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Sunsets and Shades

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  475 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Kinsley Scott is a lesbian romance author who doesn’t actually believe in love. While her alter ego, Laurel Lake, loves happy endings and epic love stories, Kinsley has a more cynical view of the world.
Grace Harper is a hopeless romantic hanging on every word of the lesbian romance novels she reads. She believes her happy ending is right around the corner if she can just
Kindle Edition, 174 pages
Published May 10th 2019 by self-published
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Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2019
This started cliché but also it was fun, and somewhere half way I just wanted it to end. The writing is simple and it wouldn’t hurt for it to be more showing.

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Jo reece
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" Turns out, If we're not bumping vaginas, we're butting heads"

I've really enjoyed this book. Great story, fantastic characters. Everything worked. Left me laughing, left me smiling. Even said ' awww' at one point.

I will defo be reading more from this author.
This is the first book I've read by this author and I'm honestly impressed. Every time I would question a character's motive or their behavior there would soon be a short explanation or a bit of insight as to why they acted that way. I was racing through this book because I couldn't put it down.

The animosity between Grace and Kinsley was a lot of fun to read and the fragments of humor kept everything fairly lighthearted despite the subject of cheating being a major part of the plot. Really this
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars for this absolutely delightful little KU gem!

Kinsley is a lesbian romance author who doesn’t believe in love, commitment, or happy endings.
Grace is a romantic through and through but had her heart broken when her girlfriend cheated on her and left.

Grace stays with childhood bestie Leah who is Kinsley’s straight roommate.

Grace and Kinsley don’t get along at all. Told in alternating chapters from their POV we get to see all the annoyance with each other. And frankly they both are
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alright, that was cute and kitschy, but also totally irritating at times. I did truly enjoy the read, but also have to take off points just for the uber-angst and non-communication/mis-communication factors.

In what world is it ok for MC Kinsley to continuously (view spoiler)? That just irritated me along with all the non-communication.

Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I mean, it looked fun and sweet, and it’s all that, but I was also caught by surprise at how well-written it is.

Kinsley Scott doesn’t believe in love, which doesn’t stop her from being a successful romance author under the name Laurel Lake. Grace Harper is a fan, and also happens to be Kinsley’s roommate Leah’s childhood best friend. When her cheating girlfriend breaks her heart, Grace, needing a change of scenery, accepts Leah’s invitation to
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It was quite funny. A negative point for me was the immaturity of Kinsley, one of the main characters. It sometimes irritated me and spoiled the romance a little bit. I can’t understand why a grown woman can be so oblivious to her own feelings and fail to communicate honestly about them. Her past difficulties are an insufficient explanation or excuse. Still the book was well written, with nice main and supporting characters. My rating for this book is 3.7 which rounds up to ...more
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book - good back characters but inevitable and everything done by the "Lesbian rules of a good romance book," down to the "everyone sees it but the Main characters" plot, but, hey, four stars, it still works for me, so no complaints.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesbian-romance
I liked it. There where a couple of things that I found exasperating enough that I was going to rate it a 3 but ultimately changed my mind.

I really don’t like when characters are super verbally abusive just for the sake of being aloof or bad ass, and whilst Kinsley is not THAT extreme and also “has a reason”, it’s a really feble one (in my opinion) and the attitude got old quite fast. Also, Grace being a punching bag over and over again, got in to my nerves pretty quickly.

That said, the way
Loek Krancher
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Despite the differences and difficulties, love is always capable of finding a way to take root and bloom. Grace stirs emotions Kinsley believed were gone forever. Their relationship grows in an awkward but sweet way. I really liked Kinsley. She is sometimes a bitch but she is also fun to be with. I loved the dual personalities, the funny dialogues with Lenny, the quirks and the issues. The characters are outstanding and the story is very well written. All in all, a humorous and endearing
Oh, did I ever love Kinsley and Grace! Kinsley SUCH a jerk and yet I was charmed by her even from the beginning. It was incredibly satisfying to watch her calm down and start to gentle as she grows to care for Grace. On the flip side, I equally adored seeing how Grace grows a backbone thanks to her time with Kinsley, even if Kinsley annoys the hell out of her. They make such a fab couple and I adored their happily ever after.

