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In Her Court

(Camp Firefly Falls #18)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  160 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Newly minted professor Evangeline “Van” Thompson’s academic dreams have turned into nightmares. She can’t wait to escape the pressure cooker of the university to spend the summer at Camp Firefly Falls with her bestie, Nate.

Unfortunately, Nate breaks his leg halfway through the season, and his little sister Willa fills in for him as resident tennis instructor. Van has fon
Kindle Edition, 184 pages
Published September 29th 2017
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First of all ladies, this book can be read as a stand alone novel so no need to suffer through the 17 previous books of M/F relationships. *wipes sweat from brow*

I mentioned in my status that this story reads like an instruction manual on "how to nerd" and I still stand by that statement. This book is probably literary porn for anyone who is all about 80's movies, Sci-Fi, Wonder Woman, Jillian Holtzmann and yes even cosplay. The Star Wars references alone probably make up 25% of this book which
Audiobook Edition - By the mesmerizing voice of Jill Smith aka J.A. Rock, LGBT romance author.

For as long as I can remember, falling for / crushing on siblings' bestie have always been one of my favorite plot. I've read many of the heterosexual version and these are the common compulsory attributes -
z. Millionaire
y. AsshO|3
x. At least 9³/4 inches - came across 15 inches a couple of times. Say it with me, Organic.
w. Smartly dressed
v. Playboy
u. Expensive cars, watches, cuff links, band-aid
In Her Court was a happy surprise for me. It’s very reasonably priced, it’s adorable, and it’s truly one of the most fun books I read last year. This is the first lesbian romance that Tamsen Parker has released and I hope she writes many, many more!

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Gaby LezReviewBooks
This was such a fun and hot lesbian romance audiobook. I was skeptical about this author after I didn’t enjoy ‘If I loved you less’, a retelling of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’, so I wasn’t keen on trying anything else. I have to admit that I was completely wrong and I’m glad I listened to this audiobook as it is a very entertaining story.

Professor Evangeline “Van” Thompson is tired of academia and cannot wait for a summer working in Camp Firefly Falls with her bestie Nate. Unfortunately, Nate breaks hi
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay guys and gals, how many of you have read books on younger sister crushing big time on her brother's BFF? Hmm just what I thought, too many.
Now, how many of you have read the same genre but this time, the bff is not a six/eight/ten packs male but a female with serious addiction towards junk food, Star Wars, Ghost Busters and Wonder Woman+ a college professor+slightly eccentric.
Now to the other heroine, although she is younger than her crush, she has a good mind, strong willed, loves caves e
Jude in the Stars
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a fun read! I loved that one of the main characters was a total nerd, a Star Wars and Ghostbusters fan. If you’re in the mood for a joyful, fast-paced and easy read, this is it.
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.
A fun story of geek meets geeker. With some added complications of one being the younger sister of the BFF. This can quickly get into uncomfortable territory. But it’s deftig avoided here by having the younger but not older woman have a long term crush.

There is some job frustration with academia (*sigh). A whole fest of retro geekiness and fandom. And then quite a lot of sex.

I honestly cannot think that I was surprised at a single thing when reading this. The book and the characters
Briar's Reviews
In Her Court by Tamsen Parker is a goofy, geeky read filled with

Tamsen Parker is not one to stick to the same plot over and over in every read, and that's what makes this book so unique compared to the others. This time around, Tamsen has explored an F/F relation (or two females if you didn't understand the acronym). Two girls at a camp fulfill a beautiful romance, in short.

These girls (Van and Willa) have character - one of them is getting a PhD, they are working at a tennis camp, and they ar
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: didnt-finish


I feel really guilty about the fact that I could not force myself to finish this book. Especially since I've made it through some real train wrecks, and this one is not even that bad.

The story is about Van, a newly minted college professor who hates her job, and Willa, current graduate student and tennis wunderkind, who used to hang out occasionally because Willa's older brother and Van are best friends, and have been for ages. Willa's bro
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't know where Tamsen Parker got a list of everything my "type" comprises--switchy, butchy sci-fi nerd with a mild hair-petting kink and a passion for good cosplay--but man, did she hit the nail on the head with this one. I love Van, and and I love how much she and Willa love each other. Additional props for positive bi rep from Willa!

I love that there was all the personal history of the typical "my brother's best friend" trope here and none of the older-brother possessiveness. I like Nate e
Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
PhD candidate Willa is dealing with the disappointment of a canceled research trip when she's called to help our her brother Nate. Nate had a job as tennis coach at a summer camp when he ends up with a broken leg. He asks Willa to step in for him, and bonus, she can just take his bed.

