setting that I could believe. Will be looking for more by this author as well. (less)
Wow...just...wow...There were so many ups and downs in this episode. The dynamic of the group is changing drastically with some heavy revelations and...moreWow...just...wow...There were so many ups and downs in this episode. The dynamic of the group is changing drastically with some heavy revelations and emotions being doled out by the page full. When I finished the episode I literally sat and stared at the last page for a full 30 seconds before then having to go back and re-read the previous encounter with Margot and Claire. I’m just so dumbfounded by the decisions some of these women are making. Here are my thoughts:
Margot: The way you’ve been behaving is not what I would consider appropriate. I horrified by how you decided to handle the situation and kind of hate having to say that part of me is really feeling for Inez when all I wanted to do was dislike her.
Claire: A strong independent woman who puts her entire heart and soul into whatever she decides to do. She deserves someone that is going to put as much of their love into her as she will to them. I really want to see her happy by the end of this. Her situation is the most heartbreaking for me. Although, I must say she had my favorite quote of the entire episode:
“There was nothing more effective to make siblings grow apart than one of them having children while the other remained childless. As if procreating was the most important aspect of life, and an existence that didn’t even consider children was a mere waste of time. As much as Claire loved her nieces and her nephew, she loved her own child-free life just as much.”
Woman after my own heart
Dominique/Steph: BAM!!! What was that Dominique?! You were full of surprises in this episode and I’m happy to say I misjudged you. Steph is becoming so in touch with who she is and what she really wants in life. I truly envy her constant outward demeanor of calm and confidence.
Juliette/Nadia: I would love to see these two recommit to each other in a different way and re-evaluate the ties of their relationship. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. I really love seeing the way the two of you are trying so hard to move forward. Things can never be the same but that’s not always a bad thing.
The Sex: This was a character in and of itself in this episode. Wow these ladies have some seriously mad skills and actually brought a slight blush to my cheeks are more than one occasion!
I’m so excited to read the conclusion of this season but at the same time worried. Things could go in a myriad of directions for my favorite group of girls and I’ll be anxiously awaiting the conclusion.
Thank you Harper for another enticing and emotional read, you never disappoint! (less)