LIGHTS OUT by Ruthie Robinson

 Genre: BWWM IR

 Sub-genre: Drama

 Sensuality: Sweet

 Reader’s Overall Rating: 3 Stars


Piper and Joe meet when he comes into her new coffee shop.  They exchange light banter and both sense an instant attraction.  Joe wants to immediately hook up.  Piper, while feeling the chemistry and seeing Joe as absolutely gorgeous, does not think this is a good idea.  Joe has a way of being very persuasive and changes her mind.  On the brink of accepting his proposition, Piper is faced with a dilemma…she must take care of her half sisters, Taylor and Kennedy, while their father and his wife are going through problems.

Plans thwarted, Joe does not return to the coffee shop; however, he does see Piper again. When she goes to pick up her sisters from their first day of school, she discovers her sister Taylor has found a new best friend, a boy named Shane.  Shane is staying with his uncle and when he introduces his Uncle Joe, Piper is just as surprised as everyone to find this is her Joe.  

Slowly but surely, the two continue to bump into each other.  Eventually, Joe must accept that he still likes Piper, despite her earlier rejection.  

Reader Review

Pros: The book was well written. The children’s interaction was very intriguing and humorous. It was wonderful how quickly they made friendships amongst one another. The book also displayed how children repeat adult behavior without cause or explanation.

Cons:  Piper seemed to always take the lesser in the relationship.  Joe leaves twice during the story and when he returns she accepts it without the slightest hint of irritation or question, claiming she knows how to make do with what she has.  This seemed a little unrealistic and made it seem like Joe was taking advantage of her.

*Publisher’s Note: This review was submitted by reader Areil White and published with her permission.

What busy and historically paramount times we live in lately, Dear Reader…which is why, every now and again, I try to add a little splash of fun for myself during my writing projects.   I rarely dig down into an erotic story and try to make it into more than what it is meant to be…naughty play...but I consider Simone: First Encounter as a unique addition to my publications.  If you haven’t read the story (insert sad face here, LOL), it is strictly from my male character’s perspective.  The thought occurred to me one morning that I had never before attempted to pen from that particular point of view.   Although I cannot truly live out a romance or a sizzling rendevous from this angle, I imagined that it might be a coupling that was highly erotic with a splash of sensuality.  I say that as a lead in to this next sentence…As a writer who aspires to become an author, I understand and accept that my ideas won’t always hit the mark but will have a high chance of garnering lots of criticsm; however, as I typed out in a previous post, I would rather take a chance at trying something new and becoming an altogether different type of BWWM writer than merely trying to hit a certain number.  For me, money is nice but opting for creative freedom is a better turn in the road to follow. Anywho…for this second installment, I decided to flip the tone and go for sensual with a splash of eroticsm.  I couldn’t resist doubling back and figuring out how Simone would react after such a daring encounter…Coming Soon to an ebookstore nearest you, Dear Reader…Simone: Second Chances.  Happy Tuesday 🙂 LL


 Genre: BWWM IR

 Sub-genre: Drama

 Sensuality: Sweet

 Reader’s Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Reader Review:

Elaine and her twin brother Manny are inseparable. However, when Manny befriends Joey, a young man who Elaine sees only as a womanizing jock, things quickly change for the worst. A misunderstanding leads to a fight between Manny and Joey and, ultimately, lands Joey in the hospital and Manny in jail. Alone, confused, and upset Elaine wants to plead for her brothers innocence…but everything really falls in Joey’s hands.  Elaine lies in her desperation to see Joey and to save her brother.  She steps into a new identity as Joey’s girlfriend.  

The delivery of the story is heartfelt.  Although he is young, Joey has loved Elaine for years, but Elaine has always believed she was an outcast and is not sure how to take Joey’s feelings for her. This romance is a look at young love and how sweet, yet tremulous, it can be.

This book was well written and well edited.  The characters all had depth.  At times, this story made me freeze with apprehension, but also made me laugh throughout.

Most Memorable Quote:

“There’s someone I want you to meet, Mr. Cheeseburger. His name is Joey.”

*Publisher’s Note: This review was submitted by reader Areil White and published with her permission.