Is there anything that befalls womankind that doesn't appear in this series? Whew! Don't get me wrong, as much as is covered in these books, these are...moreIs there anything that befalls womankind that doesn't appear in this series? Whew! Don't get me wrong, as much as is covered in these books, these are not thrillers. Suspense is there, but you have a confidence that it will work out. Love seems to pull the characters and reader through it all.
This second book is even better than the first, if that's possible. The characters are wonderful. I love them all. Well, that is, except the bad ones and even they are believable. This book had more the stresses of life as a rock-star and cop couple who happen to be lesbian. In this book we see the stresses of married life, fertility treatments, adoptions and so much more.
Erotica peppers the two books, but I feel it is fun and a natural part of being a couple. Spice of life, you know?
My favorite parts of the books, aside from the above fun, was the child, Calista. I fell in love with her in the last book, starting with sandcastles and that love continues into this one.
Although I have watched the reality show with Guiliana and Bill and the troubles they had with IVF treatments, I think climbing into the minds of Lynn and Alexis gave me a better appreciation of what women, couples, go through to get and stay pregnant.
That was on top of the bigoted treatment the couple had sustained in their individual lifetimes. When others can't find it in themselves to love you in spite of the fact that you don't fit their idea of what is normal and acceptable, yet all you want is love.
Gosh, I miss Lynn and Alexis! Though the author didn't leave us on a cliffhanger, there were enough threads to let us know we were not finished. I can hardly wait to read book three!(less)
This was a fun book. I loved the characters, plots, and sub-plots. It was very sexy, romantic. If you don't like lesbian romance this isn't for you. I...moreThis was a fun book. I loved the characters, plots, and sub-plots. It was very sexy, romantic. If you don't like lesbian romance this isn't for you. I believe love is love and found this delightful.
I especially liked the little daughter. The author made her so realistic. I wanted to give her a hug and kiss on the forehead.
For those who might feel hesitant to read a mystery/thriller, know that the levels of anxiousness are not too high. I don't think I will have any bad dreams about this book. The good feelings far outweigh the bad.
At midnight, I finished the book yet wasn't ready to go to sleep, so I started book 2. Book 1 didn't end with a cliffhanger, so it could be read and left behind until you are ready to read the next book. All threads were nicely tied up.
One small thing, there were a lot of places that could have used better editing. But that didn't detract from the story; plot and character kept me engaged.(less)
Not many books throw the main character into the action pregnant with twins. Even worse, whose babies are they? Poor Alpha Rylie has found herself in...moreNot many books throw the main character into the action pregnant with twins. Even worse, whose babies are they? Poor Alpha Rylie has found herself in this weird predicament. I love that the rivals for her love and progeny are brothers who have love for each other, often to their own detriment. And will these twins be pups or human? So many questions yet so much to do!
Meanwhile, Rylie's aunt is now a zombie. And Cain, the rotten apple from Abel and Seth's mother, is raising--well, Cain! Add to all that the care of a pack and Rylie's got trouble!
This was another quick exciting read that had me up til the early morning. I had to know what was going to happen, and the action didn't quit until that last page. No, it wasn't a cliffhanger. Even so, I have made myself not read the next book until I write this so I won't be confused again. SO--Read this series after Summer of the Moon series and enjoy!!(less)
Wow! Just Wow! This book was fantastic! Wait... And yet it was not.
Susan Nusabaum has presented us with a microcosm study in her fictional novel of t...moreWow! Just Wow! This book was fantastic! Wait... And yet it was not.
Susan Nusabaum has presented us with a microcosm study in her fictional novel of the society of disabled youth in conventional nursing homes. Wow, again, that was a mouthful (keyboard full?)! Sadly, I don't believe that the truth is far from this depiction.
The individual stories that create the novel outlines the hopeful actuation of each person dealing with their own demons, their own needs, their own striving for romance while being disabled in one way or another.
As many of you know, I read my books on Kindle with text-to-speech. This book has a character that is Puerto Rican but the author did a great job of capturing all accents and individual speaking quirks. These were so well done that my Kindle reader read them perfectly and even if I wasn't looking at the printed e-pages I still knew who was talking.
The story starts and ends with a wheel-chair bound woman who lands a data-entry job with this nursing home. She is a strong woman who isn't stuck in the nursing home, but sees what is going on. We see, through her eyes and the eyes of the other characters what it feels like to be collectively warehoused with others of differing disabilities.
This book is an eye-opener for all readers. Hopefully we all come out of the read with a better understanding for our all our fellow citizens. Whoever recommended this book to me, thank you! I now have it on my Amazon wishlist and hope someday to have the Audible version as well. This is well worth a few rereads. I see that there may be a movie of this book. I bet it will be equally wonderful! Kudos Ms. Nusabaum! (less)
As a teen of the sixties, I found much I could relate to in the book, especially in the beginning where the location was in Southern California.
