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.

I am so pleased to be here on this blog.  I don’t get to guest blog as much as I would like to, but I do welcome this opportunity to talk about a real short story, but one that is completely outside of what I would normally write.   

The short short story (it is around 4,000 words) is called  Temporary Insanity.  Published by Shara Azod LLC it is a new addition to her Quele Scandal series.  We as authors, should try to push the envelope and sometimes challenge our readers to explore new content, maybe in a way they never thought about before.  Temporary Insanity does that.  What would you do if you if you were approached with an indecent proposal?   Would you run away from it without even asking yourself the question?  Would you think about it and still say ‘no?’  Or would you succumb to a bout of Temporary Insanity… 

The narrator finds herself approached by a couple (man and a woman) and is asked an honest question.  What ensues is the question that anyone would ask themselves if put in that position.  You would have to read the book to find out the question, but I think it captures ‘real’ and ‘honest’ emotions as much as a fiction piece can.  The publisher,  the fabulous Shara Azod, stated it perfectly, think of it as Penthouse Forums for women.   Why is it that men get to have tawdry non-committed acts of passion and we as women are left out of that circle?    Does everything that we read have to have your stereotypical romance or can we as empowered women have a little fun?   Temporary Insanity is one of those books that leaves it open for you to decide: what would you do?   


Find this title here:

Nevea Lane – Temporary Insanity


Another week is ending and the chill of fall is hovering all around us.  I love the coziness that autumn brings but, at the same time, it also makes me miss the warmth of summer all the more.

I snapped this photo months ago, possibly somewhere in the neighborhood of late June, just when the breath of summer was first touching the air.  This morning, as I sat contemplating all of the subtleties of romance – for the nine thousandth time – this particular pic flashed in my mind.  I immediately started to liken this photo to my personal thoughts and perspective on love, writing, and my love of writing. The image itself is off-center and slightly blurred (professional photography is definitely not my calling :)); however, the distortion doesn’t necessarily detract from the beauty of the flowers within the frame.  You can still spot the loveliness at the edges of the petals that I saw with my own eyes and can almost imagine how the soft shade of pink peeking out from amongst the throng of greenery first caught my attention, causing me to pause mid-step (how similar to the very first time I realized how beautiful IR romance truly is).  A moment wasn’t enough to wonder at this natural perfection and serene balance, so I decided to hold on the delicate seconds for a while longer.

At times, love, romance, and personal fulfillment have a tendency to hide just off camera or become a bit out of focus, yet they remain ever-present and patiently waiting to be captured and admired…for a while longer. (Such are the inner musings of an aspiring author and independent publisher – completely in love with a new kind of romance and constantly comparing life to art, and back again.)

Wishing you a fabulous and cheery weekend, Dear Reader, and concluding with a present for you – “Another crimson rose awaited me this morning.  I tried desperately not to be swept back into the forbidden and carnal moment, but was helpless to resist the urge to relive every thrilling and sensuous touch…” (From Simone: Second Chances by Lenise Lee)