LIGHTS OUT by Ruthie Robinson

 Genre: BWWM IR

 Sub-genre: Drama

 Sensuality: Sweet

 Reader’s Overall Rating: 3 Stars

Synopsis

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.

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How often does a second opportunity to win over our heart’s desire come long?  In real life, probably not as often as it should or as frequently as we hope for.  In Simone: Second Chances, I have granted such a wish to my leading lady and the man who has secretly loved her for quite a while.  

This new tale from my wandering thoughts also gives me a chance to pursue the same. Before this story, it had been far too long since I desired to become wrapped up with love and all of its curiosities and rewards.  When my attention turned  to my second go-round with Simone, there was finally a spark to return to the sweet and spicy side of romance.  While drafting this piece, I had to learn to fall in love all over again with the wonderful possibilities and the tender affections that true love can offer.  

The object of my affection?  Flowers, all kinds, but mainly roses.  Why?  Their quiet allure can stir up provocative emotions and innocent longings in one rousing and blissfully sweet scent.  My rose sketch attached to this post was perhaps one of my greatest inspirations for pushing forward to completion.  Simple and serene, this is the physical manifestation of the sincere love and sensuality I wanted to pour into Simone.  I needed to return to the lost art of falling in love and this was the symbol that kept my heart glued to that goal. So much more may lie ahead for my characters but, for now, they will get the second chance at love we all deserve to experience.

As always, thank you for your time and your support, Dear Reader.  True love and happiness to you all..always..LL ♥♥

 ARIZONA ALLSPICE by Renee Lewin

 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.