In oth...moreAs a teen of the sixties, I found much I could relate to in the book, especially in the beginning where the location was in Southern California.
In other ways, I couldn't relate. I don't remember the laws about gays, but then I was so sheltered and naïve back then. Wish I had known a few people like Jesse. It might have helped me find my authentic self.
I rarely went to San Francisco. I do remember a vacation when my parents finally obliged my brother and me by taking us to Haight and Ashbury. My parents were very afraid. My brother and I were sorely disappointed that there was nothing but a street corner that day. No hippies with flowers in their hair.
I was impressed with Jeri Estes's writing that was descriptive without weighing the story down. Sometimes I didn't care what the characters were wearing but I guess it is necessary to keep the characters current or in style for that time. I enjoyed the dropped music references. Ms. Estes pulled off the advice we writers get so often of involving all the senses. Yes, there were a few hot spots ;-) but not so much to be constant erotica.
I see that many reviewers are upset by the misogyny but, um, that was the way it was . That was WHY the woman's liberation started and many became militant. Younger women seem to think it was silly. They need to keep reading books like this to feel what it could be if women don't stay active for their own sakes.
The characters in the story were believable to me even when the lifestyle of prostitutes and pimps is foreign to me. I feel I only know through movies and TV what it is like. So how would I know?
Jeri Estes has mentioned that this is being made into a movie. I look forward to seeing it. I wonder if there could be a book two as I want to know what happened next.
Thank you, Jeri, for letting me read your book. (less)
Allison Moon's story-telling is the best! This is the sequel to Lunatic Fringe. Both books have satisfying endings,wondrous characters, plots, sub-plo...moreAllison Moon's story-telling is the best! This is the sequel to Lunatic Fringe. Both books have satisfying endings,wondrous characters, plots, sub-plots, and writing. Her vocabulary wasn't at third grade level, nor were the internal lessons of differing sexuality too much info-dumping. AND Allison Moon has ME reading a book about werewolves, and loving it!
I would have loved to be able to read a book like this as a teen. Back then this information was hushed. Nowadays teens might feel they already know this stuff about sexual identity. But even if you know this, the story holds its own.
One of the things I found most surprising was that I wished I could experience this level of being a were/shapeshifter. I felt like running through the forest and living in a tree-house, Ms. Moon made it all come alive. Characters breathed, puked, had periods, bathroom scenes. Real life! It is about time!
Thank you, Allison, for letting me read your books at a discount. Though the ending was satisfying, I hope there is a book three. I love the series! (less)
Right up front, I want to thank the author for allowing me to be a beta reader. It was fun to read a work in progress and to see the final results. I...moreRight up front, I want to thank the author for allowing me to be a beta reader. It was fun to read a work in progress and to see the final results. I loved the story from the beginning. There is drama and a lot of what-ifs, just like other fairy tales. There was no magic, though, unless you consider the magic that can occur between two people, who find making the best of an awkward situation, into a loving relationship. But there is a lot more in this short story. I am looking forward to a possible part two. I love the characters and don't want to lose them as I move onto my next read. I plan to read this again and again!(less)
I am so sorry. I loved the other books by Sarah Ettrich. But this one never grabbed me. And I felt like I was being proselytized. But I am curious to...moreI am so sorry. I loved the other books by Sarah Ettrich. But this one never grabbed me. And I felt like I was being proselytized. But I am curious to read the next book to see if the Deiforms can redeem themselves.(less)
This felt Heinleinish! I love this kind of speculative science. Other worldly, alien beings=Earthlings, not the indigenous. The problems of two brains...moreThis felt Heinleinish! I love this kind of speculative science. Other worldly, alien beings=Earthlings, not the indigenous. The problems of two brains in one head. And Ms. Baldwin is brave enough to show love comes in many ways. There is intrigue which made this a bad book for bedtime as I couldn't put it down. I must admit it was slow starting but the set-up was needed. As opposed to other second books, this one could be a read alone, or out of order, as everything is explained without being bogged down in details.
I took my time with this book mostly due to my health. But had I been feeling great I think it would have been a book that would take a couple days.
The characters were well developed, except when they weren't. ;) When adult people can be reproduced they take a while to come into their own skin. The plot kept me wondering, how will they do this? Why is he/she acting like this? Can we really trust this guy? Or why doesn't she trust him? It just keeps you guessing. I loved it!
This was a free for review from the author. But had I bought it I would have said all I said above. It is my kind of book! Oh, and I love the afterwords, all of them. Thanks for sharing that much about the making of/writing of Friday and her works and playlist!(less)
Thank you, Pamela Rose Anders, for taking us along on your ride. I enjoyed riding in the jumper seat while trucking across the country. That in itself...moreThank you, Pamela Rose Anders, for taking us along on your ride. I enjoyed riding in the jumper seat while trucking across the country. That in itself would have been a fun read. But you got down and dirty and dealt with the highs and lows of your life as you went from being Phil to Pam.