Nate is sharing a cabin with his best friend, Van. (Van is short for Evangeline. I must admit I tripped over this name every single time -- for some reason, my brain just didn't associate Van with a female, which I'
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rnff
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Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
That was a whole lot of fun.
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really fun, fast-paced, happy read. The book finds Willa and Van pushed together at a camp for adults when Nate (Willa's brother) breaks his leg and she steps in to help. This is the first time they've seen each other adults, after previous teenage feelings.

Both MCs were easy to identify with in some way or another. They were well written, rounded characters, with plenty of geek culture, a bit of sport and no particularly intense relationship angst.
I loved how Willa was written and c
Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Evangeline (Van) and Nate are best friends and have been forever, and were excited to work together at a summer camp. Especially as for Van, it would be a much needed break from her boring academic career. But Nate broke his leg and now Willa, his little sister takes over his job as tennis coach in Camp Firefly Falls.

Van has known Willa just as long as she does Nate, but Willa used to be the tagalong little sister. She’s known Willa always found her fascinating, but she (as I would’ve) always th
N.G.Peltier N.G.Peltier
Rating 3.5

brother's best friend trope f/f yes! i liked Willa and Van together. Sexy times were steamy. Their internal conflict felt real to me. They were both clearly differently about the relationship and I'm glad that Willa realized in that end that she really jumped the gun on talking to her brother about her and Van before even speaking to Van! The entire time i was like giiirl no whut are you doing but of course no one's perfect. we get excited about possible new relationship and want to te
Chasia Lloyd
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The brother's best friend trope is always fun in romance, but it's somehow even funner in f/f romance. Cave-enthusiast Willa has had the hots for her brother's geeky best friend for forever. Van's been annoyed with her best friend's little sister for forever... Until said little sister shows up to help at Camp Firefly Falls and Van realizes Willa grew up into a smoking hot babe.

The book is very, very steamy with lots of geeky sex. We're talking cosplay sex, references to Star Wars and Ghostbuste
A super sweet summer romance~

There are several things I absolutely adored about this book, not least being the explicit communication during intimate moments. Van and Willa do have issues communicating outside the bedroom and being on the same page, but I loved seeing them talk through their comforts and what gets them off.

I also absolutely adored Van’s friendship with Nate and his relationship with Willa. There was so much obvious love between all three of them and it felt very Found Family wit
4 1/2 Stars!

A cute, sexy read. I truly enjoyed these two nerdy girls falling for each other.

~ * ~ * ~ * ~

I will be talking about the book on my next Whatcha Reading? podcast which is now up on TBQ's Book Palace.

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Elena Johansen
For someone who loves nearly everything she's read of Tamsen Parker, I was disappointed by this one. It's good, but it's not what I would have expected at all.

Even if I'm glad to see more FF romance, which is thin on the ground, Van and Willa never convinced me their relationship was much more than lust. They were definitely both into each other physically, but their major emotional conflict--going into/being a part of academia--was so intense and personal compared to how well they actually knew
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5. Van is working tech for an adult summer camp to spend more time with her bff who is teaching tennis, but he breaks his leg, his little sister Willa subs in for him, and Willa is way more crushworthy than Van remembered. Romance ensues. Van is the awkward type of fangirl, but I appreciated her vast collection of fandom things--especially her Holtzmann autograph. Willa was really great--star tennis player working on her phd in geology. I almost think Van didn't deserve Willa, but they got the ...more
Adriana Martinez Figueroa
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Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer, romance
Sweet, fun, easy. Liked all the geeking out over sci-fi and 80s movies, enjoyed both Van and Willa, both so smart and driven. Willa younger but more self-aware, Van wanting to change but not knowing how, and Nate as the anchor to both the story and to them both (and a good comic relief as well). And the writing itself light and easy and fun.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this f/f read. Van and Willa have great chemistry and the story held my interest throughout. This is a sweet read and not a whole lot of drama or suspense. Van and Willa are great characters, I liked their geeky side. A good read.
Roy Vestal
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Unexpected plot

I was quite surprised that the writer included this story within this series. The story's two main characters are significantly different from those in prior books in this series.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great summer love romance.
Angel Graham
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Good read, but have To say, never felt the love connection, but a lot of lust.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute fun story

This is the first book I have read by this author. It was fun and sweet; both Van and Willa are likable.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. The main characters were fun, the sci-fi/80s references were cool, and the steam was at just the right level. I will be looking for more lesfic by Ms. Parker.
Cori R.
Oct 22, 2017 marked it as started-not-finished
Such a slog. I'm usually very pleased with this author's work, yet this seems so unappealingly juvenile I've struggled to get to 40%. Did not finish, not eager to try again but I might.
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Tamsen Parker is a stay-at-home mom by day, erotic romance writer by naptime. She lives with her family outside of Boston, where she tweets too much, sleeps too little and is always in the middle of a book. Aside from good food, sweet rieslings and gin cocktails, she has a fondness for monograms and subway maps. She should really start drinking coffee.

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