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Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Grace Harper needs to regroup during her summer teaching break as her life is still in disarray after she found her girlfriend of four years cheating on her months ago. She reconnects with childhood friend Leah and asks if she can go visit her in Philadelphia. Leah’s roommate is no other than lesbian romance author Laurel Lake, except in real life, she is Kinsley Scott. Laurel is a hopeless romantic like her fan Grace, but Kinsley is sarcastic and does not believe in love. As Leah spends time ...more
Anna Banana
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-f, lgbt-reads
4.5 stars

This is the first time in MONTHS that I've gotten very, very close to giving a book 5 stars. I enjoyed this soo much and if it weren't for the fact I had a bit of a hard time getting passed the first 15%, I would definitely give it 5 stars.

This love story is so freaking cute and I felt so in love with Kinsley and Grace's love story and their every interaction. They had great chemistry together and the author does a great job building their slow burn so that when the angst came, I felt
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can’t just rate this without saying something.

This is a very enjoyable read. Absolutely worth reading. Props to Erica Lee, a gem in the indy world.

4.5 stars
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up. I liked the premise, but Kinsley was really annoying at times.
Jo Watkins
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great Romance

This is a new author to me and I must say I it was a great read.It has a great cast of characters the way they interact and the friendly banter is wonderful even the fur baby chinchilla is brilliant well worth a read
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I really enjoyed story book! Both Grace and Kinsley were funny and endearing ( in an asshole kind of way). The dialogue was fresh, the story kept me intrigued and I will definitely be looking for more of this authors books!
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hilarious story, loved it. Opposites attract in this one. My fave part is the friendship between Kinsley and her chinchilla:)
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Nice and sweet romance , easy read.
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book from this author 4+stars
Cindy Stein
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartbroken over the end of her four-year relationship after her lover cheats on her and leaves her for someone else, Grace flees for the summer from her small town in Maryland to visit her childhood best friend in Philadelphia. Since Grace is a teacher who is off for the summer, she has plenty of time to run away and lick her wounds. But her friend, Leah who's straight, has a lesbian roommate, Kinsley, who is a sarcastic hardass who only goes in for one-night stands because she doesn't believe ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Detailed score: 4.25

This book is a classic example of something simple done well. Really well.

There’s absolutely no storyline in this book that we haven’t seen before but the characters are engaging and well written. The storyline moves at a great pace. It’s funny and doesn’t take itself too seriously - while having some serious moments,

An absolute must for lesrom fans with KU but worth shelling out for it even if you don’t. Better than a heap of other ‘properly’ published works out there.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This book had me laughing, hurting and oh so happy with all the feels! I loved it.
Kathleen Hearn
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I do think the concept of this book is overdone in romance, I still enjoyed the story. Kinsley Scott refuses relationships because she’s “afraid of love” before she meets Grace Harper, a hopeless romantic who teaches her how to love again. It’s pretty typical, but what I loved was the humor and the pacing. The author took her time with building the connection, and by the end I truly felt the love between the characters, and I found it very believable. The humor was great, and I loved that ...more
Christopher Dwyer
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I missed my train reading this. Then I almost missed another. I can't think of higher praise for a novel.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This review is for the audiobook version narrated by Jessica Renfro. This is an example of a time when I really wish I'd read the book itself and not the audiobook. Though in general Renfro did a good job with many of the voices, the one she used for Kinsley didn't fit her at all and every time she spoke, it annoyed the hell out of me. She was voiced as a cocky, smart-ass masculine-seeming jock, when she is described as beautiful and skirt wearing - turning heads everywhere she went. And because ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars! The first half of this was really fun and I loved the bickering and banter between Kinsley and Grace! Their relationship developed into something really sweet. What bothered me was how easily Grace went back to her ex and entertained the idea of them actually getting back together?? After she had cheated on her for like 6 months and then basically kicked her out of their place and ran her out of town? And Kinsley was encouraging her to do it, after all her talk on all the ways Grace ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
"You are like the shades to my sunset. You protect me even when I think I don't need it."

CUTE. SO CUTE. The enemies-to-lovers story line was well done, and Kinsley is hilarious as the cynical romance author with a secret heart of gold. The fade-to-black sex scenes were kind of a bummer since the building chemistry between Kinsley and Grace is so apparent, but even that couldn't stop me from finishing the book and grinning like a fool at the HEA ending. The humor and witty dialogue was honestly
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is now one of my favorite romance novels. Really great premise and chemistry between the two leads, the progression and build up is very satisfying and just unpredictable to be good but predictable enough to have tropes I like. Good, believable dialogue and I enjoyed the use of perspective chapters giving you both sides of the story.
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Erica Lee finished writing her first book, Dear Santa: I’m Gay, in December 2016. Erica currently lives in Pennsylvania with her wife, dog, chinchilla, and bunny. She spends her days working as an optometrist and her nights snuggled up on the couch with her furry family, binging on netflix or youtube.

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