Though you had to endure hatred, you held no animosity or resentment. Your aim was pure and you held onto your goals. Bravo! I know someone who had made the reverse trip, female-to-male. Either way, it is very difficult. For those of us who knew the person before, the pronouns are the hardest to control. I have met someone finished with the journey, who, like you became female. Since I didn't know her before, the pronouns are easy. As I was telling my husband about your journey I found the pronouns skipping around but by the end of the book they landed pretty firmly in she-land.
I wish everyone would read this book. It deals with the subject matter so personally that I think it would help others to step inside shoes they may not even know exist.
If the subject matter had been my usual fantasy, run-from-reality type read, I would have given it four stars as there are a few editing issues. Such as, in a conversation with TLC the attorney refers to you as Ms. Schneider. The reader knows this is a slip as Schneider is the company, of course. There were a couple of sentences that crammed into each other like we couldn't decide which sentence was better. None of the errors detract from the story at all. Maybe, in fact, the errors point to the fact that this wasn't a story but an imperfect life being lived. And maybe I noticed it more than others as I read while listening to text-to-speech.
All in all a marvelous story. I want to know what happened next. I wish you well in the rest of your life, living it as you feel it.(less)
To learn respect for ourselves is the goal all womyn should work towards.
This book was not exciting. It wasn't like my fantasy stories, no great adve...moreTo learn respect for ourselves is the goal all womyn should work towards.
This book was not exciting. It wasn't like my fantasy stories, no great adventure to discover inner powers to change the world--oh, wait, it was. There were two princesses and two knights in shining armor, but no princes or other male hero-type. The womyn were the stars of their own lives, good or bad.
This is a book of self growth. This book was of poetry. This book was one of wisdom.
This was not erotica. It is a story of two womyn and their self discovery. I felt I learned more about myself by reading this book. I look forward to more by Tiffany Sapphire.(less)
What an interesting story. It may have erotic parts but the goal doesn't seem to be more than the sensual lines of the story. Other senses are called...moreWhat an interesting story. It may have erotic parts but the goal doesn't seem to be more than the sensual lines of the story. Other senses are called upon while reading Aroma. Smell, taste, hearing, color. In fact, I am still seeing that world as green and lush and it has been a couple hours since I finished reading it.
Mythologies are put into use. I will admit to being ignorant of Philippino cultures and stories, so if this is rare or overdone, I wouldn't know. I just know that it kept my interest all the way through.
I think an editor's eye would have been quite helpful, though, with foreign words and names it must have been hard to keep the story pure and not fall into a more native language.
The ending was abrupt. Not sure what other choice there might have been but I felt I needed something more satisfying--or is there a sequel coming?
This may very well be a good story. I knew it was short. I was looking for a short story to help in my goal of 250 books read this year and I was gett...moreThis may very well be a good story. I knew it was short. I was looking for a short story to help in my goal of 250 books read this year and I was getting behind. And I know I got it for free. It was a subject matter I love. But it wasn't worth the effort of downloading and moving it to my Kindle as seems more like a paragraph. Not enough to pique my interest. I still didn't feel anything for the character or the plot. So I don't feel it worth the effort and expense to buy the sequels. Had you given me more story I might have been tempted to play this game. I have read books, whole and free then paid $10 or more for sequels, so if it is done right, this type of promotion does well. Just give me more for the effort.(less)
Disclosure: I received this Kindle version book on an author giveaway day.
Honestly, have you every let something sit on the shelf too long? That is wh...moreDisclosure: I received this Kindle version book on an author giveaway day.
Honestly, have you every let something sit on the shelf too long? That is what happened here. I wish I would have read it right away. I usually have an email back up to let me know how I received a book. This time, I only had the tags (shelves on GoodReads) that I set up when I got it. So this review isn't timely. Sorry.
I have a problem reading contemporary books. They are too real. I like to read to escape everyday situations like family dysfunction and death and how those two problems play out in real life. And though this book is well-written, this is what jumped out at me: dysfunctional, rich family with high expectations. Throw into that a gay son, another son who would rather pursue his art, who won't be following into law school, who has diabetes (type 1)... bossy oldest brother... Real life. I suppose if you are living in an enchanted land this would be the story for you. For me? Depressing.
The author, Conchie Fernandez, has made the kind of book you don't want to put down. You want to see what will happen. You want to see if there are any redeemable moments for any of the characters. So I would guess that it is hope that drives the book. Ms. Fernandez's characters are realistic. Her research seems strong yet subdued. It is a quick read and inspires me want to paint.
As I said before if you are escaping reality, death, cussing, etc. this isn't for you. If you want to read good writing, great characters, enjoy!(less)